Ultimate Ecotourism Activity

Planning a vacation for an environmentally conscious family can be a daunting task. It seems just the idea of a family vacation could increase your carbon footprint. And will the whole family enjoy an eco-activity. How do I find ecotourism business? Before we can find an ecotourism business we need to know what we are looking for.

There are lot of guidelines and outlines for businesses desiring to offer eco-friendly activities. The phrase “triple bottom line” coined by John Elkington in 1994 gives us a good idea of the three benchmarks used to measure sustainable business. “Essentially, the triple bottom line takes ecological and social performance seriously, building it into a three-part organization model that functions along three axes: people, planet, and profit. In other words, rather than considering only profit in measuring a business’ success, the triple bottom line gets companies thinking beyond money to social and environmental factors as well”, suggests Green Marketing TV in an article titled, What is a Green Business?

According to the previous definition ecotourism activities that are concerned with and positively affect people, and do not damage and possibly even enhance the local/global environment are considered sustainable. Businesses that manage the first two points; people and environment also have to maintain profitability to continue being a Green Business. So there you have it! Where then can such an ecotourism activity be found?

Eco-Friendly and Family-Friendly

SandCastle Lessons are Eco-Friendly

On The Emerald Coast of course

Beach Sand Sculptures is a professional sandsculpting company based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. For several years now they have been playing on the beautiful sugar sand beaches of Destin and South Walton County, using and reusing the same water over and over again to create memories in the sand for family on vacation. These professional beach bums believe they offer the ultimate ecotourism activity in all the US and possibly the world.

It’s not just a SandCastle Lessons . . . it will be a vacation memory to last a lifetime!

Not only do they give “SandCastle Success” to their clients every time, they also create “SandCastle Envy” up and down the beach. “We teach them about tools, give them techniques and mentor them in creating their own 3 ½ foot tall sandcastle tower – first time!” explains owner and Head SandCastle Coach, Rick Mungeam.

Turtle welfare is a huge concern in Florida.  SandCastles are constructed in consideration of the turtle’s role in our ecology. The top lighter sand is used to create stronger more detailed SandCastles without digging hole which may endanger the life of both females and hatchlings alike. The same sand can be infinitely re-used for SandCastle building without any effect on the environment.

The second ingredient in building SandCastles is water. It is the surface tension of water that actually holds the pieces of sand together; just as two plates in a sink of water are sometimes difficult to separate. Water is the magic that allows the construction of taller towers. SandCastle construction takes a considerable amount of water, but gravity drain through the sand and returns it back the emerald green waters of The Gulf of Mexico. Therefore the two natural resources using in SandCastle Lessons; sand and water are always recycled and return to their natural state.

If you remember our three part axes you might be asking the question; what about people? How do SandCastle Lessons affect people. That’s a good and very important question.

When Rick and Capri Mungeam started teaching SandCastle Lessons they were trying to teach people how to build taller more successful sandcastles. Then something very exciting happened. The SandCastle Lessons started getting Tripadvisor reviews expressing something magically unexpected. First, the #1 Tripadvisor Activity in Destin, Florida. Second, the tenor of the reviews continues to be, “Best Family Activity Ever”. This was a pot of gold at the end of a spectacular rainbow.  Not only do SandCastle Lessons utilize the environment in a positive manner, they also provide an exceptionally unique quality family experience that creates family memories like none other. These Tripadvisor reviews have moved SandCastle Lessons with Beach Sand Sculptures to become the #1 Tripadvisor Activity in Destin, Florida thus creating an increased demand for more SandCastle Lessons.

“iI 2013 we could not keep up with the demand – the two of us could only do so many lessons per week”, Mungeam confessed. Rick’s wife, Capri, sadly expressed, “It was heart breaking to turn people away because we knew how great the experience would be for their family”. To meet the need in 2014, the couple hired and trained several new SandCastle Coaches who provided the same tips and techniques to give families “SandCastle Success” and cause “SandCastle Envy”, and therefore turning The Emerald Coast beaches a whole lot more GREEN.

For more information on SandCastle Lessons and to Schedule your own ecotourism activity go to www.BeachSandSculptures.com




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The ABC Essentials to a Marriage Proposal

Popping the Question

The ABC Essentials to a Marriage Proposal




A)  Ambiance

We all know when planning an engagement proposal the essential atmosphere must be elegant romance.

B)  Be Quiet – !Surprise Her!

This is a MUST, it’s the name of the game. This is THE ONLY TIME it’s okay to lie and she will be willing to instantly forgive you – so make it GOOD!

C)  Create the Story you want told, and retold

“When considering a proposal, think about what it will be like to rehash the way it went down for the rest of your life,” says Jon Finkel in How To Propose,The Ultimate Proposal Guide. Few time in your life will you choose in advance what you are going to do and say for a moment in your life that you and your future wife will talk about – FOREVER! Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, she might even blog about it. This is a pivotal point in your life – the way your friends and your girlfriends friends, your family, her family and your future children will think of you is entirely in your hands at this moment. In a very subtle way the way your propose might even be more important than the actual wedding. You have one shot – make it memorable!

A Marriage Proposal  Sand Sculpture will fulfill all the criteria; The sunset beach, walking hand in hand, the water rhythmically caressing the shore (Romance Scale – a good 7).  Now as she dreamily looks down the beach she notices, “Something in the sand”. Lead by curiosity and wonder an elegant sand sculpture draws her near.  This is something special, someone went to a lot of work, this is BEAUTIFUL (Romance Scale nearing 9). She loves the idea of such a romantic gesture and as she thinks how lucky the girl must be you can hear a nearly inaudible exhaled, “oh”.  You begin to “count the ways” you love her. She is confused, she doesn’t understand what’s happening. This gorgeous sand sculptures has her name of it! You quickly pull out the black velvet box and drop to one knee. Her brain has now caught up with reality. In an instant she understands; you are proposing to her, you are asking, “Will You Marry Me?” She has now become the luckiest girl on the beach, she is the recipient of the treasured love she was just moments earlier wishing she had – have now become all her own (Romance Scale – Off the Chart!). Every girl dreams of being the object of this kind of love, TRUE LOVE. A marriage proposal made made with sand is truly the stuff of a girls dreams.  And you, still on one knee with diamond ring extended, are the ONE (Da Man) who did this for her! FOR HER! She’s gonna say, “YES”.

Marriage Proposals are honestly our favorite sand sculptures to create.  We don’t claim to know everything about romance and love, we are very much like the writer of Proverbs 30:18-20 who stated that “the way of a man with his girl” falls into the category of too wonderful for me and something I do not understand.  What we do know is; love is precious. We also know, after almost 30 years of marriage, is that keeping love alive , doing those special things, going the extra mile for your spouse, and creating special memories are very important. Not always easy, but very much worth the time and effort in the long run. And isn’t that what we are shooting for?


We’ve got your back, Man! This is not our first rodeo. Rick personally walks you through the whole process. He will talk with you about your ideas and along with his experience the two of you will come up with a design that is both unique and fits your budget. Email Rick@BeachSandSculptures.com today with your phone number


Starting at $500.00, our base sand sculpture, on the beach, requires 2 people 4-5 hours to complete (a total of 8-10 man hours) and hauling water, right around 1 ton, up from the Gulf in 5 gallon buckets.  We will maintain security of your sand sculpture until you arrive. Candid photography of your Romantic Sand Sculpture Proposal can be arranged for $100.00 (digital with no photo processing – electronically available).



How To Propose, The Ultimate Proposal Guide

The 10 Commandments of Popping the Question


For more information on Marriage Proposal Sand Sculptures contact info@BeachSandSculptures.com


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What SandCastle Lessons REALLY do for your family

Beach Sand Sculptures gives your family something more than just a SandCastle Lesson

When Rick and Capri Mungeam decided to teach SandCastle Lesson they were just looking for a fun way to play on the beach. Their intent was to teach people how to build taller sandcastles. With instruction in basic Granular Engineering and kitchen utensil usage their clients successfully gained “SandCastle Success”. Other beach-goers were amazed at the 3 ½ foot tall sandcastles constructed by novice sand architects. SandCastle Lessons became a hit and the Mungeam’s company Beach Sand Sculptures became an instrument of fun for everyone on the beach.

Little did they know something EXTRAORDINARY was happening during these SandCastle Lessons. The first clue came when Beach Sand Sculptures received one of their first travel reviews, the title of which is, “Best Family Activity Ever!” The couple was honored to have provided this family with an experience this particular parent believed to be the “Best Ever” for their family. Capri remembers the privilege of saying, “Wow, that’s huge, that’s a really big deal for this family”.

The SandCastle Effect

Beach Sand Sculptures give your family much more than a SandCastle Lesson

5 Star Review after 5 Star Review from families who expressed the identical sentiment about their SandCastle Lesson with Beach Sand Sculptures;  “The Best Vacation Activity we have ever done as a family”. Knowing families were being blessed from this unique quality time, Rick and Capri worked to add humor, education, fun and opportunities for family bonding to their SandCastle Lessons. Yet, the couple remained unsure of what to call the phenomena until recently.

Coined Phrase:

Steven Gaffney is a leading expert on honest interpersonal communication, influence, and leadership. In his 2009 article titled “The Sandcastle Principle” he retells a story of the thoughts he experienced as he watched some children building a sandcastle on a beach in Mexico.  “The children were clearly having great fun. I surmised the whole project had taken hours.” When he returned to the beach at sunset the children’s sandcastle was gone without a trace. The following day;

“Again I saw the same children playing in the sand. They were laughing and seemed to be having just as much fun as the day before. There was no mention that their great sandcastle was gone. No tears of sorrow that all their hard work was washed away. No complaining about how life could treat them this way. No moping around or bellyaching about how great yesterday was. Then it dawned on me how these children could teach us all something – a very important life principle. .  .”

Gaffney expands,

“As adults, we work so hard each day, investing our time, effort, and creativity in many projects and priorities – some of which remain and some of which get washed away. But the truth is that what lingers long after the priorities and goals are or are not achieved are the memories we have of our interactions with others. Hence the Sandcastle Principle.

Beach Sand Sculptures realized first- hand the reality of the Sandcastle Principle, but for them and especially the families they teach SandCastle Lessons to, the benefits are farther reaching than a principle, so it is now referred to as the SandCastle Effect.

Beach Sand Sculptures is a professional sand sculpting company based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. You can obtain the SandCastle Effect through their year round SandCastle Lessons. They also create elegant marriage proposal and wedding sand sculptures, corporate team building events, corporate marketing sand sculptures, birthday, anniversary, party, festival and event sand sculptures; on and off the beach, table-top size to 100s of tons  www.BeachSandSculptures.com

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Florida Snowman

Florida Winter Vacations are not just for Snowbirds

While on vacation in mid October, Rick and Capri Mungeam of Beach Sand Sculptures found this determined Snowman along a Colorado country road, after enjoying a delicious pizza at the Larkspur Pizzaria & Cafe. As he pleaded for a ride to Florida, this sand sculpting couple knew, with the help of  their nearly 3,000 Facebook fans, together they could virtually assist this frosty fellow to the warmer beaches of NW Florida. On Oct 16th the following post was made.

Snowmen desiring Florida Winter Vacation

Snowmen desiring Florida Winter Vacation

Betty was the first generous Beach Sand Sculptures Fan to give this still frozen gentleman a lift from Colorado all the way to the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains where he left a bit of moisture on the floor-boards of the mini-coach of Rocky Top Tours in Tennessee.  The Following day he was sighted near Amsterdam, NY., teasing the animals at Adirondack Animal Land. Heading south the traveling Snowman was spotted in Fredricksburg, Virginia where he took some exercise walking in the gardens of the Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont.  Oct 18th was so much fun, the Snowman nearly lost his focus on his Florida winter vacation, when he stopped over at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center to meet up with the UPIKE Girls of The University of Virginia’s College.  Drawn by pictures of white sand beaches on facebook pages such as 30A and DestinShines the Snowman strengthened his fortitude to carry on. Photos of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson standing near a large puddle of water at Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Alabama.  circulated on the internet. We strongly suspect the Snowman got just a little close to the spotlights . . .  and well. . . you can just imagine. From Tuscaloosa, Destin is a virtual hop, skip and a jump away and all down hill, so the watery remain of the snowman were reported by Cathy, “He’s here now . . melting of course :)” Oct. 21st, near Destin, Florida.  In just 7 days, 223 people virtually translated (via facebook sharing) this traveling Snowman to his desired location on The Emerald Coast of NW Florida.

Mid November Beach Sand Sculptures discovered the Snowman taking a dip in the beautiful Emerald waters near the Pier on Okaloosa Island, just west of Destin. Using the Snowman’s melted snow (aka water) Rick Mungeam of Beach Sand Sculptures reformed the snowman into a Florida Gulf Coast beach body with quick work during a SandCastle Lesson. The now Sandman will continue to be available for photo ops throughout the winter months along the snow white beaches of Destin and 30A. To schedule your photo op (aka SandCastle Lesson) email info@BeachSandSculptures.com

Snowman takes Florida Winter Vacation

Snowman takes Florida Winter Vacation





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Cyber Monday: SandCastle Lessons for Christmas

Give Memories in the Sand for Christmas

SandCastle Lessons create Family Memories

SandCastle Lessons create Family Memories

Do you or someone you know vacation on the beautiful white sand beaches of The Emerald coast of Florida? Areas such as Destin, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, Sandestin, the South Walton Beaches, the coastal communities along Scenic Hwy 30a, and Panama City Beach?

If so, consider giving the priceless gift of family memories for Christmas this year. Beach Sand Sculptures now offers gift certificates perfect for Christmas gift giving. SandCastle Lessons have become a 5 Star activity and the #2 Tripadvisor Activity in Destin, Florida. The reviews state, “The best family activity ever”, “Do NOT miss the chance to take a sandcastle lesson!”, and “the best activity we have ever done in the area”.

For more information click on SandCastle Lessons.

To purchase your Memories in the Sand gift certificate for SandCastle Lesson with                                 Beach Sand Sculptures email Rick@BeachSandSculptures.com

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Christmas Card Photo Ops

SandCastle Lessons: A Christmas Card Photo Opportunity

Create a new Holiday Family Tradition with www.BeachSandSculptures

Create a new Holiday Family Tradition with www.BeachSandSculptures

Begin a new Holiday Tradition. Create a unique family memory and a perfect opportunity to capture your family for your Christmas Cards with a SandCastle Lesson from Beach Sand Sculptures during the holiday. During an educational and entertaining 2 hour SandCastle Lesson your family will learn the basics of granular engineering. The end result will be a SandCastle standing approx. 3 1/2 feet tall! Snowmen, faux snowcovered Christmas SandCastles, Nutcrackers, Christmas Trees, and Presents are just a few ideas to get you started. This Five Star Activity is sure to leave your family and those receiving your Christmas Cards amazed at your new skills. The beaches of Destin and the beach communities along Scenic Hwy 30A add the unique distinction with their snow-white sand, adding to your Christmas Card pictures the festive holiday look of snow – without the cold!

Time is limited, schedule your SandCastle Lesson today; Info@BeachSandSculptures.com


2012-11-23 Yolo Best BSS Odyssey



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“The Elf on the Shelf” to visit Destin area businesses

Follow this Destin Elfin Adventure

“The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition,” written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell, answers the age-old question, “How does Santa really know who’s been naughty or nice?” The story explains how Santa sends a scout elf to watch over children’s behavior. Each night, the elf flies to the North Pole where it reports to Santa who has been nice or naughty that day. During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night. Each day the elf returns from the North Pole and can be found hiding in a different location. This activity allows The Elf on the Shelf to become a delightful hide-and-seek game.

This year, some fun and exciting businesses in Destin, Florida have adopted their very own Elf. Skipper, The Destin Elf on the Shelf, will experience fun filled adventures that you can follow on Facebook.  Children and adults alike will be sure to be on good behavior during the month of December as the Destin Elf on the Shelf watches by day and nightly reports back to Santa. Beginning Dec 1, please join this elfin adventure by following along and perhaps sharing Skipper’s escapades with your friends and family. Where in Destin will he show up next and will you be caught being naughty or nice?

For more information about Skippers adventures in Destin, Florida contact Heather Thomas, Destin Vacation Boat Rentals @ (850) 650-2628.  For a list of retail locations or to purchase your very own Elf online, visit http://www.elfontheshelf.com/

Skipper (The Destin Elf on the Shelf) watches Rick Mungeam of Beach Sand Sculptures

Skipper (The Destin Elf on the Shelf) watches Rick Mungeam of Beach Sand Sculptures

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Round 2 Intuit Small Business Big Game

#TeamSmallBiz Intuit Small Business Big Game

#TeamSmallBiz Intuit Small Business Big Game

Beach Sand Sculptures advances to Round 2

in Intuit’s Small Business Big Game

Intuit / QuickBooks is giving small businesses an opportunity to gain national attention. Small business compete through fan votes to advance into Round 2. Business profiles are required to complete tasks to continue into Round 3 (video and information) where Inuit employees will vote for 20 business to move up. 4 finalist businesses will compete with the World voting. The small business with the most votes will win a professionally created TV Commercial that will air during the Big Game.Beach Sand Sculptures has made it into Round 2. We’ve published our first video and have completed the task of answering questions. Now we need your votes – you can vote every day! Learn more about Beach Sand Sculptures and vote for us to win. Thanks – this could be a lot of fun! But we can’t do it without your vote!!!

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Family Vacation Tradition

SandCastle Lessons have become a Family Vacation Tradition

Creating a family vacations tradition offers benefits to last the whole year long. Studies show long after vacation ends, the special time created while on vacation can provide a sense of unity and balance when difficult family times present themselves. Traditions provide help individual family member understand themselves and other within the family, they also create continuity, closeness and appreciation for one another [source: Hill].

SandCastle Lessons a Family Vacation Tradition

What is a vacation tradition and how can a family create one? A family vacation tradition is an activity that the entire family participates in “together” while on vacation. Combinations of family units are seemingly endless but the goal is the same for each family – find an activity that everyone in the family will have fun doing all at the same time! The idea is simple, but frequently more difficult to obtain than one might think. The question might better be presented as, “Where can a family find a vacation tradition?”  Families can most certainly create their own family vacation traditions on their own, but in Destin, Florida and on the beaches of Scenic Highway 30A in the Florida Panhandle an unexpected family vacation tradition has developed; SandCastle Lessons!

“When we started reading reviews describing SandCastle Lessons as ‘the best activity our family has ever done together’, we knew we were onto something VERY special,” said Capri Mungeam, Social Media and Marketing, for Beach Sand Sculptures. Families have had such a great experience their first or second year they have begun to incorporate SandCastle Lessons with Beach Sand Sculptures into their family vacation plans, thus creating a Family Vacation Tradition.

Your family is priceless – whether your family is small or large, begin today by planning a new Family Vacation Tradition on the beautiful white sugar sand beaches of Destin, Florida and Scenic Hwy 30A!

For more information on SandCastle Lessons

Read what others are saying about Beach Sand Sculptures on Tripadvisor in Destin and on 30A




Hill, Melinda. Ohio State University Fact Sheet; Family Traditions. http://ohioline.osu.edu/flm00/fs12.html

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The Work of Playing in Sand

Can playing in sand really be considered work?

Almost every morning, Rick Mungeam knows he is going to the beach – to play in the sand. That’s what he does; his work is playing in the sand!

Group Sandcastle Lessons in Destin

Small Group Sandcastle Lessons in Destin

As a professional sand sculptor Rick spends most of his days along the Emerald Coast teaching sandcastle lessons and creating larger multi-ton sand sculptures. Together with his wife, Capri, Rick operates Beach Sand Sculptures – A Professional Sand Sculpting Company. Fun and memory making is what this sandy duo are all about! When they provide a Corporate Team Build workshop, executives easily relax and sometime forget they are learning valuable team building skills. This couples’ dedication to delivering personalized service has earned a 5 star review ranking placing Beach Sand Sculptures’ SandCastle Lessons as one of the “Top 3 Activities” in Destin, Florida on Tripadvisor.

When you see Rick piling up a multi-ton sand sculpture it could be for a wide range of purposes. The marriage proposal and wedding sand sculptures he creates bring an element of romance to these special and personal events.  At the work of playing in sand, Rick always draws a crowd! This crowd drawing, performance art aspect of sand sculpting is often the desire of companies who have Rick “bring the beach” to their promotional events or festivals. And a finished sand sculpture has huge potential for marketing purposes. The average person today has a camera phone and people love to take pictures of sand sculptures. Through pictures shared on the internets’ social media communities the visibility of one company logo on an elegantly finished sand sculpture could truly be phenomenal! Sand sculptures intrigue the mind and captivate the soul. One photo, of Rick’s work playing in the sand, posted on Facebook has a reach of 179,000 people. Simply put – people love sand sculptures!

So don’t be surprised, that on any given day on the beautiful beaches of The Emerald Coast, you might run into Rick and Capri Mungeam, creating “wow” and “awe” inspiring Beach Sand Sculptures at work; playing in the sand! If you need some “WOW” created in your life or business contact Rick@BeachSandSculptures.com

We Remember

“We Remember”


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