From the very beginning of the game, it is possible to repair a small broken bridge on the eastern side of the beach, south of Pelican town. It requires 300 wood, which you can get easily by cutting down around 15 trees and their stumps.
Doing so will give you access to a small island where you can forage of corals, clams, sea urchins and oysters each day! I would say most days have between 200 and 300 gold worth of sea foraging there, but it is possible to get much more on good days.
Reasons to repair the beach bridge
- Great foraging income early
- Great place to find worms (clay and artifacts)
- The Old Mariner NPC appears there
When should you repair it?
It is probably best to repair the beach bridge very early in the game, for example around the end of the first week. The additionnal foraging income is very valuable.
Gathering 300 wood isn’t too difficult as it requires less than 500 energy with the first axe. It is possible to cut a few trees each day with the energy left after planting and watering your crops, and then after a few days, you will have enough wood to make the repair.
Personally, my first priority with wood is crafting a storage chest that requires 50 wood.
Next is the beach bridge repair!