If you missed the first part of our Sanibel Beach vacation, check it out here. Most days started like this- we'd wake up, have breakfast, lounge around for a bit until we'd all throw on our swimsuits and head down to the beach. My inlaws bought a canopy to set up on the beach, which was a lifesaver. Without it I would have been panicked about reapplying sunscreen on Miss A every twenty minutes. The sun was brutal! Definitely worth the money, I will buy one myself f we ever take another extended beach trip. We were able to be under the canopy all day and set up camp with plenty of food, games, toys, towels, and chairs.
Being on the shore and playing in her pink crab blowup pool were her favorite places to be. She loved climbing in and out of her pool, throwing sand, shells, and anything else she could find inside. Most of her time was spent under the canopy in that pool! She also loved watching the tide come in and seeing it roll over her feet. She loved looking for shells and collecting them in her bucket. She also liked to grab fistfuls of sand and throw it back into the ocean. Unfortunately she wasn't all that interested in making a sand castle. Oh well, there's always next year!
I loved sitting back and enjoying the breeze and the view. I was able to steal away precious moments to myself to read and relax. It was wonderful!We encountered all sorts of sea life- this starfish (that we put back immediately, it was only out of the water for a photo moment), plenty of fish, dolphins jumping in the distance, turtles sunbathing, clams, and sand dollars.
The only downside to the island- there's not much to do there. Of course we came to spend the majority of our time on the beach and that's exactly what we did. I'm not complaining! But there are cute shops to roam, restaurants, bikes and scooters to rent, and boat tours. Oh, and ice cream, of course!