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I Love The Beach, But…

by Courtney on July 13, 2011

I’m pretty certain that if somebody told me that I had to live on a beach for the rest of my life, I’d be totally okay with it.

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Today was a perfect beach day: hot, partially wispy clouds to break up the heat, not-too-cold ocean water, and a refreshing little breeze.

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I say not-too-cold water, but I was only able to make it up to my waste today…not quite as warm as Virginia!

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But at least the sand is still nice and soft.

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Mid-afternoon, we all started to get a little hungry, so we headed back up to the hotel to hang around at the pool and grab some lunch from the hotel café.

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I kept things simple with a grilled chicken sandwich, topped with lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles. Loved the pickles, of course.

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After lunch, we continued to hang around at the pool for a couple more hours.

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I will admit, as much as I absolutely love the beach, there’s not much of a better feeling than coming off of the beach and rinsing off all the sand that has gotten stuck all over every inch of your body. Am I right? Who’s with me?!?

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Right now we have a little rain coming through (the first time this vacation) so once that lets up, we’ll most likely be heading out for tonight’s dinner…

Let’s just say, tonight’s meal will most likely be putting the “balanced” in a “healthy, balanced lifestyle.”

I’ll let you all know what I mean tomorrow…although I’ll bet some of you may already have an idea where we’re headed. Winking smile

P.S. – And just so ya’ll know…I didn’t decide to just whip up this morning’s fruit dip in the hotel room last night. I made it before we came and brought it with me. Mwahaha.

Questions for the Evening:

Beach or Pool? Or both? In what order?

What’s your favorite vacation indulgence?

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1 Andrea @ Onion in My Hair July 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Favorite indulgence:

No brainer for me – alcohol!

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2 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Pool for sure! I hate sand :( It always gets me at the worst times

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3 briana July 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

LOVE the pool. I don’t like the sand getting stuck to me at all. I indulge in everything on vacation plenty of margaritas and food like french fries and burritos that I don’t normally eat!

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4 Krissie J @ A Philly Nerd Girl July 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Definitely the beach. I can’t live without it which made living there during high school pretty spiffy. My favorite vacation indulgence is sushi, lots and lots of sushi.

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5 Tracy @ Commit To Fit July 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Beach, pool! Having dessert with every meal is a great vacation indulgence :)

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6 christina July 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Indulge: alcohol, and maybe an ice cream cone. then more alcohol
Beach, beach, beach, pool.

Aw, now you have me totally craving some hot sand and a cold drink!

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7 Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine July 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Beach THEN pool. My favorite indulgence is everything – I enjoy food and drinks so much more on vacation!

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8 Blog is the New Black July 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm

LOVE showering after the beach- I hate the way sand feels!

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9 Cait @ Cait hates Cake July 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Beach! I fell in love with surfing while in Costa Rica and will do anything to get back to a beach. My favorite indulgences are fruity umbrella drinks! Yum!

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10 April @ Motor City Runner July 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I’m for sure a pool girl!! I like laying at the beach, but I HATE getting in it. It grosses me out :)

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11 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I was wondering about the fruit dip! I was thinking “wow, she thought ahead with the hand mixer!”

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12 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles July 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Now that I only live 35 minutes from the beach, I’ll have to go with that. Although the sand can definitely get a little annoying – it just sticks to a hot, sweat body!

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13 Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health July 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Definitely beach, then pool! Sounds like you’re having a great vacation :)

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14 Shayla @ The Good Life July 13, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Definitely pool! I love the beach and the ocean, but like you said, that darn sand can get so annoying!

Definite indulgence (I’m sure you can guess;) ), champagne/wine and dessert!!

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15 Presley (Run Pretty) July 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Beach THEN pool to clean off… Then a shower, which as you pointed out, is amazing :)

Indulgence would have to be alcohol and TONS of carbs, butter, and whatever dessert is put in front of my face.

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16 Jodi July 13, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Since I’m at the pool alot anyway, the beach is definitely where I’d be. My favorite vacation indulgence would definitely be TONS of seafood, if it’s fresh. Especially crab legs.

I’m so intrigued by what the balanced thing means. I’m totally clueless!?

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17 Sarah @ Food and Love Diaries July 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm

That sandwich looks phenomenal !! Enjoy the vacation!

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18 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake July 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Definitely pool! I love indulging in ice cream on vacation!

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19 Tara July 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

totally love the pictures of the beach!

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20 Erica July 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

i love the look of beaches, but i’m definitely a pool-girl. i hate sand getting everywhere!!!

vacation indulgence…eating out!!!!

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21 Jess@atasteofconfidence July 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I’m not a HUGE fan of the beach, either. I hate getting sandy!

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22 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy July 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Beach, then pool. It’s nice to lay out and enjoy the sand and lake or ocean water..but eventually a warm pool and a lounge chair with an umbrella is much needed :).

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23 Laura @ Unchartered 20s July 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm

OMG that beach looks DIVINE!! I dont get to a beach or pool that often, so I like both, but i think I like a pool more. No messy sand everywhere!

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24 Liz @ Something To Chew Om July 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I will go to either – as long as it’s hot!

I indulge in everything on vacation…but I definitely make the most exceptions when it comes to alcohol :)

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25 Kie July 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I like the beach! Unless it involves an hour long hike because you took the wrong ferry: http://hongkongintern.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/no-prob-lamma/

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26 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 13, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Beach, first, foremost, and always. In that order.

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27 Jenny July 14, 2011 at 8:21 am

Beach!!! Although, sometimes floating in the pool is refreshing…..

I’d have to say my favorite vacation indulgence is the food!!! When we were in the Riviera, I ate gelato twice a day!

Hope you had a great time in my hometown of VB! I looked for you at Catch 31 when I was there over the weekend ;-)

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28 Amy July 14, 2011 at 8:48 am

I love those pictures of the beach. It makes me super excited for my trip to California in about 6 weeks. Bring on the waves people! Courtney you are so inspiring I am handing on the Amazing Blogger Award to you!

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29 Andrea @ Running 4 Mama's Comeback July 14, 2011 at 11:21 am

I have to admit I am a pool girl. I hate not being able to see what is next to me in the water. I LOVE the beach though. Nothing beats the sand, but unless the water is crystal clear, I’ll stay on the beach thank-you very much!

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30 Pure2raw twins July 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Love the beach but I do enjoy sitting by the pool :) I wish I was sitting on the beach right now!

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