We’re one month into our two-month long vacation on the island of Sardinia, the majestic island in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy.
In this moment in time, life’s a beach.
More specifically, life’s a beach in Costa Smeralda. This beautiful tourist destination in northern Sardinia is the place we are fortunate enough to call home every summer. The coastline is lined with rocky beaches, some secluded and remote, and others crowded with tourists.
Most of our days are spent lounging on the beach, alternating between early mornings when the sea is still calm and peaceful, and late afternoons when the sound of the ocean is lost among the voices of children playing along the shore.
If you speak to any local here, they will rave about their gorgeous beaches however, they won’t shy away from throwing in a complaint or two about how the beaches become so overcrowded that rather it being relaxing, a day at the beach ends up being stressful and annoying instead.
So, what do the locals do in the summer? They work all week (including Saturdays, depending on the job), and spend most of their Sundays on their boats, sailing the crystal clear turquoise waters of this beautiful island.
If work occupies their entire Saturday, or even Sunday, they still make time for a quick dip in the sea-and there’s nothing quick about the beach during peak season.
On late Sunday afternoons you can find many of the locals heading toward one of the many small marinas where they’ve docked their boats.
We used to spend many days our on friends boats, years ago before having kids. Now, with young kids in tow, it’s much easier to resort to the beach where they can roam freely-and we can relax knowing their feet are safely planted on the sand.
Once in a blue moon we are able to leave the kids with their grandparents and get away for a peaceful afternoon out on the boat. Our friend’s boat is docked in Porto Cervo, right beside the world famous Cala di Volpe hotel.
These are rare moments as a mother when you get to kick your feet up and relax, in peace and tranquility.
The only sound you can hear is the motor running and the waves crashing against the boat. The feeling of the warm summer wind blowing on your face and the sun shining down on you is unparalleled.
After a few minutes we anchored the boat near one of the small, secluded beaches-which are usually reserved for the rich or famous who own the villas in the hills above the beaches.
A short swim to the shore and this particular beach was all ours today! Our friends inflated one of their small mattresses so we could transport our personal belongings (that couldn’t get wet, like our cell phones) and some snacks.
Wading in the shallow water surrounded by rock formations brings me back to my childhood when we would visit family in the summer. I could spend hours climbing the rocks and searching for sea creatures.
Starfish are my favourite sea creatures-and one that I always seem to find whenever I go to the beach. If sea creatures brought luck as four-leaf clovers do, I would be the luckiest girl alive!
Have you ever watched one of these beautiful sea creatures move along the bottom of the ocean floor?
Better yet, have you ever held one in your hand, watching it slowly move across it, trying to find its way home?
After a few hours lazing around and tanning on the beach, we headed back to the boat.