We're a traveling family. My folks took me to Infinity & Beyond. I've tried to replicate that experience with my 2 chicas.
The motto in La Familia Scribe? "Be Prepared." Just like Ella Numera Una y Ella Numera Dos, back in the day. Remind me to get this snap retouched. That scratch across Dos' face bothers me. But I love the fact that they're posing in front of a bookcase that carries a snap of them from their younger years.
The Scribes do love their beaches. We've been every which way there's sand, from Hawaii, to Mexico, to Grand Cayman, to the Bahamas. We've touched our toes in the Atlantic, the Pacific & in the Mediterranean. And don't forget our beloved OBX.
This week, the Youngest and I are taking in a little oldstyle FLA sunshine & ambiance in St. Pete Beach.
St. Pete Beach & I are old friends. I remember this Gulf town on the string of barrier islands near St. Petersburg & Tampa from my college days. But the town's taken on a different hue since then.
The high rises still loom over pristine white sand. But instead of screaming "Florida Tacky," they've embraced their past~which includes everything from Art Deco allure to 1950s motel-chic~to weave a colorful backdrop to a beach vacation.
This is the Don Cesar, a flamingo-pink confection visible just after one crosses the drawbridge into town. And no, we're not staying here. Too upscale. BTW, this snap is also not Scribe-generated. Neither are the two of the restaurants, below. Please thank the St. Pete Beach CoC for that.
Ella & I have been hanging out at the beach, the pool and at several of the old-school Florida joints in town. We chowed down at Dockside Dave's last nite. Ella consumed a 15-oz. ribeye for $15. I think that's a dollar an ounce, correctamundo? And my fried clams were the best. Dave's has a seat-yourself aura and a hammerhead-hanging-on-the-wall decor. Perfect if you're just off the beach or are out for an evening on the town.
St. Pete Beach offers an international side to life, too. Bella Habana Restaurant serves Cuban sandwiches, steak grilled Cuban-style, a variety of fresh seafood & live music on Friday nites. This cute little place just screams "Bienvenido!" The waiters are pretty cute, too...an added plus.
Gotta say, there's not much more to do here than eat and sleep in the sun. Haven't seen too many college Spring-Breakers, though we have witnessed the recent arrival of quite a few families from the Midwest. But there's enough room here for all of us, even a week-and-a-half before Easter. The natives keep complaining about the slight haze that hangs over the beach each morning & evening. I don't know what they're talking about. St. Pete Beach has perfect "do nothing" weather.
Of course, when we get tired of all the eating & the sleeping, walking on the beach is always an option. At at place like St. Pete Beach, the surf's always up.