If you are a regular reader of Stretchingittotravel you know we love activities that are low cost. State parks are great places to visit due to their cheap cost and many activities.
We spent a few nights at Fort Myers Beach with the intention of visiting Lovers Key State Park. We arrived around 9am Christmas morning to a rapidly filling parking lot. Admission for the day is $8 a car and the park is open from 8am to sunset daily.
We waited a bit for a trolley to drop us near the waterfront. There was some confusion as to if the trolley ran on Christmas so we ended up walking the short path to the beach.
While walking on the beach in front of our hotel one morning we found a little green shovel. On the way back it was still sitting in the sand by itself so we let Daughter pick it up for use.
What could a teenager possibly need a toy shovel for? Digging out crabs of course!
The night before was very cool, we had on jeans and sweatshirts on the beach. So the little crabs were not running around at night. Husband and Daughter found the holes and wanted to see how deep the crabs would dig. Turns out the answer is they will dig pretty deep!
And the crabs were none too happy about having their afternoon disrupted!
On the way back to our hotel Husband had a great idea. Why not stop at a secluded beach to beach comb? We had seen a couple of empty beach parking lots across from the airforce base.
We were at the perfect time when the tide was low. I think we walked a couple of miles up and down that empty beach. It was perfect!
Christmas day was very cloudy and a little cool. It had been in the 80’s the days before. We found several larger shells, skipped rocks and relaxed in the silence.
This beach has free parking and is located on A1A between Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach. We saw one other person in the distance during our visit and no low flying aircraft. It was perfect with just the three of us!
The whole theme of our trip was doing things we could not do at home. So we spent endless hours on the beach! I was starving when we arrived in the Melbourne area but Husband was not hungry. Daughter said she was not really hungry so I knew we couldn’t roll into a restaurant for lunch. Scoping out the area we drove past Paradise Beach, and there was a food trailer. Bingo!
I could grab something to snack on while we walked the beach and relaxed. It was in the low 80’s and the last thing we wanted to do was be inside someplace. Daughter figured out she was hungry so we split a huge hotdog. The burger looked really good!
Later on in the week we walked up the beach from our hotel to Paradise Beach. Daughter got a large blue raspberry slushy for $2. It was huge! She was happy the whole walk back. They also offer soft serve ice cream, pretzels, and waffle fries for a snack.
Also parking is free for the beach. This is huge for us, we always have to pay to park at the beach!!!!! They have a large lot, some sports courts and decent bathrooms. If you wanted to spend the day at the beach this is one we would recommend.
More information can be found here:https://www.facebook.com/ParadiseTreatsFl/timeline
2301 N Highway A1a
How do we do this?
#2 some of the best things in life are free. Really!
Some free things we did in Texas:
- Watch the sunset on the beach.
- Walked the Laguna Madre Nature trail.
- Walked out on the fishing piers, like Pirates Landing.
- Window shop around town.
- Sitting on the beach and playing in the surf.
- Free movies on lighthouses, buildings, in pools and in parks.
- Chasing crabs on the beach in the dark.
These items cost us nothing and I will tell you that my husband trying not to swear when pinched by a crab was priceless! Search out the free things to do either on Trip Advisor, the towns website or Facebook page.