Where have you Vacationed at in Florida?

  1. This past year we stayed at Orlando. We spent the week at WDW. We had a blast--but next year we'd like to head down to Florida again--but not spend too much time at amusement parks.

    I'd like to stay at a nice hotel. $200 or less.

    I've done some research and decided on Marco Island. I choose Marco Island because I went on the Internet looking for a hotel that was kiddie oriented. (or at least kid friendly) The site named off dozens of hotels--most over $300 a night. (a little too steep for me. This one hotel I checked it's prices was less than $200 a night--but I've gotten some Florida books--it rated the hotel high price wise. I guess prices go very high at "busy" season. So I'm thinking the week of Winter Break the price would be near $300. (yikes)

    I do know all hotels hype up their prices! Do you know a nice area in Florida that's very relaxing? Not too much hussle and bustle. That you really enjoy frequenting and a name of a nice hotel.

    We have two boy's they'll be 3 and 5 y/o next winterbreak. Any suggestions would be great!!
  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    Stayed at WDW 1 1/2 years ago because my son's high school was invited to play football there. Took my, at the time, 1 year old, 13 year old, hubby and me. I enjoyed our time there but wouldn't go again. I like Disneyland better. Loved the stadium/sports complex where my son played football. Epcot Center was interesting but we liked MGM best.

    I don't think we would go to Florida again . . . . I'm thinking Italy.

  4. by   Tweety
    I've been to Marco Island. It's full of condos and hotels and not much to do, so it's very relaxing. Nice sunsets over the gulf. Nothing much to do for the kiddies though, but at that age they might be a little easier entertained than older kids. You can definately count on nice weather as it's so far south.

    St. Petersburg Beach is very nice, with gorgeous sunsets and little more choice in the way of things to do and restaurants. But not as busy as say Clearwater or Miami Beach.

    It's the height of the busy season here in Florida, so wherever you go is going to expensive and probably busy.

    Have a nice break.
  5. by   nekhismom
    I went to Daytona Beach asa teen and it was very relaxing when it wasn't spring break time. My brother and I had PLENTY to do.

    We also went to Ft. Walton beach, I think. It wasn't as great as a teen, but may be nice for your family.

    I've always wanted to go to Kissimmee for some reason.
  6. by   teeituptom
    All along the coast line of fla there are so many beaches and so many motels and hotels that the prices are competitive and golf courses everywhere
  7. by   marcieg
    We are getting ready to go to St. Augustine in a couple weeks, everyone I have talked to says it is a fun town with lots of family activites. We originally were going to St. Petersburg, but by the time we were ready to book, either everything was sold out or way out of our price range. St. Augustine looks as if it is much smaller, more inexpensive, and has some interseting things to do.
  8. by   teeituptom
    St Augustine has wonderfull beaches
    and the world golf village and hall of fame
    all sorts of other fun activities
    and is very pleasant all around
    and a big alligator farm
  9. by   DoctorRN
    We went here last Christmas and snorkeled with the manatees. It was an unforgettable experience. My kids LOVED it, though your youngest may be a bit too young. It is something to consider though and since it is on the West Coast of Florida it isn't as expensive as some of the other areas. There is also a little known place called Turtle Beach that is awesome for quiet family time. Just do an internet search for Turtle Beach and you can find it.
  10. by   oramar
    We stayed in Clearwater, shopped around for very low rates. We commuted to Disney one day of our stay. I think it was hour and half ride but my memories dim and I am not sure. Those gulf coast beaches are wonderful.
  11. by   lindaloo51
    Have been several times to the Tampa/St Pete area and it is grand. St Pete beach, Tarpon Springs sponge docks (OH!!! the Greek food) Tampa with Ybor City, There is a site called Cyber Rentals where you can rent condo's, houses, trailers to mansions many at very reasonable prices. Check it out. Have a great time but don't forget the sun block
  12. by   Tweety
    St. Augustine is a nice time. Lots of history, nice shopping. Very relaxing.
  13. by   grumpynurse
    I live in St. Augustine. In Fact I was born here. If you have any questions, let me know.
  14. by   smk1
    i remember going to clear water beach and doing the sites in and around tampa (busch gardens etc..) the beach was quiet peaceful and absolutely gorgeous i fell in love with it.