Daylight savings is in place and its March 13th already. Days are longer and spring is coming in full speed. We come home from work and there is still daylight. What do we see: our backyard and the empty pool? It’s time for getting the pool ready. That takes a weekend. But what else would you need with a swimming pools; pool floats and pool toys. Let’s take a look at some of the new pool floats that we’ll start selling this year.
We have some new items that have entered our large pool floats section. Aquaria came up with two pool floats made with Aqua Cell. One of them is Marquis which is 70 inches long and 1 ¼ inches thick. The other one is Aquaria Deluxe float which is approximately the same as Marquis but thicker with 1 ¾ inches thickness. Both floats are very well designed. Colors are bright. Aqua Cell is perfectly buoyant. These two floats are made in the USA.
A new comer to the vinyl dipped pool floats are the new Lazy Waves floats. We currently carry a medium thick at 1 ½ inch thickness and an extra thick at 2 inches. Lazy Waves pool floats are very soft to the touch almost like a jelly material. This makes relaxation on them very desirable. Pool floats are offered in aquamarine and coral colors. These pool floats are also made in USA. Lazy Waves also offers kids floats that are shaped like sea creatures. These floats are vinyl dipped like the originals. Check out floating dolphin, seahorse and lobster.
Our line up of canvas pool floats remain the same with some color changes. They are still made in the USA with high quality Sunbrella fabrics. In 2012 our most popular new items were our canvas floats. We have seen lots of sales on Kai pool lounges, Kai Infinity pool lounges and Floating Beanbag lounges.
If we are talking about pool floats our best sellers are always Texas Recreation floats. This year we have some extra colors and minimal changes in sizes. As always our bestsellers will be Sunsation; Supersoft; Kool Pool Float; Sunray and at last but not the least Ultra Sunsation. Tropical teal and Metallic Blue are the new colors that will catch attention this summer.
If you own a pool; this is the time to consider our pool floats. Look at all our items that have reviews and you will receive valuable insights from other customers just like you. Also look at our pool floats buying tips section for valuable suggestions.
I can’t believe it’s March already. After a tiring day at work and I’m still fighting the flu. The whole country is under a cold front where some parts are snowing and some parts flooding. Basically North America is going thru a late winter with temperatures around 30s and 40s. Yet I just picked up my daughter from daycare and heading to our apartment on Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. It’s about 70 F. It’s cold enough not to go to the beach for Miamians. But hey since I’m home early and we have a new born who is almost two weeks old and my two and a half year old needs to run and release energy, I said lets go down to the beach. It’s about 5:30 pm. Sun has already sunk behind the big condominiums leaving the beach with a cool shade. We walked down to the beach and didn’t even take a towel. I had the condo chaise lounges in mind. There are always left over chaise lounges lying around on our beach. This time there were none. Our condo has strap beach chaise lounges. There was a large stack that was locked up. So we had to sit on the sand.
Wild Dolphin Fins on Miami Beach
Seagull on Miami Beach
Wild Dolphins on Miami Beach
The beach was empty except some joggers north and a guy fishing south of us. Suddenly I saw a few people pointing the water and there they were a big pack of dolphins. They were very close to the shore. You could see many fins coming up. There were a few that jumped off the water but it’s hard to catch these. We were very excited. I texted a few people while trying to take pictures and video at the same time. We sat on the beach about 45 minutes and the dolphins traveled from south of us to north of us and were very playful and looked like they were enjoying something.
We’ve heard how amazing the fireworks at Space Needle over the years in Seattle, WA. We wanted to check it out ourselves. Around 11:30pm on December 31, 2012 we start walking towards the Space Needle from Belltown.
Everybody was in a great mood. People had their beach chairs lined up, having drinks already celebrating despite the cold weather. Next year, we should be more prepared by bringing our outdoor chairs. As we approach the Space Needle, you could feel the energy rising. Families, couples and everybody else were trying to get the best spot to watch the fireworks, setting up their tripods and cameras. Police closed the roads around the Needle, so that more people can watch the show safely. The fireworks show was about 10 minutes, we were very cold at the time; however it was well worth the wait.
And it’s 11:59PM… Happy New Year from Seattle, WA!
Above is the video of the countdown and the fireworks that welcomed 2013.
Our little trip thru Tamiami Trail ended in Naples where we spent the rest of our Christmas vacation. We are checked in to the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club which is situated right near Old Naples on the beach. The weather was a little chilly but we had a great room with the ocean view. Naples beach is one of my favorite beaches. You can see dolphins anytime. Sunsets are incredible. People are very courteous and nice. So we were very happy with our hotel and our room.
We immediately left our luggage and decided to take a walk on the beach. Our hotel is right on the beach and the water sports center was right in front of us. They had water bicycles, towable tubes, kayaks, canoes, pool floats, beach chaise lounges and beach umbrellas. Since it was a little chilly nobody was in the water. So we decided we will do the full beach next day. It was in the afternoon with about two hours to sunset. We walked north on the beach to a nearby park. We saw a snowman made out of sand. It was a little bit windy and chilly but with the sun we managed to keep our warmth. On the way back we decided to sit in front of our hotel and watch the sunset. As you can see in the pictures below the sunsets are amazing. People from all over the US and world come to Naples to watch this sunset. Our hotel had a bar that right on the beach where people gather to watch and drink. Every night right after the sun goes down people cheer and celebrate. We joined the fun.
Old Naples was very nicely decorated for Christmas. Streets were all lit up. Fifth Avenue had snowmans, Santa, reindeers and you name it. There was lots of people walking, enjoying the vacation and the this time of the year. We could tell not everybody was like us coming from Miami. Most people were from the north.
The next morning I took a long walk to the south of the beach towards Naples Pier. It was about 7 am in the morning. The water of Gulf of Mexico was like a mirror. It was flat with no waves or winds whatsoever. Sub tropical birds were enjoying a beautiful morning. Some early birds like me were shelling or jogging. I walked about 5 miles south and turned back. I was walking in the water and my feet were enjoying the cool waters of the gulf. But after so many miles my feet started hurting so I decided to turn back and walk to the hotel. I took pictures of some nice shells, birds, palm trees, beautiful luxury houses, parked catamaran, canoes and all the nice things Naples beach has to offer. I could see people sitting on their patio furniture enjoying the morning like I was doing. During my walk, every person I passed by said hello. This never happens in Miami. Naples is a much warmer town. Everybody greets each other in the morning. If we ever move to Naples I have to get used to this.
It’s the Saturday before Christmas and we are on our way from Miami Beach to Naples. It’s a cool day in the high sixties. Since we could leave Miami Beach by 10 am we deciced to take the scenic route which is Tamiami Trail route 41. This is called the Old Alligator Alley. You can actually see alligators on the side of the road about 20 miles in.
Our first stop was Oasis Welcome center which we were out for a few minutes. Then we started driving towards Everglades City. We took a scenic route Turner River Road. It was truly beautiful with lots of mangroves, tropical birds alligators and typical Everglades wildlife. Below you will see some pictures I managed to take. I highly recommend to take this route.
We were getting hungry and decided to head to Everglades City for food. The first sign we saw was City Seafood as we entered the city. It looked like the parking lot was full and was definitely a popular spot. After parking a block away we walked to the front of the building which had two picnic benches and tables with people enjoying the sun and eating their fresh seafood. City Seafood is a very casual restaurant where you order your seafood and you pick up at the window when its ready. The menu is rich with frog legs, stone crab legs, daily catches like grouper, snapper, dolphin fish, and other local fishes. Lots of shrimps, prawns, conch, oysters and lobsters. The kitchen was very busy but friendly. Order takes about 10 minutes as they prepare it. We asked for some samplers so we could taste a bunch of stuff. Conch was good, crab cakes were awesome. Fish was very very fresh. The fried food was surprisingly light. We all enjoyed fresh seafood. Oh, I forgot to mention that the back of the building has many tables that you can sit and the scenery is unbeliavable. As you can see in the below pictures it’s like a backyard paradise. They have the blue intracoastal waters with green mangroves and other plants. Airboats taking passengers around. Fishing boats are tied to the piers. It’s a beautiful scene. You can sit out there on a patio chair for hours just enjoying the scenery.
Turner Road Sign
Lots of Alligators in the Everglades
Turner Road Everglades Swamp 1
City Seafood in Everglades City
Infront of City Seafood in Everglades City
Patio of City Seafood in Everglades City
Everglades City Scene 1
Upstairs Dining Room of City Seafood in Everglades City