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Named #1 Beach is the USA in 2002 and Only Gets Better Every Year!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Turtles Released on Cape San Blas, 

Excited and Ready to Return to the Gulf of Mexico

Roni with CSB neighbor Kay and rescued turtle

We've been regular visitors to Cape San Blas for over 15 years. We bought A Tropical Breeze in August of 2002 and during all of that time I have never seen a turtle laying eggs on the beach or the eggs hatching. This past weekend, Rob and I were fortunate to be on the Cape during the release of over 300 turtles that were rescued from St Joe Bay earlier this month due to the cold temperatures. The turtle release had a great turnout and was an event I will never forget.

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Rob and Roni Pridemore at turtle release

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Tropical Breeze Turns 15 and Gets a Face Lift!

We celebrated A Tropical Breeze's 15th birthday this year with numerous improvements and upgrades. The salt air is tough on a beach home and we constantly fight rust. Many of these improvements are to replace rusted areas or protect from future rust.

These updates included a new oven/stove, commercial hot water tank, all exterior white trim painted or replaced with white vinyl, replaced all screen porch materials which makes for a much nicer and clearer view of the beach, new chairs and all new cushions on the screen porch, regraded Blue Water Drive, added shelves in the laundry room, new canvas picture of A Tropical Breeze sunset over the master bath, wood look tile on the lower set of stairs, new propane tank buried to prevent rusting, new toaster, new coffee pot, new pots and pans and a few other items.

New stainless steel stove

View through new screen on porch, plus new rails

New cushions and chairs but old screen and rails, prior to replacement on porch

All freshly painted or replaced white trim
New wood look tile on lower stairs
New shelves in laundry room suggested by guest and a great addition.

Canvas sunset print of picture taken in front of A Tropical Breeze

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Retired Life at Cape San Blas

My husband retired last month and we are enjoying three weeks on Cape San Blas. We have never been here for more than 10 days so this is a real treat. The first week we didn't have the best of weather and we spent a lot of time working on a Tropical Breeze getting ready for the summer rental season.

The second week we were joined by our extended family and had an amazing week of fun, fishing, food, beach time, family pictures, and so much more.

We are in the midst of week three with two other couples and a few of our kids. Tropical Breeze has guests for the week so we are staying down the beach in a different rental home.  

Friday, September 4, 2015

A Perfect Description of Cape San Blas - By Adlen Robinson in the Forsyth County News

Family’s favorite beach getaway retaining its charm

Twenty-seven years ago, Paul and I first visited Cape San Blas, Fla. A friend told us the beaches were pristine and secluded and there was little commercialism.
Skeptical, we made the seven-hour trip, feeling we were out in the middle of nowhere soon after we passed Columbus. The verdict? We fell in love with the cape and the surrounding charming towns of Apalachicola and Port St. Joe. We vowed when we had children, we would bring them to Cape San Blas every year.

Our first trip with babies was when our oldest was 2 and our second child was about to turn 1. We also brought my parents on the beach trip, something we continued to do when we ventured back to the beach year after year. When the children were little, we loved to play on the beach for hours, swimming in the Gulf, building massive sand castles, burying Paul in the sand, feeding the sea gulls, taking long walks and fishing. Oh the fishing. How fun it was catching small sharks, pompano, whiting, catfish and even stingray and crabs.

We took our boat to the beach a few times. Although that added to the preparation stress, we had so much fun exploring the bay. Dolphins swam right along with us and watching young children see that sight is truly priceless.

Apalachicola is the oyster capital of America. And there are plenty of raw bars and restaurants in the sleepy town. On a recent trip, we tried a place new to us called Up the Creek. Besides the oysters, we had one of the best tuna tartares. The presentation was as amazing as the dish itself. We even met the young chef who created the dish, T.J. Elliot, who said he was a self-taught cook. Wow. That was impressive.

The cape is remote. It is probably not for those who like vacations that include putt-putt golf, water parks, high rises and fancy dining. There are no fast food restaurants on the cape, and not that many in the neighboring towns either. Grocery stores also are not plentiful.

When we used to come back years ago, there were even fewer grocery stores. I used to bring almost all of our food, giving Paul headaches as he struggled to pack the endless supplies.

Monday, August 31, 2015

It's Been 13 years and We Love A Tropical Breeze More than Ever!

Last week we were able to stay at A Tropical Breeze after an amazing summer rental season. We truly have some of the nicest guests in the world and celebrated 13 years of ownership on August 24th.

There's something about this place that is magical and some day we will get a chance to spend more than a week here, however with guest bookings, work and school schedules we've never had that opportunity. As of August 13, we became empty-nesters and plan to be here as much as possible, whenever it's not already booked with guests.

As always, we saw some amazing sunsets, a bobcat crossing CSB Road, deer, dolphins playing in the sunset and turtle nests. We did our best to see a turtle next hatch but it just didn't happen while we were there. We looked for nests that had been laid 2 or more months ago and carried our chairs out behind the nests. We were all settled in with our red lights and books when all of a sudden the wind shifted and the dark clouds to the south brought stinging rain our way. We ran back up the beach to Tropical Breeze laughing all the way. Who knew we could still run so fast. Our September guests should have several nests hatch while they are there, but to see it happen is a matter of patience and avoiding unexpected rain storms. LOL

Visiting isn't all beach time, after a summer of back to back guests, we usually have some additional maintenance projects. This year was no different and we had numerous service people in and out and did several DIY projects ourselves. Home ownership at the beach is a constant battle against sun, water and rust damage but we do our best to keep A Tropical Breeze is the best condition possible.

In the last year we added a new refrigerator, sleeper sofa, love seat, king mattress set and new lamps in the main master, new comforters on all 7 beds, new roof, new grill and painted all exterior trim. On our next visit we plan to re-cover the dining room chairs. Thanks again to all of our wonderful guests who take such good care of A Tropical Breeze during their stays. We are blessed to have you!!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Pridemores are Moving to the Lake this Summer after 23 years in Roswell GA

We are downsizing and on the move to our new home across town, so I haven't been posting as much as usual. Getting a house ready for a move after 23 years and a major downsize to an older home is a lot of work but my family has been a big help.

We are about to be empty nesters as our youngest just graduated from Roswell High School and will be off to UGA in August. We are moving to a small house on the lake 16 miles away. We are truly spoiled to be living in such a nice community as Berkeley Lake. It's big down size for us and our bathrooms are from the 1950's but to have this view and great community, we can get used to small bathrooms.

A Tropical Breeze is filled with guests all summer so we will enjoy our time at the lake until we can get back to Cape San Blas. Hope everyone has a great summer!