nice getaway beach town florida gulf coast?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Jun 2, 2013 7:07 AM Last Post By: dubaiguy
Mar 24, 2013 5:16 AM
nice getaway beach town florida gulf coast?Hi all
two of us will be doing a road trip in florida. We'd like to find a motel on or near a beach that's fairly decent and yet not packed (will be october anyway). Any suggestions? Can be anywhere from north of tampa to the Georgia border. Just want a couple of days beach time (even if water too chilly). Speaking of water temps, is the Gulf too cold for most people by october?
Mar 24, 2013 5:33 AM
1October will be the shoulder season when summer ends and the cooler winds start to prevail, but can be excellent, unless a hurricane is in area, which is a high probability in Oct.
Otherwise, north of Tampa is plenty of great beaches right there, but how far north of Tampa? The coast best beaches are south, and Clearwater is your best bet for nice beach and cheap hotel right on the ocean, after that, Tarpon Springs is about the last decent beach, as the coast becomes more natural and mangrove/wetlands.
The other option is head to Crystal River Preserve as a day trip, then move on inland, this is a gorgeous area teaming with wildlife, marine life and a very pretty area few people will be at in October.
Mar 24, 2013 7:36 AM
2Except for a trip to Orlando, I haven't been to Florida in a very long time.
In general, it is a location that people avoid in summer and flock to in fall, winter, spring. The east coast is known for its great beaches, great bodies, great clubs etc. The west (gulf) coast, which I'm sure has some nice beaches is more known for dockside restaurants etc..
If you are really in to nature you might want to check out Cumberland Island in Georgia.
Mar 24, 2013 7:41 AM
3How flexible are you with your plans? If you have any flexibility at all I would recommend Siesta Key near Sarasota. It's about 40 minutes south of Tampa but an easy drive. Siesta Key is my favorite beach in Florida. Other than that, I would say Clearwater and Tarpon Springs are your best bet. Tarpon Springs is more about the town and less about the beach in my opinion. Going north of Tampa you aren't going to find much until you get up around the panhandle. Panama City/Destin/Ft. Walton are the most popular. I listed those in order of popularity and also in order of when you would hit them on a drive from Tampa. Keep in mind though that these places don't have a lot of "charm". They're really just destinations for Spring Breaking college kids. Destin would be my choice among the three as it has some of the best white sand beaches around.
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Mar 24, 2013 8:07 AM
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12If your going to be on the gulf side of florida I recommend checking out ft myers beach. Its a beautiful beach with lots of shops and awesome local restaurants. Also there are lots of wildlife preserves and nature parks to visit in the area. My favorite part is that if you have a spare day you can travel to Key West via the Key West express ferry boat. It goes to Key West from Ft myers Beach and back everyday. you can visit for the day or even spend a couple nights! Best way to visit the whole gulf side of Florida, plus Key West has beautiful diving sites.
Jun 2, 2013 7:07 AM
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