Hey everyone!! This is my last blog before summer kicks off and I can’t wait! I figured since all the warm weather is approaching, I’d talk about my spring break trip to Naples, Florida. This destination has been on my bucket list for a while. Whether it’s because of the glorious beaches or luxurious houses, I’ve always wanted to visit. My grandparents rent a condo in Naples during the cold winter months in their home state New York. This was an added bonus because when my mom and I went to visit, the only form of payment we had to give was a big ole hug. While staying with the grandparents doesn’t sound very thrilling, it was actually a blast! We had so much fun and the memories we made will forever be replayed in my brain.
When we first arrived, my priority was soaking up the hot sun… and let me tell you it was more than just hot! Some days it reached the uppers 80’s and you could hardly stay out of the pool. I’m not one to burn easily, but if you are, maybe this isn’t your dream vacation. However, if you’re like me and tanning is up your alley, bring lots and lots of sunscreen. Reapplying is never fun… especially when your mom is always nagging on you, but protecting your skin is a must. Looking at the UV Index is one way you can decide how much sunscreen you should apply. This piece of information can be found online or on The Weather Channel. While hanging out at the pool was always relaxing, we also went to the beach, had nice dinners, and of course shopped.
Unfortunately, we only went to the beach once because the Red Tide was so bad. Red Tide is a form of algae that produces toxins in the water. It is harmful to marine life and can result in death. When we went to the beach, we saw numerous dead fish and crabs that had washed up along the shore. It was pretty displeasing to the eye but that wasn’t even the worst of it. We all began to cough and it became somewhat harder to breathe. After having a discussion with my grandpa as well as doing some research, we asserted that Red Tide can travel by air. After discovering this, we decided to spare our lungs and leave.
While the beach was a bust, the shopping certainly wasn’t. My mom and I had a fantastic time going to each boutique. It was fun to browse while we catching up on the latest styles… plus grandpa insisted it was her shopping spring treat. When we were “shopaholiced” out, we would conclude the day with either a nice evening on the town or grandma’s famous spaghetti and clam sauce meal. On one of the last night’s my mom and I were there, we became classic tourists. My grandparents insisted they show us the million dollar mansions that run for miles down the shore. This was probably by far my favorite thing during the whole vacation. The houses were gigantic and each property looked like it had been prepared it for royalty. It was quite amazing if you ask me.
Well, I’m running out of room so I guess it’s time to conclude this blog. Thanks again for following me on my bucket list journey. I’ll be back next year with some great new adventures to share! Until next time, definitely keep Naples in the back of your mind because it was by far one of the most fun trips I have ever taken. As they say in Florida, “See ya later alligator!”