Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Weekend Wanderings: Florida's Best Beach

With the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Florida's 1,350 miles of sandy, sunny, palm sprinkled coastline offer innumerable beach going days. As you can imagine, upon my return to the Sunshine State blue skies called my name and I flocked to the beach as much as possible.

You may think that with so much coast, it'd be hard to pick a favorite beach spot but for me, there is only one beach. Playa Linda aka "The Best Beach" between my friends and I. Unlike other eastern shores, cars are (thankfully!) not allowed at Playa Linda as it belong to a protected marine area belonging to the Canaveral National Sea Shore. And for those of you interested, clothing is optional in some areas too.

Twenty-four miles of undeveloped coast plump with sea turtle nests during the spring and summer months.

No cars, no houses, no shops. Just beach... as it should be. 

Playa Linda is quite literally a beautiful beach...

After receiving news of my acceptance to all three of my graduate school applications in the Netherlands (!!!) I knew my Florida beach time would soon come to a long pause, so I quickly opted to soak all the sunshine (Yes. All. Of. It.) and headed to the beach almost weekly before my time ran out. This was somewhat of a challenging endeavor what, with all the bits and pieces that come with moving abroad (again!).

Before flying back to Holland together, my Dutchman and I spent one more day at Playa Linda, after a morning of paddle boarding close by. An impending storm was headed inland and once a few rain drops sprinkled down, the other visitors packed up and left one by one. Eventually, we had the entire beach all to ourselves...

...Until a park ranger drove by and told us it was closing time. We took our sweet time to head out and paused at nearly all the look out points for one last view of arguably, the very best beach.

This morning I'm looking out our kitchen window here in Amsterdam and watching the grey clouds drizzle. I can't help but think back to the salty sea breeze, sun pinched skin, warm sand between my toes back in Florida. To be fair, since returning to our canal filled city, the weather has been surprisingly warm and sunny with dreary days as the major influence to when I actually sit down at my computer.

Rainy days may lend credit for my productivity but I'm wishing you sunshine where ever you are!


  1. I've never been to Playa Linda but it looks amazing. I'll be in FL in Sept with my bf and he wants to see Kennedy Space Center so it looks like that beach would be a great place to go after since they're so close! Hope the move went well :)

  2. Anonymous11.7.14

    Time to go there again myself!