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Old 03-08-2013, 11:29 AM   #31
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We live closest to the beaches in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale. But, our favorite Florida beach is Sanibel Island on Florida's west coast.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:00 PM   #32
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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?
We always stay a tthe Helmsley Sandcastle. It is direct oceanfront on Lido Beach. Check out their website. It's not a suite but a hotel room. The location and price can't be beat though. They do have tiki huts and a restaurant, two outdoor pool and an outdoor pool bar. They also have a menu at the pool bar so you can eat pool/beachside.

There are timeshares all around so I'm sure you can find out for rent. I will check it out and get back to you. My mom just booked a flight there for August at $300pp RT. She is taking my DD10 and staying at the Limetree Beach Resort.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:02 PM   #33
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Are you including the sarasota beaches??
Sarasota is further South than Tampa so I don't think this poster was including that. They are voted in the top 10 beaches consistently year after year.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:29 PM   #34
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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

That pic is beautiful! Where exactly did you stay in Destin? Which airport did you fly into?
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:31 PM   #35
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We always stay a tthe Helmsley Sandcastle. It is direct oceanfront on Lido Beach. Check out their website. It's not a suite but a hotel room. The location and price can't be beat though. They do have tiki huts and a restaurant, two outdoor pool and an outdoor pool bar. They also have a menu at the pool bar so you can eat pool/beachside.

There are timeshares all around so I'm sure you can find out for rent. I will check it out and get back to you. My mom just booked a flight there for August at $300pp RT. She is taking my DD10 and staying at the Limetree Beach Resort.
Thank you....I would love more info.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:01 PM   #36
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We actually drive down...
We don't live close... but we can get there in a day!

The closes airport for this area, other than Panama City would be Northwest Florida Regional (VPS) across the bridge at Fort Walton.

One airline used to do non-stops from here, for a while.
But, I don't think they are doing that this year.

That photo was taken just outside of Destin.
I think it was here at Pompano Joes!
http://pompano-joes.com/photos.php?id=23

We stayed a little further outside of Destin, thru timeshare at the Sandestin Resort area.
Sandestin is a huge and amazing resort... But I can't recommend it during high season, because of the crowding, due to the size of the resort in relation to the size of their beach frontage.

Wonderful area though!!!

http://www.sandestin.com/

and here is the Hilton at the Sandestin resort...
Love to have lunch at their Barefoots bar and grill on the beach.
http://www.sandestinbeachhilton.com/

There are several DISers who are familiar with this area.
I could help you recommendations on which place to stay if you wanted to consider this area, and give details in what type of place you have in mind.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:18 PM   #37
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What about the Keys? How far from Miami? Any beach resorts there??


there is a beautiful beach resort in the keys called hawks cay, you can swim and feed dolphins. http://www.hawkscay.com/. it's 90 miles from miami and about an hour or so from key west. there is also a great park in the keys called bahia honda.
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Are you including the sarasota beaches??
I have never been to sarasota so I cannot say
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siesta key and sarasota area by far...clearwater is not as family friendly, that is where most of the "partiers" go - high school, college age.

Siesta key has lots of things close by to do
Mote Marine Aquarium
Ringling Museum
G Wiz
Selby Gardens
Sailor Circus
Drum Circle on the beach
Myakka St Park (airboat ride and see gators)
Go to Venice Beach - look for sharks teeth - sharks tooth capital of the world
Historic Spanish Point
Jungle Gardens
shop on St Armands Circle

lots of great restaurants
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there is a beautiful beach resort in the keys called hawks cay, you can swim and feed dolphins. http://www.hawkscay.com/. it's 90 miles from miami and about an hour or so from key west. there is also a great park in the keys called bahia honda.
Wow!!! I am really liking this suggestion! That sounds like a great place and it would be fun to rent a car and check out all the beaches in the keys Would it be better to fly into Key West or Miami?
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:48 PM   #41
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Love those gorgeous beaches on the Panhandle!!!! (Destin area)

Where would the nearest more major non-stop airport be?
It might be worth considering driving that last leg... You'll be renting a car anyhow, right.
You can easily drive from the Mobile airport, but Destin has a decent airport.
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Wow!!! I am really liking this suggestion! That sounds like a great place and it would be fun to rent a car and check out all the beaches in the keys Would it be better to fly into Key West or Miami?



it really is a beautiful resort. i've only driven there so not sure what would be best. here is key west airport info. http://www.keywestinternationalairport.com/.

if you decide to stay there take a drive down to key west,it's definately worth the trip.
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Wow!!! I am really liking this suggestion! That sounds like a great place and it would be fun to rent a car and check out all the beaches in the keys Would it be better to fly into Key West or Miami?
Miami, definitely. Key West will cost a lot more and it's a darn long haul from Key West up to Marathon (Marathon is the island that HCR is located on.)

However, it is also a fairly long haul from Miami to Marathon; the Keys are a very long string of islands, and it is 115 miles from the Miami airport down to Marathon. That would normally take about 2 hrs and 15 minutes if traffic is good, but if there is a wreck you could sit for a LONG time. (Once you hit the Keys you are not on Interstate Hwy; it's mostly 3 lanes, and there are a lot of intersections and slow speed zones.)

Note that there are no natural beaches in the Keys; all of the beaches there are man-made, so they are relatively small.
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yes, if it is a "beach" you are after, the keys really don't have any pretty or nice beaches. Lots of fishing, snorkeling, diving though.
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Another vote for Destin Soft white sand, gorgeous clear water and it's a very family friendly town. I'm biased because I live here, but we really do love it!

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