Where to go in Florida . . . without a car?

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Nov 7th, 2017, 09:36 AM
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Where to go in Florida . . . without a car?

I am thinking about going to Florida for 3-4 days over our MLK weekend in January. Are there any fun places to go where we won't need a car?

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Nov 7th, 2017, 09:58 AM
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I think you need to be more specific about what you are looking for. Beaches, nature, museums, etc. What is the hotel budget?

At first glance, I would put Miami at the top of the list but again, we need to know more about your tastes.
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Nov 7th, 2017, 10:01 AM
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I highly recommend Lauderdale By The Sea. It's a small beach town north of Fort Lauderdale. No car needed. Everything is walkable. There is a small "downtown" with 5-6 restaurants and bars and a few small stores. Grocery store, drug store, liquor store all walkable as well. It's like a small hamlet between the ocean and the A1A.

All hotels are former mom and pop old school properties but most of them have been bought out and totally updated. I highly recommend the High Noon Resort. I suggest a pool room. Rooms are all modern with nice kitchens (they have hotel rooms, too). The place is spotless!!! The beach is wide and beautiful and there's a pier to walk out on. I've stayed at a few other properties but this is our favorite.

I'm heading there in December for 4 days. They have direct flights from my home airport (Buffalo). We pack carry-on bags, go outside to the cab line, and we're at the hotel before lunch. If the room isn't ready, they hold our bags and we have lunch and a drink at Aruba's.

Anyhow, my husband doesn't get a lot of time off so we usually head there when we only have a few days.

http://www.lbts.com/

http://www.highnoonresort.com/

I hope this helps!
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Nov 7th, 2017, 10:16 AM
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The Miami area can be visited on public transortation.

Here's what we saw without a car: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mksfca...846065187/show
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Nov 7th, 2017, 12:54 PM
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South Beach Miami is totally self contained with lodging, beach, food, shopping aND fun...
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Nov 8th, 2017, 10:09 AM
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My favorite Florida town is Key West. Lots and lots to do and it is perfectly walkable.
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Nov 8th, 2017, 12:09 PM
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Key West.
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Nov 8th, 2017, 01:46 PM
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Thanks for all the great suggestions. I will go check them out.

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Nov 8th, 2017, 02:39 PM
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We were in Fort Lauderdale without a car last January, and Uber was easy and not expensive.
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Nov 8th, 2017, 05:33 PM
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..and Fort Lauderdale also has the water taxi
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Nov 9th, 2017, 03:43 AM
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I live in Fort Lauderdale and I think you need to define "fun" before I would recommend either Lauderdale-By-The-Sea OR the city itself over Miami or Key West.
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Nov 9th, 2017, 04:22 AM
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Hi sandy_b,

Funny, I still remember your queries about visiting Monterrey Mexico a number of years ago as you're one of the very few posters who have expressed interest in visiting the underrated Nuevo Leon capital. I visited for the fourth time last year and is one of my favorite North American cities.

I have also visited Key West, Miami and Fort Lauderdale without a car and while I managed in all, to my eyes, Key West is the most natural fit for a pedestrian visitor of these three and Fort Lauderdale the least. For Fort Lauderdale (mind you, my advice may be dated (2011)), even though I was maybe a half hour walk from the central A1A/Las Olas hub, I found I sometimes was walking nearly that half hour for the simple task of finding a location with supper options. In the north, Saint Augustine, being the oldest city that it is, was quite easy without a car once there. If however you wish to combine Saint Augustine with some Jacksonville sights as I did, it's tricky but possible. For a St Augustine & Jacksonville combo, I recommend perusing carefully bus schedules (and for Fort Lauderdale, water taxi schedules)!

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Nov 9th, 2017, 08:44 AM
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I also wondered what fun meant. You could spend a couple days in Tampa without a car easily. I agree about St Augustine, also, except you can't get there without a car from the airport. Tampa you can just take a taxi to a hotel in an area with stuff to do, like the aquarium, the old Cuban quarter, etc.

You could spend a couple days in Sarasota without a car easily. I think I'd prefer Sarasota to Tampa.
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Nov 9th, 2017, 09:52 AM
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Christina & others,

You write that you can't get to St. Augustine without a car from the airport. I thought I remembered a shuttle so typed in St. Augustine-Jacksonville airport shuttle out of curiosity and options show up. For future reference: does anyone know if these services are reliable? Just curious, as I didn't use the airport so never attempted to use one of these shuttles. Note that when I went to Saint Augustine without a car, I arrived via Amtrak at their Jacksonville station, cabbed to downtown Jacksonville and caught a Greyhound bus to St. Augustine. To return to downtown Jacksonville, I took two city buses, one with the St. Augustine system to Avenues Mall in the Jacksonville suburbs and the second from Avenues Mall to downtown via the Jacksonville system.

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Nov 10th, 2017, 10:58 AM
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There is a water taxi that runs between Hollywood and Ft. Lauderdale stopping at points in between.
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Nov 16th, 2017, 05:09 AM
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I forgot to mention that Lauderdale By The Sea has a street party on Friday nights on El Mar Drive. The street is closed to what little traffic there is, a stage is set up, a band plays. The restaurants put tables and bars in the street. Several of the restos are open air style. There is a dance area. People of all ages. Nothing rowdy. You can walk outside with a drink in your hand and people watch. It's a great time.

I'm probably the only person on planet earth who couldn't possibly care less if she ever returned to Key West.
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Nov 16th, 2017, 11:43 AM
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Somewhere in The Keys.
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