One of the biggest disappointments for vacationers is when the weather does not cooperate with their plans. This can be especially problematic at a beach resort where the holiday’s highlight will most likely have to do with sun and outdoor activities. Yes, it is impossible to control the weather. The best that most tourists can do is plan a vacation for the season that has the lowest average rainfall. Of course, in many destinations, rainy weather is not the end of a vacation. It is merely a reason to spend a few hours relaxing indoors before the the sun returns. Whether your entire vacation is a washout or you just need to come inside to escape a passing rain shower, here are some ideas for things to do when it rains on your beach vacation.

Catch up with friends online

Lido di Roma, Italy

Photo: Daniele Zedda / Flickr

You might use your down time during a rain storm to catch up with friends on Facebook and let people know how your vacation is going thus far. Most people use social media at some point during their vacation, so why not do it when you are stuck inside so that you don’t have to miss even a moment of sunshine. Since almost every resort has some sort of internet access available to guests, this is a convenient rainy day option.

Venture out to a shopping area or mall

Manhattan Beach, California, US

Photo: Neil Kremer / Flickr

Of course, rain doesn’t confine you to your room completely. As long as you do not find yourself in the middle of a full-blown tropical storm, you can still get out and use the rain as an excuse to catch up on your souvenir shopping at a local mall or at local shops. Most resort destinations have large shopping areas that cater to tourists. Again, the idea is to do things that you will be doing on your trip anyway when the weather is poor so that you don’t miss even a second of sunshine.

Take a bus ride or car tour

Pismo Beach, California, US

Photo: puliarf / Flickr

Most people head to tropical beach destinations, in part, because of the lush scenery. Many of these places also have historic attractions. A bus or car tour, as long as it is not storming dangerously, can be a great way to see the sights while also staying dry. Most resorts and hotels offer group tours, or can at least help you rent a car if you want to take off on your own.

It can also pay to do a little research and have a rainy day plan that you can plug into your itinerary if needed. All but the most remote beach destinations usually have some sort of indoor attractions, and some have a large menu of fun activities that don’t require sunshine and nice weather to enjoy.

Do you have any ideas for things to do when it rains on your beach vacation? Let us know about your insights in the comments section below.

Josh Lew
Josh Lew
Josh Lew has traveled widely in Asia and the Americas. He has contributed to popular travel sites like Gadling and Brave New Traveler and currently writes a weekly travel column for MNN. His work has also appeared on the websites of CNN and Forbes Magazine.

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