Planning Day Trip to Gulf Coast - Any tips or advice or recent experience?

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  1. Triple Trouble

    Triple Trouble Sleep is Overrated

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    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,

    Susan
     
  2. two*little*birds

    two*little*birds <font color=green>LOL I am the ultimate ride wimp!

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    Check out Siesta Key... OMG that beach is to die for! :goodvibes

    We'll be there in a few weeks, can't wait to go back! :beach:
     
  3. Art 1

    Art 1 DIS Veteran

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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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