Perdido Key has always held a special place in my heart. My love for it started when I was a kid living in Alabama and my parents would bring my brother and I there for beach days, then when I was a teen my dad was stationed at the Naval Air Base just off the key and I was lucky enough to live there for a year in high school spending pretty much every day on the beach. Ever since then we've been coming back almost every year for family vacations and in college my now husband joined in on the fun and the tradition has become one that he enjoys as well.
There's just something about the location that has almost kept it hidden from the mass amounts of tourists that flock to Florida every year - and because of that it's almost like everything there is suspended in time just a few years behind everyone else. There are no major hotels on Perdido Key, there are no fancy restaurants or shops and not that long ago I can remember when you didn't even have to wear shoes in the grocery store. Sure there are condos that line the beach but it's nothing like West Palm Beach, Destin or Ft. Lauderdale... and there are many times in the mornings and evenings that you can walk along the beach and not see another person. To me...that's a beach vacation; a place to relax, to enjoy some quiet and take in all the surf, sand and sun that you can.
This year we came down a bit earlier than usual in late May, which saved us not only on the airfare and condo prices since it wasn't quite 'peak' season yet - but it also scored us warm sunny days and cooler evenings which was perfect for dining out on the patio and evening walks cocktails in hand.
The only thing missing was our little Hunter man... maybe next year we'll shoot for a pet friendly condo so the little fur monster can enjoy the FL sunshine with us.
xo - margaret