Bloganuary Day 31: Best place near me to watch the sunset?

I’m going to pick South Padre Island, Texas as the best place to watch the sunset even though I didn’t get any pictures of the actual sunset when I was there AND it’s not near me. I love this post because this gem of a place was the first that came to mind when I read the prompt. Twenty-five years in Texas, and we made our first trip to South Padre Island in July 2022.

Me, one evening on the beach, as the sun was beginning to set.

We went on a whim. I had a stressful year up until that point. We also wanted to spend some family time together to end the 2022 summer. My husband, Bryan, and I agreed to make the almost 6 hour drive. Unfortunately, my son, Caleb, couldn’t get off work in time. Bryan, our daughter, Elise, and I spent 4 days and 3 nights in a hotel right off the beach. It was a splendid experience.

We spent every evening at the beach. We did other things too, but we were clear on the assignment – BEACH TIME. Enjoy the photos.

Trail from hotel to beach
Hubby enjoying himself.
Elise ahead looking for a spot. Smooth sands.
We loved this place.
We learned about different birds from the region….and also alligators!
We took a photo from the top and also on the trail looking for birds.
More gators and visitors! Also trails for bird watching.
Me and Bryan at the top of the tower
Amazing sand sculpture
Another amazing sand sculpture
A walk on the main strip
Soaking up the sun rays before sunset
A lovely moment with my daughter

DR Chronicles 2019: Sosua Beach

A little over a month ago, I was in heaven on earth. The sand was hot and the crystal, blue water…luxurious. I now have the travel bug. I want to be on another beautiful beach for Christmas. Next summer might be a more realistic goal. My husband and I have been discussing some options. We’ll see. Hopefully, I will learn how to swim by then, although I doubt I’d swim in any ocean even if I could.

The best part of Sosua Beach was being in the water. Unfortunately, we didn’t spend much time in the water because we wasted some time touring the shops and attempting to get lunch at an overcrowded popular taco restaurant. Listen, I could get tacos in Texas. What I can’t get in Texas is this beach. We eventually ate a late lunch at a different spot where I had a whole fried red snapper. I wrote a blog post about some of the food from the DR here. It was good, although if I had to do it again, I would’ve eaten another darn peanut butter and jelly sandwich that was packed for us just so I could stay close to, or in, the water.

Sosua Beach, Dominican Republic 6-7-19. LPC

My screensaver on my work laptop consists of pictures from this trip. My home screen is a picture of the beach. I’m usually very busy while at work, so I’ve been enjoying the occassional glimpse of a picture that takes me back to the Dominican Republic.

The lovely thing about travel is that the people and places stick to you. I see why it’s advised to spend money towards experiences like travel rather than on material things. The experiences enrich your life and the memories stay with you for a lifetime. I’m so thankful for the memories. I miss it.