“Old Florida” Beach Day

If you know where to look you can find bits of Old Florida with natural landscaping, cracker houses, and a slow pace.

Today my son and I, who is on his spring break, took a quick get away over to the beach for a few hours with some friends. They were staying in a lovely house on a quiet stretch of New Smyrna Beach that felt very old Florida. NSB, for short, is a favorite beach spot for local Orlando residents as it is just a quick hour’s drive from the city. It can be a busy bustling spot where all the condos are lined up, but there are also areas with cute little cracker houses and fewer people. I prefer the latter because it feels like “Old Florida”. I love coming across bits of it here and there. Just a quick post today showing some highlights of our day at the beach.

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Simple beach houses at the North end separated from the ocean by scrub.

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Close up of the houses.

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Anxious boogie boarders make their way to the water.

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Have to keep your eyes open for what you might see on the way. The boys spotted this turtle.

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Mounds of jellyfish were found. They did not sting, but maybe because they were dead. They were so cool looking. They reminded me of gelatin or canelés, my favorite French treat. I am used to California jellyfish which look completely different.

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Taking a break from the surf.

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Love how the wall accommodates this palm tree.

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Nicely manicured motor court to the beach house which contrasts with the wild scrub.

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Beautiful orchid tree.

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Patch of grass for some soccer.

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Unique fence shaped like waves.

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Heading home. Grasses line the highway.

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Beautiful day at the beach. Can’t wait to go back.

Casa V can bring a touch of “Old Florida” to your home.