Being in the Florida Keys meant we had a bevy of water activities to choose from during our stay. Of course, we did a lot of swimming/floating around on inflatable tubes, both in the ocean and in the pool. We rented kayaks and paddle boards for the week. My brothers also borrowed some snorkeling equipment. We definitely got a healthy dose of "vitamin sea" during our stay. ;) It felt good to spend time in the water since we live in the land-locked state of Idaho.
I bought this striped cropped rash guard from J.Crew last year in hopes of using it for occasions just like this: paddle boarding! (I also secretly hope to use it while surfing next time I'm in Hawaii, but it may not have enough coverage to avoid a real rash since it's cropped.) The first time I wore it was to float the river last year. It has SPF, which is awesome since regular sunscreen washes off when your skin gets wet (I still put sunscreen on underneath for complete coverage until that happens). The only downside is that it does keep me warm if it's already warm out, like it was in Florida.
I ended up paddle boarding in the ocean a couple of days while others either kayaked or paddle boarded with me (it was my boyfriend's first time paddle boarding!). My boyfriend and I also took the kayaks out on our last day to see the mangroves up close. While we picked the right time to go as far as the tide was concerned (the tide was very high, making it easy to get in and out of the boats from our dock), it was probably the worst time as far as the intensity of the sun! We both got really burned on our legs (and him on his arms) even though we applied sunscreen. Yikes! At least it didn't happen until our last day, unlike my brothers who went out the first day of our trip and burned themselves. ;)