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Old 09-26-2012, 11:37 AM   #1
Triple Trouble
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Planning Day Trip to Gulf Coast - Any tips or advice or recent experience?

During our Disney vacation we are planning a day trip to the Gulf Coast in Nov/Dec with 10 people including 5 year olds through Seniors. What tips or advice do you have for good beaches (clean restrooms a must), shops or restaurants, events or activities in the area?

I looked at both coasts, and although the Atlantic is closer and the wave action great for some (hubby), it would not be as attractive as warmer water and a shallow beach with no undertow issues.

Anna Maria island looked very attractive, but I don't know if there are good restroom facilities, some places to get reasonably priced but decent food, parking available...etc. etc.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 09-26-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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Check out Siesta Key... OMG that beach is to die for!

We'll be there in a few weeks, can't wait to go back!
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:50 PM   #3
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Yes, Siesta Key is nice. You may enjoy St. Armands Circle for shopping and eating in the Sarasota area as well. There is a beach right close with public areas. Colombia Restaurant is a good place to eat. There is also a very good Italian place on the south end of the circle. Very nice cloths and jewelry stores.
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