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The Perfect Beach Week

It’s hot—really hot, but though it’s hard to imagine, it won’t be summer forever. We’re so lucky to be able to take advantage of some of the country’s best beaching, and we’re determined to squeeze in every last beach trip we can. (Who says summer’s over at Labor Day, anyway?)

Senior Stylist/Beach Aficionado Michelle Martini shares her tips for the Perfect Summer Beach Week. Here are her top must-try’s before summer slips away.


#1 Learn to Paddleboard

Even if you’re brand new to this trendy sport, don’t be afraid to give it a try. Athletic types will pick it up quickly, and if you’re feeling less certain, don’t fret— you can always start out on your knees and still enjoy the waves.

Definitely rent a board for your first time, before investing in one. Paddleboard rental pop-ups line the beaches—many places that carry kayaks now carry them. Here’s a favorite in the Destin and Ft. Walton areas:

Once you’ve got the hang of paddle boarding, sure you can do yoga, but what’s even more fun is using it as a new method of transport to your party destination. “We like to all meet up and paddleboard out to a party on the water,” says Michelle.

Which bring us to…


#2 Crab Island

It’s only accessible by boat (or paddleboard, or the like) and quite possibly the main reason Destin was named one of the “Top 10 Places to Live and Boat in the United States” by Boating Magazine.

It’s a top spot for playing or partying on the water. Check out this video:

A sandbar escape out in the waters, the water is about waist-deep and it’s a hot spot to dock your boat and just hang out. You can jet from the live music at the floating stage to get daiquiris, ice cream or other goodies from the many food vendors. You can simply float… or fish, snorkel, even check out the inflatable obstacle course, which is fun for all ages.

Read more here.


#3 Harbor Walk Village

Need something a little more land-based? Check out the Harbor Walk Village in Destin. You can spend the day browsing the shops, check out a pirate ship, see free live music and fireworks, the list goes on. Or you can take a boat out to enjoy the view. And once you’re too hot to stay out of the water, you can rent jet skis, kayaks and paddleboards, to help you cool down.

Check out Harbor Walk


#4 Ecofina Springs

This 6-mile stretch of river is a gem many locals might not even know about. You can rent canoes and kayaks lots of places, but the springs are what makes Ecofina special. Thanks to the many natural springs on the river, the water stays a cool 68 degrees, no matter how hot it is outside! Pack a cooler and hit the water.

Here’s where to find it:


#5 Protect Your Hair

The rest of your perfect beach week should be spent at your leisure (because over-planning the perfect beach trip is just a crime). But there’s one last, easy thing Michelle recommends, and that’s protecting your hair and skin.

For waterfront days, she prefers to start with a simple bun or braid, finished with Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil to protect her hair and color from the sun’s UV rays.

She also likes Aveda’s Daily Light Guard™ as an everyday sunscreen for face, hands and décolleté, because it’s light and easy to blend. But for water days, you should add on a high-SPF, water-resistant sunscreen and re-apply every two hours.

And the best thing about that bun or braid? When you go out that evening, let it down and you’ve got killer waves that say, “I had a great beach day.”