How to BEACH in Florida



our little family's best beach days!


A couple of weeks ago Facebook reminded me of what we were doing a year ago on that very day  and it was with this cute picture of my little guy chasing birds at our favorite beach spot. (yes, the sun rays were exactly like that that morning)


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It was a great memory from probably what was one of our best beach days!

 And since every other person I know up here in New England seems like they are either in Florida or going to Florida in the next couple weeks I was thinking maybe I should start my new blog writing adventure with my  very own personal tips on how best to do a beach day in Florida, but more like how I would tell a friend that is getting ready to head down to Florida for a beach vacation.

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So what is the best beach to go to in Florida?

Well for us the best beach would be an empty and clean one. We checked out lots of beaches while living down in Florida and we came to the conclusion that the North Beach at Fort de Soto is the best family beach by far. It’s located in a state park so there’s a little fee to enter but it’s not more than what you would pay to park your car for half a day at any other crowded popular beach. The next best one that we frequented, mostly at sunset, was the Sunset Beach on Treasure Island. It’s the perfect spot for a quick run to the beach to enjoy the best sunsets you’ve even seen. It even has a nice playground right next to it that we often enjoyed.


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What is the best time to go to the beach?

Beaches in Florida you do in the winter. Trust me. Unless you just love getting baked, then any time of the year will do. The best, enjoyable and beautiful days at the beach I ever had were in between January and May. That’s the best season for sure. Now the secret is to go to the beach in the early hours of the morning when only you, the birds and a little dolphin family are there. You get to enjoy a cool pleasant breeze, while you pretend you are on your very own private beach since there won’t be a single person in sight for a while. The detectorists (watch hilarious  Netflix show "Dectorists") in the water don't count since they blend in so well with the landscape.  The bonus - you get to pick the best beach view and the closest parking spot. So set your timer for an early rise and you’re guaranteed a serene beach morning. Don’t worry about not getting any sun, the heat will come and melt you to the sand very soon after you arrived.

Also a bonus, which is golden in my books, is the  “after-beach-must-have-nap time”. Yes, while everyone else are still sitting in the long traffic lines or are just driving around in circles just to find a parking spot to even set foot on the  beach, you’ve already had plenty of sun and got your perfect tan. Now you’re ready to enjoy that cool shower and the "must-have-after-beach-nap".

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What is the best day for a family beach day?

I’d say Wednesday or Thursday but that’s only if you’re on vacation, otherwise I believe Saturdays are a better choice than Sundays. I’m not sure why but it seems like your younger and louder crowd doesn’t like waking up to go to the beach on Saturday mornings. In general, everyone has the beach idea on a Sunday afternoon. I guess it would be a good time if you enjoy being surrounded by a crowd of people all listening to strange tunes.

What to bring to the beach?

Ok. This is important. First, if you go only for the sunset experience you only bring your towel and the camera but if you go in the morning you better bring more than that. A cooler and an umbrella are the must haves at the beach. We used to have a great beach set-up that we found for half off during off season (winter time): umbrella, cooler, chairs and a little folding table since you don’t want that sticky white sand all over your food and drinks. I call all that gear - guaranteed beach comfort and enjoyment. I mean would you go skiing without bringing all your ski gear? And in that large cooler you dump a bag of ice, and under that ice more ice, and in the ice hide those teeny tiny little champagne bottles and a bottle of OJ. Yes, mimosas on the beach! Mama's gotta have a little celebratory beach morning. That’s right, ladies ! And don’t forget to pack the plastic cups for those mimosas. Now that will guarantee a relaxed beach day for everyone in the family. And then of course , the waters , some breakfast (since we go so early we enjoy our breakfast on the beach while sipping on our coffees) and lots of snacks which are mostly just a bunch of cold fruit. So satisfying to eat some cold Florida strawberries on a hot beach day.


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What to do at the beach?

That's a silly question; however, I feel like some might need  just a little reminder on what to do at the beach. It's very obvious what to do on a perfect day at the beach but I'll tell you what not to do. Don’t just sit there and cook on the sand until you look like a New England lobster.  Go ahead and explore that beautiful beach, collect some shells, play a ball game, make a castle. I honestly think that the best uniform tan you get is when you walk around  a bit and then get right back under your umbrella. I'm telling you, that umbrella is key. I wouldn’t last more than a half hour on that beach without it's shade. And don't just rely on that greasy sunscreen either. You'll always miss a spot!

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Now that you've enjoyed the best beach day, you'll find you’re not sunburned and you still have plenty of time left in the day to have a nice lunch and cool down. You can even come back and enjoy the beach for the sunset experience.  Have a wonderful beach day and please, please, please whatever you do don’t forget a little plastic bag to help you bring your trash back. Leave the beach the same way you found it. Beautiful and clean!


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