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siesta key, florida

Wow. What a beautiful week I had down in Siesta Key, Florida. The family vacations down there every year and has been going for twenty years or so, and my aunt’s ashes were scattered there after her passing. It’s their home away from home, and this year, I was finally lucky enough to be able to visit along with them. To say it was incredible would be an understatement. The clear water, the sugar sand, the dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles I got to see every morning as I walked along the beach – it honestly felt like a dream, or like something that I’d never see in my life.

Siesta Key Beach is south of Sarasota, on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, an island just over a narrow passage of water between it and the mainland. Lots of great shops and activities Рwe even did a fun run with the kids on the beach sponsored by the local Parks & Rec department, which they do every Tuesday and Wednesday night throughout the summer. I missed out on morning yoga (by the ocean, Wednesdays and Saturdays,) but I did have a great time out on the sailboat with my brothers.

Our condo was on the beach, and my room was just steps from the ocean. In the morning, I’d sit on the patio to work (and melt in the sweltering 91 degree heat, which I love.) Afternoons were spent on the beach, cooking in the sun, enjoying some beverages and building sandcastles. It’s no surprise that it’s been consistently voted the #1 beach in the country for years and years. I can’t wait for next year, as I can’t imagine not returning with them.

Here’s a brief photo gallery of my trip (you can check out the sunset appreciation post of its own, as well)!

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4 Comments

  • Reply underwater sunshine (or what i did on my summer vacation) - A Northern Girl

    […] started the summer off with two trips to the water – first to see Dani in Boston, then down to the Florida beach with my family. There is nothing I love more than being on the beach and cooking in the sun with the people I love […]

    September 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply thankful thursday: cradle of family - A Northern Girl

    […] sister to me for years – from sleepless Black Friday trips, to half-marathons in Anaheim, to my first Siesta sunset this year, she’s been there for me through so much. I’ve been working on turning her […]

    November 12, 2015 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply thankful thursday: travel - A Northern Girl

    […] were one-night stands (out to Denver to see Counting Crows) and some were relaxing trips where I got to work with a beach view. Some were trips where I talked nonstop, some I walked nonstop, and some I stayed up late drinking […]

    November 12, 2015 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Leslie

    I want to go so bad. Florida has been on my bucket list for a while. I went for a couple months when i was 17 but i want to see it all. The picture is gorgeous, it was great you got to go this year too.

    August 17, 2017 at 2:33 pm
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