Hello, from High Heeled Traveler!
When Kellie asked me to share a favorite Spring Break experience, I got really excited reminiscing about my college years (at the University of Florida, Go Gators!). I was always sure to celebrate spring break and take a glorious week off from my studies. One year, three of my girlfriends and I decided to take a get-a-way to a not to traditional spring break beach destination – Juno Beach, Florida. We wanted to get away from our friends, from partying, from stress, and just kick back for a few days in the surf and sand.
Juno Beach is north of Palm Beach, near Jupiter, where my family is originally from. It’s a quiet town, fully of families and retirees. There are very few spring breakers here and tourist season doesn’t start until May. We stayed at a cheap hotel right on the beach and had the place to ourselves.
If you are tempted to go as a working professional (read: of legal drinking age), you must have a sunset drink at the Square Gropper. It’s my favorite spot in town (arguably one of my favorite spots, period.) But then we were on a very tight budget. So we packed the car with coolers of cold beer and lemonade, bought a box of pop-tarts, chips and dip, and made three days’ worth of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
We spent almost every waking moment laying in the sand reading books and making each other laugh. Instead of going out in the evenings, we relaxed in the hotel room and played board games (Apples to Apples is my favorite!). One night we were feeling adventurous and decided to take a stroll down the beach. The sand was cool on our feet, the only light was the glowing moon, and we were completely alone – at which point we impulsively dared each other to go streaking. One at a time, we gained the courage to strip down and start running. We didn’t get very far when suddenly a couple walking their dog appeared out of nowhere. We threw our clothes and scrambled into the ocean in a sheer panic. It was terrifying to be in the water at night, I kept thinking about Jaws(!), but it was also exhilarating. I’d never done anything like that before.
On our walk back to the hotel we heard shouting and clapping from above. Looking up, there was a huge wedding reception (like hundreds of people) on the penthouse balcony of our hotel. They were cheering us on, and apparently watched the entire series of events unfold! I was admittedly embarrassed but was having way too much fun to care.
Over on High Heeled Traveler, I usually recommend what to wear inspired by a destination. So here is a grown-up spring break look that will fit right in to the slightly preppy, laid-back style in Juno Beach. Cheers!