Siesta Key was honored with the first spot in best US beaches. Haven't ventured out to the West Coast yet, with the exception of Tampa. I really want to visit Sanibel Island, maybe this year.
I've never had a fear of sharks. I've been around boats all my life and had my own for a few years. Also belonged to a boat club up until a year ago. I prefer swimming in the ocean, than say a pool. I usually swim offshore, anchor the boat, and stay out with or without a lounger. I don't wear jewelry when I swim (sharks are supposedly attracted to shiny metal).
Once, I was out towards the rim of gulf stream, about 5 miles from shore that afternoon, fishing with my brother, easy to catch mahi mahi in that area and a family of sharks circled the boat for hours...they may have been curious about the music or just waiting for bait...but at that time, I didn't go into the water. The current was too strong, so I wouldn't have jumped in anyway. A strong rip current is scarier than sharks when you're swimming in deep water. A depth of 100 feet is my limit.
I think I'd have a complex by the end of my career if I had joined the Navy.
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