Post # 1
We live in South Florida and we were going to visit San Diego for our Honeymoon, but this week we decided that we can’t afford it. We want to stay in Florida, preferably right on the beach- other than anything in Miami, Ft. lauderdale, West Palm Beach, what would you suggest? My original thought was a luxury hotel in Key West but there is apparently a huge yacht/boat festival going on that week and everything is going to be packed. Despite having lived in Florida my whole life, I don’t know the rest of the state that well, mostly just Southeast Florida.
What do you guys suggest in Florida? It can’t be a cruise or accessible only by boat, no flying, and nothing in Orlando/Disney World. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Post # 3
I LOVE Captiva Island and FI & I enjoyed a very romantic long weekend there once. We rented a condo through VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals BY Owner). It was very low key, we walked everywhere the whole weekend, and the beach was great. Check out VRBO for any FL location as well.
I’ve also been wanting to go to Amelia Island and it looks like they have some great resorts there.
Post # 4
Thank you for the suggestions. Unfortunately we couldn’t find anything under $200 a night that fit my criteria. I think we’re going to do a road trip to savannah instead. Thank you for your suggestion!
Post # 5
Here’s one of my suggestions. As a woman who had been a single mom for seven years (just the last 2 years have I ever not paid for a vacation, but my guy does now), I can share with you my secret for champagne on a beer budget.
It’s called “biddingfortravel.com” It’s a message board. You learn how to work priceline and basically almost be able to predict the price and hotel you desire.
I remember a little over 2 years ago I wanted this super nice hotel in Orlando (Omni Championsgate) b/c it got voted best pool in the country on t.a. and not directly on disney property (I like a little break from the mouse) but wanted my son and I to be close to the parks.
I spent several days scouring that site, and then scouring priceline too. Using their tips, I got over a hundred bucks off the room rate and could afford the trip I’d wanted for us.
Give it a try. It works internationally too and they have tips for key west also.
Maybe try the other hotels in florida close to the keys? (largo, marathon, duck key) and it’s close enough to hang in key west and also far enough where the boat thing might not affect occupancy
Either way biddingfortravel is amazing! There’s another site out there too but I can’t remember its name and it does the same thing (message board which teaches you how to bid and what’s going for what in what area of the world on priceline and hotwire).
Post # 6
also try betterbidding.com
they worked great too with their tips!
Post # 7
I think betterbidding.com actually has the most recent changes to hotwire and priceline btw.
Very nice site!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I love Sanibel Island! It’s so pretty and you can get good deals on hotels there, I think FH and I paid like, $130 a night for ahotel right on the beach! Also, St Augustine is supposed to be beautiful but I’ve never been!
Post # 9
Try Sarasota FL….there are some hotels right on the beach and it is really nice here.
Post # 10
I would recommend Panama Beach. I love snorkeling and it’s just so pretty! There are quite a few activities to do, but the beach is the best.
Do you like history and such: St. Augustine is gorgeous and mostly historical sites to visit. There also little ghost trips and a ripley believe it or not tour. Oh, and amazing shopping because there is a HUGE outlet mall outside of it. They are also close enough to Jacksonville that if you wanted to do like the zoo or aquarium, it’s only like a 30 min drive. St Augustine has dolphinland–if only I won the lottery I would get married there. Plus their hotels are reasonable..They also have AMAZING bed and breakfast which I would think be a lovely honeymoon.
I like visiting Tampa. We go fishing a lot in that area and St Pete is beautiful. I would recommend the aquarium in Tampa and there are lots of things to do and a lot of amazing restuarants. I have a friend that lives in Clearwate and she is a food junkie 😀
Cocoa also have many resorts and nice beaches though there isn’t much to do because it too close to Orlando so all the activites are that way. It’s also close to the cape if y’all are space frantic.
I travel a lot for work and I’m trying to think of all the places I would go back with my fi if I had the chance. I really, really wanna go to the keys but we haven’t gotten around to it yet.
If it was me: St Augustine all the way, baby. Wave hi to me while you drive by the Melbourne exits ;P
Post # 11
There is Daytona Beach too. But, ..Nascar fan? I can’t think of anything else though the shopping is a plus.
Post # 12
What about Destin, Seaside, or Rosemary Beach. They are all west of Panama City and nicer. I have found affordable prices for beachfront condos in January in Destin. There is Henderson Beach Bed and Breakfast in Destin, but i don’t know the price for that.
Post # 13
Mexico Beach is great-quiet and right up the coast from Apilachicola (sp?) and Port St Joe-quaint shops to walk around in, quiet beaches, unfettered coastline. There are some nice bed & breakfasts there. St Augustine is historical with lots to do, some funky little restaurants and a nice drive on A1A, but can tend to be a bit touristy. South of St Augustine is Cresecent Beach-a slower, quieter way of life there. Fernandina and the Cumberland Island area are frequented by by visitors.
I went to high school in Jacksonville and it was always amazing to me, and still is when I go home to visit to my parents towards the beaches-at just how many people make Jacksonville their vacation destination. Some cruises leave out of Jax now and there is still a military presence, but I’m not sure how much PR is going on now. When I was in high school, there would be a differnet ship open every weekend for public tours and such. I’m not sure how secure the base is now at Mayport. If boating is something you enjoy, there are many small islands that appear on the Intercoastal at low tide and you can knee board and water ski right off the beaches.
If you’re looking for swankier digs, just south of Jax is Ponte Vedra-the inn there is supposed to be really nice and the Marriott at Sawgrass offes golfing and a lovely place to stay.
My favorite place of all of these would have to be the oceanside B&B in Mexico Beach with a day trip to Port St. Joe-quiet, unrushed, undeveloped and it’s on the gulf shores.
Post # 14
I would say it all depends on where you want to go. There are plenty of beaches around here. Apalachicola does have a lot of quiet beaches. Mexico beach is also very nice, you can actually see the beach from the road (not hidden behind tons of condos) and there are a few little shops and restaurants. Don’t expect to find a lot of really classy/nice stuff in these areas though because they really are small town.
I did a beach week at Treasure Island. Its really close to Tampa. We were able to go over to Ybor to the clubs one night (if your into that) Busch Gardens another day, a water park another day, and just lots of relaxing at the beach.