Gone to the Beach
Thinking back on Spring Break 2020, we truly had no idea what was in front of us, did we? Now that 2021 has rolled around, I know that so many of you are thinking about traveling to the beach and wondering if it is a safe idea. Here's what the CDC says about visiting the beach: Visiting Beach & Pools
The best advice that I can offer you beyond what the CDC says is to visit an area that isn't a heavily populated tourist spot. I live in a very small beach area with extremely limited visitor parking, so I naturally feel like there's plenty of room to spread out. Here are some Florida-based suggestions of beaches for you to check out when you're ready to hit the beach again!
North Captiva, also known as Upper Captiva, is an unspoiled tropical paradise off the coast of southwest Florida. A magical oasis just a short boat ride away from today's hectic world... a place to getway from it all. Feel the warm gulf breeze....listen to the gentle sound of the surf.
Little Gasparilla Island is halfway between Sarasota and Ft. Myers. It has no bridges and is reachable only by private boat or the area's water taxi. There are no paved roads, just sandy pathways that meander through the sea grapes and Australian pines. Golf carts or walking are the usual mode of transportation. At its widest part, the island is only about 1/4 mile wide, so it is a very easy walk from the dock to your home and/or the beach. While the boat ride from the mainland is only 10 minutes, Little Gasparilla is a world apart. From the moment you arrive, you'll feel your stresses slip away with the tide as you truly unplug and reconnect with your family or friends.
Ranked the #1 Beach in the U.S. in 2020 by TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards™, you will quickly understand why when you feel the quartz-crystal powdery sand between your toes, and experience the soft waves and the abundance of sun & fun at gorgeous Siesta Beach. Thanks to the large parking area, concession stands, the free trolley to get around on the island, and nearby fun Siesta Key Village, you can plan your whole trip centered around this gorgeous Key without getting bored.
Pass A Grille is located in St. Pete Beach, just outside of Tampa. I've lived here for almost a year and truly feel like I live in paradise. Staying in this area of the town will give you access to beautiful beaches without any high rises or huge crowds.