Crazy thing about this island, something I didn’t know til we got there and never would’ve thought to ask, was there are no beaches on Cedar Key. My husband and I settled down for a quiet alone afternoon, and sent the 4 teens/young adults to the beach. They came back and informed us there were no beaches. The island was known for it’s crabs, scallops and oysters in the shallow waters, but no beaches. So, we had to go find a beach, somewhere. For heaven’s sake, we came to Florida, we HAVE to go the beach for crying out loud! Now that I look back, all the properties said “oceanfront, or waterfront, but none said BEACHFRONT, lol! This was actually BEFORE we went on the boat ride to the islands! I got ahead of myself on that one! I now have some good pictures of that day and will share in another post!
So the next day, we drove an hour and a half south on the mainland to a little city beach on the Gulf (no oil anywhere near where we were) very crowded, very small, and a nuclear plant loomed in the distance. I am serious, it was the weirdest thing. A nuclear plant on the horizon. Well, after after about 30 minutes of trying to snorkel when you couldn’t see a thing under water, and the fact there were no waves, so you could even jump waves (very fun to do to do, btw!) we left. The ominous storm cloud helped make our decision on that one as well!
We drove inland to a place called Rainbow Springs. For those of you familar with Silver Springs in FL, it is very similar, but not commercialized. The only reason I knew about it was because my grandparents had founded a church in that town and lived there til they passed away. The springs are beautiful, very clear, and a perfect place for snorkeling! We got to see so many different types of fish and birds, very cool. No, I mean really, COOL. The springs stay at a refreshing 72 degrees year round, but was nice on such a hot Florida day.
Below are pictures of our sunburnt but happy bunch!
Be sure to read about the rest of our vacation at: Ramblings about a little island and a sunset and It is a wonderful feeling, flowing through the water…