We made our way to the beach via our resort's shuttle. The beach resort was very modern and beautiful. You had to show your resort card to get in anywhere or order a meal, as it was a "Members Only" club. After we ordered a few drinks, we realized we would have to stock our room a little to save our paychecks, so we walked to the grocery and liquor store and squeezed leftover pizza into the mini-bar fridge =)
Paddle boarding on the ocean was tough, but beautiful. Afterward we rented bikes and cruised around some nice homes. We took our bikes back to the hotel and asked where we could lock them up. Since locking up bikes was likely unsightly, they checked them for us!
Sunday morning we rode our bikes much further around the area and found a little diner, where our waitress recommended we check out a local turtle conservation project called Gumbo Limbo. We pedaled about 15 miles that day to take it all in! But Gumbo Limbo was pretty neat, as a lot of sea turtles wash up to shore with ailments and they do their best to help the little guys. They take the turtles in and rehabilitate them, then release them to sea again. Many turtles swallow plastic, which affects their digestive tract. After spending a few days at the resort's beach, Tim and I witnessed a lot of plastic drink cups that were left behind on the beach be taken out by the tide. Our oceans are big, but there is a lot of junk in them, and these turtles pay the price. It was an educational little place that I'm glad we got to see.
We watched the World Cup, dried off and mingled with some people from Tim's conference.
Tim had his conference for the next two days, but we still managed beach and pool time and enjoyed ourselves at the lovely resort. It was a wonderful beach vacation!