Sunday, June 26, 2016

Five Romantic Beach Date Ideas

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I love the beach (which is why I live in Florida, just a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico), and really love beach dates. That’s why I set my Fortune’s Island series on a fictional island off the coast of Massachusetts. Can’t Get Over You features a fun little bar named The Love Shack and plenty of beach date scenes. If you’re thinking of taking a special someone to the beach, here’s a few ideas:

  1.      A picnic: I’ve gone on dates before where we drive the SUV onto the beach, open up the back, spread out a blanket and have a picnic while we watch the sun set. A little wine, some sandwiches, and you’ve got all the makings of a nice romantic evening.  

  2.      Kayaking at midnight: Hands-down, this has been one of the most romantic things I’ve ever done. We went out on the water at midnight, on a clear, starry night, and kayaked to a little sandbar. We were the only ones there, which made it ten times more romantic.

  3.      Sailing: There’s nothing like getting out on the water with just your sweetie and a sailboat. The sailboat is quieter than a motorboat, and if the wind is right, you can zip all over the bay. If sailing isn’t your thing, try kayaking. It’s easy for pretty much anyone to do, and allows you to pull up to any small island or sandbar and hop out to explore.

  4.      Shell Hunting: Okay, so maybe the guys won’t find this as fun, but we have gone shell hunting before on long, long walks on the beach. We’ll stop to skip stones or check out conch shells, or just to watch the sunset together.

  5.      Homemade Beach: If you don’t live near the beach, set up a beach tableau on your living room carpet. Put on some calypso music, spread out a couple beach towels and a picnic dinner. Pour some margaritas, and maybe apply a little cocoa butter to get that at-the-beach scent in the air. Before you know it, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation! (and maybe read passages of Can’t Get Over You to each other, to add a little romance to the picture!).

Tell me—do you have a great beach date idea? What’s your favorite thing to do on the beach? Your favorite beach to visit?

Travel back to the loveswept world of Fortune’s Island with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump.


His voice pierced the darkest corners of her heart. 

Waitress Jillian Matheson needs a life makeover. The first thing on her “Get it Together” to-do list is breaking up with her fiancĂ©, Zach Gifford, a struggling rocker who refuses to grow up. With Zach on the sidelines, Jillian pursues the dream career she’s secretly craved for decades and finds romance in the arms of a hot, mysterious visitor on Fortune’s Island. There’s just one kink in her plans. Zach’s band has a regular gig at The Love Shack where she works. And, she can’t deny the effect of his velvet-cloaked voice, a voice that can still reach places she no longer allows his hands to touch.

She’s the only song he ever wanted to sing.

Zach thought he had everything figured out—a music career on the edge of a breakthrough and a gorgeous fiancĂ©—until Jillian left her engagement ring on his amp one night and walked out of his life. He is sure that he can get her to remember their shared passion and realize that they belong together, until a new man enters the picture and begins to sway Jillian’s heart.

Is it ever too late for true love?

Just as Zach begins to break down Jillian’s walls of resistance, a dark secret from his past comes to light and threatens to ruin their second chance at love. With shattered trust pushing them farther away from each other than ever before, can these two wounded hearts find their way back to each other before the last song?

Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance and women's fiction to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners. 

Look for her Sweet and Savory Romance series, including the USA Today bestselling book, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE, on Amazon and Nook, and her new Sweetheart Club series for Berkley, starting with THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN. 

Visit her website at or read recipes and life adventures at

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  1. My all time favorite beach is Panama City Beach. I love the clear, green/blue water and white sand beach. I've had stingrays swim between my legs and a sea turtle come to check me out.
    My perfect beach date would be an all night wine, snacks, talk with periods of silence to listen to the waves until the sun rises.

  2. I like to play in the water at the beach but I don't like it so deep that I HAVE to swim. That's too much work and I'm there to relax. I also like to take a picnic and a book, of course.

  3. I've been to the Atlantic beach in Virginia but I was a child so I don't remember. I saw the Pacific from the highway in LA but didn't get out on the sand. Maybe one day I'll actually walk in the sand on a beach.


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