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Old 05-13-2013, 05:38 PM
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Looking for somewhere different to go on the next family vacation. I was thinking of the gulf coast, I have done the east coast and most of Florida except the panhandle. Was thinking of south padre Island tx. I would like to rent a house as I have 2 small children. Looking for a place we can return to year after year and start a new tradition. Any other places I should check out. Nice beaches some sort of shopping and dining for the wife fishing would be a bonusI liked Tybee island Georgia but the water was murky would like some nicer water. What say tht
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:46 PM
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Have you tried Siesta Key, FL.? Beaches are beautiful. Accommodations vary with a few nice family facilities.
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Grayton Beach, FL
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by tashmoo1 View Post
Have you tried Siesta Key, FL.? Beaches are beautiful. Accommodations vary with a few nice family facilities.
Check out Siesta Key. The beach is one of the top rated beaches in the US and there are a lot if things to do in the area. The fishing is good and there are plenty of rentals there too.

I had dinner on Siesta Key Friday night. There are many good places to eat within walking distance of many rentals.
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
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X2 You could start from Appalachicola and head west along the panhandle of Florida and into Alabama and have the whitest sand and prettiest water on the gulf coast. Along with some of the best fishing to boot.
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I live here in the panhadle of FL, if you are looking for beautiful beaches, white sand and clear water, this is where you need to be. Catfever put up a picture of his boat at crab island, look at the water, and it's the bay.
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I think your first instincts were spot on. For all that Florida has, it doesn't have the world's longest barrier island and the miles of unpopulated beaches you can find there. Offshore fishing is great and so is the Laguna Madre which runs from Brownsville up to Corpus Christi bay. It's also cheaper than Florida because no one thinks of the Texas coast when planning a vacation, after all, the mobs of people in Florida can't all be wrong....right?


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Orange Beach, AL has recently been named one of the best "Family Vacation" spots in the Southeast. It has all of what you are looking for in rental beach houses, shopping and dining.
http://blog.al.com/live/2013/02/gulf...ach_named.html

If you want to stay at a resort, the Caribe come highly recommended, too:

http://blog.al.com/gulf-coast/2012/0...nge_beach.html


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Originally Posted by yak_n_fish View Post
Orange Beach, AL has recently been named one of the best "Family Vacation" spots in the Southeast. It has all of what you are looking for in rental beach houses, shopping and dining.
http://blog.al.com/live/2013/02/gulf...ach_named.html

If you want to stay at a resort, the Caribe come highly recommended, too:

http://blog.al.com/gulf-coast/2012/0...nge_beach.html


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The Orange Beach and Gulf Shores area sucks. Don't even consider going there. The fishing is bad and you can't find a decent place to eat. I'm headed back down there in a few weeks just to see if it's gotten any better.
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South Padre or Orange Beach get my votes.
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Not trying to mug your thread Rival but I'm also looking for vaca spot.

Fla in Late Dec....will the kids be able to swim?
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N padre/Copus Christi was a great spot for us when the kids were little. The beach is good and if the wether sucks them CC has the aquarium, the Lex, malls and movie theaters. We stayed at small condo complex on the gulf called the island house. Two BR units, full kitchen, pool and kiddie pool, and the beach out the door. Boating and fishing all around.
S padre tends to be more of the spring break kind of place. Big complexes along the beach and a rowdier crowd. It has some nice things to do including a schlitterbahn water park. Both places are busy from mid march to late August. Shoulders are usually wide open. Fall through Thanksgiving a great time to go as the water is warm and temps moderate a bit.
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Thanks for all the ideas. I have some decisions to make.
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Anywhere between Orange Beach Al and Beaches of South Walton/Destin area.
Beautiful beach areas, great restaurants/shopping,fishing (pier, beach, charter boat, wade fishing grass flats, water parks, Gulfarium, Museum of Naval Aviation, very historical Ft Pickens, Barrancas,ect.......)
I live in pensacola and work for a global electronics corporation. Last year I convinced my boss to have our annual corp meeting (coworkers came from all over, Texas to Washington DC) at Margaritaville on Pensacola Beach. They loved it so much we are now having our annual meetings here every year. That says alot since we could literally host our southern zone meetings anywhere in the southern US.
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Orange Beach is the best, we live 45 minutes away...the bottom fishing is some of the best with the largest amount of artificial reefs in the world starting 7 miles offshore. We know some nice places if you want #'s PM me. Walker Key is nice place to stay with docks, Robinson Island nearby and the pass in view. The Caribe is even better, but more high-end.
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St George island look it up
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Navarre Beach, period. Sits at the east end of a long stretch of national seashore with Pensacola Beach on the other side. Privacy when you want it and a short drive to anything you want in terms of nightlife or shopping (Destin/Fort Walton/Pensacola). Beautiful secluded beaches and very inexpensive. You can rent a nice gulf front condo for $700 a week. Plenty of rental houses too. I'd check out vrbo.com for the best deals.
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Navarre Beach, period. Sits at the east end of a long stretch of national seashore with Pensacola Beach on the other side. Privacy when you want it and a short drive to anything you want in terms of nightlife or shopping (Destin/Fort Walton/Pensacola). Beautiful secluded beaches and very inexpensive. You can rent a nice gulf front condo for $700 a week. Plenty of rental houses too. I'd check out vrbo.com for the best deals.
Excellent idea!
If I were to buy a beachfront condo, this is where it would be.
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South Texas coast is god's country
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