Post # 1
Our wedding is a destination wedding in Seagrove beach, FL on the emerald coast. I was looking into having a honeymoon in the carribeans but with it already being an away wedding i figured we should just continue on in FL for the remainder of our trip. I thought a road trip would be awesome, we can travel the emerald coast down to Miami, then the keys then fly back home after our 7 day road trip. We figured the following year we would take a trip out of the country before our year anniversary once the wedding bills stopped rolling in!!! My question is how do i go about this?!?! Has anyone done a florida coast road trip? Where are the must stops? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2012 - Sundy House in Delray Beach, Florida
I like this idea! There’s lots of places to stop in FL and tons of unique hotels and B&Bs. I’m not too familiar with the Emarld Coast, but being from Miami, I can say a stop in my hometown would be a great vacation destination, even for a night or two. There’s TONS to see and do (and there’s South Beach)! The drive to Key West is long but one of the most beautiful and scenic drives (you mainly drive on bridges and there’s ocean all around you)! It’s definitely a drive to do in the day time when you can really take in the scenery.
Post # 4
Hi there! I live in Florida (Space Coast) and thought I’d post some tips. First, you’re getting married in a lovely area. Just avoid Panama City because it’s very touristy/spring break now. If you want to drive down the west coast then I recommend stopping in St Petersburg (near Tampa) and visiting the beautiful Sunken Gardens, and the beach.
The Ocala area (above Orlando) has a bunch of gorgeous national and state preserve parks with cool hiking trails in the hammocks. We like Wekiva Springs (not sure when but they’re doing renovations to their swimming area soon so they may be closed) and Rainbow Springs State Park. Both are great areas to visit and explore.
If you don’t mind crossing over to the east coast I highly recommend that you visit St. Augustine. It is the oldest city in the country. Yeah, you heard me. It was the first established city in North America! If you love old architecture, horse drawn carriages, and romantic bed and breakfasts with yummy food (there is a top notch culinary school in St. Augustine and a lot of the graduates get jobs in town once they graduate) then St. Augustine is the place to be. Also, lots of great history to explore if you like that sort of thing. The Ripleys Belive it or Not! museum is here as well and is worth a few hours. But our favorite part of this town was the Lightner museum. It’s four floors of a huge and diverse collection of Victorian antiques (furniture, buttons, china, tiffany glass, paintings, etc…). We spent 4 days in St. Augustine and only scratched the surface.
Orlando doesn’t have much to do other than eat/drink/shop or go to a theme park. If you love Disney or want to see Harry Potter world at Universal then you could stop, otherwise there’s not much else to do and the traffic is absolutely horrible.
I have neve been to Miami or the Keys but my parents have and they had a great time. You’ll probably want to go visit Hemingway’s house if you like literature and history. And you can see his crazy 10+ toed cats (no kidding, a lot of the cats descended from his cats have 6 or 7 toes on each foot).
One thing you absolutely need to know: buy a sunpass. The sunpass is a reloadable payment device for the road tolls. There are no more cash lanes in the tolls that go from Miami to the Keys, so you HAVE to have a sunpass. THe good news is, they’re available at almost every Walgreens and Rite Aid (drug stores) and the $5 sticker comes with a $5 credit so it won’t cost you anything. But it does take 4 hours to activate, so get one before you’ll need it.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
West Coast – Clearwater Beach and Fort Myers Beach are great stops; Sanibel Island and Captiva Island are beautiful resorts as well
East Coast – Cocoa Beach is where a lot of the locals go; Ft. Lauderdale Beach always looks dirty to me but a lot of people like it; never been to Miami Beach or South Beach but they get lots of recs; as for the keys, if you only have limited time and you absolutely wan to see Key West drive all the way there first; my favorite beach in Key West is at Ft. Zachary Taylor because it reminds me of beaches in the Caribbean; my second favorite beach in the keys is Bahia Honda which I believe is considered Islamorada.
In all honesty with seven days, I say to drive to Ft. Myers Beach (Sanibel if you can afford it) or Clearwater Beach (Tampa area) and stay one or two nights then continue on to the Keys and stay 2-3 nights in Key West and end with a night or two in Miami Beach (then fly home from Miami.)