M has been begging to go to the beach for a while now....
Who can say no to that??
We decided on Panama City Beach. I have to say that Panama City Beach has changed quite a bit from my Spring Break '98 experience. I was pleasantly surprised. It is much nicer than I remember. But that isn't saying much since...well...you know...it was spring break after all. And that's all I'm going to say about that.
This was the first beach trip for the Princess and the Moose. So it was fun to see their reactions. I will never forget the Princess' squeals of excitement when she spotted the ocean from the car. I wish I had it on video. Priceless.
They loved the beach! It was so fun to watch them chasing waves, and running from the waves.
We stayed at Splash Condo Resort. (quite a move up from Bikini Beach Motel in '98) If you haven't been to Splash, you must take your kids. They have an indoor water park, which is a great option when the kids get tired of the beach. With water slides, several pools (both inside & outside), a lazy river, and a splash pad for babies and toddlers, it is a parent's dream. They even have an arcade room for older kids. Here is the link to the condo we stayed in. Check it out. They recently remodeled and it is fabulous! It was a great experience booking with the Parrish's (the condo owners).
View from our condo on the 18th floor
We originally planned to go to Orange Beach. But we found out that hubby's nephew will be deployed again to Qatar, so our trip changed to Panama City Beach since he is stationed at Tyndal AFB, which is a short drive from PCB. Hubby's parents, 2 of his sisters, and the teenager planned on going down there at the same time. They stayed in Mexico Beach, while we were in PCB. We spent Father's Day in Mexico Beach with them.
On Monday we visited Zoo World, then ate at The Back Porch in Pier Park. On Tuesday we went to Gulf World, then ate at Sharky's (which was my best meal of the week = Yummo Grilled Jerk Fish Tacos + a Pina Colada)
A great time was had by all, even if we didn't get a chance to go to Club La Vela. (ha!) It was so good to get away and have quality time with the kids. Can't wait till next year!