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Mar 8th, 2008, 11:16 AM
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Casual vacation spot with beach and walkable neighborhood?

We just returned from Key West with our toddler and loved it. What made it ideal was the proximity of beach, pool, shopping and restaurants. We had a similar experience in Santa Monica when we stayed between the Pier and the 3rd Street Prominade. I'm looking for other vacation spots with a similar set up. Any ideas?
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Mar 9th, 2008, 03:25 PM
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ac23,

I'm sure there are tons of places, but these are some favorites of our family:

Ocean City, Maryland. Boardwalk with a pier and an amusement park at the end. Historic seaside hotels like the Lankford Inn. 20 minutes from the wild ponies of Assateague Island.

The next three are less commercial than OC. They're the kind of places with room on the beach for a young child to run and explore. Variety of restaurants and quaint little shops in a quiet setting with easy access to busier communities.

Anna Maria Island,near Sarasota Florida. About 7 miles of white sand beaches. Free trolley. Nesting sight for loggerhead turtles.

Madeira Beach near Tampa Florida. Shopping Village at St John's Pass. Between St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

Tybee Island, near Savannah in Georgia. Great for walking and biking. Good shelling.

We've actually considered Santa Monica for a future trip. Did you do a trip report?
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Mar 9th, 2008, 04:42 PM
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Rehoboth, Delaware fits the bill.
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Mar 9th, 2008, 04:54 PM
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Mar 9th, 2008, 06:10 PM
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We spend 4 to 6 weeks a year in Key West, and absolutely love it! The only other place "like that" we've found is Monterey, California.
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Mar 10th, 2008, 07:35 AM
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Thanks for the great ideas. These are places I would never have thought to look into, so I'm excited to start. My hope is to compile a list of great places to visit and get more organized about my travel!

mhc, I did not do a trip report for Santa Monica, but we stayed at The Georgian (1415 Ocean) and it was perfectly located for our needs. We were able to walk to breakfast or eat on the hotel veranda. Many restaurants were within walking distance as were the beach and the Pier. We spent a lot of our time running after our toddler between fountains on the 3rd street Promenade. I'm excited to look into some of your suggestions for our next trip!
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Mar 10th, 2008, 08:28 AM
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Santa Barbara.
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Mar 10th, 2008, 10:01 AM
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Mar 10th, 2008, 11:17 AM
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Mar 10th, 2008, 01:02 PM
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Cannon Beach, Oregon is smaller town but lovely. You can be right on the beach and your backdoor is the town itself.
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Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida (only certain hotels).
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Mar 10th, 2008, 02:06 PM
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Mar 11th, 2008, 06:48 AM
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These are great. Keep them coming!
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