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December sunshine

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December sunshine

We are planning to visit Florida for Xmas and some winter sunshine . We don't want to go to Disney . We are looking for sunshine , any suggestions thanks

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1. Re: December sunshine

it depends, because you gave us so little information.

There is sunshine everywhere in fL then, but if you want the sea/pool to be swimable etc you need to be in the southern half of FL.

Then do you bright lights big city beach? Or low rise low key? Sunsets and pure white sand, or sunrises and surf? Car or no car?

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2. Re: December sunshine

Here's a little more info ! We are a family of grandparents in their 80,s parents in our 50's and daughters 24 &26 . We are looking for a beach holiday with restaurants and shopping mall a car ride away . We would prefer a villa . Nothing too lively . We enjoy visiting local attractions . Thanks

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3. Re: December sunshine

But you didn't answer my questions, so I dont' know which coast to send you to?

As for villas, they have them. But they will be more expensive (esp on the barrier islands where beaches are). So if budget is important, and you don't mind driving 10-15 mins to the beach, you may find pool villas along the gulf coast in areas like bradenton, Sarasota, Englewood/Rotonda, and Bonita Springs might interest you.

But these are all west coast.

If being on or very near the beach, look for Villas in Vero Beach, Anna Maria Island, Casey key among others. Many who want to be on the beach rent condos or even townhomes but not all have pools.

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4. Re: December sunshine

In December, it's dry (and non-humid) season in most of the peninsula, especially toward the south, where the season is more pronounced (Cuba is even drier and sunnier).

Temperatures are fickle, but warmer as you go south.

Lodging prices will also be higher toward the south. In Daytona Beach and New Smyrna, it will be off season. Cocoa Beach and (probably) the Clearwater area, there is no distinct high or low season. From Sarasota and Vero Beach southward, it's not yet really high season (that's January to early April), but prices are rising. Miami Beach has Art Basel in December; it's a very big event.

You might look at air travel options (the major international airports would be Tampa, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami; you might get good one-stop service to Ft Myers or Palm Beach International.

For shopping, you might want a relatively urban location. Perhaps anywhere from Delray Beach south to Ft. Lauderdale, the Naples and Ft. Myers area, Sarasota, Clearwater.

If you plan to have a car, New Smyrna Beach is a pleasant but not wealthy town (unlike Naples, Stuart, or Vero Beach). The weather up there would be cool for swimming.

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