The kids spend a lot of time playing in the water whenever we are at the beach. Shade is also great when we have it. The sand gets really HOT so the feet don’t like to spend a lot of time in it. The sand doesn’t look very dark, but apparently it is dark enough to soak up some sun. This makes the sand feel like a fresh-from-the-oven cookie sheet. Which is actually kind of nice in small doses to warm up from the cold water. In late summer, the water is almost a perfect temperature for those not expecting tropical temperatures and we played in it for hours.
At Del Mar Beach, the waves are reliable and can have some serious push — and pull– behind them. The surfers and boogie boarders love this of course, but it is also great for the body boarders. Just bouncing around in the water is great fun while also a nice workout. Even standing in the waves is some work, although not too hard. This makes it feel like you did something active even without completing a “real” workout.