My family and I love visiting the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, but they are missing one little things…. dolphins! So, when we learned that Portofino Island offered dolphin cruises, my girls could not wait (and I will admit that I was a little excited, too!). At 9:30 am, we boarded the 63-foot catamaran, the Portofino I, and headed into Santa Rosa Sound. In only just a few minutes, it seemed like our boat was surrounded by dolphins! The crew was fabulous and pointed out the pods of dolphins searching for food. Some of the dolphins surfaced right next to our boat and the girls just shrieked with excitement! The resort photographer, Jordan, captured some great shots of the dolphins and even some of our family! Check out the Portofino Blog to see the amazing sites. They also shared some dolphin facts, pointed out some Pensacola landmarks and gave the kids a chance to be Captain of the boat! For two hours, we searched (and found!) many dolphins and also boated through Pensacola Pass before turning around and heading home. This was a great excursion for my family! My girls were thoroughly entertained, there was a potty on board (a must for my potty-training two year old) and drinks were available from an on board bar.
After landing back on shore, Renee and I got the family fed back at our condo and down for naps before we made our escape to the Portofino Spa for a little Mommy Time! Renee enjoyed the mani/pedi service and I relaxed with an hour long Swedish Massage. Both Renee and I enjoyed the experience and were glad we had the time to relax and rejuvenate before rejoining our families at the end of naptime.
For dinner, the crew of Portofino I recommended a family friendly restaurant called Flounders. We decided to check it out and we loved it! The restaurant has a covered patio which is next to a sandy play area. After ordering, the kids got to run and play while we waited for our food. The food quality was excellent and the prices were very reasonable. This is definitely a great choice for families with little ones!
If you are considering a trip to Portofino Island in Pensacola but are worried due to the media coverage of the oil spill, I hope you reconsider. The beaches are beautiful right now, but even if you wanted to be super cautious and avoid playing in the Gulf of Mexico, there are still many things to do here! Since we arrived, we have only been on the beach for one hour and have managed to have a ton of fun taking advantage of the resort amenities (and we’re not done yet!).
As you know, I have two daughters and they MUST have cute beach shoes. One of the places I love to shop for quality shoes for my girls is Vincent Shoes. Actually, I just did a sandal review a month ago and we brought these sandals to the beach! Vincent Shoes has a great selection of Summer Sandals and what’s even better is that they are currently running a sale! Check out the shoes that are available for up to 75% off!
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