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Old 06-11-2014, 10:12 AM   #11
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If you get a chance, visit Crystal River on the Gulf coast. If you are lucky you can swim with the Manatees.
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:37 AM   #12
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If you get a chance, visit Crystal River on the Gulf coast. If you are lucky you can swim with the Manatees.
That is one of our planned day trips. I figure we'll do some kind of guided company for it.
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:38 AM   #13
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"you can park on the beach itself" - I'm driving a 4x4 dually and would have no idea what to do if something went wrong. Are you sure this is good advice for me? .
Absolutely. I have taken my dually onto the sand without problem. Get there before 11 to get the easiest parking since you will have turning radius challenges. Check when high tide is though. The close the beach when approaching high tide. That time is important for driving since it is what keeps the sand hard packed.

Cocoa Beach is another great one I have been to several times. The Melbourne area is a little further south and a little less crowded. Anywhere along that stretch (Daytona to Melbourne) is good. Just locate the causeways to the barrier island.
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:47 AM   #14
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"for a real Gulf Beach" - can you describe the differences any?
Duh, a real Gulf beach would have to be on the Gulf? Therefore any beach on the Daytona side would not qualify.
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Not so much for Clearwater Beach..try Honeymoon Island in Dunedin for a real Gulf Beach.
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Duh, a real Gulf beach would have to be on the Gulf? Therefore any beach on the Daytona side would not qualify.
Hey now, while reading comprehension isn't my strongest skill- camaraderie was talking about Clearwater Beach.
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I vote Daytona or New Smyrna for the Atlantic side. And don't worry about driving on the sand, I had no issues and did not adjust the air in my tires. It sure is nice to be able to pack everything in the bed of the truck, and not have to lug it back and forth.

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Old 06-11-2014, 11:00 AM   #17
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Hey now, while reading comprehension isn't my strongest skill- camaraderie was talking about Clearwater Beach.
Would not deny that, but a real Gulf beach would defined as any beach on the Gulf of Mexico which covers all of them, not just Clearwater Beach.

Some are even in other states and countries.
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:02 AM   #18
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Without a doubt, cocoa Beach is the best. It is also the best stretch of uncrowded beach on the East Coast. Take "the Beach Line" rt 528 due east. If in an RV there is Jetty Park right on the beach at the end of 528. Lots to see, restaurants galore, and most if not all "snow birds" are gone. I know...I've been a snowbird and homeowner there almost thirty years.
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If it were me, I'd spend two days on the Atlantic coast. I've been to the Clearwater Beach area numerous times and it just doesn't appeal to me. Terrible traffic. Takes forever to get from point A to point B. Lots of older development. Not my way to relax.

If you do end up going to the Port Canaveral area, check out the cruise schedule for departing ships. Google "Jetty Park" - campground, playground, etc. I might even go there and stay a few nights sometime and take a Disney cruise again. Sure beats a hotel.
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That is one of our planned day trips. I figure we'll do some kind of guided company for it.
In actuality, the best season to see a lot of manatees is in the winter, during the colder weeks of the year as most of them all are congregating in the warm spring holes to keep body temps in check...During the summer months they spread out due to the Gulf waters being much warmer...not that you won't see any, just much more impressive in colder months
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