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Old 11-18-2018, 10:43 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Good luck swimming at Siesta Key in late December. Bad advice. Must go further South.
I do a lot of driving when I'm in Florida. So, I'll be going to different beaches.

Plus, I'm sure there will be other nearby attractions worth visiting with the family.
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Old 11-18-2018, 11:01 AM
 
Location: US
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I do a lot of driving when I'm in Florida. So, I'll be going to different beaches.

Plus, I'm sure there will be other nearby attractions worth visiting with the family.
Sanibel Island is near Siesta Key, the beach is all shells, your kids would like it. Siesta Key is like powder. Even if you don’t swim, it’s worth just walking on the beach. The water while too cold for me is probably still warmer than California water during the summer. With that being said it would be too cold for me to get in the water that time of the year.
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Old 11-18-2018, 11:31 AM
 
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I think what sinatras meant to say is that most of the Keys lack SANDY beaches. Key West's beaches are very narrow and mostly pebbles. Some islands in the Keys have sand, but most of them are desolate. Islamorada is one exception.
Smathers Beach and Higgs Beach are in Key West, both have sandy beaches...
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Old 11-18-2018, 12:03 PM
 
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Smathers Beach and Higgs Beach are in Key West, both have sandy beaches...
I'm sticking by my suggestions....all of which are easily accessible and all around better choices.
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Old 11-18-2018, 12:07 PM
 
Location: EPWV
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For me it used to be Pensacola Beach but itís been years. Hopefully it still is.
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Old 11-18-2018, 01:43 PM
 
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Haulover Beach just a bit north of Miami Beach, you can pack lite, clothing optional
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Old 11-18-2018, 02:41 PM
 
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I booked my plane ticket for Tampa on December 23. Iíve never been to that coast of Florida, so Iím looking forward to checking it out.

Iíve been to Miami and Orlando a few times before, so I wanted to go with some place different this time. I have also been to San Juan and that was nice. But I didnít want to do a Caribbean vacation this time around.

Make sure you bring something other than beachwear. The weather near Tampa that time of year is nice, but not really beach weather. There is a significant difference in December weather between Miami and Tampa. You will be able to enjoy being outdoors but it may be too cool to be at the beach.
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Old 11-18-2018, 04:04 PM
 
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Check out Siesta Key, itís the best beach in the continental US
Agreed
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:11 AM
 
Location: South Tampa, Maui, Paris
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I think what sinatras meant to say is that most of the Keys lack SANDY beaches. Key West's beaches are very narrow and mostly pebbles. Some islands in the Keys have sand, but most of them are desolate. Islamorada is one exception.
I grew up going to the Keys every weekend and I know the Keys. There is no beach in the Keys that I would ever recommend. Cuz there are no nice beaches.

And Dry Tortugas is the best thing in the Keys. Period.
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:15 AM
 
Location: South Tampa, Maui, Paris
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Smathers Beach and Higgs Beach are in Key West, both have sandy beaches...
Both of these "beaches" are full of seaweed and the water is cloudy green/brown and gross and full of dark muddy spots nobody wants to wade in. Nobody goes to Key West for the beach. Maybe you do? Nobody that I know does. I certainly wouldn't claim that the Keys are known for their beaches. To truly enjoy the Keys you need a boat.

Here is Higgs Beach. Nasty! Notice the "crowds" of people enjoying this "awesome beach"! I think the only people who go here are the tourists who fly in from who knows where wondering, where's the beach???????



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