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
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
. And for those of you interested, clothing is optional in some areas too.
Twenty-four miles of undeveloped coast plump with
during the spring and summer months.
No cars, no houses, no shops. Just beach... as it should be.
Playa Linda is literally means a beautiful beach as you can see right here...
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, I spent one more day at Playa Linda following 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...
I'm writing this post back in Amsterdam and watching the gray 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. I love Amsterdam but the lack of sunny days will always be a struggle for me here. Rainy days may lend credit for my productivity but I'm wishing you sunshine where ever you are!