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Another who thinks Anna Maria Island would suit you, also maybe Fort Myers Beach. Lots to do/eat etc in Clearwater but it's not our favourite place to go, our favourite would be Marco Island but I think Anna Maria Island would be perfect for you
As has been said above, there are loads of places going down the Gulf Coast and half the fun is researching them All have stunning sunsets and the sugar soft white sands.
Start with a few of the places suggested on this thread so far, watch a few videos and lose yourself ...ahhhhh.
I love the look of Marco island, is there a reason you favour it the most? Im guessing it may not be busy enough to be convenient for us.
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I love the look of Marco island, is there a reason you favour it the most? Im guessing it may not be busy enough to be convenient for us.
We like it because it's so laid back and quiet , oh and the beach itself!
It's just one of our favourite places
We stay at Marco Island Ocean Resort and tend to just stay at the hotel itself and do a supermarket shop and eat there, in between zipping up and down to Naples area for other food and a wander.
Going back there later this year and can't wait

There are loads of lovely lovely places on the Gulf, I'm sure you will enjoy wherever you go!
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Maybe look at Cape Coral? We have done ami etc before, Cape Coral seems to have more options for activities as you mention.
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I have now been to virtually every major place on the Gulf in Florida- I had never been to Anna Maria Island until Christmas, but went and it is highly recommended.
My favourite places aside from the Panhandle are Anna Maria Island (now), Indian Shores (good location in that not far from Orlando and good base for Busch), and then heading south Naples. I have been everywhere (stayed in all of these): from Clearwater, Tampa, Cape Coral (nice but no real beach) to Sarasota, to Venice, Rotonda (my least favourite) to Sanibel, Marco, Fort Myers and Lovers Key and the panhandle. Naples is my favourite of the lot, after the 30A South Walton area on the Panhandle, where I am heading next summer (Seagrove/ Seaside- where they filmed the Trueman Show). The Red Bar at Grayton Beach burnt down, but they'll have the new one open when I go back I hope.
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I have now been to virtually every major place on the Gulf in Florida- I had never been to Anna Maria Island until Christmas, but went and it is highly recommended.
My favourite places aside from the Panhandle are Anna Maria Island (now), Indian Shores (good location in that not far from Orlando and good base for Busch), and then heading south Naples. I have been everywhere (stayed in all of these): from Clearwater, Tampa, Cape Coral (nice but no real beach) to Sarasota, to Venice, Rotonda (my least favourite) to Sanibel, Marco, Fort Myers and Lovers Key and the panhandle. Naples is my favourite of the lot, after the 30A South Walton area on the Panhandle, where I am heading next summer (Seagrove/ Seaside- where they filmed the Trueman Show).
Isnt AMI amazing? I have a lump in my throat each time we cross over the bridge.
We are heading to the Panhandle this summer, the South Walton area is that Fort Walton Beach?
I have been looking at Destin but havent booked anywhere yet so open to suggestions!
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Isnt AMI amazing? I have a lump in my throat each time we cross over the bridge.
We are heading to the Panhandle this summer, the South Walton area is that Fort Walton Beach?
I have been looking at Destin but havent booked anywhere yet so open to suggestions!
I have rented a house in Seagrove- I am driving across from New Orleans on my cross country trip and having 4 nights there, before heading to Copper Creek. It is wonderful there, these are the areas that comprise South Walton- visitsouthwalton
You get lots of stars going on holiday in this area. I stayed at San Destin last time.
Rent a condo off Homeaway- it is not cheap to stay there but worth it. Seaside and these places are really lovely, and there is a good Boardwalk area and lots of restaurants at San Destin, and restaurants etc along the scenic 30A.
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I have rented a house in Seagrove- I am driving across from New Orleans on my cross country trip and having 4 nights there, before heading to Copper Creek. It is wonderful there, these are the areas that comprise South Walton- visitsouthwalton
You get lots of stars going on holiday in this area. I stayed at San Destin last time.
Rent a condo off Homeaway- it is not cheap to stay there but worth it. Seaside and these places are really lovely, and there is a good Boardwalk area and lots of restaurants at San Destin, and restaurants etc along the scenic 30A.
Thank you, just looking on AirBNB and HomeAway now. Have found some stunning condos for around the 200 per night mark which is what we have budgeted.
Would you say Seaside is much nicer than Destin? We want to be able to snorkel and maybe do some water sports for the teens. It will be our chill out time for the end of the holiday though so I like the idea of it being completely chilled (apart from driving to NOLA for one night doing a whistle stop tour). As AMI is my idea of paradise I suppose I would like something similar?
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Thank you, just looking on AirBNB and HomeAway now. Have found some stunning condos for around the 200 per night mark which is what we have budgeted.
Would you say Seaside is much nicer than Destin? We want to be able to snorkel and maybe do some water sports for the teens. It will be our chill out time for the end of the holiday though so I like the idea of it being completely chilled (apart from driving to NOLA for one night doing a whistle stop tour). As AMI is my idea of paradise I suppose I would like something similar?
Destin I am not interested in, very busy big resort.

San Destin is very nice, this is a totally different place in Fort Walton. SD has quite a bit to do, there are a lot of shops and the fancy boardwalk area. Houses there often come with a golf cart you can ride around on the roads. This is quite a good place with teens- this in itself is not really like AMI as it is a development, but a very very nice one and a short drive and you are in the Fort Walton village communities. The boardwalk area there is Baytowne Wharf and there are things like high ropes.

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Also it has the Grand Boulevard area:

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Yes it gets a bit similar to AMI down the 30A- but smaller villages make up the area. Having stayed in San Destin last time, and visited the quieter areas along the 30 A down to Seaside, we thought we would stay there this time for a change. But I would go back to San Destin any time and we will be visiting it this time.

As you will gather this is an 'upmarket' area, a bit similar to a Naples.

Seaside is pretty stunning- quite quiet and very expensive - a 1 bed condo is about a million there.

Some photos I took last time I was in Seaside:



Note the food truck- they were all around the Seaside Town Square.

This below is the house I have rented, in Seagrove this summer, opposite the beach - no idea what it will be like but it gets good reviews, off Homeaway - I am very sceptical of Air B N B- too many scammers on there.

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