Let’s go on a road trip! Tent, check. Grill, check. Body boards, check and check. One of our favorite places to go during a holiday weekend is Daytona Beach. It’s about a 3 hour drive and on the opposite coast from our house. My parents live in between, so, we crash there and make it a big family adventure. I’m talking tent, grill, tables and tons of food. They only go to the beach once or twice a year, so we make it worth their while and stay ALL.DAY.
You might be thinking to yourself, “Seriously, Daytona Beach; the parking lot on sand? There are so many better beaches in Florida, why there?
And, you’re right but this beach holds a special place in my heart. When I saw the ocean for the first time I was a 12 year old, pasty white, freckle faced kid visiting from Pennsylvania and it was Daytona Beach where I got to put my toes in the ocean for the very first time. I knew right then and there that one day I had to live near the beach. Flash forward a few years later and most of my family moved to Florida, grandparents and all. My grandparents lived just over the bridge from Daytona so I would hit the beach then go visit Gramma and Grampa. Sometimes Gramma would tag along so she could people watch. Those are some of my best memories at Daytona Beach and I want to keep the tradition going by having a family road trip at least once a year with my kids and their grandparents. It’s all about making memories.
One other reason we head to the other coast is to ride the waves! The Gulf of Mexico is pretty and all but it’s like a big ‘ol bathtub. We are adventurers and we need to get in the water to get tossed around by the waves for a few hours. So, we load up the body boards make the journey and hit the water. Once we get to the beach we watch the waves set with a Krispy Kreme in one hand and a Longboard in the other. Keeping with traditions.
Does your family have a special place where everyone meets up for a long weekend of traditions and memory making? Let’s hear it!
See you on the beach!
p.s. Tell me about the first time you visited the beach in the comments below.