Requirements for a Good Beach Day

Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

We have few requirements for a good beach day.

A clear path to crystal blue water.


A close supply of our favorite local beer.


Bonus points for having a mermaid perched on rocks.


Although we could do without seeing a ghost on the pier! (Too much Efes?)


A lonely pier…much better.


A gorgeous sunset to end the day is a must-have.


This beach in Ören is just a quick bus ride from our house, and as you can see, is almost deserted at this time of year. Maybe we’ve seen some nicer beaches, but nothing can beat the solitude!

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  • May 18 2012

    Beautiful. Can’t wait to make it to Turkey.

    • May 19 2012

      I am sure you will really love it. We are leaving next week and I’m already incredibly sad just thinking about it.

  • May 18 2012

    Love the pier shot. Little worried about the pier itself though. Do they always build jumps into their piers?
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    • May 19 2012

      Haha, not that we’ve seen. I don’t think this pier gets used very often. Just for haunting. 🙂

  • A Montrealer Abroad
    May 18 2012

    So beautiful 🙂 Even with the ghost, haha.

  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)
    May 18 2012

    My friend who traveled through Turkey was less than impressed with the beaches, but you’re right that a long swath of sand all to yourself can work wonders! The water definitely looks inviting, too!

    • May 19 2012

      Yes, we have definitely seen prettier beaches, but that matters less to us then having the ability to truly relax!

  • May 18 2012

    Nice! I’m surprised you were able to focus after the beer 🙂 The ocean and beach are good reminders that our land is vast and there’s more to see than our own little box in our small city/town.

    • Pete
      May 19 2012

      Haha, no doubt Jeff 🙂 There is so much to see in this world and there are definitely reminders along the way.

  • That ghost shot is eerie!!!!!! Love the other shots though! 🙂

    • Pete
      May 19 2012

      Thanks Andi, I thought so too. I used an ND filter and got a few shots of the kids jumping onto the old pier. I really liked the eerie effect of this one.

  • May 19 2012

    I don’t really even love beaches, yet you made me long for the sand with this post! The first photo, along with the one with the mermaid, are my favorites.
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    • Pete
      May 19 2012

      Cheers Amanda, that shot of the mermaid is Dalene’s fave and the first shot is mine, nice choices 🙂

  • May 19 2012

    This is just cool! The pics are heavenly and it would be a joy to be at such a place, even with a ghost lurking nearby!!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend:)
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    • Pete
      May 19 2012

      haha, yes, even with the ghost it was such an amazing place. Have a wonderful day Arti!

  • May 19 2012

    Love the water effect on those shots. Slow shutter speed or post processing (or both ;0)?
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    • Pete
      May 20 2012

      Mostly slow shutter and an ND filter. But of course some post work ;). Cheers mate.

  • Ali
    May 19 2012

    Just looking at this post relaxed me! Great photos!

    • Pete
      May 20 2012

      Thanks Ali, love when I see these sort of comments 🙂

  • Somehow, we have recently become “beach” guys. I don’t know how it happened. 🙂 I suppose it is hard to fight when the world offers up such lovely beaches (like the one in your photos).
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    • Pete
      May 20 2012

      It’s not hard to become “beach” guys when you experience the beaches in Croatia! We like the beach in small doses, but know we belong somewhere in the mountains.

  • May 19 2012

    I’m more a mountain lover rather than a beach fan, except in dreamy places.
    Like in your beautiful pics!
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    • Pete
      May 20 2012

      We’re the same Simon, we always feel at home in the mountains. But when we find empty paradises like this, we like to soak them in for the short while 🙂

  • May 20 2012

    Solitude is one of our main criteria for a successful beach day!

    We recently got the chance to go to a tiny, deserted island for an afternoon, and having an entire beach to ourselves was amazing.
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  • May 20 2012

    Looks like a beautiful beach to me. Maybe it is the solitude. We don’t write too much about the secluded beaches in our neck of the woods down here. 🙂

    • May 21 2012

      You don’t want to make it un-secluded anymore! I get it! 🙂

  • I like me some Efes beer too!
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  • May 23 2012

    All these must haves are definitely essential for a perfect beach day. You are certainly an expert when it comes to this. Great shots!
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  • May 24 2012

    Gorgeous shots!!!
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  • Yeah, I’d say this pretty much sums it up – looking forward to some beach days in the DC area this summer!
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  • June 1 2012

    Lovely Photos, superb captures. I’m now a fan of your site:).
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  • We love quite beaches and will even go in winter to get solitude.

    • July 11 2012

      Same here Mary! I might even prefer them then.

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