Historic Tampa/Miami/Key West in October 2019

Aug 12th, 2019, 11:52 AM
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Historic Tampa/Miami/Key West in October 2019

A 70-year young married couple planning trip to Florida in October. Traveling from Nashville, TN, first stop Tampa for aunt's 95 birthday party at Safety Harbor. Next heading to Miami via Hwy 41, then on down to Key West. Interested in historic Florida. Like taking back roads mostly. Looking for recommendations on historic towns on route. Also need suggestions for hotel in safe section of Miami and hotel recommendations in Key West.

Return trip, will be taking A1A along east coast. Again looking for historic old Florida towns.

Thank you for your help with this trip.
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Aug 12th, 2019, 11:57 AM
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Aug 12th, 2019, 12:13 PM
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Just know that Fantasy fest is Friday Oct 18th till Sunday, Oct 27th in Key West.
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Aug 12th, 2019, 12:14 PM
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Just know that Fantasy fest is Friday, Oct 18th till Sunday, Oct 27th in Key West.
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Aug 12th, 2019, 12:22 PM
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I live in Florida so I will be very interested in what responders consider to be "old" especially along A1A south of St Augustine. Not saying it doesn't exist because I live close to a town which has absolutely no high rises on the beach and still has a bunch of 940's and 1950's type motels doing business. Have a great trip. Please also remember that Old Town Key West can become very mobbed when cruise ships are docked.
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Aug 12th, 2019, 02:57 PM
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If you have never been to Fort Myers , consider a stop at the Edison and Ford houses along the way... in Miami, South Beach gives you a chance to see the Art Deco design trend and is also a great place to stay... In Key West, staying in Old Town is a must... have fun!
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Aug 13th, 2019, 02:42 AM
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If you have never been to Fort Myers , consider a stop at the Edison and Ford houses along the way... in Miami, South Beach gives you a chance to see the Art Deco design trend and is also a great place to stay... In Key West, staying in Old Town is a must... have fun!
Might consider adding in Coconut Grove to that Miami list.
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Aug 13th, 2019, 08:43 AM
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Hi,

I enjoyed the historic side of Tampa this past December/January. The History Museum located near the aquarium is excellent—the Spanish colonial history and cigar-making past I was completely unaware of. Ybor City is worth a look for the Italian/Cuban history even if it can be a bit too party central for some tastes. The Columbia restaurant is a Cuban food institution dating from 1905 if that appeals.

In Miami, I found the Vizcaya Museum fascinating and beautiful, if a bit over-the-top with its ornateness and Venetian touches. Definitely showcases what early 20th century magnates were capable of!
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Aug 14th, 2019, 05:57 AM
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Is that an area or a restaurant?
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We have already done the Columbia and Ybor City in Tampa. They were great areas! Thanks for the tips.
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Coconut Grove is an area, if that’s what you’re asking. The center of the neighbourhood is not far from the Vizcaya Museum (by Miami standards). Some of the businesses there I found charming.
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