I Prefer the Sand In My Crack To Be White.

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on July 1, 2011

in Being Mom,Family,Kiddos,Pictures,Vacation

The beach, it calls my name. I grew up 5 miles away the way the mythical crow flies from the best beach in the US, yet as a teen I was too self-conscious about my body to go to the beach. Plus, my mom was always, “You’ll get sand in your crack!” and “You don’t want to go ALL THE WAY DOWN THERE, do you?” I’m still not sure if she was referring to my crack or the beach.

So what if it was a 30-minute drive around and through traffic lights to get to the beach before the bridge opened during my 11th grade year? Add in the fact that I was super lazy even way back in my rearing years to pack up myself and stuff and lay out in the stupid heat just to get a sand in my crack, I didn’t go to the beach very often when it was out my figurative back door.

Living in Orlando affords us options when it comes to visiting the beaches. We have Cocoa Beach 25 minutes to our east and Tampa Bay/St Pete Beach 2 hours to our west-ish. We went to Cocoa Beach last summer with the girls, and we vowed we would never go there again. Rather than finding sugar-white sand in our cracks, we had to dig out black sand. Black sand and cracks don’t mix. We’re admitted beach snobs with our affinity for white sandy beaches and turquoise water with actual waves as we look down on the dark sand and murky water and 100s of Euromen banana hammocks.

Since having the children reach the age of consenting to what we mold their minds into thinking, I plan to spend several days of our summer vacation on the beach with my girls. It’s my plan to tweak their wee brains into Beach Bunnies who will want to go to the beach with me, but only to beaches that meet our high expectations.

It won’t be hard brainwashing them to think that this is the best way to beach.

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1 Erin@MommyontheSpot July 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I sooo agree with you on this post! I am totally brainwashing my kids that the beach is the best thing. We try to go every year. I am quite envious that you live so close to a beach with salt water and white sand. Here in Michigan, lake beaches just aren’t the same. I guess you could say that I am a beach snob, too. Enjoy!!


2 designhermomma July 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm

oh yeah, white sand is where it’s at. And it has nothing to do with the color of my skin. Promise.


3 neeroc July 1, 2011 at 11:16 pm

The only beaches I’ve ever been on in Florida are in Long Boat Key, and they were good enough that I drove 24 hours straight to get to them (more than once). People wanted to stop, rest for the night and my answer was always, ‘do you see beaches? We will rest on the beaches’ *g*


4 Heather July 2, 2011 at 1:42 am

lol! I loved the title the best 🙂 Great post!


5 Tara R. July 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm

The best beaches in the world!!


6 Kelly C July 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I live in Orlando too, and I totally agree with you about Cocoa. It’s not very nice at all. But, for the east coast, I do really like Vero Beach. The water is very blue, the sand is nice and most of the beach is empty. It has the exact opposite feel of Cocoa and Daytona.

As far as Destin, I do love it there…but I find that Sarasota and Fort Myers are just as nice…and waaaaay closer. We can be in Siesta Key or Sarasota in about 1.5-2 hours (we live close to Disney). The sand is white, the water is crystal clear and I don’t feel like I’m in the middle of chaos (how I felt when we would visit the Jersey beaches as a kid..I’m from PA).

Now, if I could go to any beach in Florida, it would be back to Key West (hello…love it) and Naples Beach in Naples. Naples is my little piece of heaven. We can get there in about 3 hours, which makes for a fantastic overnight getaway! Highly recommend it!


7 MommaCakes July 3, 2011 at 11:01 am

we’ve been to beaches all over, from Hawaii to Boston (yes, they have beaches too) and still The Emerald Coast has the BEST beaches we’ve ever seen. and i agree, we may not live anywhere close to the beach anymore, but my kids will still be raised to be beach bums…


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