In summertime, the living is easy for those who love to swim and play in the sunny Sacramento region. Having a swimsuit that fits well and looks good is an important piece of the warm weather wardrobe for men, woman and children. When in the mood to relax, play watersports or swim, locals can choose from waterparks, public and private pools and numerous spots along the American River, Lake Natomas, Folsom Lake and other bodies of water. Fun in the California sun can be found almost anywhere; just remember to bring sunscreen, your favorite swimsuit and the latest bestseller. Insider’s tip – visit a Sacramento certified farmer’s market before you go. Sunny days are the perfect time for chunks of icy watermelon, lemonade with just-picked strawberries, or daiquiris concocted with fresh peaches, cherries or nectarines.
Surf, Skate & Bikinis
7598 Greenback Lane, Suite B
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
(916) 721-5000

This family-owned-and-operated business has earned a stellar reputation for sales and service ever since it began in 1981. The shop carries an extensive line of high-end bikinis, board shorts and other water sports attire; pricing on the suits are a reflection of the excellent fabrics, stitching and other details. Designs for women include those from Brazilian designer Despina Filio’s Despi line, Rip Curl, Skye and Water Glamour, featured in the 2015 “Sport’s Illustrated” swimsuit edition. SS&B also carries the elite, handmade designs from the collections of Agua Bendita. Exclusive lines for men’s swimwear include pro-surfer Willie Morris’ Salty Crew, HLTN and the Sacramento-based Depactus. The shop sells swimwear year round, a boon to anyone hitting more tropical climes during the wintertime.

I’m Not Your Type

There is no reason to buy the same cookie-cutter swimsuit that everyone is wearing when you can get a unique, high quality, crocheted bikini handmade by Sacramento designer, Charmaine Adrina. The suits come in different styles and can be customized for any body type or size, including younger girls and pregnant women. I’m Not Your Type uses only American made materials, shoppers can learn about special sales and promotions on Adrina’s sites on Etsy and Instagram. Be aware that these suits are custom made by hand, so the typical production time needed is in between 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 weeks.

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Eco Thrift
7305 Greenback Lane
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
(916) 729-8474

Along with other apparel, accessories, furniture, toys and housewares, Eco Thrift has a huge variety of pre-owned swimsuits and summer gear. Merchandise is added all the time, so check back if you do not see what you like during your first visit. There are sizes and designs appropriate for all members of the family, which can be especially helpful for kids who outgrow their clothes quickly and anyone who likes to change up their style often. While thrift stores generally do not offer an elegant shopping experience, Eco Thrift is always clean and well-staffed and the prices are excellent.

The Moppet Shoppe
2524 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 476-4483

The Moppet Shop has been in business for more than 20 years and recently moved their lovely boutique to the Midtown area. Swimsuits are among the high quality, unique items available for babies, toddlers and children. As with many small businesses, one of the benefits of shopping here is the individualized and personal customer service you will rarely receive at a chain retailer. Staff members take the time to learn about their customers’ needs, and can help you find just the right suit in which your favorite little one can splash.

NorCal Swim Shop
120 Sunrise Ave.
Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 771-7946

NorCal carries swimwear for all ages and tastes. Styles for both women and men are available from Arena, A3, Michael Phelps, Q, The Finals, Speedo, Nike, Dolfin and TYR, and the store also has goggles, swim caps, masks and other accessories. A variety of styles for children can be purchased as well.

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