10 Reasons Why a Beach Vacation Over the Holidays is the Best
Right now you're probably not even thinking about the holiday season. But guess what, you might want to! This is especially true if you want to make this year a really special year by planning a family celebration vacation on Florida's Gulf Coast. People travel over the holidays all the time to celebrate together, why not meet up at the beach this year? Now is the time to book your Indian Rocks Beach vacation rental to be sure that you get the rental you want at a really affordable rate. To help get you in a holiday mindset, here are our top 10 reasons why a beach vacation over the holidays is the best.
1. Enjoy a family holiday at the beach.
Have you ever thought about doing something new and different this holiday season? Getting away from the usual routine and embarking on a new adventure near Thanksgiving or Christmas can be your family's goal this year. Planning to spend some time at the beach this November and December is something really exciting to look forward to, especially as the days get shorter and cold weather starts settling in. If you don't already know, the holiday season on the Florida gulf beaches and around the Gulf Coast towns have a lot to offer.
2. Start a new family holiday tradition.
Family traditions are sacred ways of cherishing quality time together, especially during the holiday season. It's what adults look back upon as fond memories of the good old days and what children grow up looking forward to with anticipation each and every year. Family traditions are well worth implementing, even if you haven't done so yet with your significant other or your own kids. The holiday season is the perfect time to start a new holiday tradition with your family. Maybe your new family tradition could be taking a holiday beach vacation during the holiday months. That would surely be something that everyone would look forward to each and every year. Just keep in mind that the planning time for this is right now!
3. Amp up your Vitamin D during the fall and winter months.
Most people start to miss the dreamy days of summer not long after they've already passed for the season. Trade in some of the cooler more dreary days of fall and winter for bright and sunny ones. It's just what the doctor ordered! Get those Vitamin D levels back up to where they should be by basking in the Florida sun and feeling the soft sand between your toes. The Gulf of Mexico is also right there to rejuvenate you with its calm clear waters and its soothing blue-green colors. Your body, mind and soul will thank you.
4. Take advantage of affordable fall rates on Indian Rocks Beach rentals.
Did you know that most of November and December offer super affordable fall rates for vacation rentals leading right up to the week of Christmas? It's true! You and your family can enjoy a beach getaway during this time of year without breaking the bank or your holiday budget. Take a look at planning a Gulf Coast vacation during these months and check out the pricing. All that's left to do is find your favorite Indian Rocks Beach rental and book it. It's easy, affordable and something exciting to look forward to this year!
5. Experience fall in Florida.
If you haven't experienced the fall season in Florida, then you're missing out! This is especially true if you love the idea of 70 degree days and 50 degree nights in November and December. And guess what? The Gulf of Mexico waters are very temperate and do not reach the colder temps typical of the Atlantic and Pacific. If all of this isn't enough to convince you, then think about taking a walk outside on any given day where the happy palm trees sway, the sand is never far away, and the Gulf of Mexico and Intracoastal waters are always nearby. What's not to love?
6. Thanksgiving at the beach is beautiful and budget-friendly.
Remember that the fall rates this time of year are really great, so you can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner right in your Indian Rocks Beach vacation rental or out at one of our fabulous local restaurants. You can also do your Black Friday shopping nearby at our beach shops and boardwalks or at the plethora of Florida Gulf Coast outlets and shopping malls. It's all right here for you and not far from your rental. Many of our local seasonal Christmas events and special holiday happenings get started in November too, so you can start getting in the holiday mood while enjoying all the benefits of being at the beach.
7. Go Christmas shopping Florida style.
As we mentioned above, shopping is a big part of this time of year. Explore what the Florida Gulf Coast has to offer and shop 'til you drop. You can go home having all of your Christmas shopping done! That will take a huge part of your holiday stress right out of the equation. Not to mention that you can do all of your holiday shopping in true Florida style—in your sun dress and flip flops.
8. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa starts in November.
Have you been to Busch Garden Tampa's Christmas Town holiday event? It's a popular attraction on Florida's Gulf Coast and it kicks off in mid-November. If you think you'd have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit while in Florida—think again! Here you can enjoy millions of twinkling lights, Yuletide shows, delicious holiday treats and much more to start your holiday season off right. The best part? Christmas Town is included with admission or any annual pass. It's just another reason to be here in November and December. It could also be a the start of a new holiday family tradition for you and your family and one you come back to year after year. You can read more about it right here.
9. Holiday Lights in the Florida Botanical Gardens starts in November.
Another awesome way to start the holiday festivities is by visiting the Holiday Lights display at the Florida Botanical Gardens, which is right across the bridge from your Indian Rocks Beach vacation rental in Largo. The annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens is a seasonal escape into a wonderland of twinkling lights and fun entertainment which begins at the end of November. Over 1 million LED lights shine throughout the Botanical Gardens highlighting plants and holiday-themed lighted creations. This is a family-friendly event with nightly entertainment, including visits with Santa. Refreshments are available during this time, as well as holiday-themed gifts at the Botanical Bounty Gift Shop. Suggested donation to the Holiday Lights in the Gardens is $5 per person for persons 13-years-old and up. It sounds like another wonderful holiday event to start a new family tradition each year. You can find more details here.
10. Watch the holiday boat parades.
Last but not least, if you haven't watched a holiday lighted boat parade, then you really haven't had the full Florida holiday experience. There's nothing quite like these decked out, brightly lit boats as they move across the waters. There are plenty of places to watch a lighted boat parade near your Indian Rocks Beach rental and they occur during the first two weekends of December. Nearby boat parades happen in Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores and Redington Shores, Madeira Beach, and Clearwater Beach just to name a few.
So are you ready to plan your holiday beach getaway on the Gulf Coast of Florida? There's not time like the present! A holiday vacation experience truly is one of the best and most memorable gifts you can give to your family this year or any year. Let us know if we can help you get started. Happy holiday planning!
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