By LIZZY ROSS
Just the way I like them, nice and quiet. Do you think the fact I'm
turning 30 might have something to do with it?
Florida beaches are
more than top vacation spots, they are among the world's best
beaches. Sparkling white sand contours the Gulf of Mexico out west
while Atlantic waves crash along the coarser east coast beaches
providing ample pleasure for sunbathers and surfers alike. While
water temperatures on the Atlantic side drop significantly during
winter months, the Gulf side remains warm enough for swimmers, wind
surfers and other hardcore water sport enthusiasts.
Hectic, messy and
often dawn right gross, summer on Florida beaches can be quite traumatic with
temperatures flirting daily with the 100 degree mark. Add burning hot
sand, profanity and under age alcohol consumption and you end up
with a recipe for family disaster. Maybe it's just me but there's
something quite attractive about deserted beaches and empty trash
there are those breath taking west coast sunsets. Summer monsoons
often blow in heavy cloud covers which hold the sun's light captive but winter skies offer many more
colorful Kodak moments. Bright oranges, reds and yellows paint heavenly
masterpieces over the Gulf bringing all of God's magnificence into
perspective. How lucky are we Floridians to witness such awesome
beauty almost daily?
It seems millions
of tourists agree as more than 3.5 million vacationers flock to
Florida beaches each year, one third of which fly in from Europe
(mainly Great Britain and Germany) while another third originates from Canada. Offering more accommodations than the entire
city of New York, Orlando alone features more than 4,500 hotels
rooms. The "Vacation Kingdom of the World" employs over
a half million people in the tourism industry alone fueled by the
world's largest cruise ports respectively in Miami and Cape Canaveral.
Located on the Atlantic coast, Florida cruise ships board more than
1.2 million visitors each year, most of which are compared to snowbirds
tempo rarely migrating to a warmer climate.
the holiday break right around the corner, I plan on making the most of our
beaches while we can. What's to do in Central Florida during the winter? I like to go camping at many of the state parks, my favorite is Fort Desoto in St Petersburg, or attend beach worship services, run a 5K and even hit the theme parks at Disney World when attendance is at a minimum.
I'm also thinking
about buying a metal detector thingny so my daughter and I can find
buried treasures along the Gulf coast where it is believed thousands
of gold coins await to be dug out. Can you imagine? No way I could be doing any of this back in Ohio when I'm from. While I am well aware skiing, hockey and ice fishing are great hobbies, I'm partial to sandy beaches and the warmth of the sun on my face. I praise God each day for His blessings and pray He will keep me here a while longer.
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