Beach vs. Pool

Beaches and pools are both great options for enjoying the water and cooling off on a hot day, but they each offer different experiences. Some people prefer swimming in the ocean, playing in the sand, and riding the waves. Others prefer to swim in a pool with warm water, knowing they are safe from danger. Although both options are great, a debate is evident between which is better. Let’s talk about some of the factors beaches and pools have to offer. 

Beaches are typically located in natural settings, such as near the ocean or a lake, while pools are usually man-made and can be found in various locations such as hotels, resorts, and private homes. Oftentimes, beaches offer beautiful natural surroundings with the sand, waves, and scenery. But, oceans have tar which can get stuck to your feet and ruin your clothes. On the flip side, pools can have a more controlled and artificial atmosphere. Some pools have beautiful and stunning designs, too. 

The San Marcos Pool. (Robert Reyes)

Beaches offer a range of activities to choose from. Alongside swimming, beaches offer surfing, boogie boarding, beach volleyball, snorkeling, building sand castles, and more. On the other hand, pools offer childrens games, like Colors, Marco Polo, and are better for diving, swimming laps, or just relaxing. 

Pools are often considered safer since they are in a controlled environment with a lifeguard on duty. Even though some beaches have lifeguards, they are often sitting in towers on their phones and not paying attention. Not only that, pools are shallower than the ocean which can have strong currents and other hazards. Furthermore, in oceans there are sharks, jellyfish, stingrays, and more which can cause potential harm and death. 

Beaches are usually free to visit, while access to pools may require a fee or membership. On the contrary, if you live in an area without a beach near or close by, then it may be quite time consuming to spend your time driving towards a beach and back, since you can find a pool in most cities. 

Ultimately, the choice between a beach and a pool depends on personal preference and what kind of experience you are looking for. If you want a natural and adventurous experience, a beach may be the way to go. If you want a more controlled environment for swimming and relaxation, a pool may be the better option. Personally, I would rather go to the beach and swim in the ocean because there are more activities to do and I like to ride the waves.