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Old 01-23-2019, 09:30 AM
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Default Family vacation Florida gulf coast question

Looking at multiple families doing a trip for kids high school graduation.
Fort Myers is what we have looked at so far. Wanting to stay beachfront .
Will also do some charter fishing trips while there.

What other areas should we look at besides Fort Myers?
Old 01-23-2019, 10:14 AM
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Give the Central West Coast a look. Very laid back, island vibe. Plenty to do for adults and kids.
From St Pete Beach to Clearwater. Try somewhere between them for a less touristy destination.
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Check out Anna Maria Island too if you really want to get on Island time, or maybe down by Sanibel/Captiva.
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I would do on Longboat Key. Plenty of good choices.
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Don't overlook the upper Gulf Coast from Panama City to Destin, Pensacola, Perdido to Gulf Shores
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Originally Posted by captainwjm View Post
Don't overlook the upper Gulf Coast from Panama City to Destin, Pensacola, Perdido to Gulf Shores
The OP said he wanted to go to Florida, not L.A....
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I think the Destin area has the best beaches in the whole state.
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The upper panhandle has great beaches, incredible fishing much closer than down here in Marco / Fort Myers and They Need Your Dollars Bad! Those guys got flattened. At least look at it.
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How much money you want to spend?

Sanibel and Captiva are beautiful and expensive (worth it in my opinion). Clearwater is as well, and would be more economical. The Guy Harvey hotel is reasonable and not too bad.

I personally would not go to Fort Myers to stay.
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Get a vacation rental on Little Gasparilla Island. only accessed by water taxi and island transportation is golf cart. That should keep them a bit safer than a regular resort area on the mainland.
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go swim with the Manatee, Mermaid, Kayak in clear water Crystal river/Homosassa area
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Come to Panama City beach. The town could use as much tourism dollars as possible right now, we have beautiful beaches and fishing is awesome
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South Seas Resort

https://www.southseas.com/
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Thanks for the recommendations. I will pass this on to the ones heading the trip up
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St. George Island is great. Super low key. Close to Apalachicola which has a lot of history and a cool place to visit.
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Formally, "South sea's Island Plantation", now PC culture told them that was racist so they bent over backwards to "South sea's Island resort"

IMO...very nice but WAYYYYYYY expensive. cheapest room in Feb is $625.00 per night. That give you a marsh view! Some folks have more $$$ then brains I swear.
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I love captiva. But until they get a handle on the water issues down there I'm not going back. But if you went in late May or early June you might be ok.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Formally, "South sea's Island Plantation", now PC culture told them that was racist so they bent over backwards to "South sea's Island resort"

IMO...very nice but WAYYYYYYY expensive. cheapest room in Feb is $625.00 per night. That give you a marsh view! Some folks have more $$$ then brains I swear.
Seems to me most of the people with more money than brains have very little money.

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