Florida Vacation Recap


Colby and I got back late last night from 6 days in Florida. When we were trying to decide where to go, we knew we wanted a beach trip, but due to Zika and the restrictions it has caused, didn’t feel like we had too many options. However, we felt like Florida was the safest place to go, so decided we would visit the southwest region. We pretty much had crummy weather the most time with non-stop rain the last two days, but we did see a little of the sun on the 3rd day, so I am thankful for that!

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Sanibel Island

Day 1 + Day 2

After flying in from Dallas to Fort Myers, we stopped at the grocery and went to our condo in Sanibel Island, Sanibel Arms West. We loved where stayed as it provided a full kitchen, washer/dryer and beach access was just a 1 minute walk, which you can’t beat. They also provided bike rentals and beach chairs, which we were thankful for. They had a fitness center and a pool, but we never used either. The first day we just walked around the beach and got ice cream. Day 2 started out by a 3 mile barefoot run on the beach, which is quite possibly one of my favorite things to do, followed by most of the day lounging at the beach. Thankfully the water was warm enough to get in. The weather most of the week was super overcast, but on the first day I got sunburned really bad, despite that I had applied sunscreen all throughout the day. I think my body went into shock, considering I hadn’t been in the sun all year. Unfortunately that didn’t make the next few days nearly as fun.

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Day 3

On the third day we woke up, got in another 3 mile barefoot run on the beach again, and then spent the majority of the day at the beach. Not much different than the day before, except I was basically fully covered. The sun finally peeked out even though I realized how nice the cloudy days are when you are at the beach. That night we ate dinner at the Blue Giraffe which was in a cute little shopping center. I had the most delicious salad ever and it actually had more than just lettuce. I recommend it if you are in the area as my salad was my favorite dinner on our trip.

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Day 4

Our last morning in Sanibel we rented cruiser bikes from our condo and rode all around town. I realized how much fun a cruiser bike is, especially when sidewalks are provided and cars actually stop for you. We certainly don’t get that kind of treatment in Dallas and it was way more fun than a road bike. We rode from our condo over to the Nature Preserve and then back, which was exactly 20 miles. I highly recommend doing this as it was a great way to see the whole island. After we checked out of our condo and then headed towards Ft. Meyers.

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Ft. Meyers

Day 4

After leaving Sanibel, we drove to Lovers Key State Park where we went on a very quick 2 mile nature walk. In that same park was Lovers Key Beach, which was nice because it was so secluded. Maybe that is because you have to pay to use it and it’s not that convenient to get to. I am not sure, but either way, we loved it, especially because the water was so still. As the rain picked up we decided to leave and head to our hotel.day 5

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Day 5

On the morning of the 5th day we went out for breakfast at a cafe that was very near to our hotel, McGregor Cafe. This was our first time going out to breakfast together, ever. Can you believe we had never been out for breakfast or brunch out together? The food was wonderful and we ordered way too much, so had plenty of leftovers for later too.

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Day 5

After breakfast we headed south to Naples, which was when all the rain began and hardly let up the rest of the trip. It rained and rained and rained some more. We went straight to check in at our hotel and tried to wait the rain out, but it really wasn’t going to let up. So we decided to head to the Naples Pier area where we tried to go to the beach, but due to the weather, ended up just walking around the town near all the shops. We went back to our hotel and realized the pool was warm enough to get in so we opted to do that in the rain instead.

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Day 6

Have I mentioned that it rained? Yes, more rain, which changed our plans for the day. We were hoping to do some hiking, but that was no longer an option. We again tried to head down to the beach and during the 5 minutes it slowed down we went out to the water, but got drenched. This went on and off for awhile and we kept trying to get back out and then would get soaked and repeat cycle. After 2 hours of that we decided being outdoors just wasn’t going to happen so we headed to Miami and drove in you guessed it, rain! I went to visit a friend, who I had never met, at the hospital where she was with her son. It was a very quick visit, but I was glad to meet her and bring her son a meal before heading to the airport. We made it home after midnight last night and I’m glad to be home in some dry weather!

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I didn’t start sharing our traveling adventures on the blog until the end of 2013, but you can see some of our vacations below as well as how to travel on a budget here.

Pacific Northwest
Western Caribbean Cruise
Hilton Head
South America: Argentina
South America: Torres Del Paine
South America: Lake Region
South America: Santiago + Coast
Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio
Costa Rica: Santa Teresa
Costa Rica: La Fortuna
Las Vegas
Caribbean Cruise – Grand Turk + Dominican Republic
Caribbean Cruise – Aruba + Curacao
Colorado Ski Date #2
North Carolina
Palm Springs
Colorado #3
Anniversary Staycation

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  • Julie
    Posted at 10:12h, 07 June Reply

    Oh man, sounds like you got a lot of rain. On your vacation. Glad you got to do some fun stuff like run on the beach, take a bike ride, and check out the shops. I love your pictures.

  • Natalie
    Posted at 12:30h, 07 June Reply

    Looks like a fun trip! Love the photos! My family is going to Sanibel Island next week and then the week after I am meeting them in Orlando to go to Disney 🙂 Can’t wait!

  • Ashley Stephenson
    Posted at 13:08h, 07 June Reply

    Aww it looks like you all had a good time even though the weather wasn’t the best. I love your pink kimono cover up!!!

  • Krysten
    Posted at 21:21h, 07 June Reply

    Looks like you had an AMAZING time!

  • Ashley S
    Posted at 22:24h, 07 June Reply

    Girl, you should have come up a little higher and you could have stayed with us hehe! Love all the places you visited!

  • Katherine Petrunia
    Posted at 23:24h, 07 June Reply

    You guys are the cutest! We’re hoping for a warm vacation sometime soonish but have the same concerns- Florida looks amazing (even with not so great weather)!

  • Virjinia Harp
    Posted at 04:20h, 08 June Reply

    So sorry about being sunburn and all the rain! Other than that, it sounds like you guys had a great time exploring together. And your day five breakfast looks DELICIOUS!

  • Rachel R Ritlop
    Posted at 07:32h, 08 June Reply

    Awe I love Sanibel!!! I am on the other coast of FL! IT’s a relief to here you say that you felt safe coming to FL! A lot of ppl didnt come to our wedding because htye were freaking out about zika and still won’t visit even a year later

  • Belinda
    Posted at 12:03h, 08 June Reply

    I love this post! You are the cutest! I love all the pictures. Sounds like a great vacation, and I loved that you guys made the most of everything inspite of all the rain 🙂

  • Janella Panchamsingh
    Posted at 15:04h, 08 June Reply

    your trip looked like a lot of fun. I secretly have an obsession with a cloudy day on the beach

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