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Best Florida beach town for winter travel?

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Best Florida beach town for winter travel?

Family of five looking for the warmest, family-friendly Florida beach town for travel late January. Looking for the nicest beach that is also close to town. Thanks

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1. Re: Best Florida beach town for winter travel?

Well, you are looking a bit late as January is the peak season in South florida and many book up to a year in advance. So you may be limited by your dates/availability.

So, will you have a car? How many nights/weeks? Ages? Likes? BUDGET? House? 2 hotel rooms? Condo apartment?

Big built up city beaches (like say Miami, Ft LAuderdale, Clearwater, Ft Myers north? Or low rise low key like Anna Maria, gasparilla, Casey Key? In between like Siesta Key, Lido beach, Marco island?

Sunrises and surf? Or sunsets and pure white sands?

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2. Re: Best Florida beach town for winter travel?

WE are not driving, may rent a car. Looking for more low key than high rise. If it's warm enough, our kids will be at the beach the entire day. We like good food, doesn't need to be fancy. I thought Key West was a good fit. I know the beaches are small, if they have one. We are staying 5 nights. House, condo, suite does not matter as long as we fit.

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3. Re: Best Florida beach town for winter travel?

Key west doesn't have much in t he way of beaches, but would fit otherwise. Look at Southernmost beach resort. Wouldn't need a car here, unless you wanted to explore the rest of the keys.

Look at Marathon/Key Colony (beaches on this island and you'd need a car) and Hawk's key resort on Duck Key.Marco island, Sanibel, Captiva, Siesta Key and Anna Maria island.

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4. Re: Best Florida beach town for winter travel?

For warmest, you definately want to go further south. Naples/Marco Island for south, low key, nice beach.

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5. Re: Best Florida beach town for winter travel?

But, If we do head to Key West, we will be renting a vehicle. Air rates are much cheaper to Miami.

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6. Re: Best Florida beach town for winter travel?

the drive thru the keys during daytime is fantastic, there are some great places to stop (including the world class beach on Bahia Honda

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7. Re: Best Florida beach town for winter travel?

It's high season south of Orlando. You can get quick looks at seasonal rate fluctuations by looking up per diem rates for federal government employees. Try "GSA per diem".

I still haven't found a good single source for seasonal beach water temperatures (I probably went overboard explaining the difficulties in a recent post). The warmest average winter water temperatures are from the Keys through at least Broward County, and usually at least southern Palm Beach County. This animation has a toggle at the bottom that allows you to move or freeze the graphics:

http://coastalclimate.org/marine/sst.php

You might look at Lauderdale by the Sea, a low-rise enclave in Broward County or southern Palm Beach County. Northern Miami Beach is far less hectic than the South Beach area, and if you can afford it, Key Biscayne is bucolic, with two fine parks with natural areas you can wander. It's also possible to visit a sea grass bed at Virginia Key.

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