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You'll think I'm an idiot! Help!

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You'll think I'm an idiot! Help!

My husband and I want to go to Florida for 4-5 days in late February....I know, it's a big state and I haven't narrowed it down at all. Want warm (doesn't have to be swimming-warm), casual, good seafood, lots of great beaches for walking, shelling etc....loved Ponte Vedra several years ago but afraid it might still be too cool. No jackets at dinner, no ultra-spas, no fancy dining - Naples? Suart? Sanibel/Captiva? Ideally, a small town not more than an hour or two from major airport with great - not fancy, though - accomodations in a small hotel, etc. Realize this is really open-ended, but I just know there's someplace we'd fall in love with.

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1. Re: You'll think I'm an idiot! Help!

Anna Maria Island ?

Sounds what you are looking for and everyone seems to fall in love with the place.

1 hour from Tampa airport, 40 minutes from Sarasota airport.

No hotels on AMI. there is one good B&B (Harrington House) but lots of good houses and condos to rent.

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2. Re: You'll think I'm an idiot! Help!

Siesta Key is nice, a little less tourist-developed though... very nice beaches there with local seafood places!

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steveoxuk, can you suggest any web site for condo rentals on AMI? ONE302, any suggestions on where to stay on Siesta Key? Isn't TA amazing - a question from Texas about Florida immediately answered from the UK and Ohio?? Thank you!

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You might want to take a look at Marco Island. It is about an hour from the Fort Myers airport (an easy drive). The island is casual and warm. The shelling is amazing. In fact, I think that the shelling is a well kept secret. You will be able to rent a condo on the beach if you want or get a room at the hilton, Marriott or Marco Beach Resort. The crescent beach is beautiful. The sunsets are amazing. We have traveled all over Florid and Marco Island is very hard to beat.

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You will love Siesta Key. Low key, great beach yet close enough to enjoy all the culture (Selby Botanical Garden, museums, mansion tour and live theaters).

Very casual. Hope this helps.

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6. Re: You'll think I'm an idiot! Help!

Depends on your budget of course but a couple of suggestions

http://annamaria.com/

floridabeachnbayproperty.com/bin/web/real_es…

http://www.lacostacondo.com/

www.coconutsresort.com/annamariaisland.html

http://www.tortugainn.com/

http://www.harringtonhouse.com/

http://www.amichamber.org/

if you post a question on anna maria island forum you will get lots of good info from the contributors there ( Rusty Kat, Floridianer who owns a unit at La Costa and others)

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8. Re: You'll think I'm an idiot! Help!

Hi: I would also throw Bonita Springs - between Fort Myers and Naples - into the mix. Several great beaches - Barefoot, Lovers Key - for walking and shelling. Also not a long drive to either Sanibel or the beaches around Naples. Sanibel is very nice also and would give you more of that "small town" feel.

IMHO, the south west corner of the state - Naples, Fort Myers - is yous best be for warm eather. You can fly right into Fort Myers (airport code RSW).

And all the places along this stretch of coast are quite casual.

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