Beach

Beach Safety Tips
Aug07

One of the best parts of visiting B.C. during the summer is the warm weather and the sandy beaches. Fun must go hand-in-hand with beach safety, though, so here are some waterside tips for families to follow.  

1. Check for Flags & Signs 

Some beaches use flags and signs to denote location-specific warnings, like hazardous areas or dangerous marine life in the area. Any on-duty lifeguard will be able to explain these signs to you in they are unclear. If there is no lifeguard on duty, a quick Google search or a call/visit to a Visitors Information Centre should do the trick.

2. Apply and Reapply Sunscreen 

Obviously, UV rays can damage our very sensitive skin and even lead to melanoma and other permanent damage. Water, sweat, and physical activity can rub or wash away applied sunscreen throughout the day so you can’t just set it and forget it. Reapply any time you come out of the water and/or every 2 hours. You should also put sunscreen on 30 minutes before sun exposure to ensure it’s properly absorbed by the skin beforehand. Also: know the temperature/weather concerns before you set out—the Weather Network app can help.

3. Maintain a Safe Distance From Others

Not only does this stop the spread of infectious diseases but it also prevents accidents and is proper beach etiquette. If you can, maintain a safe 6-foot distance from others. Try visiting the beach during “off hours”, like while locals are at work, or hunting for more spacey spots to sit, even if they are farther from the water.

4. Know Some Swimming Basics

Make sure everyone in your group knows basic swimming and water safety. At the very least, they should be able to dog paddle or hold their breath and float on their back. Swim in pairs (or more) for maximum safety. Younger children should wear floating devices or lifejackets if they are at risk. If you are a weak swimmer, keep an open water float nearby.

5. Keep Near to a Source of Shade 

Whether it’s a tree or a beach umbrella you brought along, a source of shade is important to protect against burns as well as sun sickness/stroke. Be sure you are drinking plenty of water, too, which will also help against the latter. Heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and sun poisoning are always a risk when it’s bright and hot outside.

Keep these beach safety and swimming tips in mind and ask a lifeguard in the area if you need more assistance. No lifeguard? Defer to the strongest swimmer in the family, watch out for one another, and travel (swim) in groups. Swim safe and have fun!

No beach plans yet? Maybe it’s because you haven’t found the right vacation spot yet. Contact us to book one of our cottages or rental properties for your family vacation.

beach bag and towel
Sep02

Your Beach Vacation Packing List

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Have you ever had a hard time deciding what to bring to the beach? If so, we can help you! The essentials are listed below:

  • Beach Towel

La Casa Cottage Resort doesn’t rent beach towels so make sure you bring your favourite one from your home! What’s your go-to towel?

  • Sun Screen

Want to soak up the sun? It’s important to use sunscreen whilst outside, click here for more information!

  • Beach Bag

We recommend a bag made from waterproof material with a distinctive pattern so that you can spot it easily among others.

  • Sandals/Flip flops

To complete your look, choose a set of sandals that is comfortable, durable- and stylish! Flip flops are another option.

  • Swimsuit

Last but not least: a swimsuit! Whether you’re a fan of bikinis, one-pieces or shorts, having a flattering, colourful swimsuit is a must…so make sure you don’t forget to pack one.

Now you’re ready…

The Okanagan region is known for beautiful lakes. Not sure idea where you should go? Here’s our Top 10 Beaches in the Okanagan! If you are planning to do watersports, you’re in luck! There are so many places to do kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, scuba diving, and fishing.

 

Ready to head to the beach but haven’t booked accommodation? Call our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com  to find your perfect cottage at La Casa Cottages!

 

Written by Natsumi Matsumoto

 

May15

The Okanagan is known for its fine wineries, gorgeous sunny weather and it’s beautiful sandy beaches. It wouldn’t be a Kelowna Vacation without a hot, white sandy beach! Here are a few of the most popular beaches in the Okanagan to make the most of your stay at LaCasa Resort.

  1. Okanagan Beach Penticton:

    Sandy mile long beach in close proximity to a variety of motels and restaurants, waterpark, amusement park and a short walk to downtown. Shallow water and rental equipment available.

  2. Boyce-Gyro Park Kelowna :

    Equipped with picnic tables, beach volleyball courts and a playground. Paddle board rentals available within walking distance to great shopping, restaurants and hotels.

  3. Kal Beach Vernon:

    Known for its fishing, watersports and boating. Complete with two swimming docks, change rooms, pub, concession stand and kayak rentals.

  4. Skaha Beach Penticton:

    Great family beach with grassy parks and trees, picnic tables, tennis, hockey and basketball courts, playground, marina and a boat launch. Within a walking distance to hotels and accommodations.

  5. Canoe Beach Salmon Arm:

    Located on the Shuswap shores, Canoe Beach has many grassy areas for picnicking.

  6. Sun Oka Beach Summerland:

    This regional park is well known for watersports due to its boat access.

  7. Mara Lake Provincial Park:

    Day use only beach popular for fishing, swimming and picnicking. Designated swim areas to protect swimmers from boaters.

  8. Gyro Beach Osoyoos:

    Warmest fresh water lake in Canada with average temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius. Largest beach in Osoyoos while known for the many local events held here.

  9. Sicamous Sands Beach:

    Popular beach for house boating, complete with a waterpark for children.

  10. Hot Sands Beach Kelowna (City Park):

    Located in the heart of downtown Kelowna, City Park offers volleyball and basketball courts, grassy fields, skate park, washrooms and change rooms.