Five Places Not to Go in Florida During Spring Break - Page 2
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South Beach, Miami
Miami is sizzling no matter the season, but spring breakers who appreciate a little Art Deco pizzazz flock to the sands of Miami’s South Beach—and SB is loving them back, with a growing crop of reasonably priced hostels to match its glitzy club scene.
The family-friendly alternative: Miami Beach is home to fabulously retro hotels (like the Fountainbleau) that welcome families and kid-friendly attractions including the stellar Miami Children’s Museum, where you can climb inside a two-story sandcastle or explore a miniature cruise ship. Kids go wild at Zoo Miami—the residence of lions, tigers, and bears—and Jungle Island, where you can get up close to colorful parrots and other exotic wildlife.
4. Daytona Beach
Once the big daddy of spring break’s post-adolescent debauchery, Daytona Beach no longer draws the massive breaker crowds it did back in its heyday, even though driving on the beach is still allowed (up till one hour before sunset) and the Florida east-coast strand of sand is as wide and tawny as ever. But unlike Fort Lauderdale—which more or less cracked down on hard-partying spring breakers—Daytona still pulls in substantial crowds. They’re drawn to the rocking clubs, pool parties, and the Spring Break Music Festival on the sands of the Ocean Deck Restaurant and Beach Club.
The family-friendly alternative: Some 56 miles away, you and the kids can have a pretty swell time in Orlando, theme-park heaven and home to some of the country’s kid-friendliest attractions, not the least of which is Disney World. But closer to Daytona Beach, you might sample the quiet, small-town allure of neighbor New Smyrna Beach, which comes with a beautiful beach, plenty of water-sport activities, and a percolating arts scene.
5. Key West
Key West has always attracted the bon vivant crowd, from serious drinkers like Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams to the present-day hordes of spring breakers. The latter throng the whiskey-soaked saloons around Duval Street into the wee hours and celebrate the sunsets at Mallory Square.
The family-friendly alternative: Islamorada is a quaint fishing village where you can enjoy such low-tech thrills as fishing, kayaking eco-tours, and splashing in shallow, calm seas. Or make your base Key Largo, the northernmost town on the island chain, and explore the natural treasures of the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, where the whole family can snorkel the gentle shallow waters of the coral reef.
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