Recently, my Switch broke and I lost all of my save data for Breath of the Wild. However, this terrible loss also gave me the perfect excuse to start another playthrough of the game. Upon starting out, I realized that one of the best areas for resources happens to be the long stretch of beach in Southern Faron.

Tingle’s Maps is a series in which we explore the endless lands of Hyrule in search of our favorite places in The Legend of Zelda. We’ll explore everywhere: the beautiful landscapes that make us put down the controller in awe; the deadly terrain that threatens Link with the harshest of elements; the bustling towns that bring the game to life; and the abandoned grounds that evoke peace and sadness. As well as the grand locales, we’ll also discover all the secret caves and hidden crevices that lie between. Let’s adventure!

The abundance of Armored and Mighty Porgies are the main reason this region is so useful. The ability to increase attack or defense allows the player to take on bigger threats that may normally give the player trouble. The only downside to this area is the occasional harsh winds which make bomb throwing difficult, which bothers me as I often use bombs to kill fish.

Traveling along the beaches also nets the player a few Korok Seeds, gems and food. Koroks hide using their usual tricks of crushing themselves under rocks, so I tend to toss every rock I can find. Ore populates the ceilings of beach caves, making Bomb Arrows an absolute necessity to bring to the beach. A weak Talus also hides at the portion of the beach known as Martha’s Landing; you can take him out for some easy gems. Porgies aren’t the only sources of food along the beach. Hearty Blue Shell Snails and various beetles populate the beach, so grab them up to use for meals and potions.

Along the path sits multiple encampments of Lizalfos and Bokoblins. A particular highlight is a hideout that sits in the water near Aria Beach. Taking down all the Bokolins and Moblins can be very rewarding. I find the best strategy is to exploit their inability to swim and bomb them so they fly into the water and drown. I’ve always found it funny that these monsters were stuck onto a hideout over water. How did a bunch of monsters — none of which can swim — build a fortress in the ocean? Odd game design to say the least.

Following the beaches long enough will reveal Lurelin Village, which has a nearby shrine and features a shop that sells Shock Arrows. South of the town, there are numerous treasure chests hidden in the center of a triangle of rocks. Either take the raft out or use Cryonis to travel to this spot and then fish the treasure chests out of the water with Magnesis. Using these two Runes, I found and pulled out many chests along the entire stretch of beaches. I find that so many unique and useful resources populate this area of the game, that I often return multiple times in a single playthrough.

Next time you and your significant other need a tropical vacation to a beautiful beach, check out the beaches of Faron. Make sure to bring a metal detector so you can tell the real chests apart from those rascally Octoroks that like to trick Link.