Beach shots are a problem on sunny days. I know because I've been shooting them for 3 years now. The sun will reflect off the sand causing a high reading, the water will be another value, the sky will be whatever it is at that particular time of day, and people will be another value, especially if the sun is above you or at an angle. Depending on the sun's location on your shooting day, all this may be out of the exposure range of most films, so you'll have to prioritize what the important elements are, and be ever watchful of where the sun is in your shots.
On bright days its very easy to get great exposures of the sand, water and sky, but get shadowed people. An overcast day will be your friend. Flying bird shots are tough too, as their undersides are often in shadow, so the sky can get blown out and grainy. You're fortunate in that you have two weeks, so I would shoot some test rolls at different times of day and get a feel for how your camera is handling things.
Adapters are available to put filters and hoods on your camera, but since your camera does not have TTL metering (I think), and only allows 2 stops of exposure adjustment, trial shots would be highly suggested. I use Tri-X film w/ a yellow filter and rate it at 100 ISO. More important than your film selection is your developer. I wouldn't use Rodinal! TD-16, D76 and Acufine have worked great for me. Or, make your life simpler and use C41 B&W, and you won't have to worry about grain.
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