ESL Beach Vocabulary

English Beach Words

Beach bum:
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A person who is always at the beach and never seems to have anything important to do.

“Harold is a beach bum. Any day of the week you will find him there.”

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High/Low tide
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At different times of the day the ocean water is higher up on the beach than other times. This is called high tide. Low tide is when the ocean water is the farthest out. During low tide there is more room on the beach to play and sun bathe.

“Be careful during high tide. The waves are really big at this time.”

Riptide:
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This is a condition in the ocean where two different current meet and the water is really rough. Swimmers have to be careful here because the water can drag you under.

“Sally was swimming in the riptide and she drowned.”

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Choppy
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This describes the water when there is a lot of wind and the water is rough and there are lots of little waves.

“The ocean is really choppy when there is a storm.”

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Koozie
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This is a piece of foam that goes around your beer or soda can to keep it cold.

“Does anyone have a koozie? My beer is getting warm.”

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Canopy
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This is the tent like structure that has a roof, but no walls on the side. It is used to create shade for beach goers.

“We will need a canopy today. The sun is blazing!”

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G string:
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This is a type of bathing suit bottom for women that has a small string on the back so everyone can see your butt.

“If you are going to wear a G string don’t be surprised if random men start whistling at you.”

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Speedos
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This is a bathing suit for men that is very small and tight fitting. Most Americans don’t wear them. It is more of a European thing. Men in the US wear loose fitting long bathing suits.

“There he is in his Speedos. He makes me very uncomfortable! I don’t want to see that much of his body.”

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Beach Front Property
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A house and land that is right on the beach. These properties tend to cost a lot of money because they are very desirable.

“When I earn my first million I’ll get some beach front property.”

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To Comb the Beach
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To look all over the beach walking and using your eyes. This is usually done to find a lost person.

“We combed the beach looking for our lost son. He ended up being found at the life guard stand.”

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Beached Whale
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This is a slang term for a really fat person who is lying on the beach with a bathing suit on.

“You look like a beached whale out here. Put some clothes on. I told you to go on a diet before coming out to the beach!”

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Flip Flops
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Light rubber sandals used when going to the beach.

“Get your flip flops on since we will be walking on the beach.”

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Sand Castle
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A structure built out of wet sand that is made to look like a large house or a castle.

“Don’t step on my sand castle. It took me two hours to make.”

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Sunscreen/Sunblock
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A lotion that one spreads all over the body to avoid a sun burn.

“Get out the sunscreen. It is going to be a hot one today.”

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SPF number:
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The number on the sun screen bottle that tells you how strong the lotion is in terms of fighting off a sun burn.

“You’ll want a sun block that has an SPF of at least 30 on days like this.”

Bungalow
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A small house on the beach.

“We are going to stay in a small bungalow on the beach for three nights.”

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