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Florida locations

jsmithinc Platinum 1 Reviews
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Where is the best location to vacation on the beach on Florida...

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Location Brand Hotel
Miami, Florida,
Florida, USA
Key West, Florida, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel
Marco Island, Florida, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
Fort Myers, Florida, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
Naples, Florida, USA Courtyard By Marriott Courtyard Naples
Naples, Florida, USA The Ritz-Carlton The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
Naples, Florida, USA The Ritz-Carlton The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
Sanibel, Florida, USA
Titusville, Florida, USA Fairfield Inn By Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Titusville Kennedy Space Center
  • Re: Florida locations
    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    jsmithinc,

     

    Don't know where you want to go in Florida, but my suggestion:

     

    Cocoa Beach

     

    Good luck1

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    nuhusker Platinum 2 Reviews
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    We like Harbor Beach Marriott Resort on the beach at Ft Lauderdale.  Very nice and great service every time we've been there.

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  • Re: Florida locations
    jeffdmiller Platinum 1 Reviews
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    As a Florida native I would say:

    Destin and Pensacola

    Caladesi Island- Dunedin

    Pass-A-Grille- St Pete

    Clearwater Beach- Clearwater

    Ft. De Soto Park- Tierra Verde

    St George Island State Park- Eastpoint (according to Forbes list of 2013)

    Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park- Bonita Springs (according to Forbes list of 2013)

    Cape Florida State Park- Key Biscayne (according to Forbes list of 2013)

    Siesta Key- Sarasota area

     

    If you stay in Pinellas County you can go to Caladesi, Pass-A-Grille, Clearwater and Ft. De Soto plus a few more beaches like Redington Beach.

     

    Use lots of sunscreen as the sun is very hot down here and you will burn and then you won't enjoy the rest of your trip.

     

     

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  • Re: Florida locations
    iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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    Though I'm not a "cracker" (native Floridian) I have had family there since I was born and moved to the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast in 1973. To add to what jeffdmiller has written, recommending beach areas very much depends on what you want such as crowds and nightlife or more of a quiet relaxing area, are you driving from the north or flying as the state is a very long drive from the Georgia/Alabama state line, what time of year you will be visiting and more.  Not knowing any of those items just mentioned for me I'd completely avoid Miami unless you just want that experience.

     

    Beaches:

     

    Sanibel and Captiva Islands off the coast of Ft. Myers

    Marco Island

    Naples

    Key West and just about any town along U.S. 1

     

    There are many hidden gems along the coasts so let us know what you're looking for and how you'll be arriving, I am certain you will get great feedback from the MI gang.

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    Location Brand Hotel
    Key West, Florida, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel
    Marco Island, Florida, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
    Fort Myers, Florida, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
    Naples, Florida, USA Courtyard By Marriott Courtyard Naples
    Naples, Florida, USA The Ritz-Carlton The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
    Naples, Florida, USA The Ritz-Carlton The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
    Sanibel, Florida, USA
    • Re: Florida locations
      trippin' Alumni Steward Member 3 Reviews
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      I love Naples and Captiva/Sanibel.

       

      We have family in Jupiter by Palm Beach and love it there.

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  • Re: Florida locations
    tczig Platinum 57 Reviews
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    Juno Beach or any where a little north of Palm Beach is beautiful and usually unspoiled.  My favorite is Melbourne Beach - a 20-mile span known as the Archie Carr Wildlife Preserve and it is AMAZING (lots of seaturtle nesting in the summer).  If you go north from Melbourne to Titusville, you can't go wrong with beautiful beaches all the way.  Near the Kennedy Space Center is Playalinda Beach (from NP site:  The southern access, Playalinda Beach in Titusville, is on Fla 406/402. Playalinda Beach is reached via Fla 402 (also known as Beach Road). From I-95, the exit number for our north district (Apollo Beach) is 249. For the south district (Playalinda), the exit number from I-95 is 220.  At both exits, go toward the east & follow the signs.)

     

    All those beaches are east coast.  If you're looking for west coast, definitely Captiva (that area is expensive, tho).  I am not as familiar with west coast as I am east.

     

    In my opinion, the most beautiful beach in Florida is in the Panhandle.  There's a charming town called Seaside where the white sand is beyond beautiful.  You can go all the way up to Pensacola and you will find the most beautiful beaches - The Gulf Islands National Seashore.  You can find more info on the National Park website:

    The Perdido Key Area is off Florida Route 292, southwest from Pensacola; turn east on Johnson Beach Road.

    Naval Live Oaks is on U. S. 98 east of Gulf Breeze, Florida.

    The Okaloosa Day Use Area is on U. S. 98 east of Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

    To reach Fort Barrancas and the Advanced Redoubt onboard Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida, use the Blue Angel Parkway (Florida Route 173).

    The Fort Pickens, and Santa Rosa areas, take U.S. 98 east across the Pensacola Bay Bridge

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    • Re: Florida locations
      jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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      tczing,

       

      I have been to Playlinda Beach many times.  It is a world famous "Nude Beach".  I did not participate other than "Observe". 

       

      There is a great FF in Titusville, and you can dine at The Dixie Crossroads prior to going to Playlinda.  You can also go a little North to The Manatees at "Manatee Park"!

       

      Enjoy! and good luck!

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      • Re: Florida locations
        tczig Platinum 57 Reviews
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        LOL!  The one and only time I recommend a beach and it turns out to be the nude beach?!?!   I have never seen anybody nude on Playalinda Beach!  NEVER!  It was a great spot to see the Space Shuttle when it was on the launchpad.  Of course, now the beloved Shuttle is gone.  You are right; that is a great FF Inn right there in Titusville.  I found it to be the best hotel in Titusville for a reasonable rate - but no where near the beach.

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        • Re: Florida locations
          jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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          tczig,

           

          The whole beach is not nude.  You have to go to the far North end of the beach for the nudity!

           

          I would never have believed it if I had not seen it myself.  It has been a source for a lot of controversy for decades.

           

          BTW, if you go to Playlinda, stop by The Titusville Pier for a nice, casual meal  I have been going to Titusville since December 1966!

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          • Re: Florida locations
            tczig Platinum 57 Reviews
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            Thanks jerrycoin.  I have been going to Titusville since 1981 when the Shuttle program started; I was a launch-junkie.  That's how I knew about Playalinda Beach because it's a great viewing spot of the launchpad.  PERHAPS I should have done a little research on that nude issue before recommending it.  Ya think?!?  Nobody is ever going to give ME any credibility now.  Hey, it was good for a laugh!  I will most definitely stop by the Titusville Pier on my next visit there.  Thank you! 

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  • Re: Florida locations
    missgee Silver 40 Reviews
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    Wow.  Like the others have said, this is a pretty open-ended question with many many answers depending on what you're looking for.  You can't go wrong at Eden Roc on Miami Beach or the Ritz-Carlton on South Beach.  The Clearwater/Sarasota/Bradenton areas have amazing sugary white sand (Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island).  St Armand Circle on Lido Key is pretty awesome to visit.  Daytona is okay for a day visit, but I wouldn't want to stay there.  Come back and give us a hint of what you're looking for!

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      erc Platinum
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      Note to all: Marriott will no longer operate the Eden Roc starting July 11th 

       

      http://www.dailymarkets.com/stock/2013/06/13/marriott-international-to-depart-the-eden-roc-renaissance-miami-beach-july-11-seeks-multi-million-dollar-damages-in-pending-litigation/


      And on another note, it so quietly slipped by -


          jerrycoin at Playalinda Beach

                

      Excuse me miss, would you please lift your arm?

      I'm looking for a rare coin.

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        vlad Silver 10 Reviews
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        What a pity, it was one of my favorite hotels in Miami Beach!

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        • Re: Florida locations
          trippin' Alumni Steward Member 3 Reviews
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          Another great hotel, while not a Marriott property is Alahambra Beach Resort  in Ft. Lauderdale.  #1 on Trip Advisor!

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      • Re: Florida locations
        jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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        erc,

         

        You are too funny!

         

        I would have asked her to "Put some clothes on first", then gone for the coin"!

         

        If anyone need information on Playlinda, let me know!

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        Location Brand Hotel
        Titusville, Florida, USA Fairfield Inn By Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Titusville Kennedy Space Center
      • Re: Florida locations
        missgee Silver 40 Reviews
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        I have great sadness that Eden Roc is leaving the Marriott.  I see that the option to book them through the Marriott site is still available beyond the July 11th end date.  I wonder if there would be glitches to deal with when collecting or using rewards points. 

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