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Old 10-27-2018, 07:00 PM   #1
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Florida Retirement trip

OK, can't help but take the retirement package we are offered, so planning a retirement trip where we don't have to get back for work

DFW, Texas to Key West...

have two destinations in mind:

first stop Santa Rosa RV in Navarre, Fl to meet the kids for their 2 weeks in a condo...

second stop Bluewater Key RV Resort in Key West....

What should we NOT miss on the way down and back?

and given that the physique doesn't like bathing suits anymore

How long in Key West in June ?

Thanks in advance!
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Just be aware that a number of state and county camp grounds have been shut down because of hurricane damage. Some that have not been damaged are closed because staff was transferred to damaged areas to help in the restoration.

Don't forget to visit Pensacola when you are in Navarre. Naval air museum is a great exhibit.

https://www.visitpensacola.com/
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Old 10-28-2018, 01:43 AM   #3
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Honestly, Florida is a tourist Mecca and there are too many things to mention. Just off the top of my head, my wife & I try to pay a visit to the French quarter of New Orleans for beignets (?) and coffee whenever we’re traveling by New Orleans heading east or west. We stay in nearby Slidell overnight.
In Florida, depending on your route south, there is of course Disney World and Universal Studios. There is also Cape Canaveral if you’re interested in the history of the space program.
I believe there is a Navy Seal museum in the Ft. Pierce area, also.
Near our neck of the woods, we have the Coral Castle which is interesting to see, though I wouldn’t personally go too far off-route for it. But it’s great if you’re passing through the Homestead area when the castle is open.

As far as Key West goes, there is a chamber of commerce down there that, the last time we checked, had all kinds of information on places to see in Key West. Many places to see there & many tours offered. We try to get down there several times a year. June is hot there, but there’s usually an ocean breeze which makes it more bearable. Have fun!
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OK, can't help but take the retirement package we are offered, so planning a retirement trip where we don't have to get back for work

DFW, Texas to Key West...

have two destinations in mind:

first stop Santa Rosa RV in Navarre, Fl to meet the kids for their 2 weeks in a condo...

second stop Bluewater Key RV Resort in Key West....

What should we NOT miss on the way down and back?

and given that the physique doesn't like bathing suits anymore

How long in Key West in June ?

Thanks in advance!
Stop in Foley Alabama. There is a small zoo there where for $5 you can sit in a cage full of Lemurs, feed a sloth and hold a baby kangaroo. We stay a few weeks there in the winter, we stay at Bella Terra.
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Old 10-28-2018, 08:28 AM   #5
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Key West in June? Hotter than DFW and twice the humidity. So how long do you want to live in that? Some folks like it. We head for higher ground in Colorado in June. Warm days, cool nights and no humidity.

Retirement is great, just use it to chase 70 degree days all year long.
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If your physique don't like bathing suits anymore, go to Haulover Beach, just north if Miami.

You won't need one !
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My Places app or History near me are great fun for locating interesting places.
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Old 11-05-2018, 06:16 PM   #8
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gonna be HOT in KW in June. Also, hurricane season will have just started. We go to KW in December. Nevertheless, BWK is a nice place to stay - book way in advance to get a nice waterfront spot. My favorite is #44. Santa Rosa RV park is nice also on your route. Try heading down to Low Key Hideaway in Cedar Key. Nice coastal RV park with only 9 spaces (so, again, book well ahead). Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness is marvelous (and is especially exciting in December when folks decorate their site with Christmas decoration). Further south again is Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades. Have a great trip!
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Thanks for the insights ! Much Appreciated and we did book Santa Rosa on the way back....


A little background, we are going in June to meet the kids & grandkids in Navarre for a week or so there and at Crab Island...
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We have stayed in the southern Keys many times. Sugarloaf key, has a KOA campground (mile 26?) where we have had waterfront sites. Beautiful. Due to that storm, they are still not open/taking reservations. Called yesterday, they are hopping to open late spring. They are not far from Blue Water Key. Have a good trip. ( Bahama Mommas has good food, and are oposite the KOA entrance at mile 26 +/-.on the right heading south)
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Preliminary plan is to go south on the east coast and north up the west... so Looking at the map:

https://www.google.com/maps/search/h...80.4261429,10z


Would Hwy 41 from east to west across the everglades
up thru Naples to Fort Myers be ok for our coaches and toads ?

Worth the drive or go up to 75


(One edit - just used street view and saw 18 wheelers on the road so we should be good length and weight wise!)
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I suggest taking in as much of the Everglades as possible. The eastern entrance isn't far from the keys.
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Preliminary plan is to go south on the east coast and north up the west... so Looking at the map:



Would Hwy 41 from east to west across the everglades
up thru Naples to Fort Myers be ok for our coaches and toads ?

Worth the drive or go up to 75
If you’re already going down the east coast when heading south then, yes, it’s probably worth going the Naples-to-Ft. Myers route just as a change when going north. The only unpleasant thing I remember about the Naples route was that you went through quite a bit of urban area. It was fine as far as the RV & toad were concerned, however it made the trip a little more tedious because of the traffic lights, etc.
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definitely go via 41. Several places to stop to explore the Everglades and see the alligators - just at the sides of the roads or via airboats.
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