Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Budget Board
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 02-22-2013, 09:11 AM   #1
Jenny-momof3
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,377

Nice beach for kids in December?

Typically we're in Disney over Christmas/New Years. But this year we would like to do something a little different. Thinking of going to Sea World for a few days then going to a beach for 3-4 days.

Any recommendations for a family friendly beach that time of year? Hotels that won't cost a fortune? We're willing to drive just about anywhere in Florida....we're already driving 15 hours from Ohio to Orlando so what's a few more
__________________
Cast members
Me DH DD17 DD13 DS7 DS2

July'08 POP/WH, July'09 BCV/AKV,NOV'09 POP,MAR'10 WH,Dec.'10 POP, Mar'11 POP,July'11AK,Nov.'11 POP,Mar.12 WL/SSR, July'12 BCV/BLT,Dec '12 BC/AOA, Jan.13 WL, Apr.'13 BC, Jun. '13 SSR
Jenny-momof3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2013, 09:25 AM   #2
pooh4evr
Mouseketeer
In STL we drink soda and eat barbecue, use realators, eat sherbert, and drive on rout farty far
 
pooh4evr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: St. Louis MO
Posts: 2,304

We have done vacations over on the gulf side 3 times- Clearwater to St. Pete Beach areas. We like it there but have never been during winter. the beaches are clean, fine white sands. We have not stayed in a hotel but get rentals from Homeaway vacation rentals. We have had nothing but good luck. It is 90 min from Disney pretty straight shot, easy drive. We have gone to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (where Winter the dolphin from the movie A Dolphin's Tale lives) it is small but girls love it. There are many dolphin boat tours, and we have done Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise- lots of fun! Also (please correct me if I am wrong) I think you might be able to see an orange grove in season during that time. We tried one over the summer not realizing when harvest and stuff was. Mixon's Fruit Farm was about 45 min from our beach house. It would be neat to see that I think. Good Luck!
__________________
October '13 - All Star Sports - July 12' --3 day getaway then the beach! -Sept./Oct '11ASMuFS -Dec. '09 (9-19th) ASMuFS -
Dec. '07 (12-20th) Caribbean Beach -:First trip with kids May '05 BW LBV -Trip with DH June '99 Best Western Lake Buena Vista
pooh4evr is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 02-22-2013, 09:34 AM   #3
girli565
A Miami kind of girl
 
girli565's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 5,429

December beach weather is FREEZING! If you are looking at daytona (which we LOVE during the spring and summer), Naples (our yearly end of summer beach trip), clearwater, tampa, or port canaveral area the water will be under 78-75 degrees and that is very cold. Seems warm but it really isn't. Think about heated pools, which you want heated over 80 degrees and they still seem cool.

Even here at home in Miami I wouldn't go to the beach in December.

If you don't mind the cold I'd recommend Naples and the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. They have incredible winter rates. Wait to book closer to winter and they'll have deals. They're very pricey normally but have amazing deals!
girli565 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2013, 09:42 AM   #4
Jenny-momof3
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,377

Didn't realize it would be that cold. Of course still warmer than here in Ohio but maybe I need to rethink this plan. Just trying to find something that would be fun for our family for a few days that isn't a theme park.
__________________
Cast members
Me DH DD17 DD13 DS7 DS2

July'08 POP/WH, July'09 BCV/AKV,NOV'09 POP,MAR'10 WH,Dec.'10 POP, Mar'11 POP,July'11AK,Nov.'11 POP,Mar.12 WL/SSR, July'12 BCV/BLT,Dec '12 BC/AOA, Jan.13 WL, Apr.'13 BC, Jun. '13 SSR
Jenny-momof3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2013, 09:48 AM   #5
girli565
A Miami kind of girl
 
girli565's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 5,429

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jenny-momof3 View Post
Didn't realize it would be that cold. Of course still warmer than here in Ohio but maybe I need to rethink this plan. Just trying to find something that would be fun for our family for a few days that isn't a theme park.
This is coming from a Floridian, lol, who thinks 60 degrees is cold

But the water will be cold, especially in central and northern FL. The air temp could be 80 degrees in december, Miami had a warm christmas this past year, but our pool was reading 72 degrees most days even when we had that rare 88 degree day.
girli565 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2013, 09:58 AM   #6
Jenny-momof3
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,377

My kids definitely won't get in cold water. I keep our pool at 85...much below that don't overly care for it.
__________________
Cast members
Me DH DD17 DD13 DS7 DS2

July'08 POP/WH, July'09 BCV/AKV,NOV'09 POP,MAR'10 WH,Dec.'10 POP, Mar'11 POP,July'11AK,Nov.'11 POP,Mar.12 WL/SSR, July'12 BCV/BLT,Dec '12 BC/AOA, Jan.13 WL, Apr.'13 BC, Jun. '13 SSR
Jenny-momof3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2013, 09:58 AM   #7
Shelly F - Ohio
Disney Extraordinaire
 
Shelly F - Ohio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Lake Erie Shore Line in Ohio
Posts: 6,570

Whatever the temps is in Orlando the temp at the beach be it the gulf or Atlantic, is 10 degree's cooler especially since there is typically a breeze coming off the waters. I went to the gulf side in Nov one year and it was chilly and I live in Ohio.

So if you don't mind bundling up and staying out of the water. HoneyMoon Island is a great beach area. There are tons of shells, nice bathrooms, you can rent beach equipment - chairs, beach toys, umbrella, cafe to grab lunch.

Or you could go over to Kennedy Space Center, then travel down to the port and watch the cruise ships set sail. We like to go to FishLips which is right on the port. We eat and watch the ships pull out.
__________________
Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas-Please stand clear of the doors.


CBR - 2004 & Joined DVC 2004,
DCL 4 night- 2005,
SSR - Feb 2005, 06, & 09, Oct 08, May 2011, Oct 12, Feb 13..... CSR 07,... AKV Sept 2008,2012,2013... VWL Feb 2009, 2010, 2012 ... OKW Sept 2009, Feb2012...BCV 2013, 2014
Shelly F - Ohio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2013, 11:27 AM   #8
1buckeyegirl
Earning My Ears
 
1buckeyegirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Ohio
Posts: 57

My friends went to Cocoa Beach while they were there in December, they liked it so much they went back an extra day
1buckeyegirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2013, 03:33 PM   #9
JoeyC
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 22

Clearwater Beach, located just west of Tampa on the Gulf of Mexico is about 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive from Orlando. It was just voted #1 Beach in Florida by USA Today readers and is ranked in the top 25 beaches in the U.S. by Tripadvisor.

In December, the weather is not too cold, although if a cold front comes through it could be chilly. The average temperature is 71 with water temperature around 64, lots of sunshine with an average of 6 days of rain. There could be some warm days in the low 80's too. You can still tan easy, don't forget the sunscreen!

It is somewhat of off-peak, the hotel rates will be lower than the spring time during high peak. The off beach activities are suitable this time of year, jet skies, day cruises, fishing, sailing, ect. The sunsets are amazing during the winter months so you are visiting at the right time of year!

Enjoy your Beach Vacation!

Resources:
Clearwater Beach December Weather: http://www.clearwater-beach-vacation...-december.html

Clearwater Beach Hyatt (highly recommend for families): http://www.clearwater-beach-vacation...ch-resort.html
JoeyC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2013, 08:51 PM   #10
Cheshire Figment
Friend of Figment
 
Cheshire Figment's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Poinciana, FL (20 miles to WDW)
Posts: 38,457

I would suggest the Tradewinds on St Pete Beach. Most of their rooms are actually one and two bedroom suites with cooking facilities, and they have about 1,000 feet of Gulf beachfront and multiple pools.
__________________
41 WDW Stays Totaling 321 nights between 1987 and mid-2003. (When "commuting" from Northern Virginia.)

Now Working Part Time at Walt Disney World! (Guest Services/Ticket Sales)

A few very helpful links which are on DisBoards:
Everything About WDW Tickets and this one disABILITIES FAQs
Cheshire Figment is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2013, 09:28 PM   #11
sherry7
DIS Veteran
 
sherry7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Earth
Posts: 2,481

Subscribing for ideas. Our daycare is closed Christmas week, so I have to take vacation time for work. I've been trying to think of a warm place (state side) to go, that won't break the bank.
sherry7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2013, 11:20 PM   #12
MOM POPPINS
I keep getting SOUVENIRS (wink) when I go to WDW!
 
MOM POPPINS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Trenton, Texas
Posts: 3,742

We are going to stay for 2 nights at The Cove at Ormond Beach in May. It has a full kitchen and 2 bedroom and 2 baths, they also have studios. We thought the price was good approx 150 a night for a 2 bedroom!
__________________

Me DH DD24 DD19 DD16 DD13 DS11
2000 Dixie Landing HIFS '01 Contemporary/Dolphin 2 Trips '02 Dolphin '03 Dolphin '04 BWV/WLV '05 BWV/BCV 2 Trips '06 BWV/Dolphin/Saratoga/OKW 3 Trips '07 BWV/SSR 2 trips '08 BWV May/November '09 BWV March/May/Nov 10 20th. POR AKL Villa's May 11BWV September 11 BWV January 12 AKL Villa's May 12 SSR December 12 May 13 AKL BC Sept 13AKL March 14 OKW June 14Boardwalk January 15

MOM POPPINS is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:38 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.