We just returned from our BEST ever family vacation! We took the entire crew to Navarre Beach, FL for a week. Most of children's first time to see (and taste) the ocean.
Here's our amazing home-away-from-home - right on the beach. I mean...RIGHT on the beach - just a few steps from the water! Absolutely, perfectly, wonderful!
We were on the Santa Rosa Sound, on a barrier island facing the mainland. There could be no more perfect place for a whole bunch of "littles"! The water was shallow and without a heavy surf. Perfect for endless exlporing and swimming, while mom and dad sat in the chairs on the porch!
When we wanted waves - the other side of the ocean (with great surf) was just a walk across the street!
To make it even better, our good friends joined us! They stayed in their own beach condo, a block or so away. I highly recommend vacationing with great friends...the kiddos have playmates and you get a trusted babysitter for alternating "date nights". Plus - a built in photographer for the mandatory "beach pictures!"
I can't bring myself to vacuum out the van...all the sand makes me smile!