The best part of staying at one of our Southern California resorts is that you’re within easy walking distance of some of the most beautiful beaches in the state.
Because of how important location is to our members, our resort associates are always looking for ways to protect our marine resources.
In fact, 40 of our associates from resorts throughout Southern California participated in a beach cleanup and collected more than 35 pounds of trash in just one afternoon!
So what can you do to keep our precious oceans alive and flourishing while on your vacation?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Download Seafood Watch
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has an awesome website called Seafood Watch where you can look up different types of fish to see the most sustainable dinner options.
- Use Less Plastic
Most of the trash that ends up in the ocean is plastic. Water bottles are a particular problem, and according to the EPA, it takes 450 years for plastic to degrade! Our resort in San Clemente has a water station where you can refill your reusable water bottle as often as you like.
- Buy Reef-Friendly Sunblock
The most common sunscreens contain chemicals like oxybenzone that damage coral reefs—not to mention aren’t great for humans either! We recommend using mineral-based sunscreens that use zinc oxide to shield skin from the sun without any harmful chemicals—good for your skin, good for the planet, and now easily found at most major grocery and retail stores!
- Respect Marine Life
The ocean is a complex ecosystem. Removing native species from their natural environment is not only bad for them individually, but also harmful to the ecosystem as a whole. If you see a crab or starfish on the beach, take only photos and memories with you and please leave the marine life where it belongs.