Bad Form at the Beach: TripAdvisor Beach and Pool Etiquette Survey Reveals 82 Percent Claim Waterside Wrongdoings
Thumbs Down for Speedos and Skimpy Bikinis, but Topless Tanning Raises Fewer Eyebrows
NEWTON, Mass., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced the results of its annual beach and pool etiquette survey of more than 2,000 U.S. travelers. For the second year running, Americans take the swim cap of shame as the worst beach and pool offenders according to the survey, with New Yorkers named the worst culprits, followed by travelers from Florida and New Jersey. Eighty-two percent of respondents think that people often violate some form of beach or pool etiquette, while 30 percent have gone so far to ask a stranger to stop behaving rudely at the beach or pool.
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Most Common Beach and Pool Etiquette Violations
Most Annoying Beach or Pool Etiquette Violations
Smoking ranked as the second-biggest pet peeve in 2009, but dropped off this year's list of top annoyances. Still, 83 percent believe smoking should be banned around the pool, while 64 percent maintain that it should be disallowed at the beach.
Regardless of how sizzling the sun is, many travelers are left cold at the thought of speedos and skimpy bikinis. Speedos are seen as more of a violation than bikinis, and surprisingly, topless sunbathing causes less of a stir:
Piddling at the Pool
While 15 percent of travelers maintain that urinating in the water is the most annoying violation of beach and pool etiquette, many beachgoers don't practice what they preach.
Booze at the Beach
The majority of travelers are comfortable with coastline cocktails, as 71 percent of respondents said that alcohol should be permitted on the sand. However, 11 percent say public intoxication is the most annoying waterside violation.
Zoning Out Kids and Pets
Many travelers would like to see restricted-access zones on beaches to keep out kids, canines and even members of the opposite sex.
Beach and Pool Etiquette: Essential Do's and Don'ts:
"Al fresco fun is the order of the day, with almost 60 percent of Americans planning to hit the beach this summer," said Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. "But as the mercury rises, fuses can fray, so it's crucial for travelers to be mindful of breaching unwritten beach and pool etiquette."
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