This summer, our family went on vacation to the gulf in Florida. We rented a 5 bedroom home, right on the beach with gulf front views. The water was quite literally right outside our front door. We had our own private swimming pool with a patio and barbecue area, as well as an outdoor shower. It was gorgeous, and the views were absolutely breathtaking. We went at a perfect time too, as it was in the mid 80’s every day we were there, and after a midnight storm rolled through the first night, there was a beautiful breeze that made sitting on the deck swings so peaceful.
We went for a morning walk on the beach every day, and went shelling with the kids. The boys loved the water, taking their fish nets out to try and catch any little sea creatures they could find. Amalia liked playing in the soft white sand under the shade tent. The water was warm, perfect for swimming and the beach was relatively quiet, and not busy for being summer time. We had plenty of space to ourselves.
In the evenings, the big guys went fishing on the shore, and the kids played and caught crabs while we watched the sunset. The sunsets were too beautiful for words. Retreats to the pool when the sun got too hot for the beach were a perfect escape. The beach was lined with sea turtle nests, and sometimes in the morning, you could go for a walk and see tracks where a mama had come in to nest.
The kids are already asking to go back. I definitely see a return trip in the future, maybe once baby girl is past her birthday or something. The best part about the vacation was the lack of plans, we didn’t have sights to see, or places to go or tickets to remember. We were just there, in our own little world where we lost track of time.