Booking our Babymoon

Pretty much from the moment I found out I was pregnant, I started thinking about a babymoon for Cory and myself. While we have traveled to Rwanda, it’s been almost two years since we’ve taken an actual vacation. To say that I’m ready for some time away with my sweet boy would be an understatement. We need some time to unwind, relax and just enjoy each other before we welcome our sweet little girl into this world.

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I started looking at places like the Bahamas and Mexico because I really had this idea in my head of having a luxury babymoon {think big pools, all the food you want, big comfy bed}. Normally, I would be 100% okay with a mom and pop hotel in a small beach town because all I’m gonna do is sit on the beach anyway, but I really wanted a treat since this would be our last hoorah without Hot Pie.

So I posted on Facebook asking for recommendations in Mexico when a few sweet friends of mine mentioned talking to my doctor about the Zika virus. I had heard a few things about it but had no idea how bad it had gotten and the threat it was to pregnant women and their unborn babies. I started to ask my doctor about it a few weeks later and before I even got the sentence out of my mouth, she already answered “No! Absolutely not!”

Back to the drawing board we went, searching for somewhere that was either a short flight or reasonable drive, an all-inclusive resort, and in our budget. Turns out, all-inclusive resorts in the US are few and far between and the ones we did find were way out of our budget. So, I had to give up on that idea and accept the fact that poolside pizzas were not gonna be in my near future {which honestly, isn’t a bad thing!}. But I really didn’t want to give up on the idea of going to a luxury resort. We searched a few smaller towns that had gorgeous beaches in Florida but I just couldn’t find the resort-style hotel I was looking for until my friend Tonya suggested…

Pensacola Babymoon

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Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola, Florida.

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I’ve been to a few beaches in the gulf {years ago} but neither Cory or myself have ever been to Pensacola and it’s only a 6 1/2 hour drive. Cory has a “rule” that he won’t drive anywhere over 5 hours but I refuse to spend money on airfare for a six-hour drive. Let’s save that money and book a spa day!

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My only other stimulation while looking for a room was one with a balcony and a beach view, which we got! I just love sitting on a balcony early in the morning listening to the sound of the waves. Can it get any more relaxing than that??

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Maybe it can…hammocks on the beach? Much like our honeymoon, I can’t wait to spend some time soaking up the sun in these hammocks!

We really don’t plan on doing much while we are down there, other than laying on the beach or floating around the pool, but is there anything else we absolutely must do while in Pensacola? What about the best restaurants? Give me all your suggestions, Florida friends!

T-minus 19 days and this mama will have her toes in some gorgeous white sand and I. can’t. wait. Now, I just need to find one more bathing suit that I feel comfortable in with this growing bump of mine. Happy Friday, y’all!

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  • Ah! Yay! I really missed not having a relaxing babymoon. Looks like you guys are going to have a great time!

  • gOOD FOR YOU!
    & YOU ARE SO RIGHT – THERE IS NOTHING MORE PEACEFUL THEN A GOOD BALCONY VIEW WITH A WARM DRINK, TAKING IN THE VIEW… SOAK IT UP FOR ME.

  • That is where my older brother lives, we love Pensacola Beach! There is a RESTAURANT up the road from your hotel on the beach called Crabs, every time we visit I have to head there for some good ol’ greasy chicken strips & hushpuppies ;) Have fun!

  • i really wish we had of booked a babymoon when we had the chance. now with only 2 weeks to go, we can’t stray far. it will definitely be on my list for #2 (if we’re so lucky).

    happy friday,

    Mar
    http://WWW,TOANDFROBLOG.COM

  • Ahh! So fun! Pensacola will be awesome! :)

  • Aww! Hope you guys have the best time together! That 5-hour drive rule is kinda funny–we were really big roadtrip people in the states. We drove 18 hours straight through each way to visit Angel’s parents (by we I mean he, because I don’t drive much) because even though that was during the years of really expensive gas, it was still cheaper to drive than to buy two plane tickets. I kind of miss our long road trips…

  • Excellent choice – my family is from pensacola so we’ve been visiting that area all of my life. its beautiful – white beaches and clear blue water! You will love it!! Their downtown area is super cute too! Annie from http://homeofmalones.blogspot.com/ is from that area too- maybe she’ll have some good recommendations on restaurants!!

  • It looks like such a beautiful place! You’re going to have an amazing time!

  • JulieJoy

    Yay! So glad you found sometHing! It looks beautiful! Laying on the beach, having a balcony viEw, and maybe even a spa day sounds like a dream!

  • Oh yes, the Zika virus! Terrible vacation ruiner. But y’all will have so much fun in Pensacola! Enjoy!

  • Yay! I am so excited for y’all. I really wish we had been able to enjoy one last vacation together, but maybe next time.
    It looks like y’all will have a great time. Enjoy yourselves and get some rest!

  • This is going to be amazing!!! You can never go wrong with a Florida Gulf beach town – we have spent a few spring breaks in Destin and it’s gorgeous! We’re hoping to finalize our babymoon plans tonight, having such a hard time finding a free weekend but I’m determined to make it happen!!