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Old 01-05-2019, 09:37 AM
 
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My DH and I want to drive to Florida in February. We live in Maryland. We have been trying to figure out where to stay. We are open to anywhere that will be warm enough to swim. We have been to Daytona, Orlando and Panama City. We need somewhere new to us.
We have no clue where to go. Any help would be appreciated.


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Naples on the Gulf Coast is a great place to visit. There are lovely beaches, pretty sunsets, cute stores, and wonderful restaurants.
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If you stay on the Gulf Coast and have time, take a day trip to Tarpon Springs and enjoy the Greek food and the sponge docks. Not the best swimming destination, but you'll have a charming day.
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This article might help.

https://traveltips.usatoday.com/warm...ary-63155.html
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Good evening to all-
Well, quite a lot of Florida will still be too chilly for swimming for most folks in February. You might look at the Keys- NOT Key West- much too overcrowded, but perhaps Largo, Marathon, or some of the smaller Keys. there will still be lots of folks.
Tampa might do- there are some very nice islands and beaches there.
For just sightseeing, fishing, and not so much swimming, you might look at Tarpon Springs, or Crystal River.
Ordinarily I'd recommend you look at the Port St Joe/ Mexico Beach area, but they are still in terrible shape from Hurricane Michael this fall.
For the best beaches in Florida- and anywhere else for that matter- you can't beat the Navarre Beach area up toward Pensacola.
It's still too chilly for my idea for swimming, but for beach walking, shell picking, and just getting on some gorgeous, uncrowded beaches, the Navarre Beach area is the best.
Hope this helps- good evening to all- Ed


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A couple of my friends live in Florida around Sarasota (in Osprey, to be exact) and have been complaining about the horrible smell of the water there all year.

I agree with travelingfar that Naples might be a good place to go.
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Not sure about the swimming, but...
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Here are some places:
Delray Beach
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Sanibel Island
Clearwater Beach


There are lots of things to see and do in these areas, so if it does turn out to be too cold for swimming, you can still enjoy the area. And, the outdoor pools should be heated, hopefully.
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Thanks for the tips. I still have not booked anything. My DH wants to check out the Villages because a lot of his pickle ball buddies go there in the winter. I really donít want to go there.
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Hi,
Our son and his little family live in Florida, so we have been traveling to different places there. I love the Delray Beach area (great downtown) and Fort Lauderdale! The further south you go, the warmer it will be.
Don't take The Villages off your list! My husband (63) and I (58) went there for a 4-day visit last month and really enjoyed ourselves. There is plenty to do and it is such friendly, active community. I would suggest googling and looking into a "Life Stay", which cost us $99 a night. We were given a 3-bedroom home, golf cart, free movie tix, Christmas show tix, rounds of golf and access to all of the amenities too. I was dreading the "hardsell", but it truly didn't happen. Our sales person met with us the first day, showed us around and showed us some models. I really enjoyed it and look forward to going back. The only thing lacking is the beach, but you are about an hour away from the Gulf or the Atlantic. It won't be as warm as Delray, but it is fun!
Good luck and enjoy your trip.
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Thanks Vicki
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We are leaning towards the Villiages. My DH talked to a friend who stayed there in the ďLife StayĒ as well. Itís not on a beach but we live at a beach.


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