The Five Worst Beach Vacations in Literature

Posted on June 24, 2022

by Eric P

Everyone loves the beach, but if you’re going to have a successful and relaxing vacation at the seashore, you’ll need to do some research. As with most things, the Library has resources available to help. Here are five books that can help you maximize your family fun amidst the dunes.

Jaws by Peter Benchley

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Most common complaints about a beach vacation: crowds; sunburn; and apex predators. Manage your expectations and just have fun!

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Be prepared! Many a beach excursion has been spoiled by someone forgetting to pack their totemic pig’s head.

The Beach by Alex Garland

Planning is key. Sketch out a loose schedule for your day so you don’t neglect to do some of the fun things you’re looking forward to. For example:

10 a.m. – Swim

11:30 a.m. – Lunch

1:15 p.m. – Hallucinogenic visions/untimely deaths

4 p.m. – Clam bake?

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Be adventurous. Getting away from your everyday life is a great opportunity to try new things you’ve never done before. Who knows – maybe casual mutinying will become your new favorite hobby.


Maybe surfing is a good hobby for you. Its advantages include exercise, fresh air, and a laid-back lifestyle. Disadvantages: crime lords, kingpins, cartels.

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