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Best Florida Beach Resort for Family Reunion 2018 or 2020

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Best Florida Beach Resort for Family Reunion 2018 or 2020

Our Group: 8 adults (28-65), 2 yr, 4 yr and 10 yr old; late October or late June trip; Young adults have requested a beach vacation and warm enough to get in the water. Need restaurants nearby or within resort so there’s little cooking. Besides close to the beach access (for seniors), ideally a resort that may have a kiddie pool, slide and /or lazy river.

1. Concerned about the weather being too hot and humid in FL in late June? Thinking of NC or SC as back up, such as Myrtle Beach area.)

2. which coast/area of Florida would still have warm enough water in late October? We are open to other areas of FL.

3. Are there hurricane debris problems in the water now or likely will be late June- October 2018?

4. $200 per night per couple budget.

5. Ideally near a major city or airport.

6. Your suggestions of specific resorts with the above criteria MOST appreciated.

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1. Re: Best Florida Beach Resort for Family Reunion 2018 or 2020

There are no problems with hurricane debris in the water.

Your budget of $200/night for a Resort is a little low. Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin might work in October (June prices will be higher as it is peak season). Self catering condos/homes are more typical in the Panhandle and usually a better value than self-contained resorts.

The water is warm enough for swimming in all areas of Florida in June and October. June is high season in the Panhandle. Late October can bring cold fronts in the Panhandle that are short lived before warming up again. June 1 until mid November is hurricane season and the chance of storms is highest in August and September.

Jacksonville (Amelia Island/Ponte Vedra), Tampa (Clearwater/St. Pete Beach), Ft. Lauderdale (Lauderdale by the Sea), Miami (Miami Beach/South Beach) are the major airline hubs in Florida. It’s typically cheaper to fly into these airports.

While the beaches of NW Florida are indeed beautiful we have smaller airports (Panama City, Ft. Walton, Pensacola) and flying into the area can be expensive. SouthWest airlines flies into Panama City so you may get a decent price on a flight through them. As previously mentioned October will be cheaper price wise for a Panhandle vacation. Look at the Marriott and Splash in Panama City Beach, Margaritaville in Pensacola, Baytowne in Sandestin.

Gulf waters tend to be calmer than Atlantic (east coast) beaches.

You have posted in the Panhandle forum. Try posting in the statewide forum for more input or nail down where you will be flying into and post in that respective forum.

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2. Re: Best Florida Beach Resort for Family Reunion 2018 or 2020

Additional thoughts:

If you go in late October, I would personally go farther south than the panhandle. A beach vacation is not the same if a cold front comes through and you can't enjoy the water.

Places I would recommend don't have kiddie slides and lazy rivers, but if you decide your group can live without those, I'd suggest Anna Maria Island (fly into Tampa) or Sanibel Island (fly into Ft. Myers). Price point should be raised for either. Ft. Myers Beach is also an option, and less expensive.

If a lazy river and slides are a top priority, Waterscape, in Ft. Walton Beach/Okaloosa Island would be a good choice. It loses out in my opinion, on the restaurant issue though.

If you go with a back up (you mentioned NC or SC), I'd choose Hilton Head Island. I personally can't recommend Myrtle Beach.

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3. Re: Best Florida Beach Resort for Family Reunion 2018 or 2020

thank you for your thoughts and time, I appreciate it.

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4. Re: Best Florida Beach Resort for Family Reunion 2018 or 2020

thank you for your feedback and ideas.

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5. Re: Best Florida Beach Resort for Family Reunion 2018 or 2020

Hurricane debris in 2018 will depend on whether or not there is another hurricane that hits Florida in 2018. I know on Marco Island where I live, there is still debris in some of the shallower canals and creeks around the island.

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6. Re: Best Florida Beach Resort for Family Reunion 2018 or 2020

Thank you Minnie, i wasnt sure how long debris from 2017 would still be around.

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7. Re: Best Florida Beach Resort for Family Reunion 2018 or 2020

Check out the Sheraton Bay Point in Panama City

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