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    • alligators + tourist attractions

      Tampa Jan 31, 2017 at 5:46 AM

      I have a phobia about alligators and yet I want somewhere warm for an end of Nov/Dec break. Are there any alligators on the beach at this time of the year - does anyone have personal knowledge of the situation

      Apart from Disney what other attractions are there - we would like to do some touring but looking at the crime rate in Charleston/New Orleans we are scared as we came close to being run off the road in Washington DC near the Jeffereson library Plan to stay about 2-3 weeks so could do 1000/1500 miles comfortably with hotels interspersed

      Can I add my thanks to VT which has been invaluable to me and enabled me to stay safe and see lots of places I wouldn't have seen. Only hope there is a last minute reprieve

    • alligators + tourist attractions

      Tampa Jan 31, 2017 at 5:40 AM

      I have a phobia about alligators and yet I want somewhere warm for an end of Nov/Dec break. Are there any alligators on the beach at this time of the year

    • Weather and hotels

      Miami Beach Feb 18, 2017 at 8:05 AM

      We are considering to visit Miami beach in January 2018
      Does anyone know if this is a good time for a beach holiday?
      We are living I Norway and would like to have some sun and warmth when it is winter time here.
      Does anyone have facts about a nice not to expensive hotel as well?
      Best regards
      Turid in Norway

    • Travelling by rented car

      Miami Feb 16, 2017 at 4:55 AM

      We will be travelling in America this March, so we have decided to rent a car. We have heard that there are roads which require payments. 1. How can we pay these fees? Cash, credit card? Could rented car use sunpass and toll-by-plate? If yes, how to get it online? 2. What insurance car needs to have zero excess?
      Thank you in advance :)

    • Hotels/motels

      by Bcree Online Now Oct 12, 2016 at 5:06 AM

      Hi we are planning a 4-5 day trip down the keys hoping to stay 2 nights in key largo, not sure where to stay in the middle then maybe 2 nights in key west. I've been looking on a few hotel sites but am not sure whether to wait and book into places when we get there. Is it cheaper to just turn up at a motel or am I better to book early. We are a family of 3 and my daughter will be 15. Also any suggests as to where to stay in the middle of the keys. And any reasonable hotel/motel, ive been looking and it seems some of the not so desirable motels are around £150 a night which I think is a little steep. Any advise would be grateful.

      9 Answers Oct 15, 2016 at 12:54 AM
    • Best snorkeling from shore?

      by AmelieB Online Now Aug 28, 2016 at 8:46 AM


      We are staying in Key Largo this Christmas and looking for the best snorkeling from the beach/without a tour. Any ideas? Also, what is the water temp. like in December? Would we want wet suits?

      Thanks in advance!  

      4 Answers Aug 28, 2016 at 5:48 PM
    • Bridge jumping spots?

      by timwell341 Online Now Aug 1, 2016 at 9:50 AM


      I am planning a visit to the Keys soon and was wondering if there are any good/safe spots to do some bridge jumping from? I was told by a friend about the Sugarloaf Key 'Jumping Bridge' location which looks like a great spot, is anyone aware of similar locations, perhaps parts of the old 7-mile bridge?

    • All beaches in the keys topless????

      by Jamiez Online Now Jun 18, 2016 at 12:10 AM

      I've been doing my research for the trip to the keys and just came across an article that all beaches in the keys are topless. Please tell me that isn't correct. Not at all looking for anything like that as I have two small boys. Any info? Thank you.

      5 Answers Jun 18, 2016 at 7:19 PM
    • Which part is the keys is recommended????

      by Jamiez Online Now Jun 16, 2016 at 1:48 AM

      A little info.... Trip for end of June to first week of July. Two children (6 & 7), two adults, we love the beach especially if there are palms going over the water and clean clear water with small to no waves, not crazy about crowds at all and trying to keep the budget as small as possible. Never been around the area at all f so and advice/info is appreciated. Thanks in advance and blessings.

      4 Answers Jun 16, 2016 at 9:11 PM
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      Golfing & Beaches

      by bettyburton Online Now Jan 6, 2016 at 6:42 PM

      We are looking at Florida for a vacation but the men would like golfing opportunities while the ladies would like to golf some and enjoy the beaches as well. Golfers are good but not professional, so golf courses should be affordable. Any suggestions?

      2 Answers Jan 7, 2016 at 9:32 AM
    • Where to stay in Florida Keys for best diving on short trip

      by robininsf Online Now Jul 11, 2015 at 5:03 PM

      We will be in the Keys for 3 days and plan on diving as much as possible at different locations. Any recommendations on where to stay that is centrally located so we can get some good diving in?

      2 Answers Jul 12, 2015 at 10:03 AM
    • Hotel or overnight stay in Florida Keys

      by tomdow50 Online Now Jan 27, 2015 at 7:28 AM

      I will be motorcycling to Key west Florida in Late March or April of 2015. I have been checking some hotels and they are awful expensive. Does anyone have any suggestions on were to stay for a night or 2 in the Florida Keys?



      2 Answers Jan 27, 2015 at 8:23 PM
    • traffic during holidays

      by linjimnoble Online Now Jun 7, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      what holidays have the most traffic

      3 Answers Jun 8, 2014 at 9:52 AM
    • Going to Key Largo

      by venum1984 Online Now Jun 1, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Plan to snorkel with the wife, not deep sea or anything just around our resort and at other locations.. Is there anywhere you highly recommend we snorkel at that we can just go from the land w/o boat. Also I am looking on Amazon at snorkel sets, is it best to just buy from on there and take with or buy once in the keys?

      1 Answer Jun 5, 2014 at 9:29 AM
    • Key Largo in 17 days, quick questions

      by venum1984 Online Now May 31, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      1)We are staying at a resort that has both a kitchen and bbq for us that is located in Key Largo. Where is the best place to buy a weeks worth of groceries where you will get both the most bang for your buck, as well as quality items?

      2)Driving from Key Largo to Key West on average during a weekday say at 9am, does it take the full 2 hours google maps says it does?

      3)Where is the best place to buy general store items, mainly snorkels, fishing pole, and any other just general items? Should we buy on the mainland or once in the keys?

      4)What is a MUST DO item that a couple has to do on their first trip to the keys?

      3 Answers Jun 1, 2014 at 10:21 AM
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      Fl. Keys or the Bahamas?

      by staryeyeddreamer Online Now May 30, 2014 at 5:54 AM

      My husbands friend wants to go to the Bahamas on a group vacation, my husband and I live in Florida and were looking at prices and it seems like the Florida keys would fit better into our budget. My question is which would be a better vacation the Bahamas or the Florida keys? There would be two couples, my 6 month old daughter and a one other friend. I don't mind spending a little more for better memories. Thanks a million and happy travels 

      3 Answers May 30, 2014 at 6:50 AM
    • About how much

      by mnmmlt Online Now May 20, 2014 at 8:36 AM

      About how much money would I spend total on a vacation to the key west? (Including food, hotel, gas, activities)

      2 Answers May 20, 2014 at 11:10 AM
    • Places to stay

      by Gareth65 Online Now Mar 24, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      Hello...We are taking our holiday in May, and after spending the first two nights in Miami's South Beach area, we're heading to the Keys. We want to see as much as possible in 2-3 days before travelling on. Could you please recommend a good area to stay and also any recommendations for hotels / motels to stay.

      Thanks in advance for your help.

      3 Answers Mar 24, 2014 at 11:56 AM
    • Best Key to stay for 3, 30 year old women.

      by bossapplesauce Online Now Mar 11, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      My sister, cousin and I are headed to the keys the first weekend of May. We will be staying 3 days and 3-4 nights. We are doing our open water scuba dives for certification as well as trying to fit in one additional dive. I am looking for a great place (key) to stay that isn't a tourist mecca, and isn't filled with college kids, but is still fun. We'll be splitting our time diving, hanging at the beach and exploring. A place that has a small bit of nightlife would be awesome but again, not looking for the "drag" of college bars and tourists that key west is known for.

      Any suggestions on which key to call home base, unique accommodations, must see detours would be greatly appreciated.

    • is the gulf coast of the keys buggy?

      by trishianna423 Online Now Jan 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      we want to rent a house in marathon, but it's the first time we're considering the gulf coast, and i'm a little nervous about the bugs. we're renting the last week of august.

      6 Answers Jan 14, 2014 at 5:38 PM
    • Need a vacation home!!!

      by Shellbell81 Online Now Jan 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      My family and i will be vacationing somewhere in the keys March 22-29, 2014. We have been looking online for rental homes and we are very overwhelmed! Does any have any suggestions... we are looking for a home that will accomodate 10 adults and 3 children. We prefer waterfront of some type and a pool for kiddies. Any help will be greatly appreciated :)

      4 Answers Jan 11, 2014 at 5:32 PM
    • Mid February trip, low key activities

      by Beachcomber543 Online Now Jan 10, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      My husband and I are in our mid 50's, will be visiting the Keys in Feb. We prefer less crowded, more relaxed areas. I enjoy exploring the beach, have never snorkeled but want to try it. I would also like to see sea turtles. We are not interested in nightlife - bars, clubs. Would like to kayak. Hoping for some recommendations!

      9 Answers Jan 15, 2014 at 3:51 PM
    • Road tripping next week from the Chicago, IL Area to Key West, FL for Fantasy Fest.

      by Abmer22 Online Now Oct 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      We have drove down two other times but I am looking for some off the beaten path stops to make on our way. Can you please tell me where you suggest we stop? Also, we have never done a tour or boating day trip in the keys and I would love to plan one as a surprise for my boyfriend.

      3 Answers Oct 18, 2013 at 7:54 AM
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      Where to stay - any hidden gems?

      by mickey.p Online Now Oct 14, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      We are arriving into Fort Lauderdale at 9.30pm on 31st December and driving to the Keys, looking for somewhere to stay for 2 nights, Islamorada we are told is 2 hours drive from FLL and we found the Hampton Inn & Suites which seems nice but somethings not clicking with it - not sure what though.

      Are there any hidden gems in the keys that anyone can recommend? We stayed at the Outrigger in Fort Myers which is the type we like, nothing glitzy but beach front, Wifi and clean for a reasonable price!

      I know its New Year and busy so asking a lot but this site has delivered a few gems to me before!

      We are looking to drive down to Key West at some point but not stay there as we know that they have a big party on NYE!

      11 Answers Oct 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM
    • La siesta resort

      by Esuzanneperry Online Now Jun 11, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      Has anyone stayed at this resort recently. I'm trying to figure out if the rooms that have the "resort view" will be ok.....
      Thank you...

      1 Answer Jun 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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      I'm seeking local knowledge for my transition. Help?

      by bo12au Online Now Jan 18, 2013 at 5:36 AM

      I plan on moving to the keys the beginning of Feb. Starting fresh. I am a USMC Veteran seeking peace and serenity from the former madness. I am in my twenties with no kids, or mortgage holding me back from my plan, just a lack of local knowledge of the islands. And i have a very tight budget. My original plan was to move to key west, live in a tent, find work, move up the ladder etc. After further research, it seems like key west is not the wisest place to begin my new life. I am now looking into maybe starting in the upper keys. I want to work at a Marina or as a mate on a fishing charter boat. With my final goal being to purchase my own sailboat. I grew up on a fresh water lake working at a Marina, not the same as salt I understand, but I do have some knowledge of operating boats and some sailing experience. I will work anywhere really to begin with. I am using craigslist to find job openings and a possible place to rent. I need some local advice putting this plan into action. All knowledge would be greatful. Thank you

      14 Answers Jan 18, 2013 at 1:23 PM
    • Only 2 days

      by dianadakini Online Now Aug 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM


      If one has only 2 days to be in the
      Florida Keys, where should one go?


      4 Answers Apr 7, 2013 at 9:16 AM
    • where to snorkel?

      by komita55 Online Now Jul 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      We've snorkeled a lot but never in the keys. It doesn't sound like there's much to snorkel and we definitely need to take a boat. we only are going once so want to make it count! Where is the best snorkeling? off of Key West? Marathon? Pennekamp? somewhere else? Thanks for any advice and information.

      3 Answers Oct 28, 2012 at 5:17 AM
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      Best Snorkeling Reefs?

      by prof.oak Online Now Jul 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      Heading down to the Keys in a couple of days and trying to figure out where the best reefs are for snorkeling. We're staying in Tavernier. Any good places? Thanks

      1 Answer Jul 20, 2012 at 7:52 PM
    • are we crazy?

      by thehoop Online Now Mar 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      We're planning a trip from Miami through the Keys at the beginning of September. Is this really a bad time to do this due to hurricane season? Thanks.

      5 Answers May 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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      Camping in the Keys?

      by boundarybay Online Now Jan 28, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      I am helping my daughter and her best friend plan a trip to the keys. They are 24 yrs old. They fly into Miami. Would a small camper be a good idea? Are there enough campgrounds? The price would be around75 a day and then they would have tbe flexibility to see more. They will be on holiday for 10 days. Feb. 15. - 25

      Thank you for your help!

      2 Answers Jan 28, 2012 at 6:54 PM
    • Staying on a Boat

      by longbeachseal Online Now Nov 21, 2011 at 10:41 AM

      When we were in Key West about 5 years ago, we were making small talk with a bartender one day and he mentioned that there are people who own live-aboard class boats that are harbored in the various Keys and rent them out as alternatives to condos for travelers. He did not have specifics, but we are about to plan a trip down there again in the spring and would very much like to explore that as an option. I have Googled around a LOT and have not really found much so I'm not sure if this is only something done in very small numbers or if I'm just looking in the wrong places. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

      3 Answers Nov 23, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    • house boating in the keys

      by tslore Online Now Sep 5, 2011 at 2:11 PM


      1 Answer Sep 5, 2011 at 7:12 PM
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      Diving in the Keys

      by grant1313 Online Now Apr 9, 2011 at 10:10 PM

      I will be in Miami in mid May and am planning to spend Thursday to Sunday in the Florida Keys doing some diving. I will hire a car and drive down and stop at one or two spots depending on what is there.
      I am keen to know where would be the best places in the Keys to go and which dive operators are good, plus mid range accommodation for when I am down there.
      Currently I am thinking that Key Largo is the place I should go but am keen for suggestions

      4 Answers Oct 4, 2011 at 5:11 AM