There is just something very peaceful and serene about sitting on a balcony, enjoying the Gulf breeze and enjoying my morning tea. What a great way to start Day 2 of our family vacation at Portofino Island in Pensacola Beach, Florida (if you missed Day One, check it out here)! After breakfast, we decided to get our swim gear ready and head to the white sandy beaches. One of the amenities here at the resort is beach chairs (which recline!) and a beach umbrella. It was a great place to set up shop and start applying sunscreen. There isn’t a cloud in the sky here today!
I am sure you have all heard about the oil spill which is effecting the environment, livelihoods and tourism of many Gulf Coast states. The people of Pensacola Beach are worried as well, but I can tell you from first hand experience that the beach is beautiful and we have not seen or smelled oil at all. The kids dodged waves, made sandcastles and collected seashells before we decided to head upstairs for lunch. We were exhausted and were so glad to find the Portofino Island Tram waiting for us at the edge of the beach. While it is not a long walk, the tram ride back to our Tower was welcomed! Our tram driver was so nice and the kids just loved riding “the train!”
Lunch was turkey sandwiches, chips and fruit cups served in our condo. I just love that we are equipped with a full kitchen so we do not have to drag the kids to restaurants for every meal. We could eat lunch together and the kids could still have a blast. Perfect!
For dinner, we took the complimentary 63-foot catamaran, the Portofino I, to The Boardwalk which features lots of unique shops, restaurants and ice cream. It was a ton of fun for the kids and they even got to drive the boat (as you can see, Aubrie didn’t think we were going fast enough, so she wanted to step on it!)! The captain and crew were very nice and the music on board made for a fun and relaxing trip. We found a kid friendly restaurant called Flounders (it even had a playground!) which was very reasonable and yummy, too! Back at the condo, we are rounding out the evening by baking some cookies in the oven…..heaven!
Tomorrow after breakfast, we signed up for a dolphin cruise and I will be enjoying a relaxing massage in the afternoon. I am sure we will head to the pool at some point as well as my kids haven’t stopped talking about it. Totally looking forward to Day 3!
To close out Day 2, I would love to offer my readers a giveaway of a product we found very useful at the beach today, Sand Gone! With a two year old who isn’t quite sure what to think of all the sand, this product was a godsend. It helped us to easily remove sand from her body without having to dunk in the Gulf and it smelled fabulous, too!! The microfiber applicator is very soft (resembles a powder puff) and is machine washable.
About Sand Gone:
“Sand Gone is a dry body powder, that when applied to sand covered skin, removes the sand and leaves the skin soft and smooth while feeling fresh and clean.”
This product was great to get the sand off before we headed to board the Tram at Portofino Island. There is nothing worse than tracking sand into a clean condo and Sand Gone definitely helped us keep the mess out! Both myself and my daughters loved the coconut smell of the powder as well. The 8oz screw cap jar was very easy to pack and kept the beach wetness out as well. I highly recommend this product for any beach goer, but especially if you have little ones that aren’t a fan of being covered in sand. Order Sand Gone here for only $12.00 plus shipping!
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