We ended up checking in at the hotel first, then going out to eat, then going shopping (how can you NOT go shopping when you don't have kids with you?!), and THEN going to the beach for the rest of the afternoon!
We were blown away with how beautiful it was. I have only been to Florida once in my life when my fam went to Disney World, and we didn't go to a beach then.
It was so clean, fairly empty, the sand was amazing, and the water was so clear! I don't know why, but I just wasn't expecting it to be this beautiful/perfect. It was SO relaxing and fun. I'm kind of running out of words to describe this, but it was amazing to have been busy with work and life schedules the day before and then all the sudden be totally relaxed on the beach the next day. I could totally get used to this.
After we had our fill of lounging, we got in the water. The fact that the water warm enough for us to get in at this time of the year is awesome. We got out, laid out til we were dry, then went and drove around to see some different neighborhoods that we might live in if we were to choose to come here for medical school. We also got to enjoy going out for a bday dinner date!
We are so grateful to my parents for taking care of the girls so we could take advantage of this fun opportunity. It was much needed and much appreciated.