Living in a town where I can be beach bound in a matter of minutes on any given day is pretty exciting. Not only are we super close but being in Pinellas county there are so many beaches to choose from so you’ll get something a little different each time. Even after 8 months here we haven’t explored nearly half of them, which for me is a good enough excuse to keep going many times.
So what does gulf beach life mean?
-Long nights and early mornings
-Smiles from passerby’s
-Cruising down the gulf and forgetting about time
-Good food and new foods
-Active and happy children
-Adapting so much that you can no longer smell the salt in the air but you can feel it
-Many sunrises and sunsets with no two the same
-Conversations and friends with people from all walks of life
-Sand everywhere on everything no matter how much you clean
-Hot air, cool breeze
-Wet clothes and towels strung up all over
-Always new experiences
-Beach bound even in the winter
-Waves and birds become your background music
We’re not fans of super crowded beaches so we try to go to new beaches during slower times and stick to our favorite go-to spots for times we know will get busy elsewhere.
If you’re a native east coaster like me the first touch of the gulf waters will be magical. I still remember my first time in late summer, the second that water lapped up over my foot I don’t even remember how but suddenly I was submerged with a smile plastered on my face. The water covered me like a blanket of comfort and I floated along for hours.
The warmth of the water was unlike anything I’ve felt before. Even visits to New Jersey’s beaches in the summer would leave you shivering in most cases. Here I could barely pull myself out of the water when needing to leave. It’s a therapeutic pull of warmth and comfort floating along in the ocean here. Nothing can compare and I’m so gratefully blessed to call this my home. I recommend if you’re visiting the east coast of Florida, take some time during your trip to drive west to the gulf for an incomparable experience.
Our time exploring the coast is almost always spent playing, digging for creatures and shells, floating along, swimming, and just enjoying everything that surrounds us. The clear waters, clean soft sand, and the unspoiled horizon are always so inviting. Every trip we leave relaxed and much happier.
If you can’t live here we recommend visiting any one of the Pinellas County beaches at least once. Click to follow Wild Red on the Gulf for upcoming posts on some of the great beaches we explore and check out our most recent post on Sand Key. We try to give in depth information on each place including any parking fees and amenities.
Been to one of the beaches here before? Which do you love the most and why?
Thanks for reading!
Mandy- Wild Red
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