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Old 11-05-2010, 07:55 AM   #21
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I'm planning a Florida trip in February. If I went to the beach it would only be between Clearwater and Siesta Key. Do people go to the beach in that area even in February?
My wife loves the "winter beach" because there are far fewer people. The water is colder, there is more wind and you need warmer clothing, but she sees it as a great time to get some quiet beach time + sun. Ditto for all the northern visitors who suddenly want to reconnect with us each January.
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:18 PM   #22
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Last spring we flew into Miami for a week. a night in Key Largo ( not impresssed ) , really liked Key West, then drove across the evergladed to Naples. Saw the Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers, back to Miami for a day and on the plane home. Nice trip. Iterinery changed a bit to meet local conditions. Your plan sounds fine.
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I would add that the Everglades in good for a day. I would stick to Naples area and add days in Key West and South Beach. I would also add Fort Lauderdale.

I would also plan another trip to see northern Florida (Siesta Key north to Dunedin and including Tampa/Orlando).

BTW people from WI, MN and Cda consider the gulf coast to be very swimmable in December. The water is about as warm as it is at home in the summer!
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Thanks, everyone! I feel much better now about the plan. Superdave, I'm glad you enjoyed your trip since mine will be essentially the same! Kcowan, good point about cold weather conditioning.

Just 6 more weeks! Woohoo!
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I'm not a night life person either, but if you're going to be in South Beach anyway, you have to take a stroll down the strip after dark. Its a sight to see.

Also, don't try to drive into South Beach after about 6 PM. Make sure you are already there before rush hour. The traffic coming in around dinner time is some of the worst traffic you will experience anywhere.
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Since you are visiting during a prime vacation time ,I would start checking out Hotwire & Priceline for hotel deals . Key West has tons of B&B's that are much more fun than a hotel and usually include breakfast & happy hour !
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:37 AM   #27
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Seista Key area has some of the best beaches in the world. North end of Cresent Beach has great sand bars. Don't waste a day going to tampa. Phillippe Creek, 5353 S tamiami trail for great seafood at good price. Also one of last original Shells for cheap seafood south on tamiami the other way. Broken Egg in seista village for breakfast. Myakka state park, take the south causeway off of siesta key (no turns) and it is about 7 miles east of I-75 on left. Hiking, boat ride, gators. Mote Marine, Ringling Bros museum. Lido key (St Armands circle) for shopping. Enjoy.
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Phillippe Creek, 5353 S tamiami trail for great seafood at good price..

I was just at Phillippe Creek last month and I have to disagree . It's an overpriced tourist trap . There are plenty of inexpensive great seafood restaurants but Phillippe creek is not one of them . Anna Marie Oyster Bar is and there are plenty of little seafood shops that also run restaurants usually located on the bay .
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Reasonably priced motels in South beach?

I am also thinking about going to South beach in February. Does anyone know a reasonable motel to stay in South beach or close to it? I will prefer a motel that has cooking facility, since my wife is vegetarian.
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Another recommendation for the Naples area .

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
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Another recommendation for the Naples area .

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
+1 Go early in the morning - it is a magical place.
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+1 Go early in the morning - it is a magical place.
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It is interesting to go and just be still and look and listen.
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It's an overpriced tourist trap.
That kind of describes the entire state of Florida in Jan-March.
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I will prefer a motel that has cooking facility, since my wife is vegetarian.
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Florida South Beach Rentals - vacation rentals in South Beach on Ocean Drive
Something along these lines?
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South Beach Vacation Rentals by Owner, South Beach VRBOŽ, South Beach Condo Rentals, South Beach Weekly Rentals in Miami FL has a bunch of lodging options, too.
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I was just at Phillippe Creek last month and I have to disagree . It's an overpriced tourist trap . There are plenty of inexpensive great seafood restaurants but Phillippe creek is not one of them . Anna Marie Oyster Bar is and there are plenty of little seafood shops that also run restaurants usually located on the bay .
This Sarasota resident agrees with you on this one!

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I have a totally stupid, but related question, after visiting the Swamp Sanctuary's website. I have a very intense fear of snakes. Is it likely that I will see snakes in the wild in the Everglades or nearby areas? What do people do to protect themselves? Do they wear snake boots? I am not going to venture off-trail, but I know snakes don't really follow our directions!
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If you click on the corkscrew swamp site and go to what you may see . It says snakes are rare in that area . We do have snakes in Florida but I have never been bothered by them . I usually just see one occasionally in my backyard.
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I have a totally stupid, but related question, after visiting the Swamp Sanctuary's website. I have a very intense fear of snakes. Is it likely that I will see snakes in the wild in the Everglades or nearby areas? What do people do to protect themselves? Do they wear snake boots? I am not going to venture off-trail, but I know snakes don't really follow our directions!
I've never been lucky enough to see a snake at Corkscrew. It is 99% boardwalk and you can easily see your path. There may be some otter poop.

Unlikely to see snakes in the Everglades, either, unless you are looking to see them. Enjoy the visitor centers and the wading birds.
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