Beach Shade Shelter
The beach shade shelter protects you from the sun, wind, rain, and heat. It is easy to make using natural materials found in a beach environment.
Follow these steps to build a beach shade shelter.
- Find and collect driftwood or other natural material to use as support beams and as a digging tool.
- Select a site that is above the high water mark. You can typically determine where the high water mark is by observing debris patterns on the beach shore.
- Scrape or dig out a trench running north to south so that it receives the least amount of sunlight. Make the trench long and wide enough for you to lie down comfortably.
- Mound soil on three sides of the trench. The higher the mound, the more space inside the shelter.
- Lay support beams (driftwood or other natural material) that span the trench on top of the mound to form the framework for a roof.
- Enlarge the shelter’s entrance by digging out more sand in front of it and further back into the trench.
- Use natural materials such as grass or leaves to form a bed inside the shelter.