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The SEA HAGG…have you seen it?

Posted in FLORIDA ADVENTURES, FLORIDA BEACHES with tags , on August 1, 2013 by disneychronicles
The Sea Hagg

Just before crossing the Cortez Bridge leading to the Gulf of Mexico, there’s a little shop that I drive past frequently.  I always said to myself ..

I must stop there! so finally yesterday I did.

If you love anything nautical you will walk through here in pure amazement! I cannot really describe it as just a shop,  they call themselves is a chandlery and I think it is a perfect fit!
What exactly is the official definition of a chandlery?

A chandlery was a store that sold nautical parts, gear, and other commodities to sea-bound vessels. The chandlery came into prominence in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when ships were the preferred method of transportation for the lucrative industries of cargo shipping, fishing, and whaling among other areas. The chandlery in its simplest form acted as a storeroom for hoarding supplies of wax and tallow candles, soaps, oils, paints, ropes, as well as other things that sea-bound sailors would need to aid them in their journeys.
Now take that and add nautical jewelry, art, garden decorations including buoys, mermaids , fishnets, nautical instruments and so much more….
Check it out for yourself!
and there is even a Disney link…
who knows what this is from….
yup! Pocahontas! Grandmother Willow.
Where’s it at…
12304 Cortez Rd. West
Cortez, FL 34215

Black Friday? oh yes! at Coquina Beach!

Posted in FLORIDA BEACHES with tags , , on November 23, 2012 by disneychronicles

So I completely by passed the Black Friday festivities this year.


But it was well spent quality family time at the BEACH!

After the huge Thanksgiving meal it only made sense to walk a little bit of it off. So we packed up and headed out to Coquina Beach.

It is the longest stretch of beach on Anna Maria, located on the south end.  The best part is the free parking and plenty of it.  You will also see lifeguards, concessions, picnic tables, a playground, restrooms and showers!

When you first turn off Cortez you will see the usual beach front restaurants, shell and souvenir shops, a large ice cream parlor and TONS of tourists!

Keep going…..and then go a little bit more!

You will eventually see a rather quiet piece of white sand beach!

With tall pine trees lining the beach, it is one of the more picturesque of our beaches.  There’s a walking/running path with signs every few hundred yards talking about the wildlife.

Gives you the feel of “Old Florida”.



Even if only for the RELAXATION factor….It is worth checking out! So go!

Stump Pass Beach……I’ve always wondered who names these parks!?

Posted in FLORIDA BEACHES with tags , , on August 12, 2012 by disneychronicles

It was a much-needed Beach day! Although I must say the weather hasn’t been cooperating in these parts lately.  It has been a very wet summer. The rain held out until the drive home but it was very cloudy and windy so not the best scenario.

…but hey it’s a beach so I’ll take it!

Stump Pass Beach State Park has been a state property since the initial purchase in 1971. It was open (unofficially) in 1971 to the public. At that time there were only 4 parking spaces and no amenities. The park, as it is today, was opened August 2000. Forty car parking lot, restroom facilities, rinse off showers, picnic pavilion and boardwalks.  ($3 fee per car to enter)

Stump Pass Beach State Park is a Florida State Park, made up of three islands and the protected channels between them. It is located in Englewood. There is a mile of beach where seashells and shark teeth wash up regularly but mainly in the winter months.

The sand here is rough and a little darker it also seems thicker and more grain like. We did see a lot of sea weed, grass ect..but that is just the season for it now so it really can’t be avoided.

We did also see many turtle nesting areas. Many more then I have ever seen at a single location. I think within the area we were in we easily counted about 30!

We have been looking for shark teeth with no luck! so I think we will have to return! 😀

HONEYMOON ISLAND….Yes, you can bring the kids!

Posted in FLORIDA BEACHES with tags on July 20, 2012 by disneychronicles

and we are onto another Beach….. This one is a little bit more quiet then the previous few..


The pioneers called it Hog Island, but it became Honeymoon Isle in 1939 when a New York developer built 50 palm – thatched bungalows for honeymooners. (note….they are no longer there) Today, visitors can drive across Dunedin Causeway to enjoy the sun – drenched Gulf beaches, mangrove swamps, and tidal flats. Nature lovers will find osprey nests, a wide variety of shorebirds, and one of the few remaining virgin slash pine forests in South Florida. The park boasts several nature trails and bird observation areas. Visitors can swim, fish, and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf or picnic while they enjoy the beautiful scenery. Shelling is particularly good here, as the Gulf currents deposit an incredible variety of seashells on the shore. Showers are available and the park´s concession has a gift shop and snack bar.

Located at the extreme west end of State Road 586.

The cost to enter the park is $8, which is well worth it. There is ample parking, and lots of room on the beach. The water is warm and clear, and perfect for relaxing.

The northern end of the beach is a little rocky, which is also where the best shells are found. Just watch where you step, and you’ll be fine. Other than a small section, the rest of the beach is rock-free.

There is a small cafe at the beach. The prices are high for burgers and fries, and the service is slow, but you’re at the beach!

Check out all the pics here!

John’s Pass and Madeira Beach….third times a charm….

Posted in FLORIDA BEACHES with tags , , on July 15, 2012 by disneychronicles

So you may have noticed I have added a Florida Beaches Category.  I have decided that in the last year I have visited many on the Gulf coast and absolutely have made it a goal to visit most if not all in the state.

Hey not a bad goal since I live here now right???

Might as well see it all! So here it goes….

I swear this is my third time to this place and I officially LIKE it!

It’s touristy….Yes, but also has that old florida tackle shop feel!  The place you used to drive to with your parents when you were a kid and wander through the souvenir shops just to buy the t-shirt that you would only wear once and wash it and then it would fit the kid down the street. Ya, you know what I’m talking about.

It is very convenient though…you have restaurants, bars, shopping, bathrooms and the beach all within walking distance of each other. Not to mention parasailing, jet ski rentals, dolphin cruises and fishing excursions! The cutest kitschy Florida shops also. The one in the picture above has a talking parrot that will Greet you (named Simbad) as you walk in! LOVE it!

The sand is powdery white and the water is warm! If you aren’t in the mood for a swim, no worries plenty to do here! Great stop also for a rainy day. Plenty shops that are indoors and under a roof so getting around is easy. This is actually how our beach day ended….as you can see in some of the photos the rain clouds were rolling in and the thunder was rumbling!

There is parking by the shops and by the beach. In these areas it  is on a meter so nice & quick!

Closer to the boardwalk by Bubba Gumps there is also a parking garage.

I think I will start bringing my guests here when they come to visit!

If you’re in the area stop on in! Even if only for the shopping! 😀

Want to see all my pics?….Click here…

A hidden treasure…Pass-A-Grille Beach, Florida

Posted in FLORIDA ADVENTURES, FLORIDA BEACHES with tags , on July 13, 2012 by disneychronicles

We were originally heading to Treasure island when with a spur of the moment decision we decided to turn left instead of right! Ahhhhhh and we are HAPPY we did!

From the broad white sand beaches here you can see the pink towers of St. Pete Beach’s sprawling Don CeSar Beach Resort to the north. But south of Eighth Street (Pass-a-grille’s main boutique and café-lined drag), the sands are blissfully empty all the way to the tip of the peninsula.

Even the tourists here become locals of sorts, as many tend to return year after year.

The town stretches for blocks along the water, but is only two blocks wide from the bay to the beach, with not one high rise in sight.

On this sea-oat-fringed stretch of sand you will see sandpipers scouting the shore for treats the ocean delivered overnight. Their human counterparts arrive soon after, stooping to scoop up whelks, sand dollars, and other glistening treasures. The pickings are especially fine after a tropical storm.

Our recent finds after tropical storm Debby….

There are the regulars, like “metal detector guy,” whose fingers are decked with gold wedding bands he has found in the powdery sand, and the fishermen, who cast their lines from the jetty as brown pelicans by.

Want to see the sites?…transportation by Trolley of course…. we love it! and we will be back!

Four Points Sheraton-Cocoa Beach

Posted in DISNEY CRUISE LINE, FLORIDA ADVENTURES, FLORIDA BEACHES with tags , on March 9, 2012 by disneychronicles

So I had a chance to stay at the Four Points Sheraton in Cocoa Beach.  This is a “FUN” hotel for sure! The theme is awesome! It is a plethora of surfboards, surf shops & memorabilia. While it is not beachfront it is very close to the beach literally you walk towards the back of the hotel and your there. This is also great for  a Pre or Post cruise hotel or a break from the parks and a day at the beach.

This hotel is in the heart of the action in Cocoa Beach.  Directly across the side road is Ron Jon’s Surf Shop. This isn’t your typical hotel from the outside.  Positioned close to the street, the front is decorated with large fountains and ponds, several large surfboards, lots of plants and sport themed photos. The bright colors make it stand out and you just think FUN!

The entrance is around the back where you’ll also find a multi-story parking garage that serves the retail businesses and the hotel. Also for those needing to know YES there is a Starbucks inside. The exterior was well maintained and clean, although the pool area could use a refresh. It is outside by the garage and very small. You could easily miss it if you weren’t looking for it. Overall it was a fun stay and I would recommend it!

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