We live far north of Florida but the summers are so beautiful we really don’t need to get away. But when the temperature starts to drop, we love heading to Florida for a fall vacation. I checked a few online sites about Florida and realized that, over the years, we have visited many of them. So instead of passing along information from those sites, I thought I would list my favorite Florida stays – in no particular order. But you don’t have to live out-of-state to enjoy these sites. They all make great ‘staycation’ destinations.
My first trip to Daytona came about as a result of a contest at a motorcycle show. Larry Somebody called me the day after we attended the show to say that I’d won a trip for two to Daytona. I hung up on him. He called back the next day and repeated that I had indeed won flights and accommodations for two. We shipped our motorcycles down and spent a great week on the beach, in a wide range of restaurants, people-watching, and riding during Biketoberfest.
Of all the trips I’ve done in Florida, riding from Ft Lauderdale to Key West was one of my favorites. Yes, the travel can be a bit slow once you hit Highway 1, but riding a motorcycle on the Overseas Highway from Miami to The Keys blew my mind. And you can’t beat Key West for funky art shops, great food, and entertainment. If you love cats, do not miss the descendants of Hemingway’s polydactyls.
Truthfully, Homosassa had never been on my travel destination list. In fact, it had never been on my radar. But a friend of mine had a place to stay, so a group of us spent a very relaxing week there. The highlight of the trip was Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park known as one of the best places in Florida to see manatees. Crystal Kayaks weren’t available when I was there, but they would have made paddling in the rivers with the manatees even more spectacular. If you’re interested in renting or buying a Crystal Kayak, check out this website: www.crystalkayak.com
As a lover of beautiful architecture and cemeteries, I can’t say enough about St Augustine. Located on the northeast coast of Florida, St Augustine lays claim to being the oldest city in the U.S. You can saturate yourself with Spanish architecture just by walking around the city. There’s also the 17th century Castillo de San Marcos. Taphophiles will want to check out the nightly tours.
CAPTIVA & SANIBEL ISLANDS
Long before my husband came along, I spent an unforgettable ten days on Captiva and Sanibel Islands walking, lying on the beach, playing tennis and flirting with a beautiful boy. I’m sure the resorts and hotels have changed, but from the photos online, I believe the pristine beaches have not.
What is your favorite fall ‘staycation’ destination in Florida? Post a comment. We’d love to hear from you.