Sunday, September 6, 2009

Funky Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach on Treasure Island, Florida (near St. Petersburg), is trying to outrun Key West in the race to become my favorite vacation destination. So many things there remind me of Key West -- or at least the Key West that I knew when I first started visiting there 20 years ago. It's almost like the residents have decided to try and out- funkify each other. Right down to their mailboxes.

Hard to pick a favorite, but I like this one convered with shells.

The people who live here decorate their front window every season.
Then there is Volpe's - in a class by itself. (I wanna meet this guy!)

No beach bum haven is complete with out a Tiki Bar - the favorite there is Ka Tiki. Locals know!

This place is crazy busy on the weekends. Believe it or not, this place features valet parking -- at beach bar! !

The funkiest garden on Sunset Beach has got to Ross & Wendy's on 77th Ave. Wendy handpainted signs just in case you're wondering how she feels about development in their neighborhood...
and has collected lots of tchotchke for display. (And, Tina, she's planning a bottle tree -- I'll keep you posted on that!) The Sunday night drumming circle reminds me of the Key West Sunset Festival.

At the end of the day, there's always something sublime..... A few people asked me what in the world I was thinking when we made plans to visit Florida in August, but I've decided that it's an ideal time to go for several reasons: 1) less expensive due to off-season rates 2) warm enough that you don't have to worry about the water being warm enough to swim, which is often the case during spring break and 3) WAY less crowded. A typical weekday afternoon on Sunset Beach looks like this. Where do you like to beach yourself??


mayberry said...

How fun! I love it all, especially the mailboxes.

Pam J. said...

Wonderful pictures! I especially like the purple mailbox in front of the purple house. And the drummers were great. "Funkify" is such a good word. Shouldn't have that red underlining...

Pam J. said...

PS: I should have read mayberry's comment before I posted mine. oh well.

Lorilee said...

It looks like a fun place to visit. I am really not a beach person though. I prefer a freshwater lake myself!
Re:Comment on CC. My chickens are not really a pure breed. The feedstore had them labeled as Aracaunas.

June said...

What a fabulous tour that was, thank you! We usually beach it close to home -- and look what we've been missing!

Pam at HMG said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful restful time. The pictures of the beach are not what I expected - looks inviting, serene and private. Glad you're back!

Anonymous said...

Very entertaining! This whole post is fun from the mailboxes to the music. I can see why it's going on your favorite list. Nice ocean views and no crowds. Looks like a time to really meet the locals.

My favorite place to beach--is Pawley's Island in South Carolina. It's quiet when the kids are back in school.

JGH said...

Mayberry & Pam, I took about 20 photos of cool mailboxes - fish were a common theme, with the lid opening as a mouth.

Lorilee, love your Aracaunas. I'll have to keep an eye out for those.

June, I bet the beaches up there are beautiful, too!

Thanks, Pam. I don't know how they come up with such perfect sunsets every night.

Never been to Pawley's Island, Anna. My cousin and I want to rent a beach house in NC next summer, so maybe we'll investigate that area!