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    • Fun for 18 month old

      Destin Jul 1, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Hi! We are planning a trip to Destin in September with our daughter. She will be 18 months old in September. What "fun" stuff can we do with her besides the beach and pool? I'm thinking more along the lines of what to do with her at night. Is there an amusement park with rides that she could ride?

      We are no strangers to Florida, however, this is our first trip with a child :) I'm so excited to take her to the beach!

    • Destin Recommendations

      Destin Jul 7, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      My son who will be 4, my husband and mother in law and myself will be visiting Destin in June of next year. Just wondering what others would suggest as a "must do." Also, what restaurants do you recommend? We're wanting a condo on the beach with at least 2 bedrooms so recommendations on the best for your buck here would be helpful too. Thanks in advance for your help!

    • sky lanterns

      Panama City Beach Jul 7, 2014 at 6:03 AM

      Can you fly sky lanterns at Panama City Beach?

    • Tourist looking for something to do on last day

      Pensacola Jul 5, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      We r badly sunburned.

    • best shops?

      Marathon Jul 5, 2014 at 5:03 AM

      Any recommendations for the best souvenir shops and Key Lime products shops near Hawks Cay Resort?

    • Fort De Soto Park/Beach

      Fort De Soto Jul 3, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      Is Fort De Soto crowded in the summer?

    • Splash Resort

      Panama City Beach Jun 30, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Is this a nice place to stay ? Or book someplace else !

    • Daytona or Fort Walton

      Florida Jun 29, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      I am looking for a beautiful white sand, clear water beach to vacation at. Not to crowded. Simply put which is better. What's your opinion.


    • First weekend in September

      Panama City Beach Jun 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Hi all,
      I am a little concerned about the crowds during September. What is it usually like during September?


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      Bathing suit shops

      Clearwater Beach Jun 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      We were down there over a year ago on the main road just south of pier 60 and went into a parking area where they had an elevator taking you up and down to some beautiful beach wear. My wife bought an nice bikini and we would like to find out the name of the place to see if we could shop on line.

    • Public Swimming

      Lake Apopka 18 hours ago

      Are there any public swimming areas on Lake Apopka?

    • Does any restaurant serve Abalone?

      Key West 19 hours ago

      Does any of the restaurants' in Key West offer Abalone? I am from the West Coast/ California and now live in Georgia. I miss having it.


      Cape Canaveral Jul 20, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      What is the best place to rent a pontoon boat for the day? I have looked at several places. Any idea where the boats are permitted to go? We love to go to the gulf, rent a boat and island/sandbar hop for shells. Is this possible on this side of the state? We are staying in Cape Canaveral.

    • Travel to St George island in August

      Saint George Island Jul 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      I plan to travel to St. George Island, Florida in August. Should I worry about the storms, hurricane or other weather related events? (First timer to Florida). Thanks.

    • Getting around in Miami, FL

      Miami Jul 10, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      We arrive tomorrow in Ft. Lauderdale. We already have transportation to our hotel in Miami; however, what is the cheapest way to get 3 passengers to the Seaquarium from the hotel near the airport?

    • Walt Disney World vs Universal World

      Florida Jun 30, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Hi There,

      We're going to Orlando in August, we will only be there for 3 days, very short time I know :( but we need to get the best out of our trip. We will be 2 young adults and 2 Middle aged Adults (Family vacation)

      Which one between Walt Disney World and Universal world would be more suitable for our age? Is it possible to buy day passes just to do some site seeing in the parks (not riding any rides)

      Do you get any special access when staying at the resort?


    • chocolate tour

      Naples Jun 28, 2014 at 3:54 AM

      I heard there is a chocolate tour in Naples. Can you tell me what it is?

    • Things to do

      Fort Lauderdale Yesterday

      I was wondering what you would recommend seeing when we come to Ft. Lauderdale in two weeks?

    • Wilcox Rd Area

      Largo Jul 15, 2014 at 5:50 AM


      My family and I are interested in buying a condo in the Tampa area, it'll simply be a winter retreat for a couple months a year so our needs are relatively few - close proximity to a beach, somewhat close to shopping etc etc. We found a place off Wilcox Rd, specifically west of Vonn Rd. I was wondering what we can expect from the neighborhood.

      I've encountered both positive and negative reviews about the city but it seems to be centered mostly around the Largo downtown area. I heard Dunedin and Clearwater may be more viable, but I'm hoping that Largo can provide what we're looking for.

      Thanks for your help, we do plan to check the various areas out prior to purchasing but I would certainly appreciate some insight from people living in the area.


    • Romatic Things to do

      Fort Lauderdale Jul 12, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      Anyone know where I can take my wife on a romantic dinner in ft Lauderdale and things to do in Ft. Lauderdale? I am new to Florida area can anyone help?

    • Places in Ybor

      Ybor City Jul 10, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      What are some places to go to in Ybor as a family? We live on the other side of the bridge in Seminole, Fl.
      My mother is coming this weekend. My husband and I were thinking of taking her and our daughters, 9 and 11 years old there for the day on Saturday. Any suggestions on places to go?

    • what to do

      Marco Island Jul 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      R there any spas or yoga studios on Marco

      Bike rentals for personal riding would be great

    • DECEMBER vacation

      Orlando Jul 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM


    • Coach and train from Cocoa Beach to NYC

      Cocoa Beach Jun 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Hi , Does anyone know if there a coach and/or a train from Cocoa Beach / Port Canaveral or nearby to NYC ?

    • coach or train from COCOA beach to NYC ?

      Cocoa Beach Jun 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Is there a coach and a train service between Cocoa Beach and NYC ?

    • Sanibel Island versus Destin

      by chonnier Online Now Apr 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Hi - this is our first time in this part of FL...can you recommend a beach for a family that the kiddos can enjoy both sand and water?

      4 Answers Jun 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM
    • what's the attire this time of year

      by sczech4513 Online Now Jan 23, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      We're leaving for Sanibel Island Saturday - wha't's the attire this time of year? Shorts and t-shirts or something a little warmer?

      2 Answers Jan 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      by WODmom Online Now Jul 14, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      With a flight delay of one whole day, pouring rain and a forecast showing rain all week.....we need some suggestions of what to do on Sanibel/Captiva???? Sitting in our condo with my 4 boys, is an option only if I hope to go CRAZY! There are flights home tomorrow that I am considering???

      2 Answers Jul 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM
    • water taxi

      by 5bbqshrimp Online Now Jul 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      are there water taxi's from sanibel island to panama city

      3 Answers Jul 3, 2013 at 5:37 AM
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      Best unit at Ocean's Reach Condominium

      by captsteve7 Online Now Apr 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      My family and I are going to stay at Ocean's Reach on Sanibel for Spring Break 2014. We just can't decide which unit to choose. We know we want either the 3rd or the 4th floor.

      We've seen all the online photos and visited numerous site, but would love some direct comments.

      Have any of you VTers stayed at Ocean's Reach? What was your condo number? How was the decor? The amenities? Things to look for or avoid? Etc.


      3 Answers May 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM
    • Restaurants on Sanibel

      by Bartholet Online Now Aug 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Is it possible to receive the rating list of restaurants on Sanibel?

      2 Answers Aug 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM
    • Sanibel, Captiva, Marco, or Ft. Myers Beach?

      by brehm020 Online Now Mar 8, 2011 at 11:29 AM

      My wife and I are going down to the gulf side of Florida this December with another couple. We want to be on a nice beach, with access to 20-somethings nightlife (i.e. fun bars...but not too crazy). I'm considering Sanibel, Captiva, Marco and Ft. Myers beach, and am wondering where would be the best fit for the four of us? Any help is greatly appreciated!

      2 Answers May 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    • Sanibel Island vs. Naples

      by aladzz-m Online Now Jan 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM

      We're a family of 4 (two young children age 2 & 5). we are thinking of making trip to Florida in mid-to-late may and want to stop for 2-3 days at a nice beach city. we're debating between Naples or Sanibel Island. We will be coming from DisneyWorld so we just want a pretty beach we can relax at for a few days and I don't think we'll be doing too much sight seeing. Price wise I think Sanibel will be better but I'm not sure. Our criteria is: a)fair pricing on accomodation and dining; b)good, relaxing beach c)maybe a few side things to see.
      if you think there are cities that we would enjoy more, let me know, but I've been to Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Miami and Daytona and I think I want to do something different.
      Thank you.

      3 Answers Jan 18, 2011 at 1:25 PM
    • water temps

      by frederikranke Online Now Dec 1, 2010 at 1:46 AM


      how warm/cool is the water normally in January/February?


      3 Answers Dec 17, 2010 at 4:52 PM
    • transportation

      by Riesie Online Now Oct 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM

      What does it cost to go across bridge on a moped? WHat do they charge per hour to park a moped on the beach?

    • Night Life

      by curtdog10 Online Now Oct 20, 2010 at 4:05 AM

      Hey guys and gals, I was just wondering if there is a decent night life on Sanibel Island? We are thinking of making a trip and if looks beautifull, but we would also like to do a little partying. Thanks in advance

      3 Answers Oct 21, 2010 at 4:23 AM
    • Gyms on Sanibel

      by DogPerson Online Now Sep 7, 2010 at 9:09 AM

      Does anyone know of any gyms on Sanibel Island? Not looking for anything fancy, just basic weight training equipment.

      2 Answers May 5, 2011 at 7:45 AM
    • Sanibel in September 2010

      by DogPerson Online Now Aug 10, 2010 at 10:17 PM

      We are two adults with two dogs and are thinking of staying three or four nights on Sanibel after Labor Day in September. We are looking for a decent, clean but not luxurious, dog-friendly cottage on or very near a shelling beach. I am always looking for a good deal. Do any of you know of any specials currently available on Sanibel? Any suggestion on dog-friendly accomodiations?

      3 Answers May 5, 2011 at 7:37 AM
    • hi

      by m.matroni Online Now Jun 10, 2010 at 5:17 PM

      hi I was wondering if Coquina beach is a pet friendly beach if not would you know of one around the area? Thank you for your time, miranda

      1 Answer Jun 11, 2010 at 4:32 AM
    • Vacation in August

      by BillinStLou Online Now Mar 12, 2010 at 4:34 PM

      We're planning a trip in August and are considering Sanibel. Will it be too hot, even on the ocean? What about those no-see-ums? When are they out and can they be avoided? We hear they come out at dusk. Are they out all night?

      2 Answers Aug 26, 2010 at 5:59 PM
    • place to stay on sanibel island

      by tinysmom Online Now Oct 23, 2009 at 6:23 PM

      Where is a good place to stay on Sanibel Island? We are two adults who plan to ride bicycles and fish.

      4 Answers Aug 26, 2010 at 6:02 PM
    • Tobacco Shoppes

      by KariC Online Now Apr 5, 2009 at 7:33 PM

      Wondering if there are any stores on Sanibel that sell Djarum (clove) cigarettes.

    • Sanibel in June

      by Nancydf Online Now Feb 8, 2009 at 8:43 AM

      I am planning a trip to Sanibel in June 2009. What is the humidity like at that time? Are there no-see-ums then? And I have heard that the shelling is better in the winter months. How drastic of a difference is there with the shelling in June?

      I have been there in December (cold), August (no-see-ums), and April. Love it there no matter what!

      Thanks for any replies.

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      SandPiper West

      by jez25 Online Now Sep 7, 2008 at 7:10 PM

      We are looking for a luxury three bedroom condo in Sanibel for the week of 2/7/2009.
      Does anyone know of SandPiper West? Also, we would love any other suggestions.

      Thanks all.

    • Pet Friendly

      by mjwdew Online Now Aug 18, 2008 at 1:47 PM

      Does anyone know of any restaurants that allow you to sit outside and eat with your dog? I've heard there are some on the island

      2 Answers Oct 6, 2008 at 6:10 PM
    • Hotels on Sanibel....Walking distance to beach?

      by tangeyj Online Now Apr 25, 2008 at 5:02 PM

      I've always wanted to go looking for shells in Sanibel and I think I'm going to actually do it now. I'm planning on going by myself (mostly because no one else has the shelling obsession I do and it's all I plan on doing while there ;) so I'd like to find the best place to stay that will allow me to possibly walk to a great shelling beach. I'll be renting a car so more important than it's location to the beach is safety as I am a single female. Any suggestions?

      5 Answers May 31, 2008 at 7:07 PM
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      Seahorse Cottages

      by shohman Online Now Mar 1, 2008 at 5:23 AM

      has anyone stayed here? We are spending a weekend in Sanibel in March and the reviews online are favorable, but I'd like input from VT'ers. I trust you more ;)

    • Sanibel/Captiva wedding

      by muckyduck Online Now Dec 26, 2007 at 7:21 PM

      My fiance and I are planning an october 2008 wedding in Captiva. We stayed at South Seas last March during our first stay on the islands and were blown away. We're thinking of going back there to have the ceremony. Any advice/opinion on weather in October? Groom's dinner options (captiva cruises, Green Flash, Key Lime Bistro?) We'd like for at least the wedding party to stay at South Seas but understand it might be a little too pricey for everyone. Any other recommendations for places that would be equally beautiful. We welcome any and all advice!!! Thanks.

      2 Answers Oct 24, 2010 at 6:33 AM
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      sanibel island

      by austriangirl68 Online Now Nov 13, 2007 at 8:49 AM

      we are planning our marriage at the beach of Sanible Island therefore we are looking for a beautiful romantic hotel on the island for 6 days.
      could someone recommend an accomodation??
      thanks in advance

      3 Answers Jan 7, 2008 at 12:51 AM
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      Questions about Sanibel Island

      by BrocksMomma Online Now Jun 27, 2007 at 11:09 AM

      Would you recommend biking around the island for a day visit? Which bike rental shop would you suggest, Finnimore's or Billy's Bike rentals? OR- Is the there a different bike rental option? Is there a place close to these shops that we can park our car for the day? Is there a fee? What's the weather like in February? Any restaurant suggestions for lunch?...We're NOT big fans of seafood and were traveling with a 2 year old. Any great bike trails we can't miss out on?

      1 Answer Jul 8, 2007 at 3:02 PM
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      6 Days in Sanibel or Sarasota

      by squidbeak Online Now Apr 15, 2007 at 11:13 AM

      I will be crossing the state of Florida to explore the other coast and am looking at Sanibel Island or Sarasota. I am wondering if 6 days is too long to be in Sanibel. Depending on who you ask, different people say it gets boring once you picked the shells and gone to the State Park. I love the art in Sarasota, it is my next choice. I think there is more to do there for 6 days. I am bringing my two dogs, Sylvester, a 6 lb. maltese and Buster Brown a 7 Lb. miniature pincture.

      3 Answers Apr 22, 2007 at 8:46 PM
    • Red Algae?

      by blodg1 Online Now Jan 27, 2007 at 11:40 AM

      To you who live thinking I need a trip to the warm, specifically FLA and am looking at the Naples/Sanibel area.
      Have never been there but heard about a current problem with red algae and/or a red tide?
      Is this a current problem and, if so, how would it affect a visit?
      Thanks for any info.

      2 Answers Feb 20, 2007 at 10:08 AM
    • where to stay ? questions about Sanibel Harbour Resort

      by Crystall Online Now Jan 26, 2007 at 5:54 PM

      I am planning on visiting a relative in Shell Point Village which is located in Ft. Myers, just before the Sanibel bridge. I have heard there is construction going on with the bridge. Has anyone stayed recently at the Sanibel Harbour Resort which is located just before the bridge? Is it noisy with the construction? Would the bridge construction make driving back and forth on the bridge difficult if staying on Sanibel. I love Sanibel and have been there many times. Just looking for a convienent and nice place to stay while visting. Any suggestions or comments are appreciated.

      2 Answers Mar 12, 2007 at 11:38 AM
    • Tortuga Beach Club Resort

      by pls1018 Online Now Jan 24, 2007 at 11:51 AM

      I am thinking of spending my honeymoon on Sanibel Island at the Tortuga in Oct.('07). Does anyone have any info to share about this resort itself? We're only going for 4 nights/5 days but want a nice, private place.

    • Weather in June

      by ksmith13 Online Now Jan 4, 2007 at 7:32 AM

      I am thinking of traveling to Sanible/Captiva in June and I'm trying to find out how much it rains? Hotels I've called have said it only rains in the late afternoon but I'l love to hear what others have encountered. Thank you!

      2 Answers Jan 6, 2007 at 8:47 AM