It may be that time of year for you to embark on your first, second, or annual All Inclusive beach trip. You’ve packed your bags, boarded your plane, and landed at your killer resort. But now what do you do? The possibilities are endless. You don’t want to land at your resort & realize you haven’t prepped for the most important part of your trip – the “Rest & Relaxation” part. Let us help you start on the right foot with some good beach reads to get your mind in the right place to take your relaxing beach experience to the max. You may not be a reader, but wouldn’t it be cool to discover a new found love for great storytelling, while daydreaming under your resort cabana?
Here are our favorite Beach-Reads
& why they’re essential for your next trip:
I’m a California girl turned hogwild in these here Arkansas hills, dreaming back to days of soaking up the sun and beach bumming. Wife of a man who keeps me a kid at heart and a mom of 2.
Favorite genre: No brainer, non-fictions
Book you wouldn’t beach without: My Year With Eleanor
Why it is essential: This memoir is such a fun beach read to escape into a real life story that’s both inspiring & easy to get through.
Book you wouldn’t beach without: I’m not one to re-read, but we’ll say Calico Joe
Why it is essential: It’s an instant classic to get lost in and turn your brain off. You don’t need to know a thing about (or even like) baseball to love this read.
Growing up in Ocean City, NJ, I became a beach bum. In my adolescent summers, waking up at 9am, being at the beach at 10am, then leaving the beach only once it got dark was routine. Winter didn’t stop me. I dawned my wetsuit for some chilly surfing. In 2005 I moved to Northwest Arkansas & officially became a “shoobie” (used to describe a tourist who visits the seashore for a day).
Favorite genre: Fiction
Book you wouldn’t beach without: Harry Potter Series
Why it is essential: When you are on vacation, you are already in a magical world that’s different from your own. But sometimes, we need a little inspiration to get us there faster. There’s nothing like the magical world of Harry Potter to get your mind in a place to dream and really get away from the day-to-day hustle.
A Texan by birth, Aggie by education, and now an Arkansas resident of 5 years! I love to run, read, & garden but most of my time is dedicated to my favorite people: my husband and son!
Favorite genre: Historical Novels
Book you wouldn’t beach without: My last vacation I read Gone with the Wind
Why it is essential: It’s a classic and has the best character development. One of my favorite books of all time!
Born in Nebraska (GBR!), moved to Arkansas. Still getting adjusting to life off the prairie. Daily, I wonder who moved all these tress in front of the sky. I love Shakespeare, food I can’t pronounce, heavy metal, and really, really long walks on the beach.
Favorite genre: Novels and Non-fiction
Book you wouldn’t beach without: Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Why it is essential: Fitzgerald’s last complete novel follows a couple and their Ex-pat friends as they take to an on-beach villa in the South of France. Family drama, beach vacation, and Fitzgerald’s clean, clean prose. Ol’ Scott thought it was his best book.
P.S. Brownie points for reading a Fitzgerald novel that isn’t Gatsby.
I love to travel! No, really…I do. And I love to help others travel! I started in the industry a decade ago and have booked tens of thousands of travelers to all-inclusive beach resorts in the Caribbean & Mexico, which has always been my specialty. I have traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean & Mexico and have been coast-to-coast plus everywhere in between domestically (and Hawaii). People call me “Mr.Beaches.” I’m happily married to the best woman in the world, Kristin, who’s studying to be a counselor.
Favorite genre: Nonfiction, especially leadership, business, spirituality, personal development, biography, behavioral economics or neuroscience
Book you wouldn’t beach without: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
Why it is essential: On beach trips, I love to kick-back and study the “Know thyself” philosophy.
Arkansas native, singer and an ENFJ. My favorite day would consist of Fayetteville in the fall, new music, and pizza for dinner. Growing up experiencing beach-life with my family grew my nostalgic love for the beach, new places, and new cultures. Writing for BSV next to amazing co-workers has been a dream.
Favorite genre: Audio books
Book you wouldn’t beach without: Scary Close by Donald Miller
Why it is essential: This book is all about the author’s experience to find his “true self”. While I’m trying to soak up true R&R, I like taking time to put away my phone, dig deep, & invest in books about the heart.