SolRx Sunscreen Blog
Most of the country is no longer experiencing the heat of summer, but there are places within this country that are still warm, breezy, and beautiful. If you’re missing the sun and need to channel some warm weather, try these vacation spots – there’s one close to you!
Key West, Florida – The sunsets from Key West are second to none, and the laid-back lifestyle will draw you in. Even the drive from Miami is relaxing. Because of the coral reefs certain watersports aren’t available – but restful yet stimulating beach fun is always de rigueur.
Topsail Beach, North Carolina – This area offers a friendly and family-oriented style of beach living, complete with surfing, boating, fishing, and sunset cruising. Recreation in the form of shops and restaurants, a skating rink, and other small-town amusements abound.
San Diego, California – From beach resorts to SeaWorld and Legoland and an incredible zoo, San Diego is always a hot destination. Enjoy amazing vistas, culture, hiking spots, and more along the Pacific coast. For family fun and sun, this is the place!
San Francisco, California – If you enjoy more urban environments, northern California might be your cup of tea. There are plenty of natural wonders here too. Go hiking nearby in Big Sur or Muir Woods, then enjoy some excellent meals and ocean views.
Savannah, Georgia – Steeped in history, Savannah is a beautiful and atmospheric town on the Atlantic, full of southern-style hospitality, cultural touchpoints, and maybe a ghost or two. Tybee Island nearby is a gorgeous spot for visiting the beach.
Hawaii – Pretty much the whole state of Hawaii, consisting of eight main islands, is worth seeing for its natural beauty and sun-drenched beaches. Hike along a volcano on the Big Island, revel in the thriving nightlife of Honolulu, or visit the quieter beaches of Kauai.
South Padre Island, Texas – A popular spring break spot, South Padre Island is an active community where you can enjoy watersports, fishing, spas, and bars and nightclubs. Mild weather and calm waters can be enjoyed all year.
New Orleans, Louisiana – It’s not just for Mardi Gras – New Orleans is a city that embraces its French heritage and its unique southern mystique simultaneously. You can visit a swamp, immerse yourself in the rich history of the region, and enjoy the culture.
Phoenix, Arizona – Arizona has the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, but for a bit of civilization, Phoenix is perfect. With bustling downtown areas, great shopping and golfing, and spring training, it’s a great place to enjoy the warmth anytime of year!
Las Vegas, Nevada – It’s always easy to find your way to Vegas, where blockbuster live shows, great dining, and monumentally scaled casinos appeal to a diverse international audience. Not far way, you can get away from the glitz and glam with Nevada’s natural beauty.
We know you haven’t explored all the places you want to go yet, so why not escape the coming cold seasons (brr) and find a new place to go? Our country boasts such a variety of summery destinations, you’re sure to find one that has everything you want. While you’re out exploring your destination of choice, don’t forget to lather up with sunscreen by SolRx!
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It’s just sun, sand and surf, right? Not very exciting sometimes, if you aren’t into swimming, or playing in the sand. But you don’t just have to lie there and wait for the sun to heat you up. You can do plenty of activities that suit your own interests, no matter what they are.
1. Be Active
A beach is a great place to play, whether you’re a child or an adult. You can set up a volleyball net or break out a frisbee or a football. Use a hula hoop. The texture of the sand adds an interesting new element to any game! Or, rent a surfboard or a snorkel and mask, if you prefer to go into the water. Find a fishing rod and go fish. You may also find many opportunities for watersports nearby, from personal watercraft to parasailing.
Beaches are often lined with boardwalks where you can check out shops and see what’s for sale. If not, it’s still fun to walk up and down the beach and check out the surrounding area. Are there large vacation homes? Islands in the distance? Seals sunning themselves on the beach? Crabs scuttling down into moist sand? You may see dolphins or whales in the water, or find historic sites such as lighthouses, military bases, and monuments. You might discover some exciting cliffs or foliage or cool sea shells. How will you know if you don’t take a hike down the beach?
3. Eat and Drink
Food tastes better at the beach, as long as you avoid getting sand in it. Have yourself a picnic packed with items you made from home. Or, go locate the nearest shaved ice purveyor. Is there a grill around? A hot dog stand? See if you can find something interesting an unusual on the menu. Have a cocktail – an ice cold pina colada might hit the spot. Or, if it’s a cool evening, a bonfire with roasted marshmallows and s’mores might create the perfect atmosphere. Make it a party and invite everyone!
4. Get Inspired
Beaches are beautiful places, and more than one poet has been moved to write about them. Watch the sunset and reflect upon what you see. Build a sandcastle, and be creative about it. Draw in a notebook. Read a favorite novel. Write in your diary, or start a letter to a friend. Post pretty pictures on Instagram and use all the different filters. Write poetry in the sand.
5. Look Around You
See what other people are doing. It’s fun to people watch at the beach, and you might even meet some new friends. Take photographs of what you see. The light quality at the beach is different than what you’re used to, so really notice how the sky changes – how big it is, how many clouds there are, how the colors adjust during different times of day. Store up the memory of your view for later, when you’re stuck in an office and want to channel another place.
While you’re enjoying your time at the beach, make sure to stay protected from damaging sunburns. SolRx’s WATERBLOCK Technology offers 8 hours of coverage. The WATERBLOCK formula won’t sweat off or wash off for 8 full hours, so you can focus on having fun.
SolRx, with its broad-spectrum protection and WaterBlock technology, is ideal for active endeavors at the beach. That makes it a great choice for beach volleyball players at any level – elite or novice. It’s effective all day, no matter what conditions you’re playing in.
On top of that, it’s the best choice for the environment. Its formula doesn’t wash off and cause damage to our natural coral reefs like other sunscreen products.
The Benefits of Effective Water Resistance
SolRx is a superstar when it comes to meeting FDA standards for sun safety. The test developed to test SolRx’s water immersion performance, with AMA Labs in the 1990s, was later called the industry standard. In real numbers, it means that SolRx’s SPF 30 sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays, was rated at 35.85 SPF even after eight hours completely underwater. If you’re an athlete, that’s huge – you’re protected from sweat, rain, salt water all day long. You don’t have to worry so much about re-application; you can focus on the game.
One of the other benefits of SolRx is that, because it clings so well to your skin, your vision doesn’t get impaired by sweat washing off stinging active ingredients into your eyes. Your vision remains unimpaired. If you’ve got your eyes on the ball, that’s important. You’re diving for the ball, spiking it over the net – you don’t have time to think about how your sun protection is failing you. And if you do have the right sunscreen, well, isn’t that a great legal advantage in a game?
Save the Oceans
Sunscreens that don’t stay with you so well have chemicals that damage the ocean environment in which you may be playing. These chemicals can leach corals of their nutrients in a process called “bleaching.” Fish and other wildlife are also affected, and this makes their survival in the face of climate change much less certain. And with all the ingredients from low-quality sunscreens littering our oceans, the problem is getting worse. However, SolRx is removable only by soap and water. It doesn’t rub off into the water, which makes it a safe choice for anyone who likes to spend time near water-based habitats. SolRx is committed to not polluting our most fragile and awe-inspiring environments.
If you spend time on or near water, you should think about what sunscreen will best improve your performance while protecting your skin. SolRx is formulated precisely for this purpose. It’s a great option for anyone, but especially for elite athletes who work and play outdoors, in and out of the water.
The truth is, U.S. beaches are pretty fantastic. We have lake beaches along the Great Lakes that enhance life in midwestern states, and we have coastlines on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans that are gorgeous year round. Beaches in Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, California, Hawaii, and Florida are among the best in the country. But these five are truly some of the best beaches in the U.S. and worth a visit no matter where you’re from.
Lanakai Beach in Kailua, Hawaii, is a serene half-mile strip of public beach known for its gentle winds, clear turquoise green waters, and fine white sand. Its location on Oahu’s windward coast and a stunning view of the Mokulua Islands makes it a popular hangout for tourists and locals alike. There are so many beautiful beaches in Hawaii, yet this one stands out. There isn’t much shade in certain areas, so be sure to have your sunscreen on hand.
Bahia Honda State Park, located at mile marker 37 along Highway 1 in the Florida Keys, is a quiet and family-friendly spot, with three beaches, nature trails, and high-quality snorkeling and beachcombing. The Old Bahia Honda Bridge is a great place for watching sunsets, in one of the southernmost points in the country. Wading birds and other wildlife are abundant here. The very air itself will calm and relax you.
Race Point Beach, a Cape Cod National Seashore beach in Provincetown, Massachusetts, is known for the kind of picturesque and expansive views you expect from unspoiled Atlantic coastline. The water can be chilly, but seal and whale sightings (in season) might make up for that. This is a no-frills beach with minimal concessions – it’s just you, the sun, the sky, and the sea.
La Jolla, California, near San Diego, is actually a collection of breathtaking beaches in dramatic settings. Secluded coves, jagged cliffs, and beautiful sand abound at locations like Windandsea Beach. Expect magnificent waves, sugary sand, infinite blue seas, rocky landscapes, and beautiful light. The beaches of La Jolla can be tucked away, but the people are friendly and the geography is ever-changing.
Cannon Beach, a city in Oregon along the Pacific coast, offers views of the ocean, forested mountains to the east, and a marine garden at Haystack Rock full of sea life and birds like puffins and cormorants. A wide, clean expanse of sand allows for many family-friendly activities, and the water is cool and clear. This is a site that has been described as otherworldly and inspirational; it’s where the ‘80s film “The Goonies” was filmed.
The truth is, we haven’t even begun to delve into the amazing number of awesome beaches across this country. South Padre Island, Hilton Head, Martha’s Vineyard, South Beach, Ft. Lauderdale,– we have such a diversity of great ones, it’s hard to choose favorites. But there’s one thing we know for sure: the sun is strong along these sandy locales. Don’t forget a broad-spectrum sunscreen with water resistance, like SolRx SPF 50 with WATERBLOCK technology. You do not want to mar your beautiful beach experience with painful burns, no matter where you are.