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Monday, September 6, 2010

The Battle of the Beaches!

As most of you know, we live along the east coast of Florida.
I'm also sure that most of you have heard of Cocoa Beach.
This look familiar?

Cocoa Beach is FAMOUS for Ron Jon Surf Shop.
I remember when this was a small humble building lined mainly with Ron Jon T-Shirts.
(If you had a Ron Jon t-shirt you were soooo cool. Or at least you thought you were!)
Now look at the size of this place.
It's a 2 story monstrosity.

I couldn't get the WHOLE place in one picture it's so big.
Here are some of their t-shirts lined up against the wall with the printed back facing out so you could always see it. 

It's a neat place and if you're close by it's a must do on your to do list because then you can say you've been there.
But if you want to go to the actual "beach" in Cocoa Beach, you may have to deal with this.
I decided to walk over there since I was so close and there were people as far down as you could see.
This is the view looking to the left. If you look closely you can see the ocean. It's there I promise. Those people aren't lined up for nothing. Ha!

The view to the right.

People people everywhere. Now if you like that sort of thing, then I HIGHLY recommend it.You may have to walk a mile down the beach to find an open spot but hey, your at Cocoa Beach.

But now let's take you 15 miles south a little, to where I live.
Just a short walk across the street and you will get this.
View looking to the left.

View looking to the right.

Yes, this was taken on the same day. I didn't wait until a hurricane hit and the place was abandoned. LOL!

Over here you have room to write profound things in the sand.....

........and actually make it to the water to dip your toesies without tripping over anyone and doing a face plant in the sand.

I don't know about you but I'd pick our humble beach across the street, any day of the week.
And if you're ever in town you are more than welcome to park in our driveway! NO CHARGE! Yeah, I'm good like that.

So how about you? Do you like the hussle and bussle of a busy beach or the quiet tranquility of a non crowded beach?

Have a fabulous day my friends.



  1. Hi Stranger! I've always been amazed when we are visiting the inlaws how empty the local beaches are by you. Here in Delaware I guess because we have more limited beach access they tend to get packed so I'm used to people. Actually when I looked at your pix of Cocoa Beach I was amazed at how much open sand there was! Didn't look crowded at all. Rather it looked like a fall beach day here! I know I'm weird but I like a busy beach. I enjoy watching people! It is nice in early September though when our tourists go home and we can spread out on the beach. Enjoy your beach time!!

  2. Wow - you live in such a great place my friend!! I prefer the less crowded beach myself. I wish I could get one of those cool t-shirts for my hubs!

    Big what-good-is-a-beach-unless-you-can-write-REALLY-profound-messages-in-the-sand-like-you size hugs to you!!! Have a FUN day my friend!! Love ya! :)

  3. Mel brought up a good point about all the open sand but it's required that they leave that open for emergency vehicles to get through. So it looks deceiving. LOL!

  4. Ok Kim Now you must come to Daytona Beach! See where the people and cars share the beach together.
    Another things amazes me over all the beaches each one has different sand. Daytona soft white sand Flagler beach red stick to you sand. Doesn't rinse off.
    Love your beach, When I was born until I was 2 right across from it.

  5. Makes me wanna go to the beach.

    It's funny how I love it so much, but never go (maybe it's the mentality of "I can go anytime, it's right here"). lol

  6. I can't stand crowded beaches! We actually do have some beaches up here, but the forest hides most of them from public enjoyment. Hopefully, St Joe won't change that anytime soon. The Atlantic beaches are nice, but can't hold a candle to the Gulf. The turquoise water over there is gorgeous! They made my favourite we-can-always-find-an-unpeopled-spot beach a state park, so it's not quite as uncrowded and natural as it once was.

    Love ya loads, sandy toes!
    Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

  7. Kim..I am in love!! With how close to the beach you live!! O my Goodness..why would you want a pool when you have this!!
    Now I understand why you can't grow vegetables very easy..to much alkaline in the soil..and the sea air..hard on little veggies..lol
    So I just need to bring you veggies and visit your sand someday!!

    Hugs, Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  8. I love it when we have the beach to ourselves:-)

  9. I love a quiet beach without all the tourists! We have been to Cocoa Beach AND to RONJON! I got the COOLEST Coffee cup and used it FOREVER!! It is a must see if you are in the area!

    Love your pics :) and I love you!

  10. I'll take your "deserted" beach over Cocoa Beach ANY day!! I was never a Cocoa Beach fan. We mostly went to Daytona, but there's a little deserted beach called Wilbur by the Sea not too far from there that was my real retreat. It was always pretty deserted...which means, relaxing!!


  11. I love reading your blog posts! I've been a bad blogger lately and just never ever get on here anymore. When I do take a minute to peak, your blog is the first one I look at. I've missed you!

    If I ever got to go to the beach, I'd choose the empty one by you. Just looking at your pictures gives me something to daydream about.

    Jamie (in flat Oklahoma with no ocean beaches)

  12. I, like you, prefer the relaxing beach with few people on it. My in-laws live in Jacksonville and when we visit them we go to the beach, but it is usually busy and crowded.

  13. I've never heard of the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop. Sorry! I live on the other side of the US...

    But yes, I'd take your beach any day over the crowded chaos of Coco Beach (even though the name is mighty temping, he he he).

  14. When I come down to visit, will you take me to the surf shop? :) It looks like fun. But you're right about the beach by your house. I'd take that any day over crowds. How refreshing. Hugs!

  15. Been to Cocoa Beach and to Ron Jon!! Cool, but I will take that beach across the street from you any day of the week over the crowd of people!! I would especially love it because I would get to meet you and enjoy some Chocolate with you on that quiet beach!! Although with our silly families, I'm not sure how quiet it would be!! LOL

    Love and Blessings

  16. You are truly blessed my dear friend!!

    Enjoy that sand between the toes :-)

  17. Oooh, how much I miss the beach! Definitely prefer it not to be busy. :)

  18. And why did you want to move again? That is amazing! I love, love, love the beach and I love Florida.


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