Happy Wednesday Friends!
Although I must admit, I’m not the happiest to be back from vacation. Can ya blame me?! We actually got back on Monday, so Tuesday was dedicated to catching up with reality.
If you don’t already know, Andrew and I flew down to Sarasota Florida, which is South of Tampa and most importantly known for their beautiful beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. I’m telling you; fine white sand, crystal clear, and perfectly temped water. Miami is for sure nice but these beaches (to me) even puts Miami to shame.
We ultimately planned for this vacation to be solely an end of the summer relaxing vacation. Everything to be done at our our leisure aka wake up and beach. So, that’s just what we did. This vacation was everything I needed/wanted and more. Not to mention Andrew and I both brought back the best souvenir- a killer TAN! 😉
I plan on reminiscing my trip a tad differently this time. Rather than going day by day, I’m going to use this post to talk about the beaches and tomorrows post will be some fun things we ended up doing too!
Thursday 5AM our alarms went off and a little teeny tiny bit of remorse ran through my body as I struggled to wake up for the early flight. On the contrary, I am such an advocate for early flights, they’re are so worth it. We got to the airport, checked in, got through security, boarded, and jet-setted out!
Because of our early flight and a mere 3 hour travel time, we landed at 11AM. We quickly grabbed some food at the airport #chickfilaforthewin, grabbed our luggage, and scurried to our car rental. Everything was smooth sailing and Enterprise had us in our car almost instantly!
We were determined to head right to the beach and catch some rays so I directed us to-
SIESTA KEY BEACH
Siesta Key was notoriously named #1 Beach in the USA back in 2011 but I still strongly feel that it’s up there for best beaches. Between the soft white sand and beautiful ocean ahead of you, you shortly thereafter realize you’re in paradise. Andrew and I quickly got accustomed to ‘laying out and jumping into the water’ on repeat. That Florida sun is killer. They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothin’! Swimming and floating around in the water was marvelous. Surprisingly there was a rough current going through the ocean making for some fun waves to jump through which made us want to stay in there for hours at a time just lavishing in it.
The water was so clear at the shore line that you could actually see schools of fish swimming among us which was totally cool. We got there at like 1PM and stayed till 5ish. The sun was still hot as ever at 5PM though. And don’t worry guys I lathered up on the sunscreen this time! Still managed to get a tiny bit burnt but nothing remotely like how it was in CA. #sunscreenhasmyback
Also, these beaches have seashells galore! If you’re a nautical decor lover, you’ll love these beaches. Andrew and I collected some awesome shells but this one was got to be my favorite…
How stinkin’ cool is that?!! Such a good find.
The other two full days that we dedicated to the the beach was spent at
Lido Key Beach
Almost identical to Siesta Key, however, more centrally located. Lido Key is along St. Armands Circle which is, I believe, Sarasota’s go-to touristy Downtown food and shopping area. But I’ll get more into that in tomorrows post!
So here’s a little glimpse at Lido Key–
See, same exact! To be honest, I think I like Lido Key a tiny bit more than Siesta Key but really they’re identical. And we were back on our lay out, swim, eat, and repeat cycle. Remember when I mentioned the clear shoreline at Siesta Key, well likewise for Lido. So clear that not only could you see the schools of fish but we actually also swam among stingrays which was unreal! Scary but unreal! Andrew actually saw a whole crew of them swimming through the waves, as I only saw 1.
And here come the slew of selfies between the two days spent at Lido Key.
Luckily we left just in time with Hurricane Irma making her way through. Praying for those in the Caribbean Islands, Puerto Rico, and soon to be Florida!