If you are heading to the beach, you won’t be alone.

If you are heading to the beach, you won’t be alone.

With the peak of the summer season upon us, the area beaches are a prime destination for beach-lovers of all types and with a variety of interests.

Whether you are seeking a play day with the kids or a little respite by the sea, officials say a little common courtesy can help make a day at the beach a good one for everyone.

“There are all kinds of people who come out and are sharing the beach, families with children, seniors, large groups, individuals. Be mindful of the people around you and be courteous of others,” said Alesia Sanderson, director of the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department.

In short, treat others as you would want to be treated, Sanderson said.

There is no ordinance against smoking on the beach in Emerald Isle, she said, but keep in mind that others around you may not tolerate cigarette smoke well.

Most towns have a noise ordinance that limits sound by decibel level.

While area officials said that doesn’t tend to be an issue on the beach strands, they also recommend keeping radio and music volumes at a reasonable level. Some beach goers may be coming for some ocean-side relaxation.

“The ocean itself is what some want to hear,” said Carin Faulkner, town clerk and public information officer for North Topsail Beach.

Just using common sense when considering your beach location can help keep the peace.

The public beach accesses can be crowded and someone seeking a little peace and quiet may want to seek out a less populated spot. Those planning to toss a football or fly a kite should find a spot with some open space.

“Use common sense, be responsible, and be aware of your surroundings at all times,” Sanderson said.

And follow the rules that are in place to protect the public and the beach itself.

Walking or playing on dunes is not permitted; use designated walkways and crossovers. Beach visitors should also keep from blocking accesses and allow enough room to accommodate public access as well as access by emergency responders.

Leash laws are enforced at all area beaches. While specifics may vary, dogs should be kept on a leash at all times.

There are also rules against littering and beach towns say they do what they can to help make the task easy, keeping trash receptacles at the beach accesses and places to dispose of cigarette butts.

It’s not just that litter is unsightly.

“If you bring it in; take it out,” Sanderson said. “Litter gets into the water and the yards. It’s unsafe for the environment and beach goers want a clean beach.”

Faulkner said one of the bigger issues they have starts before beach goers even hit the sand. Limited parking can make the start to a beach trip frustrating but Faulkner said it’s important not to intrude on roadways or park where it’s not designated public parking.

“The main issue we have is parking and we ask people to be patient,” she said.

She recommends carpooling when possible. When parking on the right-of-way of public town streets, do not restrict the flow of traffic, do not block driveways or fire hydrants and keep 15 feet from intersections.