Holiday photos: Thanksgiving at Sand Island Beach

Sand Island Beach

Last weekend we went back to our favorite beach spot, Sand Island Beach Cottages, to celebrate American Thanksgiving with some friends. It’s been a whole year since we last visited the coast, and it was so good to be back! (Remember last year’s travel fiasco?) Here are some photos, if you’d like to see…

Sand Island Beach
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Sand Island is basically paradise. We love the lovely cottages, especially the shady verandas that are just a stone’s throw from the ocean, perfect for escaping the midday sun. The kids loved searching the grass for gigantic hermit crabs and other creatures. Heidi found the world’s most gigantic snail, and just picked it up like it was no big deal…

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We spent our mornings swimming in the ocean during high tide. Claire and Heidi both love swimming, and Sand Island has this lovely sandy area in the middle of the coral reef that is perfect for splashing around when the tide is high. During low tide, we paddled around the tidal pools, checking out the sea life inside. Every time we go to Tiwi, we find some new, bizarre creature out on the reef. This time, we found a sea anemone with a little Nemo family inside!

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We also made our usual trip out to the starfish gardens, always a highlight of any trip to Tiwi! The starfish are so gorgeous, I couldn’t stop taking photos. We even found a seven-legged starfish! (One leg away from being an octopus – ha!)

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In the late afternoons we hung out on the beach, building sand castles and enjoying the sunset. Late afternoons are my favorite time at the beach – I always wish those last hours of the day would stretch on forever!

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We had such a lovely time – I already can’t wait to go back… Sand Island, we love you!

 

 

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