Inlet Beach-Panama City Beach/Rosemary Beach

5-Shells5 Shell-ey’s

If you blink, you’ll miss Inlet Beach which is between Rosemary Beach and Panama City Beach off of Hwy. 98.  When I visit my sister, we love going here as a family because the beaches are less crowded.  There aren’t any condominiums in this area, just houses… some old, some new.  So that makes for views of prime white sand spreading out for miles and swimming without having to pass a bazillion people along the way (although it was crowded on Memorial Day).kids-running   The public beach access we often go to is on Orange Street and W Park Place Ave.  We pick Orange Street because there are BATHROOMS at the pavillion!  And when you have kids, that’s a must (or anyone with IBS ;).bathrooms And it has showers which is also helpful in getting off all that sand on tiny feet, sand pails, and chairs.ShowersAlthough I have to admit, in keeping beach chairs, umbrellas, & beach toys permanently in my car, it is nice to have a lil’ sand in your car when you live in the coast like we do!   But what I would REALLY love is to have sand in my old, awesome, kick-butt, surfer, antique Bronco like this one parked at Inlet Beach the day we arrived.  I don’t know who you are, but you are C-O-O-L.  Ohhhhhhh, to own one of these.  Anyone listening out there??BroncoOkay, back to reality…..there’s a long boardwalk taking you out to the ocean.  What a view!  It’s also right next to some state owned land so it’s nothing but beautiful sand dunes and natural vegetation.boardwalk viewAdditionally, they have lifeguards here at times with the typical flags waving letting you know what’s going on with the ocean, tide, marine life, etc… That helps because we do have undertows at times which can be quite dangerous and other marine life like jellyfish during certain seasons.  So this bit of info is always helpful.  And what mom doesn’t want a life guard on duty to help in keeping her kids safe?beginning-boardwalk

Okay, so you have the basic info of Inlet Beach, now for the MOST ADORABLE picture I have probably ever taken and it’s probably not my photograph skills but because my models are THE MOST adorable little 7 and 8 yr. olds in the world, best friend’s, Megs & Mags.meg-maggieMeg-Maggie-boardwalkDon’t you remember having a best girlfriend like this?  Those were some of the best times.  I love being around my niece Meg and her bestie Maggie.  Maggie had on Meg’s bathing suit.  Do you remember the time when you shared clothes and dressed alike?  They are so cute!!!  They also practiced their front walk-overs and wanting “Auntie Shell-Shell” to watch try after try.
Here is the amazing walk-over sequence.Cartwheelupside-downMeg-Maggie-FallFall-out in the end.  I remember practicing my round-off-back-handsprings in the sand growing up.  This brought back so many memories.  So here’s to all my sweet girlfriends growing up with some of the most innocent and fun memories (including dance routines that just would never end), Jennifer, Ashley, Frances, and Amy….. I love you girls!!!

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