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Tale of Two Different Florida Vacations [PHOTOS & VIDEOS]


For our vacation, we decided to drive south until it was warm enough to play golf.  Despite the rain and cool temperatures, the Florida sign is definitely a welcome site. We had two separate Florida vacations. We spent part of it in Daytona Beach, until the Daytona 500 crowd came to town. The other part was spent in St Augustine.

St Augustine

Our stay in St Augustine Florida was quite a different one than Daytona Beach. Not only does St Augustine have an outlet mall, where Tadpole bought a new wardrobe, it has great architecture and history as the oldest city in the United States. You can take trolly rides or just walk the streets and browse the shops, museums, churches and old buildings.  It was a nice, laid back atmosphere. Which was perfect after the few days we enjoyed Daytona Beach.

You can take a look at more pictures I took of St Augustine in the gallery below.

Daytona Beach

From the quiet and quaint to the loud and rowdy. Daytona Beach was the opposite of St Augustine  We didn’t spend much time on the beach since it was so cool.  We could see it from the balcony of our hotel and that was enough.  We did drive on the beach one day while others braved the cool temperatures.  Our main objective in Daytona Beach was golfing during the day and enjoying good food and entertainment at night. 

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Bubba Gumps

Bubba Gumps in Daytona Beach was my favorite place to eat.  We tried getting in at the New York City location, but it was a 3 hour wait.  It was so good, we went twice.  Not only do they serve the best margaritas, they have unbelievable food.  Several items from the movie are also on display throughout the restaurant.

Joe’s Crab Shack

Joe’s Crab Shack was right on the beach.  There was so much food I could barely eat it all.  It was so messy they even gave me a bib.  Although the food was good and the location was excellent, we still preferred Bubba Gumps over Joe’s Crab Shack.

Froggy’s Saloon

Anyplace with Froggy in it’s name is a must stop.  Although it turned out to be a biker bar, it also turned into a good time.  At Froggy’s Saloon they have a tradition.  If you give the bartender a dollar bill, she’ll throw it into the ceiling and all the money goes to charity.  I even got in on the action.  Check it out.

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