We are a family of a mom and dad (both 33), and three sons--a 13 yr old boy, a 7 yr old boy, and a week-old boy. We live in Indiana and plan to DRIVE to Florida for Spring Break 2013 (March 30th-April 6th), Griswold-style. I've been looking for the closest place we would be near-guaranteed that it will be warm enough to swim in late March, and Sanibel seems the best bet. Plus, I would rather my kids experience a raw beach ecosystem than a more commercialized beach-town, as long as there's no red tide and we don't get eaten by noseeums,,,lol
But on the other hand, I have friends who were in Destin last year during the same time and they said the weather was great, and going to Destin instead of Sanibel would cut five or six hours off my travel time and quite a bit off condo rental.
So my main question is:
Is there any way I could wait until a week or so before travel time and still get a good place in Sanibel if the weather isn't going to be warm enough in Destin?
I have recently found several condos in Sanibel that would work well for us, 2 bedroom, 2 bath with a close walk back and forth to the beach with the baby, clean, and within our $2,000 or so budget. If I wait until a week or so before I go to book a place, what is the likelihood that I will find such a place on Sanibel? On one hand I think with all the condos there, I could just drive there and find a nice one for a steal, but on the other, I have seen ones I was looking at in the last week drop off on vrbo.com and that makes me want to just go ahead and reserve one....
What do you all think?
And one other thing, if we do in fact go to Sanibel and book soon...what complex or accommodation would you recommend for us? In a perfect world we would want: in a condo--clean, near the beach with home-like amenities, somewhat low-key, with a raw, non-crowded beach with the most cool animals and shells and fish and stuff for my boys. Blind Pass and the beach near there sounded good, but I read somewhere here that the current isn't safe for kids near there. Plus it sounds like it would be more of a walk to the beach than what we're looking for and I know there's no view of the water there either and we kinda wanted that, but I am sure we are going to have to make a sacrifice somewhere. Anyway....any other general tips or advice would are also welcome. :)
Oh! And one last thing, if anybody knows of a particularly good fishing spot, I would very much appreciate that info. :D Feel free to send me a personal message if they have those here, or an email if you don't want to post your spot....and don't worry about me, I won't be there long and I won't tell anyone!!