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    I am planning a family trip to somewhere in Florida, I just don't know where to go. This is where you guys come in ! I have 2 kids ages 6 & 9. I don't want to do the Disney thing though. I want to go somewhere where the water is nice and good for snorkeling. I have been to St. Petersburg before and thought it was pretty nice but not good if you want to see exotic fish and so on. Can you guys give me suggestions on where to start looking ? Thanks guys

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    Go to the Keys, you will all love it.
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    The Keys are great for snorkleing no doubt but their beach's suck, all the sand is brought in. Plus young kids may get bored. I like a week on the gulf coast myself.
    And best bet is to rent a condo, ya can get them very reasonable. Then ya have 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, washer-dryer, a deck overlooking the ocean, pool and close to other attractions. We been doing it for several years.
    Rent a car and go where ya want.
    Here is some links to condo rental places.

    http://www.greatrentals.com/FL/FLnorthcentralgulf.html

    http://www.gulfcoastrentals.com/flor...ian-shores.htm

    http://www.tropicalbeachrentals.com/
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    Go to St. Augustine (oldest city in America) and the kids can learn some history also. You are also close to Daytona there.

    Try to stay away from the Yankee clip joints like Dice goes to.

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    If there ever was a yankee clip joint, it's Daytona beach.
    We are going to Marco Island this year.
    Nice beach front condo, on the gulf, watch the sun set from the 21 foot long porch, eat shrimp, drink beer, get sun tanned and just hang out. When ya get old, that is fun.
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    Originally posted by James 3528
    Go to St. Augustine (oldest city in America) and the kids can learn some history also.
    6 & 9 year old kids just love historical vacations.......
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    Brother-in-law has a condo on Siesta Key, right near Sarasota.

    Nicest beaches you will ever see. Just make sure kids don't eat the sand, looks like sugar, it's the whitest sand you will ever step foot on.

    Lotsa stuff for kids to do too.

    Something really nice about seeing the sun set over the water. Gotta go to the Gulf side of Florida to see it.

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    Originally posted by Diceman
    Originally posted by James 3528
    Go to St. Augustine (oldest city in America) and the kids can learn some history also.
    6 & 9 year old kids just love historical vacations.......
    Maybe he wants them to be smarter than yours.

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    Perdido key just a few miles from Pensicola . Great trip
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    The winter rates for condo's at Port Aransas, Texas go for about $49 a night. That's November through March. The whole works. The one we stayed in had stove, pots, pans, dishes, refrig, ect. No washer or dryer. Overlooking the Gulf. Deep sea fishing at it's best. At any time it could be 80 or so degrees here. Also a gambling boat, but make sure you inspect your pockets before you board, if you now what I mean.

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    Be careful though, don't go around the "Spring Break".

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    Originally posted by glennwith2ns
    Brother-in-law has a condo on Siesta Key, right near Sarasota.

    Nicest beaches you will ever see. Just make sure kids don't eat the sand, looks like sugar, it's the whitest sand you will ever step foot on.

    Lotsa stuff for kids to do too.

    Something really nice about seeing the sun set over the water. Gotta go to the Gulf side of Florida to see it.
    Yeah, check them links for condo rentals, we stayed at Siesta Key once, very nice.
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    Originally posted by James 3528
    Originally posted by Diceman
    Originally posted by James 3528
    Go to St. Augustine (oldest city in America) and the kids can learn some history also.
    6 & 9 year old kids just love historical vacations.......
    Maybe he wants them to be smarter than yours.
    Oldest son is civil engineer for the Air Force who will also have his MBA next year. Youngest daughter is majoring in neuroscience at Penn State main campus.
    No..........they got it from their mother........
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