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 – we 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)!