I think after 10 years I owe my readers and people who just so happen to pop on here some serious advanced vacation advice. But I do that slowly because I live here.
Do not come here in Winter. They charge you more. While you may have to put up with the rain and heat, it is better to come in summer. It is cheaper. Once you have that, you have it: your Florida dream vacation. But there is a right way and a wrong way to plan this economically.
You could do the regular beach thing like all other people without imagination. Or you could do it my way: on the cheap and not get taken and have bills after this.
Here’s how to do that:
1. Go to a state park that is near a beach. Here’s the link to fine one
But If I had my choice of all of them, I would take a cabin for $100 a night in the Northeast section. http://www.floridastateparks.org/findapark/district-northeast.cfm
Do stay in a cabin that the Florida state park system provides because it is cheaper than a motel or hotel.
Here’s the link: http://www.floridastateparks.org/staythenight/cabins/default.cfm Remember, pets are not allowed in cabins but all or most of them are air conditioned and have modern conveniences like dishwashers and kitchens and are near other attractions.
Forget the mouse as we call him in Florida. Most of us semi-natives like to snorkel or go tubing.
For snorkeling you can go anywhere: http://www.floridastateparks.org/thingstodo/activities.cfm?activity=37#activity37
But here are the springs:
YOU MUST DO THIS BEFORE YOU DIE:
But there have been readers on Twitter that have asked me what are my favorite beaches? Well, I usually don’t go for meat market type beaches because most are bland imitations of up north beaches. Those beaches remind of overworked establishments that are put up in a hurry without much thought. They are usually very crowded.
Beaches to a semi native is a real beach without much going on around them. We know how to get away from Everyone. It is not like some wild beach where teens are going wild because they live in the middle of nowhere and must must must be bad. Hey, we live here and have people to face after it is over with. We are very laid back here.
Good beaches are here:
And don’t forget the alligators.
But if you are like me and have done just about everything and want to burn something on the credit card this is the best. Pay $150 for boat fare to go camping on the Dry Tortugas in the Florida Keys.
But go ahead do the usual without much imagination. You WILL miss out on all this. But take my advice: don’t do that.