First, does one need a car in that area or is public transit good enough to get around?
Neither of us are serious "beach" people, but are any of the beaches in the area good for a pretty walk and maybe dipping our toes in the water in mid-February? (We're northerners, so the water doesn't have to be 80 degrees.)
Are there any mangrove swamps or similar types of water-based wildlife parks nearby we can visit for half a day or a day?
What else would people recommend, such as museums, local historical sites, aquariums with local marine animals, etc.? (Places specializing in "local" history or art preferred, although I'm curious if the Dali museum is any good.) Is it worth walking around the downtown areas?
How about relaxed nightlife, such as music?
(Also, does this area get overrun with Spring Break folks at this time of year? If yes, how much of a difference would this make for people a bit past college age?)
Thanks so much in advance!