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Old 07-08-2009, 03:32 PM
 
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Sanibel is a must, great place, lots of bike paths if you have one or you can rent them there, I like it better than the keys, just much less crowded and commercial. My favorite beach in the state is Destin, you go to the beach on a nice clear day in the summer and you would swear you were in the Bahamas with how blue the water is. In the Atlantic side there is a great campground on the Beachside up around Flagler Beach, not far drive up to St. Augustine after that, eat lunch (best cuban sandwich and spanish bean soup!)at the Columbia Restaurant in old St. Augustine and eat dinner at a place on the intercoastal on the beach side, I think it is called the Saltwater Cowboy, excellent seafood and neat place to eat too.
Thanks for the tips. I happen to live just 35 minutes from Destin, Fl. and go there often. You are right...the beaches are incredible. I love the HarborWalk in Destin too. Im fortunate to live so closeby. I love Grayton Beach, Fl also...which is about 40 minutes down the coast from Destin. Just moved to Florida from Illinois , so im really looking to discovering the rest of Florida on this RV trip.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Will you be driving an RV (guess so cause it's the RV forum)?
If so I must caution you about Sanibel because of our trip there. It is a very small island with small parking lots and narrow roads.

We stayed at Periwinkle Park which was nice but seems to back up to the sewage plant.
Nevertheless it is a nice place with very interesting tropical birds and probably the only RV park on the island.
If you will park yours and drive a car around you'll be fine.
We on the other hand were driving a rental RV, a beast with horrible turning radius. It kept us from going into several restaurants because we wouldn't be able to get back out of the parking lot.

Top attraction for us: Ding Darling Refuge. Bring a camera with a telephoto lens. The scenery and birds are wonderful.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:41 PM
 
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Will you be driving an RV (guess so cause it's the RV forum)?
If so I must caution you about Sanibel because of our trip there. It is a very small island with small parking lots and narrow roads.

We stayed at Periwinkle Park which was nice but seems to back up to the sewage plant.
Nevertheless it is a nice place with very interesting tropical birds and probably the only RV park on the island.
If you will park yours and drive a car around you'll be fine.
We on the other hand were driving a rental RV, a beast with horrible turning radius. It kept us from going into several restaurants because we wouldn't be able to get back out of the parking lot.

Top attraction for us: Ding Darling Refuge. Bring a camera with a telephoto lens. The scenery and birds are wonderful.
Yes, I have a 26' Class C. RV and its very manueverable. Will check it out. Thanks.
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:59 AM
 
Location: virginia beach, virginia
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The interesting thing about the Hippo. The state park was an exotic animal park long ago and state parks are not allowed to have exotic animals so the state was going to get rid of it but the locals complained and rallied to its rescue. The county eventually made the Hippo a citizen and that's why its still there. It is a nice park showing animals and such from Florida.
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Are there really hippos in Homosassa? That's crazy.
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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Here are a few things I would do on your way down the Gulf Coast. If you happen to be in the area on a Monday, Webster Flea Market is well worth checking out. Bring your walking shoes. Here is an article about it:
Largest Flea Market Ever - Central Florida News 13



Then I would go to Homosassa and swim with the Manatees. They are very cool animals and the experience is well worth it. I don't remember what company I went with but here is one link:
Swim With The Manatees


Then you should stop in Tarpon Springs to enjoy the Sponge Docks:
Tarpon Springs Florida|Sponge Docks|Tarpon Springs Greek Restaurants|Epiphany|Tampa Bay|Shopping

There also used to be a Corvette Museum in Tarpon Springs but I couldn't find the link.


I would skip Naples and Marco Island. For me it was too crowded with a lot of unhappy people. Either the people had money or were trying to impress that they had money but didn't and then the poor. Not a good combo and I didn't see many "real" and happy people the winter I stayed there. Now many people will disagree so go ahead and check it out for yourself.


Onto the other coast. You could take a trip to the keys which is worth it if you have never been. But the days of a tranquil place is gone. It has become very commercialized and crowded but what hasn't?


Hard Rock Casino which you might like if you like to gamble.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida

I never RV'd the east coast and I am sure there are many things to see and do.

Have a fun trip.
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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We always enjoyed bike riding in Key West, shopping on Lido Key, and Sunday night on Siesta Key. Liked the history of St. Augustine, the beauty of Amelia Island, and the beautiful Jax beach.
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:41 AM
 
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Nothing really on the gulf coast between Panama City and Clearwater, and also nothing roughly south of Naples/Ft. Myers...you won't even find a coastal road as it's all swampy. Also, with most stretches, you will be near the ocean but you won't be able to see the ocean as you will have dunes, condo's, hotel's, etc, blocking your view.

Also be aware of traffic when taking an RV - these are all very busy urban byways. You aren't going to be seeing any rural stretches with deserted beaches by any definition. Very slow and tiring driving routes (but if you have 4 to 6 weeks then that won't be a problem). The key west route, the sky bridge across St. Pete, and a few stretches on the atlantic ocean (south of cocoa, north of Daytona) are amazing. Some stretches are about as exciting as driving in Atlanta rush hour traffic.
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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Stop in St. Augustine and walk around the historic section. Head down to Miami Beach and hang out while people-watching, it is always entertaining. I haven't been to the Keys yet, but many people think it's a must see. Thomas Edison's home/workshop in Fort Myers is wonderful. Sanibel is definitely worthwhile. Fort DeSoto is historic, but not boring. I'd definitely recommend going to the Crystal River to see the manatees. The Emerald Coast, NW Florida, is known for their beautiful beaches. It sounds like a great trip. Enjoy!
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:35 PM
 
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Great. Thanks folks !
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Old 08-09-2009, 02:16 PM
 
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Default Key West

We drove to Key West in March. It was very disappointing, as we hadn't been there in many years. The town and shopping district was filled with cheap shops and many Russian and Romanian retailers. Key Largo and Isamadora were a better choice.
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