For Spring Break we set off on a new adventure to kick off Spring in Indian Shores, Florida.
Does anyone else listen to what I call tropical (Havana, Margaritaville,Kokomo) songs and just want to be transported to a tropical locale?
Off the Florida Keys, there’s a place called Kokomo / That’s where you want to go to get away from it all. / Bodies in the sand, tropical drink melting in your hand. / We’ll be falling in love to the rhythm of a steel drum band / Down in Kokomo.
After thinking about all the great vacation spots we would like to try, there was this overwhelming need to be relaxed. While we’ve done the big parks, and would do them again, it just wasn’t what I was looking for. In my mind I just pictured watching sunrises and sunsets and listening to the waves. This is how I had come to the decision of Indian Shores, Florida. Florida really is a very family friendly place to visit.
We got in really late the night before and went right to bed so Saturday started bright and early in the morning where we were able to watch the sunrise over the ocean from our balcony! Watching the sunrise and hearing the waves is so peaceful, especially as a respite from daily life.
As soon as we were done enjoying our sunrise, we headed on over to get donuts from Lighthouse Donuts.
This was one of the best donuts and coffees we’d ever had (maybe we were a little biased after that sunrise listening to the waves), and everyone was super friendly. It had that small town feel where everyone knew each other and must’ve had breakfast there many times, if not every day. A good sign a place will be good is when the locals flock to it!
Since we had vacationed here many times before, we stayed at a condo rented through Florida Lifestyles. We’ve stayed with them many times and enjoy each stay. Indian Shores is the perfect place to stay because it has so much to see and do! We stayed in a three bedroom with expansive ocean views from a private balcony that had patio doors on the living room and master bedroom. These accommodations are perfect for families.
Our favorite features were the ocean view, balcony, full kitchen, and washer/dryer. Every which way we looked we had views of the bright blue waters below. Having the full kitchen meant that we could make meals if we wanted or just have snacks on hand. The washer/dryer was great to have. I purposely did not overpack for us as I knew we could do the laundry.
Oh, how they LOVE the beach!
At the request of the kids, and even though it was chilly and looked like rain (cold to me lol), we let them play and dig and walk the beach. This was the perfect starting point because it gave them a relaxed day to start off. It put the whole trip into perspective and aligned with my motto, ‘Enjoy the moments’. And we enjoyed each one!
We were pretty tired from the day at the beach playing in the sand and walking the beach, so we opted for a restaurant night. Since we had a full kitchen, we planned some ‘at home’ meals but tonight was a great night to go out. Even though we were tired, we thought the kids would enjoy John’s Pass, and boy did they! John’s Pass is a short distance by car in Madeira Beach. Johns Pass is on the water and is Pinellas County’s #1 tourist attraction. It is a tourist shopping destination with over one hundred merchants, restaurants, a local fishing fleet, dolphin watching and shelling tours, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing. Be sure to take change as it is metered parking only. The kids loved the boardwalk. With some really great restaurants like Bubba Gumps, the kids picked Hooters because they wanted to see the world’s largest wing. I’m not going to show the wing. You’ve got to see it for yourself! : ) Since Hooter’s in at the boardwalk on John’s Pass, overlooking the water, you have the opportunity to see dolphin. Which we did. Unfortunately it was so fleeting that I did not get a photo.
As we were finishing our meal we were hit with some pretty big raindrops so we hustled out of Hooter’s and opted to head to the condo. By the time we reached the condo, it had cleared up so we parked the car and headed across the street for a treat. Right across from us was the best ice cream I have ever eaten. Haze Ice Cream produces amazing homemade ice cream in-house. Seriously try their Salted Caramel. Well, maybe you shouldn’t because it’s seriously addictive it is so good!
We enjoyed the balcony and watched the sunset listening to the waves.
We still ended up staying up even later because played games.
This was a great way to round out the day as they had fun and, at the same time, it is educational for the kids. Bananagrams helps them work on their spelling. We really felt that starting the first day out with ease had a huge impact on the depth of our vacation. It was filled with fun, not everything had to cost a thing and it was the most relaxing vacation I have ever had.
The next morning we were up and ready to hit the store!
Remember I said we had a full kitchen? We planned on making some of our meals at the condo, especially lunch. We planned several days just doing the pool and the beach. Those days we simply ran upstairs for lunch. As you can see, we even had fun grocery shopping! The excitement was thick in the air because they knew it was pool and ocean day! When we first started thinking about our visit to Indian Shores, all they could talk about was swimming in the ocean and pool! Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that this vacation would be so much fun.
Lunch was thoroughly enjoyed from the balcony. With views like this, who wouldn’t?!
We had worked up quite the appetite and headed over to Caddy’s for dinner.
This is a fun little place on the gulf, where you can enjoy the most amazing sunsets while eating dinner and enjoying live music. Caddy’s on the Beach even provides complimentary lounge chairs on their beach. The kids enjoyed the atmosphere and playing in the sand.
One word….delicious! I can’t say enough good things about the food at Caddy’s. Their more traditional fares are well known in the area with locals flocking to their restaurant/bar for both special occasions, date night, and family meals. There was even a beach wedding party there! One thing that all the food we ate had in common was that it was the freshest food. Important since a couple of us ordered seafood.
Knowing that families with children who can sometimes have picky palates come in, Caddy’s accommodates with a kids menu is always ready to keep them happy with kid favorites like chicken nuggets. It was great being able to all have our favorites at one spot.
Back at the condo was pretty awesome too. We played more games, including Uno. Of course, there was just as much fun and games as there was learning… the two meshed together.
We all slept very well that night! The fun we were already having got us even more excited for what was to come!
Have you been to Indian Shores?
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