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Old 06-27-2012, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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-Santa Rosa Island (Gulf Breeze/Pensacola Beach), especially the western part which is mostly a park around Fort Pickens. I love driving the length of it then follow the highway all the way to Ft. Walton Beach/Destin. First time I've ever been on a FL beach and never saw another soul for hours, unless you count the dolphins/jellies/huge sanddollars. I was dreading visiting 'the redneck riviera' while travelling for work but was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the beaches were, and how the downtown area has a vibrant art/dining scene. Pensacola Beach is pretty "commercial" but Santa Rosa itself has plenty of room to get away from the bustle.

-Key West. The drive from Miami to Mile 0 is stunning, a bucket-list road trip that doesn't take long if you land in Fort Lauderdale/Miami and then head south. We stayed in a gorgeous little B&B which featured a rum bar true to its history. I love that you can be ankle-deep in the water and see plenty of exotic colorful creatures. Seeing the sunset dip below the water, leaving a crimson streak on the horizon beneath a black sky, is one of those magical things you just don't see on the east coast.


Miami metro is an amazing city that has a lot of different "scenes" from the high end Bal Harbour area to Calle Ocho to the nightlife of South Beach and the natural beauty of Key Biscayne/Coral Gables area.

I am going to Fernandina Beach for the 1st time soon-- I love GA's barrier islands and I look forward to checking out the old town and Ft. Clinch.

Central Florida is a sort of living hell for me, as is Cocoa/jacksonville/daytona.
i want to see Sanibel, St. Andrew's sound and its barrier islands, and the St. George area. I've never been to Panama City-- always leery of the "spring break scene"-- but I plan to head that way at some point as the parks around there & around Apalachicola sound so beautiful.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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There are so many IMO. my favorites:

Key West
Naples (particularly Old Town)
Sanibel/Captiva/Boca Grande
Longboat Key
Lido Beach/St Armands Circle
South Beach
Coral Gables
Coconut Grove
Palm Beach/Manalapan/Highland Beach
Jupiter Inlet Colony
Winter Park (Orlando)
Hyde Park (Tampa)
St Augustine
Atlantic Beach
Fernandina Beach
Riverside (Jacksonville)
Seaside, and really anywhere along A30
Cape San Blas
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:38 PM
 
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Mount Dora
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Atlantans, Where is the most beautiful & memorable place you've vacationed at in Florida?
I've not been to Florida since we moved down to Atlanta from the Twin Cities in 2004, and I've only been there half-dozen times.

I think the best place I've been was the timeshare on Sanibel Island ... we were a lot more likely to go fishing in western Ontario when I was growing up than travel to some destination in the south.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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1 road, A1A. Hugs the coast from Jacksonville to Key West.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:53 PM
 
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Cape San Blas. Yes, my favorite kind of beaches (not many in the states but they can be found), may not be for everyone but for uncrowded beaches in the states its a great choice and has made Dr. Beach's top 10 list in the past. The state park is awesome.

I say not for everyone because if your looking for highrises, lot of restaurants and activities this is not it, a different kind of vacation.


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That's what I was going to post. There was nobody around when I was there. Just me, my wife and my dog. We probably saw less than ten other people while we were there.
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Dunwoody,GA
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The Beaches of South Walton along Highway 30-A. You get the beautiful white sand without the crowds of Destin proper. Great restaurants and laid-back lifestyle.

I also really enjoyed Key West (stayed at the Duval House; fabulous!), but it's a totally different feel.
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:02 PM
 
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Lived in the Fort Lauderdale metro for 3 years before moving to GA, and I am not a fan of the east coast of FL, as compared to the west coast.

We love Sanibel and Captiva, but have also checked out St Pete, Longboat Key, Naples and Clearwater areas. Key West was fun for a day, but not long term.

My husband still wants to return to FL to live. I can't see it, unless we get to the Sanibel area. We also really liked Amelia Island, but for a vacation, not a way of life.
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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Navarre
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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We used to have a place in Key West. Of course that is more "intown" as opposed to a beach vacation.

For the latter I second the comments about Cape San Blas. Ideal for doing absolutely nothing.
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