Our family (parents with a 12 and 14-yr-old) will travel late next week from the midwest to Florida for the first time, via Amtrak "City of New Orleans". We plan to divide our drive into two days, with a stop-over on the panhandle (hopefully about halfway between N.O. and St. Augustine/Crescent Beach area) before heading North to highway 10 for quicker traveling . Although we don't have much time in the panhandle, we'd like to check out a nice and not-too-crowded beach with a lifeguard. We're hoping to get some recommendations for a nice hotel and a beach for a short visit, also any must-sees.
Are red flags, Jellyfish and large amounts of seaweed everywhere now? Seems like I've been reading a lot about these things on TA. Thanks so very much for any recommendations and tips you can provide!