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Visiting Savannah, Georgia!

For this Spring Break we went to Savannah, Georgia. We had been wanting to check out Savannah for a while now, and it seemed like the perfect time. 

Where we stayed:
We took the travel trailer and we stayed for six nights at Skidaway Island State Park, which is located in Savannah. This is a beautiful state park! We loved the spot we had (#44) and the park. It is load with so many birds, I couldn't believe it. I don't think I've been to any state park anywhere that had such an abundance of different birds. It was awesome! The park offers six miles of hiking trail, which we did hike (and we also did a trail run on them). We had bonfires almost every night, and enjoyed the natural surroundings.

What we did:
Along with hiking at the state park we were camping at, we drove over to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. There are hiking trails there, as well as a scenic wildlife drive that is four miles long. It was a beautiful place! We also went to Tybee Island for a day and checked out some things there, including the lighthouse and beach. We spent a day checking out the historic touristy area of Savannah. We paid for the trolley, so that we could get on and off anytime we wanted, and could explore things along the way. We loved seeing the many beautiful squares in the city and visiting Forsyth Park. We took lots of pictures and learned about a lot of the different buildings. My favorite place in Savannah was Forsyth Park and some of the squares (such as Chipewa Square, which is where some of Forrest Gump was filmed). We ate lunch at a vegetarian restaurant called The Sentient Bean, located right across from Forsyth Park.

Costs:
We spent six nights in Savannah, but we saved money by staying in our travel trailer at the state park. By staying in our trailer we not only save money on hotel stay, but we also save money on dining out. The trailer has a kitchen, so we are able to go to the grocery store and grab groceries and cook our meals at the trailer. This is a lot cheaper than dining out all week. It was just under $300 for the six nights at the state park. We also saved a few dollars by purchasing our trolley tickets online, as opposed to in person. We also saved money by taking our own drinks when walking around, rather than needing to buy them at place while we were exploring. When you have four people who are thirsty, the costs can quickly add up if you keep purchasing drinks! 

My only one complaint on the whole trip is that I wish it had been warmer. We had some really cold days and one rainy day, which kept us from being able to hike and bike as much as we had planned to. Other than that, it was a great family trip. We enjoyed checking out both Savannah's historic/touristy areas, as well as the natural places that were beautiful. Two thumbs up for a fun family spring break trip!

- Jacqueline

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Why we love visiting Sanibel Island

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Every year since moving to Florida, with the exception of one, my family has made a trip to Sanibel Island. Located, off of Fort Myers, the island is a great place for a family vacation. It's also a great place for nature lovers, as it offers great opportunities to be outdoors exploring and enjoying nature. The first year we went, which was probably 10 years ago now, we fell in love with the place. This year, we spent Christmas week with our RV, camping at Periwinkle Park on Sanibel Island. The weather was 80 degrees all week and it was sunny and beautiful every day.

There are a lot of things I love about Sanibel Island, including: 

  • How pedestrian friendly it is. Now that we have the RV, we take our own bikes, but before that we used to rent them on the island. There are bike paths all over the place and you can bike the whole island. It's great. There are people biking everywhere. I've also never seen more runners in a place where a race is not taking place. There are people running on the pedestrian paths all over the place! The campground is just half a mile from the beach, so bike down there anytime. We even bought headlamps and went down there at night to look for great shell finds.
  • The shelling is the best that Florida has to offer. I've looked for shells all over the state and there's no better place to shell than on Sanibel Island. The beaches are literally covered with millions of shells. There are mounds and mounds of them. You can sift through and find awesome ones to take home. You can also walk the shoreline with a net and find great whelks, Florida fighting conchs, and more. Many of them are still alive, which is really cool to see. Keep in mind that it's against the law to take those shells that are alive, so we marvel at them and then put them back in the water. 
  • The beach is super clean. I rarely ever see trash on the beaches in Sanibel Island. The beach is primarily covered with natural items from the water. It's rare to see trash on the beaches there.
  • There are some nice things to do on the island, including driving through the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, watching the sunsets in Captiva, visiting the shell museum, and checking out the nature centers there, including CROW and the shell museum. Here's a video I took this week of an alligator at the wildlife refuge
  • It's a great place for birders. We love to watch birds and there are lots of them to see on Sanibel Island. I'm especially a fan of woodpeckers, and they are all over that island. Every day I see multiple woodpeckers as we ride around the island on our bikes.

If you are looking for a nice family vacation destination that isn't too far from home, Sanibel Island is worth considering. Our first time there we stayed at a hotel on the island, but that's very expensive. After that, we found a La Quinta that is right off the island in Fort Myers. We stayed there every year to save money. For the last two years we have had our RV and have been able to stay on the island for an affordable price. You can bike the island to go to the beaches, nature centers, restaurants, and stores. Everything you need is right there on that beautiful little island!

- Jacqueline

Here are a couple of previous posts I've done on Sanibel Island: 

Visiting Sanibel Island

Shelling on Sanibel Island

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