Vacation is over. We always wait so long for it to arrive and spend so much money to make it perfect, it consumes our lives and then it’s just done and gone. I’ve planned for this vacation (actively) for 7 months. Booking rooms, flights, and researching the area.
When you vacation somewhere new it is exciting! It’s also stressful when you’re on a budget. I can imagine the ease that would come along with the ability to just fly my favorite airline or stay at my favorite hotel.. money not an issue. It would take a lot of the research time out of my planning, which would be awesome.
So many different emotions relate to this trip. The ocean is my happy place. I have enjoyed the sound of ocean waves since my first cruise in 2008. It wasn’t until a few years ago though that I realized it was my actual real life “happy place”.
When someone tells you to think about your happy place during a stressful situation, you tend to think of a beach and sun because everyone looks happy at the beach, and you think to yourself , yeah that would be nice. But when you find your real life happy place you are able to stop and really think about being happy. It works! lol.. thinking about my happy place waves actually slows my breathing down and sends happy endorphins into my brain. It’s a sense of peace. #findyourhappyplace
Even though I’m happy, I’m very stressed on vacation because I’m trying to execute my 7 month plan. The most relaxing cruise I have been on was in the winter of 2018 when I didn’t have to plan anything related to the entire trip because I was a last minute addition to the vacation. Everything was planned, all I had to do was show up.
On this vacation I learned that I really just like to sit around and do nothing. My husband was more active on this vacation than me and usually he doesn’t do anything without me. I wanted to sleep. and eat. I gained 10 pounds in 7 days! My ankles are still very swollen from the flight so I’m hoping I have at least 2 pounds of water 🙂 Crossing my fingers.
Now that I’ve been to Cocoa Beach FL, I feel I have a good sense of the main areas and the navigation. The amenities available, etc. Cocoa Beach doesn’t have a whole lot to offer other than the beach. The beach is active. They have surfing lessons, beach volleyball, shopping, restaurants, pier fishing and a really cool Atm machine 😉 There is a Publics grocery on the North side of the beach near the pier or a Win Dixie on the South side of the beach near Ron John’s surf shop. Most of the restaurants are on the South end but we did eat at a restaurant named Mexico’s and OMG was the food amazing! Mexican food is my favorite food and this restaurant is definitely not one I’ll forget. Cocoa Beach is like any touristy town and tends to sell the same trinkets at all the local stores. Good thing is, they all priced their items the same so you didn’t get buyers remorse after finding it cheaper somewhere else.
Ron Johns Surf Shop was a very popular place to be. Lots of people but it’s manageable. I didn’t leave angry so I say it’s a win. Prices were decent on most things. A coffee cup for $10, a shirt for $20, keychains $8, $6000 surf boards! Very large store with a lot of employees. Many many checkouts and short lines. They claimed to have sizes up to 5X when we asked the front door greeter but I had a hard time finding 2X. They have a lot of really cute clothing other than the basic t-shirts for souvenirs but those items all ran in smaller sizes only up to XL. Most were small-large. You know they really don’t make it easy to be a larger person. Just because I wear a 1-2X doesn’t mean I don’t want to look cute in my clothes. It’s very hard to find cute plus size clothes.
I don’t think I’ll fly into Sanford Airport again. It’s just too far from the cruise port. The money I spent on transportation I could have used on better airline tickets. For the first time ever I saw someone get turned away from checking into their flight at the airport. The airport says to be there 2 hours before your scheduled flight to allow adequate time to get checked in and go through TSA. The passenger that got turned away was only 1 hour and 45 minutes early for his flight and they told him check-in time was closed. That is insane. I have flown many times and never seen someone get turned away from a flight for that reason. Being familiar with the boarding process, I know that if I’m there 2 hours early for a 6 am flight then I’m going to spend 1 hour and 40 minutes sitting by my gate waiting. There’s hardly anyone in an airport that early in the morning. So he took an Uber to catch a different flight in TAMPA! They sent him to Tampa FL to catch another flight. $150 Uber ride. I can see why people get so upset in airports now! The scene I would have made would have gotten me arrested for sure. We made it with 12 minutes to spare.
Hotel pool was amazing…. Nothing special I guess but felt so good in the high humidity heat. They had noodles in the pool so I was able to just float around. Relaxing, and one of my favorite memories from the vacation. Just chilling in the pool under the sun floating around while the kids are throwing the beach ball back and forth.
The hotel pool and noodles
Dinner at Mexico’s
The breakfast buffet at the hotel
Store named Shells Everything in Cocoa Beach FL
Laying in a daybed on the pool deck in Serenity area of the ship
Coffee on my balcony in the morning
Watching and listening to the waves hit the ship at night under the stars – Happy Place
Sharing that first drink of the day with Bill
The pool side loungers in the shallow water at Coco Cay.
My daughter cuddling up to me when she knew I was upset. Best memory.
Feeding the Seagulls on my balcony
Yummy Florida oranges