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Old 01-17-2022, 08:53 AM
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Default Florida Vacation Spot for Key West alternative (with boat)

Normally we go to Key West every year for the races (without our boat), but the prices of that week have more than doubled at this point...One hotel we stayed at a couple years back skyrocketed to $999/night... Screw that

So I'm considering towing our Activator down somewhere else in FL for a week or 2 vacation in beginning end of Oct into beginning of Nov. Want somewhere that has enough slip space for 30' and parking for the truck and trailer while we are there for the week.... Looking for any suggestions? Should I go for Airbnb, VRBO, Vacasa house rental type of place OR does anyone know of any hotel/marina combos that can accommodate this.
Curious what others have done for a trip like this or would suggest... Just want somewhere with some good boating, waterfront restaurants, maybe beaches, bonus if good places to tie up or sandbars... BONUS if its an area with other powerboaters that might want to make a couple runs

Thanks in advance!

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Following, this should be interesting.
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Hyatt in Sarasota?
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Originally Posted by CharlieWhiskey85 View Post
Following, this should be interesting.
Because curious of the same thing or suspect it'll turn into 💩 show, lol
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Hyatt in Sarasota?
Thanks, I'll see what kinda accomodations they can make...
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Destin. FL
Thanks, I'll look around the area...


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Originally Posted by hoodoo View Post
Hyatt in Sarasota?
Looks really nice there... I know Sarasota is great for boating too.
Hotel - $250/night with tax/fees

Marina - $4 per foot x 30 = $120/night

Parking -$24/night x # of spaces truck and trailer take = $72/night​​

Total is $442/night
Wonder if waterfront home rentals would be better, more convenient, boat in backyard etc

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Originally Posted by cdaniel525 View Post
Looks really nice there... I know Sarasota is great for boating too.
Hotel - $250/night with tax/fees

Marina - $4 per foot x 30 = $120/night

Parking -$24/night x # of spaces truck and trailer take = $72/night​​

Total is $442/night
Wonder if waterfront home rentals would be better, more convenient, boat in backyard etc
Is it just you and wife/girlfriend or multiple people?
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Destin. FL
The Redneck Riviera/Emerald Coast (Panama City, Fl.-Gulf Shores, Al.)
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Fernandina Beach, Fl.-St. Augustine (and south)
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I always wanted to stay at that little dumpy hotel next to Gilbertís for a week. Have a room that you step out the door 4í and onto your boat! Then be able to run all over the keys even down to key west for day excursions. Thereís also a cool, funky ďhotelĒ south of key largo that has permanent house boats as rooms surrounding a pool. You can tie your boat up next to your room. Forget what the place is called but itís pretty cool.

Post card inn would be a good destination too since itís basically dead center in the keys.

either way, I feel your pain about high prices for the worlds. Itís out of control. Iíve talked to a lot of people that are bowing out because of the hotel gouging. A lot of sentiment is ďwell the rich guys will pay itĒ but Knowing many people that can afford it no problem, I know they donít like being taken advantage of. Iíd be wary not to bite the hand that feeds you if I were the hotel association. They may find their rooms empty if they get too greedy.
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Originally Posted by cdaniel525 View Post
Looks really nice there... I know Sarasota is great for boating too.
Hotel - $250/night with tax/fees

Marina - $4 per foot x 30 = $120/night

Parking -$24/night x # of spaces truck and trailer take = $72/night​​

Total is $442/night
Wonder if waterfront home rentals would be better, more convenient, boat in backyard etc
This year at the Joey Gratton run we noticed new condo's and docks right here where it is all level. Wondering the same as you.




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