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Old 03-08-2013, 11:32 AM   #16
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Miami Beach is gorgeous. If you want to stay at the panhandle, Pensacola may have better flight options and is probably as nice or nicer of a beach as Panama City, although they are almost identical, depending on what time of year you go and whether or not you miss the seaweed. Seaweed seems to be worse in PCB than the other panhandle beaches. I would recommend if you do go to Pensacola, to go left to Perdido Key, stay at Eden Condos, very nice spot.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:39 AM   #17
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Jacksonville is super close to St Augustine. I would definitely go for that! It's an awesome area!
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:45 AM   #18
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Jacksonville is super close to St Augustine. I would definitely go for that! It's an awesome area!
Not real fond of the Atlantic side of Florida especially that north. Miami and south of Miami would be the only Atlantic beaches I would consider. The atlantic water is rough and not as carribbean quality as the gulf side is in my opinion.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:55 AM   #19
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Not real fond of the Atlantic side of Florida especially that north. Miami and south of Miami would be the only Atlantic beaches I would consider. The atlantic water is rough and not as carribbean quality as the gulf side is in my opinion.
I totally agree, however, although the St. Augustine area is not good for beaches IMO it is great to just stop and spend some time, very cool historical things there, like an old pirate town
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What about the Keys? How far from Miami? Any beach resorts there??
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:01 PM   #21
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Miami Beach is gorgeous. If you want to stay at the panhandle, Pensacola may have better flight options and is probably as nice or nicer of a beach as Panama City, although they are almost identical, depending on what time of year you go and whether or not you miss the seaweed. Seaweed seems to be worse in PCB than the other panhandle beaches. I would recommend if you do go to Pensacola, to go left to Perdido Key, stay at Eden Condos, very nice spot.
I am looking for August.....is the seaweed bad then? I did read some stuff about the water being slimy and green at times at PCB.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:02 PM   #22
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Believe me I checked out all airports surrounding me (BOS, JFK,LGA). None go straight to Panama City (ECP). I have the option of Jacksonville but that is 4 hours away from what google tells me. Not fun in the car that long with my boys. lol I have considered Ft Lauderdale, Orlando or even Tampa.
I feel for you. We went to Destin last October, and had to drive from Philly to Baltimore, just to get a direct flight (I can't do stop-overs either). I really wish there were more flight options for that area of Florida.

Destin was beautiful, and well-worth the extra driving.
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I am looking for August.....is the seaweed bad then? I did read some stuff about the water being slimy and green at times at PCB.
It can be depending on if the weed has come in, peeps that live there can tell you when its safe, late august may be ok
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Sarasota Beaches

I have been to many beaches in Florida and, handsdown IMHO, the Sarasota beaches are the Best!!! You have Lido, Longboat, Siesta Key etc. There is so much to do in that area. Mote Aquarium is there, the Lowry Zoo in Tampa. Busch Gardens is about 45 minutes away. Jet BLue has a direct flight from Boston to Sarasota (SRQ). Sarasota is a super easy airport (similar to Providence).

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:13 PM   #25
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Just another opinion, but I personally think the tampa bay beaches are by far the worst. I would rather go to Charleston South Carolina than the tampa area, after you get further south, they start to get nicer again, but last I stayed at Treasure Island outside tampa, horrible. Very merky ugly/dirty looking water, I didn't even want to swim in it.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:19 PM   #26
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Fly into Palm Beach...

Very tropical, typically very clear water, and unbelievable snorkeling (you dont get that in the Panhandle). Better restaurant choices than PCB, short drive to everglades for airboat ride.Not as congested with vacationers everywhere you go.

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I have been to many beaches in Florida and, handsdown IMHO, the Sarasota beaches are the Best!!! You have Lido, Longboat, Siesta Key etc. There is so much to do in that area. Mote Aquarium is there, the Lowry Zoo in Tampa. Busch Gardens is about 45 minutes away. Jet BLue has a direct flight from Boston to Sarasota (SRQ). Sarasota is a super easy airport (similar to Providence).

Good luck with your decision.
Any beach resorts on the beaches there? I am very interested in this area. Looking for a suite on the beach with activities for the kids too. Want a commercialized beach with tiki huts, restaurants, etc. Anything in that area?
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Just another opinion, but I personally think the tampa bay beaches are by far the worst. I would rather go to Charleston South Carolina than the tampa area, after you get further south, they start to get nicer again, but last I stayed at Treasure Island outside tampa, horrible. Very merky ugly/dirty looking water, I didn't even want to swim in it.
Being from the area I agree. I love them still... But they are not the nicest Gulf beaches. Once you get down to the Sarasota area they start to get nicer.
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I understand that Siesta Key is supposed to be almost as pretty as the Destin area.

OP, you are right, depending on the time of year, there can be sargassum (small brown tumbleweed like seaweed) and what they call JuneGrass (the slimy almost see-thru green stuff). this usually comes-in early June. Our last visit to Destin, it started coming in early, along with an early heat wave, in late May. Not sure about August... But I do know that occasionally it can still be there late summer into Sept????

Here is a photo of how incredibly gorgeous Destin beaches can be under ideal conditions. And, the Dining, Shopping, Activities, etc... there can't be beat.

http://destinbeach2011.shutterfly.com/pictures/9

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Just another opinion, but I personally think the tampa bay beaches are by far the worst. I would rather go to Charleston South Carolina than the tampa area, after you get further south, they start to get nicer again, but last I stayed at Treasure Island outside tampa, horrible. Very merky ugly/dirty looking water, I didn't even want to swim in it.
Are you including the sarasota beaches??
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