We weren’t sure if Matt was going to get any time off work this holiday season, so when we found out we were getting him home for an entire week I immediately started planning things to do. Since it wasn’t going to be possible to galavant around Asia, I settled for a mini vacation here on Okinawa to the military beach resort, Okuma.
Its situated on the North side of the island about 2 hours from central Okinawa on a small peninsula with beaches either side. In summer its a water sports enthusiasts paradise with everything from snorkeling, jet skis, paddle boats to sunset cruises, while it was too cold for us to experience the wealth of water activities we still had a blast and found plenty to do.
We took the expressway on the way up, it was our first time and pretty uneventful; we had held off using it until now because I think we were both a little nervous about it! When we finally made it we were amazed at how modern and flash the resort was, we pulled up and a local porter came running over to Goldie, who stood out like a sore thumb amongst the newer and a lot more expensive cars. After a bit of awkward conversation we realized we were in the wrong place! We knew it was too good to be true, with the clothing stores and gourmet restaurants. Continuing a little further down the same road it wasn’t long before we saw the barbed-wire fence and the gate guards checking military I.D’s; this was more what we were expecting!
Granted, it wasn’t as modern as the private resort next door but we weren’t disappointed at all. It has everything you need to have a lot of fun and at amazing prices (especially being off-season). After checking-in and getting settled into the Cherry Blossom Suite we hired a buggy bike, with Eden up the front, Matt in charge of steering and pedaling while I held Clio, we cycled around the resort. At one point Matt & I switched roles, sadly Matt still had to do all the work since it appears you need to be taller than 5′ in order to reach the pedals! We had so much fun and giggles, I can not wait to do this again, hopefully Clio will be old enough to sit up front with Eden.
Okuma has one restaurant which serves a good variety of food as well as a small cafe serving drinks and snacks, when the restaurant is closed. We ate at the restaurant for every meal, which was good, but I think in future we will try for a unit with a kitchen as well as explore some of the restaurants in the village or even cook out on the grills.
We woke the second day to a much warmer day than the chilly one we arrived too and spent the whole day outside exploring! Matt & Eden spent the morning on the beach hunting for sea glass and shells, we played like kids at the play park before heading back to the beach for some kite flying. Matt & Eden hired the 2 person bikes and went for a ride then in the early evening we took a short, but steep, nature walk which offered beautiful views of the peninsula.
In the evenings we played chutes & ladders – which you can borrow for free from the reception area and once the kids were in bed, Matt & I enjoyed some cribbage (which I kicked ass at!).
We contemplated trying to stay another couple of nights but in the end decided to head home on New Years Eve but spent the drive home talking about when we can make the trip back up; we might try camping or even hire one of the cabins instead and use it as a base to explore the very North of the island.
While I am absolutely itching to travel Asia, its nice that when it isn’t possible we can still go on vacation or rather staycation.