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Where In Florida do I go for a
8trackdisco Offline
#1 Posted:
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Week long vacation?
-Beach
-some warmth
-cigar friendly
-two 50 year olds traveling, no kids
-decent food and drink
-walk friendly
-safe

Thoughts?
Whistlebritches Offline
#2 Posted:
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My first choice would be Tampa/Ybor City...…..then a hop skip and jump on down to Sanibel Island for those gorgeous sunsets
MACS Offline
#3 Posted:
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Wife and I very much enjoyed St. Augustine. Plenty of nice pubs, plenty of souvenir shopping, good restaurants... beaches... alligator farm...and an old military fort.
fishinguitarman Offline
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Destin
fishinguitarman Offline
#5 Posted:
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Destin
USNGunner Offline
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MACS wrote:
Wife and I very much enjoyed St. Augustine. Plenty of nice pubs, plenty of souvenir shopping, good restaurants... beaches... alligator farm...and an old military fort.


St. Augustine rocks. The UDT/SEAL museum in Fort Pierce is a must hit also. For the squid types anyway. Beer
rfenst Offline
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8trackdisco wrote:
Week long vacation?
-Beach
-some warmth
-cigar friendly
-two 50 year olds traveling, no kids
-decent food and drink
-walk friendly
-safe

Thoughts?

When? The time of year matters.
pacman357 Offline
#8 Posted:
Joined: 02-27-2006
Posts: 42,362
To keep with a big city, it's hard to beat South Beach. Close to Little Havana and a couple hundred other cool things. Plus, there are these trams that are pretty neat that can take you to a few locations. Great food at tons of places. I would NOT go out at night, however. Got lost a couple times in some neighborhoods that seriously worried me. Ft. Lauderdale a bit up the coast is also nice. For maximum fun, my wife and I love Key West. If I had the money and health, I'd move there. Spent our first anniversary there and have been back twice since. Couple of very nice beaches on the Atlantic side, great snorkeling offshore and if you buy a ride on a dive boat, it's even more amazing. You can spend a ton or go cheap(ish). Even the graveyard is interesting and fun (seek out a Park Ranger for a map, even better). Tons of historic stuff, great places to walk (even the main streets in the heart of town). The island is the polar opposite of uptight, and plenty of good food (especially seafood). You can fly or boat from Miami, but if you have the time, drive it. Amazing drive (day time...night driving there sucks...idiot drivers and tiny deer, plus you'll miss the view). IIRC, it's about a half day drive from Miami if traffic is OK and you take a couple breaks. Google says 165 miles. Motels on the north end are usually cheaper, and it's really not far to the south end (although you'll want to ride/drive, not walk that entire way). For return, my wife and I came back the night before flight to stay at the airport hotel in Miami. Expensive, but how many times do you get to jet out the door and take an elevator down to TSA lines? Pay the extra, sleep more.
8trackdisco Offline
#9 Posted:
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rfenst wrote:
When? The time of year matters.


End of February. Good call out. Imagining Destin would be a little nippy.
fishinguitarman Offline
#10 Posted:
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Yeah prolly will. Didn’t know it would be in Feb.
DrafterX Offline
#11 Posted:
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If tou make it to St Petersburg stop by the Undertow for a couple beers... very nice scenery when I was there.. there's a cool fort there too... Beer
teedubbya Offline
#12 Posted:
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I thought tampa also but the keys are pretty nice
MACS Offline
#13 Posted:
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Yep... Key West is pretty damn nice. Took my wife there for her birthday in 2015. We went to a fancy restaurant on Sunset Key; we had to take a boat to get to it.

Or maybe it was so I could go charter fishing for Mahi? Whatever. We had fun. I caught a bunch of Mahi and we cooked Mahi burgers in our hotel room. The Navy Lodge has full kitchens, pots, pans, dishes, utensils, etc. Commissary/exchange right across the street.
deadeyedick Offline
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Loved Key West and the Duval Crawl.
DrafterX Offline
#15 Posted:
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Lots of chikens running around Key West... Mellow
izonfire Offline
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8trackdisco wrote:
End of February. Good call out. Imagining Destin would be a little nippy.


Yes, Destin is a vacation destination for the Japanese in February, but there's nothing wrong with that.
No need to get vulgar...
tamapatom Offline
#17 Posted:
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34 craft breweries in Tampa Bay Area........just sayin'.

For the recluse looking for remote quiet beaches - search south of Bay along Gulf. Google Earth gives you a good idea of concrete to nature ratio.
tonygraz Offline
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I heard Drafter is thinking about moving to Key West.
dstieger Offline
#19 Posted:
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Destin is more Lower Alabama than Florida
clintCigar Offline
#20 Posted:
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The Keys are nice. I was there for a week back in 2016 and had a blast.
Cereal City Cigar Smoker Offline
#21 Posted:
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Went to Fort Meyers last January - enjoyed it and the golf was excellent!

Herfing
Krazeehorse Offline
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I love Daytona. We go there regularly for Biketoberfest. I would like to buy a small condo there. Love the beach. Short drive to St. Augustine. Take the trolley tour there if you go. Get on early so you can hop off at places that interest you and get back on. The distillery has a nice free tour with samples.
tamapatom Offline
#23 Posted:
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Avoid Orlando / Kissimee and the epicenter of Touristaville - International Boulevard.

In fact, avoid all the top destinations and discover off the beaten path location.

Yes there are some things everyone has to do at least once but after that...
8trackdisco Offline
#24 Posted:
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Posts: 50,860
Destin too cold.
Orlando out due to all the tourists.
Key West wouldn't be my wife's thing, she was there about 15 years ago. Too.. diverse.


Early Leaders:
Daytona
Tampa
Fort Meyers

TampaTom,
We are off the beaten path, quieter vacation people.

Cigars are a priority near the top.
DrafterX Offline
#25 Posted:
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Posts: 89,213
If you head to Tampa take the highway along the gulf.. don't remember the name... go thru Clearwater and head south... you'll pass thru st Petersburg on the way to Tampa.. or you might just stay on da island.. lots of cool stuff.. . Mellow
8trackdisco Offline
#26 Posted:
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[quote=DrafterX]If you head to Tampa take the highway along the gulf.. don't remember the name... go thru Clearwater and head south... you'll pass thru st Petersburg on the way to Tampa.. or you might just stay on da island.. lots of cool stuff.. . Mellow[/quote

Cool
DrafterX Offline
#27 Posted:
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Hit da Undertow... ThumpUp
8trackdisco Offline
#28 Posted:
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DrafterX wrote:
Hit da Undertow... ThumpUp


Maybe the riptides will save me from the sharks.
rfenst Offline
#29 Posted:
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8trackdisco wrote:
End of February. Good call out. Imagining Destin would be a little nippy.


Yes. Your best bet for warmer weather that time of year will be South Florida, the Keys and southwest Florida.
DrafterX Offline
#30 Posted:
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Posts: 89,213
I remember walking the beach in St Petersburg one New Years eve in shorts, tank top and flip flops watching the locals all wrapped up in hoodies and jackets... they'd say, 'you're not from here are you?'.... Laugh
pacman357 Offline
#31 Posted:
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Off the beaten path, room to smoke...Cape Canaveral? If they are launching that day, you could probably even get a free light on your smoke.

I hear you about KW. It's not for everyone. First time there, wife and I had no clue. We're driving down a narrow road, and a woman on a scooter is heading towards us. I remarked about how tall she was. Then she got closer. Then I realized it was a dude, dressed as a woman. Then the clues sunk in (we had a free RT anywhere in the 48 from my credit card, and I had suggested Miami, since that was as far as we could go...got a map out, and decided Key West). We didn't care about the very colorful lifestyle. I find it amusing, and it adds flavor to the place, but it's not everyone's cup of tea. Just love the IDGAF attitude there.

Wherever you go, hope you have a blast. Sneak in a trip to Little Havana if you can. Tons of cigar places around there, and a few not too far away (Padron, Perdomo).
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