Our Summer Mini Getaway
It has been two months since my husband and I last enjoyed the sugary sands of the beautiful Florida beach, and savored the gentle waves as they came ashore kissing our tootsies. Ahhh beach life! Who doesn’t look forward to it? Well, for a while, we did suffer from beach abandonment syndrome. With overwhelming projects after projects that have necessitated our attention, my husband and I temporarily kept our lexicon devoid of the word “vacation” and off limits in our household. However, finally when one of our most awaited ventures came out successful, it was just hard for us to debate the inner voice that screams “let’s celebrate!” So, without thinking twice, we packed our bags, and headed to one of the places we visited on our honeymoon, the Caladesi Island.
Caladesi Island is also known as Caladesi Island State Park. It was named as one of the top ten beaches in the USA in 2007 and 2008. It is no surprise why up to now, it remains to be a favorite getaway destination of both locals and tourists alike. Since the island is only accessible by boat, visitors have to take either a private boat or the Caladesi Ferry Service departing from Honeymoon Island, where I and my “Superman” (hubby) was forever joined in holy matrimony. Unlike many commercialized beaches, Caladesi is completely undeveloped. Upon our arrival at the marina, we were welcomed by the luscious green forest, which is such a beauty. A few more steps, and we finally encountered the 3 miles of absolutely refreshing beach of Caladesi.
Imagine this: A blissful afternoon of complete relaxation: My husband and I listening to the gentle waves as they crash ashore; feeling the cool breeze as it envelopes our whole being; enjoying the cool (not cold) temperature of the salty water as it washes away all our worries, all our stress. There is no word to describe it but the “sweet side of life.” Indeed very precious!
After hours of frolicking in the water and getting some sun, we were filled with so much contentment. While my husband decided to get another refreshing swim in our hotel’s pool, the moment I reached our room, I was ready for a nap. 🙂
“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones afterall”
-Laura Ingalls Wilder
For more information about Caladesi Island, please visit: http://www.beachhunter.net/caladesi.htm