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Visiting in December/January

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Visiting in December/January


Thinking of renting a villa in Rotonda West in late December/early January, with my wife and 6 month old baby. What will the weather be like this time of year and is there plenty of walks we can do with our baby?? How do the beaches compare with the beaches further north around Clearwater?


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1. Re: Visiting in December/January


Traditionally december and January are the coldest months in Florida if you can call it cold.

Rotonda West is in the Tropical zone so is warmer than further north in Florida.

We have been in December and I was swimming in the gulf and I like it warm but it does vary last year in November I paddled.

You can occasionally get a cold front blow in which can last 2/3 days and then blows through.

For the most part the weather is fantastic and ideal for walking and the beach.

There 3/4 great beaches in the area Middle beach, Englewood beach and Stump Pass beach our second favourite.

On Gasparilla island is south beach which is our favourite.

Do not leave it too long to book as it is a popular time in this area.


Edited: 07 September 2013, 08:22
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2. Re: Visiting in December/January

Wrt walking, Rotonda (Florida even) is very flat, and there aren't really any pavements so I wouldn't have said it is a great walking experience. If you drive to the beaches then there are nice walks from there

Overall I would have said the beaches of Clearwater are slightly better than Englewood/Rotonda/Boca Grande but that said I suspect you are probably paying a bit more for accommodation up there. Weather is probably 2 to 3 degrees warmer further south.

We have been last few years for Christmas and its been in the 70s - perfect golf weather, not so sure about sunbathing/sitting on the beach

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