Life’s A Beach

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
May 062016

Terry and I are beach people, and we are never happier than when we are feeling ocean breezes on our skin and have sand under our toes. So we made yesterday a beach day.

We drove down to New Smyrna Beach and spent some time poking around there. It’s a nice little town, and very high on our list of “someday” possibilities. But it’s kind of a turnoff that you have to pay $10 per day to drive out on the beach if you’re not a Volusia County resident, in which case you can pay $25 for an annual beach driving permit. We have not found any places there where you can park for free and walk out onto the beach.

Seasahore beach

We checked out a couple of historical points of interest that we will be including in the next issue of the Gypsy Journal, then we decided to drive out to the Canaveral National Seashore. The Seashore has mile after mile of beautiful unspoiled beaches and isn’t very busy. There is a daily entry fee, but with our Senior Pass from the National Park Service, it’s free.

We stopped at the Apollo Beach Visitor Center and watched a 17 minute video on the seashore that was very informative. There’s a lot to do there, from beachcombing to bird watching, to visiting historic sites, and fishing in Mosquito Lagoon or from the beach. We will have a feature story on the Seashore in an upcoming issue of the Gypsy Journal.

Visitor Center sign

Every year thousands of sea turtles come ashore at the seashore to lay their eggs on the very same beaches where they were hatched. These turtle shells were on display at the Visitor Center.

Turtle shells

After walking on the beach for a while, watching the little sand crabs scurrying around and talking about how lucky we are to live the life we do, we decided to head back home.

Canaveral National Seashore scene

On the way we stopped at Sunglow Fishing Pier again to see if anybody was having any luck. The winds have been really high for the last few days and one angler told us that while the fish had been biting earlier in the day, by the time we got there the water was too sandy and they weren’t biting.

Fishermen Sunglow Pier

That’s okay, it was worth it for the view from the pier.


Today we plan to drive the other direction, north toward Saint Augustine, which is also very high on our list of “someday” possibilities. It’s less than an hour north if we take Interstate 95, but what fun is that? Instead, we’ll take A1A, which parallels the beach for the whole distance. It’s a slower route and passes through some small towns along the way, which adds another half hour to the trip. But like Miss Terry said, so what? We’re not in a hurry to do anything or be anywhere.

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Thought For The Day – I got expelled from school on pajama day. It’s not my fault I sleep naked.

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  One Response to “Life’s A Beach”

  1. To drive on the beach is one thing you pay a fee for that but to park along A1 A you’re 100 feet from the beach any crossover there are no parking meters
    From. New Smyrna beach south is free when you get Cape Canaveral national seashore You use your golden age pass
    from From the Ponce de Leon inlet to Beverley Beach along A1A is free parking
    The only thing with Beverly beach is they will not allow an RV or a tractor trailer to park along The A1A Beach but I’ve never been hassled for my 20 minute rest,,, good place to get your toes wet
    Once you get past Vam park that’s all private gated residential my pass will get you in there but there’s no public beach in any of the gated communities
    And you don’t even want to know what the HOA fees are in there
    To go from 95 Palm Coast to A1A Do not go Hammock dunes bridge parkway east it’s a toll But No toll going westbound
    If you do go to Saint Augustine with you let me know if the lions are back up yet
    Enjoy your day

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