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5 Mistakes to Avoid on a Florida Vacation, According to Locals

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Don’t Bypass The Border Towns

Travelers who are driving down I95 to Florida from the north are usually so focused on getting to the south side of the state and the theme parks in Orlando that they bypass one of the state’s prettiest stretches in North Florida, just south of the Georgia border.

In this area, you’re free to pedal a bike along the miles of oak-lined pathways in Amelia Island, camp behind the dunes on an undeveloped barrier island at Little Talbot Island State Park, and soak up the surf culture and quintessential Florida beach town vibes in Atlantic Beach, the most charming of the Jacksonville Beaches.

Locals say that North Florida is most definitely worth a detour.

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4 thoughts on “5 Mistakes to Avoid on a Florida Vacation, According to Locals”

  1. Opa resturant in Orlando near the convention center , usually requires reservations, but the food is so great, be a mistake to miss.

  2. Thomas Pendleton

    We came here the first time in August 1970. WE came back in December then relocated the following year.The two best choices in my life were marrying my wife and having a family and moving to Florida! I am retired now and have been in heaven on earth most of my life!

  3. Siesta public beach on Siesta Key Sarasota is a great place to go,
    but stay away during Spring Breaks and major holidays. The traffic
    comes to a complete halt on Midnight Pass Rd and in Siesta Village.
    The Gulf water is a little too warm from June thru Sept. but very nice
    the rest of the year. The white sand on Crescent Beach is like nothing I’ve seen before. There are so many great places to see
    and restaurants to eat at in the Sarasota area you will surely enjoy
    your stay.

  4. Lois Tibbetts-Durkee

    My husband and I wintered in the Florida Keys for several years until we got too old to drive down and back from Minnesota. Make sure you go south and spend some time going through the Keys. What a beautiful trip that is!

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