I already have a kid traumatized by the water. Did I ever tell you Soren’s insane premonition about sneaker waves on the coast when she begged the family to flee moments before the only other family there was dragged under and the dad was killed going after his adult daughter? Yeah. Well, we trust Soren.
In spite of her still having NO IDEA anyone was hurt, she’s still gun-shy about the coast.
But the west coast of Florida is a great anti-Oregon for kids like her. The Gulf of Mexico is generally calm, warm, and there are quire a few sandbars cutting off even the negligible boat-wake waves from bathers on the beach.
The big, popular Dr. Beach-type beaches can be a hassle with kids. Stick with these best kids’ bets instead:
1. Green Key Beach, Pasco County
2. Honeymoon Island and Caladesi State Park
3. The Florida Aquarium
4. Captain Memo’s pirate cruises or just watching the show from Clearwater beach while dolphins frolic around you
5. Tarpon Springs spongeboats