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Forum: Beyond the Parks 6 Aug 18, 07:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 878
Posted By dking2001
How long are you staying and are you looking for...

How long are you staying and are you looking for a hotel or villa? Most hotels on FMB are beachside and there is a range available. At the top end you have hotels such as The Diamond Head and Gull...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 7 May 18, 06:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,104
Posted By dking2001
Anyone going don't forget the NFL clear bag...

Anyone going don't forget the NFL clear bag policy. When we went last time we saw quite a number of people turned away at the entrance as they had bags larger than purses.
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Forum: Pre-Trip Reports 9 Mar 18, 02:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,863
Posted By dking2001
Finding live sand dollars in Sanibel is really...

Finding live sand dollars in Sanibel is really easy, walk out until you feel the sand go softer / slightly muddy (only 15 / 20 m off shore and chest height). You will then feel them as 'domes' under...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 18 Nov 17, 03:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,947
Posted By dking2001
I agree with this 100%. Have flown into and out...

I agree with this 100%. Have flown into and out of MCO, Miami, Fort Myers and Tampa and MCO is far and away the worst for speed of security lines. Last time we went through there we arrived in...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 14 Nov 17, 04:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,019
Posted By dking2001
If you are thinking of a guided kayak tour then...

If you are thinking of a guided kayak tour then Manatee Guides at Lovers Key is brilliant. Been with them a few times. Only 5 min drive from FMB to where they launch.
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 9 Nov 17, 08:44 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,076
Posted By dking2001
There are countless places in the world you...

There are countless places in the world you cannot get to without taking connecting flights so insist on direct is very limiting.

It is a very British outlook that flights must be direct, most...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 2 Nov 17, 01:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,287
Posted By dking2001
Would be the room every time for me. Have flown...

Would be the room every time for me. Have flown PE and Upper on business and it is good but it is only 9 hours at the end of the day.

Then again, I would personally spend the extra budget on...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 9 Oct 17, 07:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,729
Posted By dking2001
We flew there this summer with BA from LHR (via...

We flew there this summer with BA from LHR (via Philidelphia). It is a brilliant airport and we were hoping to do the same this year but it is way more expensive than MIA this summer.
Forum: Shopping in Florida 14 Sep 17, 12:08 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,801
Posted By dking2001
Think Waitrose and you won't be too far out. ...

Think Waitrose and you won't be too far out. Love their fish selection.
Forum: Car Hire & Transportation 13 Aug 17, 11:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,029
Posted By dking2001
We had a Jeep Patriot last month. Was supposed...

We had a Jeep Patriot last month. Was supposed to keep it 3 weeks but disliked it so much we took it back after 3 days and swapped for a Ford Escape which we really liked. Jeep was unrefined and...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 10 Aug 17, 04:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,547
Posted By dking2001
Mobile Not kayaked around Clearwater (have done lots in...

Not kayaked around Clearwater (have done lots in SW Florida) However we did see wild dolphins on boat trip from Clearwater aquarium to the Winters Tail exhibition on the other side of bay so plenty...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 12 Jul 17, 03:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,872
Posted By dking2001
Mobile Revolution cable park at North Fort Myers is...

Revolution cable park at North Fort Myers is close to Cape Coral. You can try out wakeboarding, kneeboarding and waterskiing there for a really good price.
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 20 Jun 17, 02:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,035
Posted By dking2001
If you are talking a 4 hour gap between flights...

If you are talking a 4 hour gap between flights is as quick to drive. Just over 6 hours drive from Atlanta to Orlando compared to a 4 hour airport wait plus 90 minute flight.
Forum: Beyond the Parks 1 Jun 17, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,237
Posted By dking2001
Ours were electronic downloads rather than...

Ours were electronic downloads rather than posting. Made things a bit easier.
Forum: Beyond the Parks 30 May 17, 05:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,237
Posted By dking2001
Had time to dig out our ebooking from last year. ...

Had time to dig out our ebooking from last year. Game was on 26/8 and we bought the tickets on 30/7. Bought them on Tickpick as they do not add transaction charges to the seat cost. Details were
...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 28 May 17, 10:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,237
Posted By dking2001
Mobile We were middle tier opposite end to the ship...

We were middle tier opposite end to the ship about at 5 yard line. Bought tickets off a secondary site (tickpix I think) far cheaper than from official box office.
Forum: Beyond the Parks 25 May 17, 01:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,237
Posted By dking2001
We went to week 3 pre-season last year. I would...

We went to week 3 pre-season last year. I would say that the stadium was 50-60% capacity max. Atmosphere was still good though, just soak it up and enjoy! Be careful of the backpack policy, they...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 23 May 17, 10:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,727
Posted By dking2001
Manatee Guides operate from Fort Myers Beach. We...

Manatee Guides operate from Fort Myers Beach. We have been with them a couple of times and loved it. The guy who runs the tours is a 'Master Naturalist' and shares brilliant knowledge on the...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 5 May 17, 11:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,232
Posted By dking2001
I do not think it is nonsense. Take a look at the...

I do not think it is nonsense. Take a look at the sea temperatures here https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/cwtg/all.html

You will see the Gulf Coast is warmer for similar latitudes.

That having...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 28 Nov 16, 04:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,203
Posted By dking2001
Shop around for the insurance cover. If I was in...

Shop around for the insurance cover. If I was in the position of 4 holidays v 1 though I know I would stick to Europe.
Forum: Beyond the Parks 22 Nov 16, 03:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,216
Posted By dking2001
You turn round and paddle back (assume we are...

You turn round and paddle back (assume we are talking about SUP here)
Forum: General Chat 22 Nov 16, 03:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,492
Posted By dking2001
Under the old system it was not the miles that...

Under the old system it was not the miles that expired as such but the account with all the miles in it IF you did not spend or obtain miles within a rolling 3 year window. Providing you did this...
Forum: General Chat 21 Nov 16, 01:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,492
Posted By dking2001
The miles themselves never had an expiry date...

The miles themselves never had an expiry date (unless it has changed in the revamp). As said above the account would expire if there was no activity in a 3 year period at which point all miles would...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 18 Nov 16, 03:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,216
Posted By dking2001
You usually see a lot of SUP rental offers on...

You usually see a lot of SUP rental offers on Groupon , example here of one in Fort Myers area.

This costs $39 for 2 x 4 hour rentals https://www.groupon.com/deals/hop-on-board-paddleboards-1. ...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 8 Nov 16, 07:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 964
Posted By dking2001
If you are going to St Petes to see the baseball...

If you are going to St Petes to see the baseball Fort De Soto is well worth a visit.
Forum: Beyond the Parks 8 Nov 16, 07:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,780
Posted By dking2001
A good option for a stop on the way down could be...

A good option for a stop on the way down could be lunch at Sharkeys at the Pier in Venice (not far off the I75)

When in Fort Myers, the North end of FMB is liveliest (Times Square, restaurants...
Forum: Car Hire & Transportation 1 Nov 16, 03:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 748
Posted By dking2001
Used Hertz MCO a number of times and they have...

Used Hertz MCO a number of times and they have been fine. Only 'problem' I ever had was when the upgraded me to a Mustang convertible and I could not fit the family and luggage in so had to go and...
Forum: General Chat 1 Nov 16, 03:33 PM
Replies: 322
Views: 29,135
Posted By dking2001
You can use them for a flight but whether it is...

You can use them for a flight but whether it is worth it is debateable by the time you add the taxes and airlines admin fees (ha!) . You can quite often find flights that are cheaper than these...
Forum: Beyond the Parks 10 Oct 16, 07:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,415
Posted By dking2001
Fort de Soto is lovely. Not that much to do...

Fort de Soto is lovely. Not that much to do outside the beaches though
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 10 Oct 16, 06:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 588
Posted By dking2001
Would not have to go through customs or...

Would not have to go through customs or immigration again. Depends upon which airline he is travelling on as to best side to meet him. Take a look at this web page ...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 10 Oct 16, 06:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,378
Posted By dking2001
Sorry no real experience of this but it does seem...

Sorry no real experience of this but it does seem ludicrous. I assume if your Dad is not insured for these conditions then he would want to cancel or postpone the flight out until after the...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 6 Oct 16, 12:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By dking2001
When I booked a BA flydrive a couple of months...

When I booked a BA flydrive a couple of months back it offered me the chance to reduce the cost further by using Avios. I cannot recall the exact amount but it did not strike me as a good use of...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 6 Oct 16, 11:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,195
Posted By dking2001
There can be no guarantees. You are travelling...

There can be no guarantees. You are travelling in what is hurricane season. (June through October) but remember it has been over a decade since Florida had a direct hit from a hurricane. If you say...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 29 Sep 16, 01:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,423
Posted By dking2001
You need to collect and re-check in PHL. Not a...

You need to collect and re-check in PHL. Not a big deal though really. PHL is a smaller airport and I do not see an issue with a 2 hour transfer window.
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 26 Sep 16, 08:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 756
Posted By dking2001
We are in South Wales so both are about equal...

We are in South Wales so both are about equal distance. For the airport experience I prefer Manchester, smaller and less frantic. Just check the planes on the routes you are planning to take as...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 26 Sep 16, 07:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,440
Posted By dking2001
No worries there then.

No worries there then.
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 26 Sep 16, 06:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,440
Posted By dking2001
Chicago is a BIG airport. There is a train /...

Chicago is a BIG airport. There is a train / tram type people mover between terminals. How long a transfer time do you have there?
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 26 Sep 16, 06:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,440
Posted By dking2001
Philadelphia is a relatively small airport...

Philadelphia is a relatively small airport (compared with the likes of JFK, Chicago or Atlanta) We had a 3.5 hour layover there a couple of years ago and we spent a good couple of hours playing cards...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 26 Sep 16, 06:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,116
Posted By dking2001
Delta free for standard seats (though I was on a...

Delta free for standard seats (though I was on a KLM ticket on Delta plane not sure if that made a difference)
Forum: Car Hire & Transportation 26 Sep 16, 04:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,692
Posted By dking2001
But you don't have to leave your card to do what...

But you don't have to leave your card to do what has been said here. You go in say $20 on pump for , pay the $20 on their machine then take your card with you and fill up. If the car fills with...
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