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Where to go for family friendly beach?

Folso, CA
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Where to go for family friendly beach?

I am flying into Tampa and have one spare week now since our plans have changed and need to figure out where to go!

We are visiting Orlando for 9 days and that is all set, but I have from May 28th-June 5th to go somewhere! This is a last minute change, we had planned to go to the keys, but my hubby thought the drive was too far.

I will be travelling with my hubby, an 18 month old and an 8 year old.

Our kiddos want to be close to a sandy (not too shelly) beach and/or a really nice pool, I was thinking of the gulf side since the waves are supposed to be calmer. My hubby wants to be able to walk along the beach to restaurants and/or bars so we don't have to drive all the time and I want the hotel to be new enough or updated enough it doesn't bother my allergies and be very clean. Prefer a pool and an outdoor jacuzzi.

I started looking at Marco Island and it sounds nice, but very built up, any thoughts?.

I looked at Siesta key, and the beaches sound great, but we can't afford the Hyatt and none of the other hotels appealed to us at first glance.

Any thoughts on Captiva or Sanibel Island?

Any other places to consider? Naples, Fort Myers?


Brandon, Florida
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1. Re: Where to go for family friendly beach?

You looking way too far from Disney .... any of the beach communities from Clearwater Beach south to St. Pete Beach would work for you. Read the CB forum for ideas on where to stay. And look at a Florida map to see the other places south: Indian Rocks Beach, Reddington Beach, Treasure Island, etc.

All these will be about 1.5 hours drive from Disney.

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2. Re: Where to go for family friendly beach?

Clearwater, I think there is a resort that has a lazy river running around the area it may not be too pricey. It is Memorrial day weekend holiday so it will be crowded everywhere.

Tampa, Florida
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3. Re: Where to go for family friendly beach?

As Chuts said, you should look at the Pinellas County Beaches (St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, North Redington Beach, Indian Shores, Indian Rocks Beach, Sand Key and Clearweater Beach). You probably would like either Clearwater Beach or St, Pete Beach best. There is a Beach Trolley, a bus really, run by PSTA that runs from Pass-a-Grille on the south to Clearwater Beach on the north.

Make your decision soon as you as looking at the Memorial Day weekend, so you need to make reservations soom to be sure of accommodations.

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