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We just returned from our 2 week trip to the south. We were away from March 4-March 18. The weather was ideal, except for the last 1.5 days in Charleston where it was rainy and cold, but still warmer than where we live in the northeast.Our itinerary was as follows:3 nights in Boca, 3 nights in Sarasota, 1 night in St. Augustine, 1 night in Yulee, 1 night in Savannah and 4 nights in Charleston.

We flew into West Palm Beach where we picked up our rental can. After staying with relatives for 2 days in Boca, we headed to Sarasota , mainly for the purpose of seeing the Ringling Museum. We spent the whole day there from 10-6 and found the house and the circus museums fascinating. We paid $5 extra for a house tour and it was well worth it. The tour of the circus museum was free. In addition to seeing the Ringling Museum, we went to Fort Desoto in Bradenton and to Lido beach in Sarasota.

We stayed at the Hyatt Hotel in Sarasota. It is a very nice property, but has no beach of its own. The resort fee which is mandatory entitles you to "free" bicycle and kayak rentals on a first come first served basis. They must have very few kayaks because although we got to the dock early in the morning, we mussed getting their last kayak by a few minutes. We were invited to wait until one came in, but we were not willing to waste our time doing this.

Dinner one night was at Selva's Grille, an upscale "Peruvian" restaurant in downtown Sarasota. The meal was excellent, but the Pisco sours were awful, even after the bartender's second attempt to redo the drinks. I had lomo saltado, a Peruvian beef stir fry, and DH had skirt steak. Both were delicious. I would give this restaurant 4 stars for the food, service and ambiance (a little loud, but generally a good vibe), and less than one star for the drinks.

After 3 days in Sarasota we drove 4 hours to St. Augustine.

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