My Story of Living on a Beach in Hawaii For 2 Months
How to Live at the Beach
If you want to live in a place with fresh air, great weather, and lots of waves, the beach is the perfect place for you. To find yourself the perfect beach home, decide what aspects of the beach are most important to you and stick to your budget. Finding a job that will support you, as well as tracking your expenses and exploring your new environment, will allow you to enjoy your new coastal home.
Choosing Your Beach Environment
Decide what you want from your beach spot.Maybe you’re most interested in swimming in the ocean, catching fish, exploring nature, or lounging in the sand in your free time. Figuring out what you want out of your location will help narrow down the types of beaches you should be looking at.
- Do an internet search to help with your findings, such as typing "best fishing beaches" or "beaches with winter activities" into the search bar.
- For example, if you’re interested in surfing, you might look at Rincon, Puerto Rico.
- Annapolis, Maryland, is a great spot for boat lovers, and Bodega Bay, California, is perfect for people who love to fish.
Compile a list of beach possibilities that are within your price range.Whether you want to rough it at the beach or are planning on living in a nice home with lots of amenities, you'll want to pick out places that are affordable. Go online to find out the average cost of living in areas that you’re considering to help you with your decision.
Research the area to find out if it has all the amenities you’ll need.If you don’t want to have to drive long distances whenever you need something, it’s important to find out if there are grocery stores, businesses, and medical facilities nearby. If there’s a certain place that you really want to be near, such as a library or fitness place, look at a map of the area to find out if the house’s location will be convenient.
- If all you need is food and the beach, then just focus on being near a grocery store.
- If you know you’re going to want to explore the town and enjoy leisure activities, make sure you’re choosing a location that has lots of entertainment options.
Visit the beach before moving there, if possible.The best way to decide if the beach spot is right for you is to see it in person. You’ll be able to inspect your potential new home much more efficiently and explore the area in more depth than you’d be able to do online or through pictures.
- If the beach is close to your current home, take a day or a whole weekend to explore the new location.
- If the beach isn't close to your home, but you still want to visit, set aside a weekend to go and take a look at it.
Selecting the Type of Residence
Choose what type of home you're looking for.If you're looking to focus your attention purely on enjoying beach life and don't intend on using things like Internet or electricity in your home, you'll have different options than someone who wants to live comfortably with all the amenities on the beach. Decide what size home you're looking for and what it needs to have so that you can narrow down your options.
Determine how close you want to be from the ocean.If you want an oceanfront home, you’re going to end up paying more than you would for a house that’s off the beach but nearby. Decide whether you’d like to live right on the sand, walk across the street to the beach, or have to drive a couple minutes to reach the ocean. This will help narrow down your search for potential homes.
- Houses that are right on the beach are more likely to be damaged by bad weather.
Research available houses or beach shacks to find one you like.Once you've determined the size and amenities needed, you can start looking online (or in person, if you live close enough to the beach spot) to find a home that might work. There are lots of different sites that will lead you to real estate, so research thoroughly.
- Be patient when doing your research to find beach spots that provide the things you want.
- You can look at houses that are available in each area using sites such as Craigslist or .
- To find smaller beach homes, use keywords like "cottage."
- When visiting online realty sites, you can change your price range to fit your specific needs.
Contact a landlord or local realtor to talk about a house you’re interested in.If you’ve already found a house that you’re interested in and would like more information, reach out to the landlord or realtor in charge of the home. If you’ve chosen an area but need help finding the best home, contact a local realtor from the area to help you with your search.
- If you used a site like Craigslist or , the contact information that you’ll need should be listed on the page.
- You can find local beach realtors by typing in the location and then “realtors” into a generic search engine online.
Keep track of a potential new home's information.If you contacted a landlord or realtor about a house you're interested in, write down or type up everything you learned and asked about the house so that you don't forget. This is especially important if you're looking at several different homes at once—you don't want to get them all confused.
- Start a notebook or computer document with the address of each potential home and information about it, such as the amenities it includes, its price, what the environment is like, etc.
Buy or rent the house of your choosing.Once you've picked out the best option and have settled things with the realtor or landlord, it's time to settle down in your new home! Make sure you fill out all the required paperwork and get any necessary information before closing the deal.
Supporting Your Lifestyle
Find a job that provides a stable source of income.Unless you’re moving to a large city on the coast, it can sometimes be difficult to find a high-paying job while living at the beach. Visit local restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues to see if you’d like to work there. You also have the option of working remotely from your computer if you have Wi-Fi, giving you endless job options.
- Consider being a freelance writer, editor, translator, graphic designer, or website builder if you’re interested in an online job.
- Jobs working at hotels, bars, and hospitals are also usually available at beaches.
- Try to find a job based on your current set of skills or experiences. For example, if you already have experience doing graphic design, it'll be much easier for you to find a job in that field.
- While you don't have to find a job before you've moved, it's definitely a good idea to start looking for jobs before moving to make the transition less stressful.
Decide how you’ll get around.While it’s probably easiest if you use a car, traffic can increase during those summer months while you’re living at the beach. Consider riding your bike to work, or walking to the grocery store when you only need a few items. Beach towns tend to be very bike- and pedestrian-friendly, making it easy to opt for the fresh air.
- If you live a bit far from your job or don’t live close to town, it’s best if you use a car for transportation, or carpool with someone else.
Figure out where to go in an emergency situation.Find out where the closest hospital is, as well as the local police station and fire department. It’s also a good idea to know what to do if there’s a hurricane or other natural disaster since living at the beach often means experiencing the brunt of bad weather.
- Visit a map website or app, such as GoogleMaps, to locate all of the emergency locations easily.
- If you call the non-emergency number for the police station or fire department, they’ll be able to answer your questions about what to do during inclement weather.
Explore your food options.Locate the grocery store nearest to you so that you’ll know where you can get your groceries. Living at the beach often means getting to enjoy lots of different restaurants, from seafood establishments to ice cream shops. Find a list of the grocery stores and restaurants in the area so that you know what’s available.
- Pick up a local newspaper or ask around to see if there are any farmers markets offering fresh produce.
- Sometimes restaurants will close during off-seasons, so call or go online to find out whether or not they’re currently open for business.
to track your expenses.This is especially important the first few months to a year that you’re living at the beach so you get an idea of how much money is needed to sustain your lifestyle. Write it down on paper or use an online spreadsheet to document your income, as well as what you spend on food, transportation, health services, entertainment, and any other expenses.
- There are also apps you can download on your phone to help you with budgeting, such as Mint or GoodBudget.
Meet new people to expand your support system.Reach out to neighbors to get to know the people living next to you, and try to build relationships with your coworkers. Whether you’re moving to the beach to escape the drama of city life or not, it’s a good idea to make new friends and have people you can rely on in times of need.
- Ask neighbors to go biking with you or take a walk on the beach.
- Ask a coworker if he or she will show you their favorite restaurant or music venue.
Enjoy leisure activities offered in your beach location.Most beaches have plenty of entertainment options, both out in nature and indoors. Take advantage of the great weather and sandy beaches by exploring all of the different activities available, such as biking, swimming, or kayaking.
- Visit the local tourist center to find a complete list of activities offered at the beach.
- Enjoy listening to live music, watching films at movie theaters, or playing putt-putt.
- Many beaches also offer parasailing, dolphin watching, and amusement parks.
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