Florida is wonderful any time of the year, but December with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s? Yes, please! We welcome all of our winter friends and we absolutely understand why people from up North want to visit us this time of year. In addition to the weather (that’s perfection!), there are so many events and other reasons that make our location the best place to be during the holidays.
1. White Pelicans
Some people like to see snowflakes in the air but we like to see white pelicans! OK, they are a lot larger than a snow flake, but just as festive! And they only come to our area during the holiday season. If you haven’t seen these large beauties, make a point to search them out while they’re currently migrating in our area.
2. Building a Sand Man
Who needs snow when you can play in the sand? And building a “sand man” doesn’t freeze your hands like building a snow man does.
3. Boat Parades
Houses decorated with Christmas lights are cool, but boats lit up and gliding across the water — magical. This year, the Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade is on Saturday, December 12th, starting at the Bradenton Yacht Club at 6:30 – and ends at Pier 22. Just walking around the Marina at Pier 22 is always a nice holiday treat as well.
4. No Dieting Necessary
We already look 10 pounds lighter because we’re not wrapped up in layers…and layers…and layers of clothing. So eat up all those Christmas cookies!
5. Who Needs a Sleigh?
In Florida, Santa rides a boat!
Peace, love and boat!