(Closed) Florida??

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @mufflerlove: Florida is a great place to vacation !!  More so if it is a Honeymoon.

BUT is a HUGE State… one of the largest.  The distance from Jacksonville to Key West is aprox 535 Miles (862 Kms) and takes a minimum of 8-3/4 Hours of Driving Time to go from one end to the other.

And also as such the weather can be quite different from North to South.

And altho they are known as the “Sunshine State” the weather in the winter months can be unpredictable … particularly so in December and January (the latter typically being the coldest month of the year)

January Ave Temp (for the whole state) is Low to Mid 60s F and the High would be around 70 F

Snow is rare (but not unheard of either in the North)… and frost is common enough for the rest of the state (except for The Keys)

Mr TTR and I LOVE Florida… and travel there at least once a year (usually in December or January)… and for us Northerners the weather is most certainly a reprieve from what we get here at home

The fact is, it is unpredictable… and you just sort of go with whatever happens.

Because of the unknown, we try to keep our vacation time below Tampa… but preferably as far south as Fort Lauderdale or below.

Literally the temps can vary in this state in the Winter months by 20 or more degrees F.

When we were there early this January… in one day alone we watched the temps change drastically north to south.  In the morning it was in the low 50s when we left Pensacola, and warmed up as we drove south… around 70 degrees in Tampa, and 75 by the time we made Fort Myers at night.  Next morning on the road across Alligator Alley we rolled into the 80s, and by late afternoon in Key West were looking at 85 F (meanwhile back in Pensacola that same day it was around 60 F)

As for what to see and do… Well Florida is HUGE… so a lot will depend on how much time you have and what your interests are…

History – Geogrpahy – Sandy Beaches – Shelling – Sports & Entertainment – Culture – Amusement Parks – Wildlife in the Everglades – Shopping – Deep Sea Fishing – Snorkelling & Scuba… honestly there is tons to see and do… the choice is yours !!

Florida of course has a unique culture as well… having been influenced over the years by its Spanish History (St Augustine) thru to its proximity to Cuba (Key West)

Mr TTR and enjoy the fact that Florida is soooo vast and diverse, as it gives us something new to see and do each year when we visit

For more ideas / inspiration you might want to check out these following websites…

Wikipedia – Florida = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida

GOOGLE MAP – Florida = http://goo.gl/maps/YNSy4

Florida Tourism = http://www.visitflorida.com

TripAdvisor – Florida = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g28930-Florida-Vacations.html

I especially like TripAdvisor… lots of great info to be found on there.  I won’t plan a vacation any more without consulting them first.  They have their Travel Guide (page I linked to)… as well as Reviews on Accommodations – Restauarants – and Attractions.  BUT one of their greatest features are their Forums (like our Boards here on WBee)… where you can post Questions and get help planning your Vacation from Destination Experts & Locals who know an area best.

Hope this helps,

PS… If you have more Questions… just ask, I’d be happy to help.

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Don’t know where you want to go, but we go to Rosemary/Seacrest Beach every year and it’s amazing.  Love it and great prices at Seacrest.  Check out VRBO.com.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve been to Florida at all different times of the year (huge Disney lover!). . . I’ve gone twice in January. . . one year we were in hoodies and jeans the entire time. The highest was about 60 and hit lows of 30 at night. However, the second time we went in January, I wore shorts and tank tops, but needed a sweatshirt for morning/night. It got down to the 40’s, but was mid 70’s during the day. December is roughly the same, maybe a tad bit warmer. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

we are going the thrid week of june for our honeymoon!

we are going to universal studios and the beaches.

we however are driving to flordia from utah and back. so that will be part of our adventure as well.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Touristy things? like the amusement parks? December/January is the coldest time, though nothing compared to anywhere else lol I wouldn’t beach during those times where I am though (central florida), so if you want to beach, def head towards Miami/the Keys…Busch Gardens is in Tampa so you could stop there for a day & then go farther south to beach.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Florida has really variable weather in the winter. A few years ago it was 50F, this Christmas it was 75F. It really just depends on what part of Florida you go to and what the weather patterns look like. I wouldn’t plan for any water activities in the winter. Even if it’s nice out the water will be freezing. I’d focus on non-beach related activities. St. Augustine is an amazing and beautiful city with some of the best food in America. They have a top rated cullinary school there and it’s seriously just amazing. There’s so much touristy stuff to do, too. Like Ripleys, historical sites, B&Bs, museums, etc…

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Not sure how much you are wanting to spend but we vacation on Captiva Island every year in January/February and the weather is great! We may have a couple rainy days but it just depends on the year.

Tween Waters is a cheaper option but South Seas is the nice resort. Check it out, it is one of the most amazing islands ever!

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @Birdee106:  – Good to read positive things about Captiva Island…

Our next trip to Florida, we plan to focus on the Gulf Coast Islands… as we haven’t been to any of them as of yet.  (Longboat Key – Siesta Key – Manasota Key – Boca Grande – Pine Island – Captiva Island – Sanibel Island – Lovers Key – and Marco Island)

I have to say I’m truly looking forward to Captiva & Sanibel because I hear the “shelling” is awesome !!

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@This Time Round:  We have a very good friend who has traveled around the world. He lives in Cape Coral but says that out of all the amazing beaches that he has been to his favorite is Captiva. The shelling is incredible but it is so secluded, not touristy at all which I love! Check out The Green Flash for dinner, their food is amazing!

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