Florida dreaming on such a winter’s day.

January 23rd, 2014

It seems like we’ve been having an unusually cold and dreary winter (for Little Rock, anyway). I don’t like it one bit. It makes me wonder how I survived living in the far northeast as long as I did. My mind and body feel slow and sleepy. I wish I could curl up in a cozy hollow and doze until spring.

Specifically, until spring break, when we’re going back to Florida with my snowbird Mom. That’s right, two spring break vacations in a row! If you didn’t know our Christmas tree was still up, you’d think we were just like regular people who do regular things, like put the Christmas things away before Valentine’s Day and take their kids on spring break vacations.

This trip won’t be nearly as action-packed as last year’s Orlando theme park vacation. We’re renting a teensy little place on the quiet end of a quiet beach on the Florida panhandle (away from the spring breakers) where the surf is the thrilling attraction.

I’m really looking forward to it. We took a day out from our theme park itinerary last year to make a day trip to Cocoa Beach on the Atlantic coast. It was a cool and cloudy day, but the boys couldn’t get enough of the sand and waves.

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Have you spent time on the gulf coast beaches? Any advice for what to bring/do/avoid? Our rental doesn’t have a pool, so I’m hoping the gulf water is at least warm enough for boogie boarding and splashing around. My 15-year-old is hoping to take a surfing lesson or two. And we’ll be steps away from a fishing pier. Other than that, we have no agenda. Which sounds gorgeous.

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Wake me up when it’s March.

3 Responses to “Florida dreaming on such a winter’s day.”

  1. My Kids Mom says:

    The panhandle should be plenty warm for swimming kids, but go with boogie boards and not surf boards. The water is often shallow for a long way out, making for small waves. Bring binoculars for dolphin watching, shovels and pails for digging and shell collecting, frisbees and kites, LOTS of sunscreen and multiple swim suits per kid b/c they will never be dry. If you’re in a touristy area you might have parasailing options.

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  3. Kath Hale says:

    I recommend:
    – Amberjack sandwiches at The Back Porch in Destin
    – Crab nets and flashlights for crabbing on the beach in the evenings
    – Smoked tuna dip (a specialty of the area, available at seafood markets like Goatfeathers & some restaurants) on crackers.
    – Sundog Books at Seaside
    – The Red Bar at Grayton Beach
    – Have on hand whatever you’ll need to doctor jellyfish stings, just in case. It’s no fun running to the store for supplies while your child wails, white-faced. (Yeah, it’s a long-ago memory for my family, but still vivid.)
    – Another Broken Egg in Destin or Grayton Beach for breakfast

    Enjoy, Kyran! The Florida panhandle is such a fun, beautiful place.

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