La Playa: Beach Stories

Miami Beach 1970s

My Childhood: Miami Beach.

Vamos a la Playa, calienta el sol…

This photo above is Miami Beach, probably around 1972. Back before it was trendy and mostly populated by retirees, a few tourists and Cuban immigrants and their young families.

The beach, the playa, el mar is what I am called to, and when I put out the request to get Latin-flavored beach stories for the Tiki Tiki, they came in. Good ones from both coasts.

It appears we, as a people, may be called to the water’s edge. And, mostly, called to drag along coolers and beer and boom boxes. Maybe? Or am I stereotyping?

The lazy days I spent at the beach with my family forever shaped me. It is where I want to go when I want to escape. These days, a river or lake is where I have to dunk myself, and it isn’t the same. But, it always will have to do until I get myself back into the salty, warm waters I come from.

Share your Playa Stories

This week, look for several wonderful stories by great writers of living the beach life, Latin-style.

Do you have great beach stories to share? What are your beach memories? Do you have classic beach pictures to share?

Leave your story in the comments, or feel free to email us.

Here are a couple of photos taken from my family.

Miami Beach 1970s

Miami Beach, 1970s

Seaside heights, NJ 1960s

My cousins at "The Jersey Shore" -- Seaside Heights, NJ, 1960s

Share, por favor!

By Carrie on July 2, 2012 · Posted in the habla habla

19 Comments | Post Comment

Carol says:

OMG. Awesome photos!! My favorite memories of going to la playa was when I lived in Samana, DR, and we would have to walk uphill in the sun to get to the beach behind one of the only resorts there are the time. The hill was murder, but we would take our time, stop along the way grabbing guava fruit from the trees and crushing almond fruits with rocks to get to the nut. By the time we got to the beach hours had passed, but we were full and happy. Those are memories I will treasure forever. Thanks for sharing yours!

Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Maria Amelia says:

There is something magical about the beach, no matter what part of the world you are in. There is something about the air and the noise. There is something about the way it makes things taste and smell. And always, always, the memories from it and by it are magnified.

Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Rachel says:

I love this series! Although my family has very few memories en la playa, my immediate family and I have enough for both my childhood and my kiddo’s. I’m at peace when I’m at the beach. I hope my kiddo one day can look back at all the fun times we had at beach – from Bermuda’s pink sandy beached to Brighton Beach in Brooklyn. :)

Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Mercedes @BeChicMag says:

Adorbs! These photos are precious. Many blessings to your family. How great it must be to grow up near a beach :)

Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Lisa ~ AutismWonderland says:

Love the photos! They do have an instagram feel to them ;)

I don’t think you are stereotyping at all – Coolers, beer & boomboxes are must haves for the beach!

Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Ruby says:

Great post I’ve had some pretty awesome days at the beach with family and friends but I think the memories made this year in California with my family and kids is going to be exciting! I can’t wait!

Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Comiendo en LA says:

Qué lindas fotos!! I’m going to look for my beach pictures! Thanks for sharing yours!

Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Alba Garza says:

Thanks for sharing your pics. The only thing I remember is having fun at the beach!!

Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Tia Mirtha says:

I love the pictures you posted of all the primas. I remember taking all of you guys to the beach every Sunday morning. We would go down to 6 or 7th street on South Beach and we could find a parking space. Life was good. We could always find friends and family there.
I have not been to the beach in years.. Is that not a shame?. As I gotten older is harder for me to drive all the way there with all the traffic and the people. But…. I would not live any place else. I know the beach is there and that’s what counts.

Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Cristina-ColombianaenCA says:

I went to la playa for the first time in San Andres Island, a beautiful paradise in Colombia. I was 4 years old and I can’t remember that much, but I know we had a wonderful time.
Then, when I was living in Spain with the family, our home was only one block away from the beach. During the summer, I was there everyday with my friends, playing and having the best time.

Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Peru Delights says:

Beautiful photos. They reflect the relaxed feeling of a day with the family at the beach. Lovely post.

Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Presley's Pantry says:

Even though I was born and raised in Los Angeles…. i wasn’t much of a beach girl, even as a child…. I do remember going to Malibu with my family and all my cousins and I riding in the back of the truck. As dangerous as I know it is now, at the time it was the best thing.

Posted on July 3rd, 2012

Pa' La Playa or How Puerto Ricans Do The Beach says:

[...] This essay is Part 2 of La Playa: Beach Stories, Latin-style, showcased this week on the Tiki Tiki. [...]

Posted on July 3rd, 2012

Monica says:

We used to spend a lot of time on the shore. And now that I live in NC with the coast only a couple of hours away, we try to make a trip there at least twice a year and my kids love it. So do I!

Posted on July 3rd, 2012

To the Mexican Beach says:

[...] essay is part of the Beach Week series on the Tiki [...]

Posted on July 5th, 2012

Viviana Hurtado/The Wise Latina Club says:

I summered every summer of my childhood in Colombia where we, a big extended family, took a pilgramage to Coveñas. Long days playing in the water, food which was a mix of what my family cooked, plus some treats we bought from the local street vendors: cocadas, fresh coconut water from cocos, peeled mango…Sigh…when we were kings!

Posted on July 6th, 2012

Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™ says:

How incredibly Cuban and classical. I love the family feel of them. And, you haven’t changed! That 1st pic is clearly YOU! :) The stories have been great so far!

Posted on July 8th, 2012

Jamie says:

When I was a kid, I remember every summertime we go to the beach where we play all day. My favorite part is when we drink coconut water, it just soothes my dehydrated little body. Those good old days.. sigh
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Posted on July 20th, 2012

Santa says:

Yo recuerdo la playa Bacuranao cuando era pequena y comia mamoncillos , oh esos recuerdos los llevo vivo en la mente. Mis tias me cocian una trusa todos los anos, pues mis tias se pasaban horas y horas en murallas comprando retazos para cocerme ropas y loazos para la cabeza. Ay,que bueno es recordar!

Posted on August 8th, 2012