Florida 2012 :: Vacationing in Paradise

Mr. SP and I arrived home yesterday after spending six days at Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa on beautiful Marco Island, Florida.  Mr. SP had meetings to attend Tuesday through Thursday, so we headed to Florida on Saturday to make this trip a mini vacation.  This is the first time that I’ve been able to take off from work to join Mr. SP on a business trip.  What a treat for me!


The resort was gorgeous, definitely one of the nicest places that I’ve ever stayed.

Florida - Beautiful Hotel

Florida - Resort

Our room had views of the Gulf of Mexico (my first time seeing it).

Florida - View from Room2


We could watch the sun set in the evening from our room.

Florida - Sunset2


From the other direction we could watch the sun rise in the morning.  Some mornings I went on the balcony to watch the show, but usually I watched it from bed.  This trip definitely spoiled me!

Florida - Sunrise


We spent a lot of time on the beach relaxing or taking walks.

Florida - Birds on Beach

Florida - On the Beach


Taking a walk in the evening to watch the sun go down was pure pleasure.

Florida - Sunset Us

Florida - Sunset


We took a catamaran ride on Monday.

Florida - Boat Ride4


I’m used to zipping around the lake at fast speeds and enjoyed this ride where the wind dictated the pace.

Florida - Boat Ride3


We sailed to a small island where we had the opportunity to look for shells.

Florida - Boat Ride6


The water in Florida was surprisingly warm and so clear.

Florida - Boat Ride5


I was thrilled when I spotted my first sand dollar.Florida - Sand Dollar


Mr. SP was the champion sand dollar finder.

Florida - Sand Dollar2


It was so much fun to walk through the warm water looking for a sea treasure.

Florida - Sand Dollar4

Florida - Sand Dollar3


Mr. SP’s meetings started on Tuesday.  The resort made this “Welcome” sign in the sand.

Florida - PWROG


While Mr. SP worked, I spent most of my days by the pool with a good book.

Florida - At the Pool


Mr. and Mrs. Claus visited the pool on Wednesday!

Florida - Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Pool

One thing that we loved about Florida was that nearly every meal we ate was in open air dining.  We had so much good food: stone crab claws, grouper balls, snapper, crab cakes, and lobster.

Florida - Open Air Dining

It’s going to be tough to go back to “real life” next week.  It was a real treat to join Mr. SP on his business trip and I hope that I’ll get to go on another one in the future.


  1. Fisherhubby took a medical class in that same hotel for a week a couple of years ago!

    Also, my sister and her hubby live in the tall condo’s you see to the left off of Collier Blvd, just before you cross the bridge to get onto Marco Island itself.

  2. Your pictures are fabulous! I am so glad you got to take time off and go along with your husband! I have never found a sand dollar on the beach…I would have been so excited! Thanks for sharing your trip!

  3. What a fabulous trip and beautiful place to stay! I love being near the ocean and visiting often! It really is wonderful to live in FL! I’m glad you had fun and found some treasures! Happy holidays!

  4. What fun, Paula! And you gave yourself tons of credibility with this post. When you say, “Where domestic meets athletic,” you’re telling the truth. You’re the only person I know who would dare show a photo of herself in a bikini. You look fantastic! 🙂

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