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postheadericon Beaches Worth Checking Out – Favorite Five

Five of My All Time Favorite Beaches


1.  Kaanapali Beach ~ Maui, Hawaii:  Voted my #1 because of its sugary soft sand, light waves, sandy bottom, beautiful coral, abundance of marine life, and breathtakingly beautiful backdrop.  Black Rock is known for its frequent visits by sea turtles, too!




2.  Crystal Cove State Park ~ Laguna Beach, California:  Voted my #2 because of its quaint feel, unique tidal pools, and fun character.  Whether you’re looking to sunbathe, grab a bite to eat, horseback ride, or explore, this beach has it all!




3.  Bean Point ~ Anna Maria Island, Florida:  Voted my #3 because of its private and unspoiled feel.  Just off shore is a sandbar where you can find sand dollars, conch shells, or possibly see a manatee swimming by.  Anna Maria Island has many beautiful beaches, lots of activities, and good restaurants!



4.  Black Sand Beach ~ Maui, Hawaii:  Voted #4 because there are not many black sand beaches making this a unique and beautiful spot.  Black lava rocks, black sand, and deep blue water make this beach a favorite for its picturesque quality!  It’s located off of the Road to Hana, one of the most beautiful drives in the world!




5.  Lanikai Beach ~ Oahu, Hawaii:  Voted my #5 for its relaxation and beauty.  There are no facilities and it’s located in a residential community, but it is by far one of the most serene beaches I’ve ever been to!


postheadericon Travel and Photography Today Year in Review 2011

Holy Cow…I can’t believe 2011 is coming to an end!  It’s been quite a year, wouldn’t you say?  To sum it up I would just have to say it went by too FAST.  It really was a great year, but I can’t believe it’s over. 

This blog made it’s debut on June 19, 2011 and it’s been quite a journey!  I’ve learned a lot about how to run and maintain a site (I’m still learning) and have a long way to go with where I want it to be!  I’m coming along in my photography journey and hope to spend a lot more time on that in 2012!  It’s like a never ending process that most of the time brings me joy, but other times makes me want to cry! 

I’m so inspired by the different blogs I follow…there are amazing, creative, talented people out there and they inspire me to want to soar!  Regular people sharing their lives is so real!  I love trying new recipes and occasionally new crafts (I’m so not crafty) from people out there in cyberspace and I haven’t been disappointed yet!  I hope that I’ve given a little travel inspiration or maybe provided a recipe that turned out to be a hit! 

I have big plans in the new year… thank you for being part of this with me and for all the kind words you shared with me!  Here is a little recap of 2011….. 


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postheadericon Bean Point

I want to tell you that this place is terrible and you should not go, but I wouldn’t be honest if I said that!  This place is Anna Maria Island’s best kept secret for sure!  It’s a shallow sandbar where the Gulf of Mexico meets Tampa Bay and my only regret is that I wish we would have discovered it earlier!  The sand is the softest white sand ever.  The water is calm and clear and I kid you not, we walked out at least a half mile and it was no more than waist high!  We found conch shells, sand dollars, crabs, and even came up close and personal with a giant manatee swimming by!  The girls were so excited that he came up for air at just the right time when we were literally 2 feet from him!

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postheadericon Top 5 Free Things to Do on Anna Maria Island


We just got back from one of our favorite spots in Florida where the sand is like sugar and the emerald water is calm and warm!  This little slice of paradise is Anna Maria Island which is located on the west coast about 90 minutes southwest of Tampa International Airport and about 40 minutes north of Sarasota.  It’s a laid back, charming little beach town free of big resorts and high rise hotel chains.  It is only 7 1/2 miles long and less than a mile wide and it is surrounded by the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway!


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