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Spring Break Ideas -- for a family reunion of sorts

cnp55cnp55 3653 replies152 threads Senior Member
My husband and I are planning a spring break trip for us, our 2 adult sons, and a friend for each. Our kids are mid-20s. We will make the arrangements and pay for everyone -- this is a big splurge for us. The budget is relatively open ended -- we will go Wednesday-Sunday with maybe one more day on one end, depending on dates.

I'm looking for ideas on resorts and locations. We are pretty much stuck on Florida. We need a three-bedroom accommodation -- we want to have a common living room where we can hang out together and some form of a kitchen. We need activities on site, preferably some golf, and we'd love a beach, which can be Atlantic or Gulf. We need to be within an hour of a airport with *direct* flights from LAX. I figure the east coasties have a lot more flexibility, but we want to make it easy for the west coast contingent.

We've previously gone to South Seas in Captiva which we loved -- but it doesn't meet the transportation location spec.

Ideas?
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  • oldfortoldfort 23090 replies293 threads Senior Member
    Check out Airbnb. Go to South Beach, get close to Lincoln Ave where Delano is. There are many great apartments and houses on the beach for rent. Kids could go out clubbing at night and sit by the pool in the afternoon.
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  • yoamogatosyoamogatos 413 replies6 threads Member
    South Walton, along 30A in the panhandle. Seaside, Seagrove, Watercolor, Rosemary, etc.

    http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/
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  • cnp55cnp55 3653 replies152 threads Senior Member
    Any suggestions flying into Tampa or Orlando?
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  • oldfortoldfort 23090 replies293 threads Senior Member
    Why not Miami or FTL?
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  • cnp55cnp55 3653 replies152 threads Senior Member
    @oldfort The idea is family time, not clubbing. South Beach is just not what we have in mind.
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  • conmamaconmama 4573 replies329 threads Senior Member
    I just don't know of anyplace in Florida that has activities on site. Aren't those mostly all inclusives? There's many places in Florida...the further south the better for chances of warm weather during springbreak. thd gulf side is prettier. I'm partial to siesta Key beach. Beautiful and lots of things to do in Sarasota. One hour from the Tampa airport.
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  • audiophileaudiophile 2486 replies133 threads Senior Member
    edited January 2016
    Longboat Key just outside of Sarasota and 1 hour south of Tampa fits your requirements. Make sure to take a day trip to the fabulous Ringling Art Museum and Ca' D'zan

    http://www.longboatkeyclub.com
    https://www.ringling.org/visit
    edited January 2016
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  • cnp55cnp55 3653 replies152 threads Senior Member
    Longboat Key Club looks awesome -- but no 3BR units tho. The 3BR thing makes it comfortable for all of us -- cannot put one pair on a pullout couch. Perhaps my kids are too spoiled. I did find a great rental home on Siesta Key and I might be able to make that work.
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  • SnowdogSnowdog 2206 replies37 threads Senior Member
    Another vote for South Walton. Seaside or one of the nearby towns - there are tons of rentals of all sizes on VRBO.
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  • cnp55cnp55 3653 replies152 threads Senior Member
    What airport for the Panhandle? Nonstop flights from LAX?
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7944 replies158 threads Senior Member
    OK, I HAVE to say it: would you consider Disney World? No beach, but golf and so much else to do!
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  • SnowdogSnowdog 2206 replies37 threads Senior Member
    @cnp55 ECP is the airport. One change out of LAX. If you have to have nonstop, then you're probably looking at Orlando rather than the beach.
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  • cnp55cnp55 3653 replies152 threads Senior Member
    edited January 2016
    @bjkmom Orlando is on the table. We have been to Disney a lot as a family (and I have been there a lot on my own for business and going later in March to work a trade show as well), so it's not new and exciting to us. But -- I found a great place with great 3BR units and stuff to do besides the parks. The golf is a big plus. So it's absolutely under consideration -- and certainly meets the needs of direct flights and close to the airport. It's just missing the beach ... and maybe we can do without it. (California kid lives in South Bay; we have a beach house in shoreline Connecticut)

    edited January 2016
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  • conmamaconmama 4573 replies329 threads Senior Member
    Why can't you split the trip? 3 nights Disney, 2 nights Cocoa Beach. It's only an hour from the Orlando airport...very easy to get to.
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  • Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay 19373 replies460 threads Senior Member
    Sounds like you go to Florida a lot. Sure you don't want to try something else? Savannah?
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  • lastminutemomtwolastminutemomtwo 60 replies1 threads Junior Member
    What time of year are you talking about? The Panhandle of Florida isn't terribly warm in March and is warmer in April, but there is no guarantee of beach weather in terms of temperature. Golf, walking on the beach, etc are all still good to go though.
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  • HarvestMoon1HarvestMoon1 6200 replies28 threads Senior Member
    The Breakers in Palm Beach or the Cloisters at Sea Island Georgia. Breakers might be problematic in that you would most likely need to book 2 or 3 rooms rather than a condo but you can rent a house/cottage at the Cloisters.

    Also take a look at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina. You can rent a cottage as well as staying at the Inn. Very nice with plenty to do.
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  • katliamomkatliamom 12936 replies169 threads Senior Member
    Here's an out-of-the-box idea: Palm Springs. No beach, but plenty of pools and golf. Plus there is hiking in the desert/foothills, Mt. San Jacinto, great mid-century architecture and date shakes :)
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  • nottellingnottelling 4269 replies60 threads Senior Member
    Re Palm Springs: And this should be a spectacular year for desert wildflowers.
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  • HarvestMoon1HarvestMoon1 6200 replies28 threads Senior Member
    What are "date shakes?"
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