Finding the beach close to home this weekend

May 24, 2013

The annual Memorial Day exodus to the Delmarva beaches has begun. Even if highs are going to be in the 60s, we're expecting tweets and Instagram photos from friends enjoying the first weekend of summer. Unfortunately, not all of us can skip town for the holiday, but that doesn't mean we can't get a taste of the beach closer to home. Here are a few ideas from the Going Out Guide staff.


The Big Bamboo cocktail at Mango Mike's is served in a real coconut shell. (Photo by Evy Mages for The Post)

Go to a different beach
Maybe you can't get away for an overnight trip, or don't have time to sit in Bay Bridge traffic. Try one of these nearby beaches, where you can visit without making hotel reservations or using a full tank of gas.

Burlesque-A-Pades Beach Party
Sun, sand and U Street: The World Famous Pontani Sisters are bringing a “Beach Blanket Bingo” vibe to the Howard Theatre on Saturday night. The well-known burlesque dancers are the stars of the “Burlesque-a-Pades Beach Party,” a revue that mixes magic, comedy, vaudeville acts and lots of dance routines featuring swimwear, grass skirts and other exotic costumes.

Celebrate Hawai'i
Few things conjure the image of the beach lifestyle as well as the word "Hawaii." The National Museum of the American Indian hosts a weekend-long Celebrate Hawai'i Festival with hula dancing, lei-making workshops, documentaries and dancing to singer Amy Hanaiali`i Gilliom and the Aloha Boys.

Great Waves Waterpark
The 17,500-square-foot wave pool at Alexandria's Great Waves Waterpark delivers waves over four feet high. You can't guarantee surf like that in Fenwick Island.

Mango Mike's
If you've been to Mango's on the boardwalk in Bethany Beach, you'll be familiar with the frozen Mangorita cocktails, drinks served in coconut shells, decorative fish tanks and "Jamaica-Me-Crazy" nachos at this Alexandria beach bar. It's decorated with palm trees and tropical greenery inside and out.

CTRL Tank-Tacular
The dress code for Cobalt's monthly mix of indie-dance, electropop and remixes is "your best tank top, short shorts, and beach gear."

Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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