Christmas and New Year's eve in Florida

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1. Posted by honeygaz (Budding Member 3 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

We are now planning a trip to Florida for three weeks over Christmas as we have been advised that our first choice destination, California could be very rainy.

We are more interested in driving around both coasts and stopping at the towns and islands rather than going to the theme parks. (although we were thinking of going to a few and have planned three days for this)

We were thinking of somewhere close to St Petes Beach for Christmas, does anyone know what it will be like and if it is a good choice?

Also for New Year's eve we thought either the Keyes or Miami. Any ideas on where to celebrate this for a really fun atmosphere?

Any help or advice would be appreciated as we want to make the most of a special holiday.

Many thanks

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3582 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I am sure Miami will have spectular fireworks over the bay and Key West is fun & funky every weekend. Decide if you like big city hoopla or a smaller venue. I would vote for Key West for the new year.

3. Posted by rebmamber (Respected Member 40 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I've been to Key West several times for new years and had a good time. They drop a giant conch shell at Sloppy Joe's at mid night and the bars stay open plenty late to keep you going till sunrise. The island is packed for new years, hopefully crowds don't bother you. Key West is worth a visit no matter what and may be more enjoyable not on new years as you'll be able to move around the island a bit easier. Take plenty of time on the drive down there as the scenery is great.
Miami is definitely worth a visit as well. South Beach is terrifically unique and there will be plenty to do there and in downtown/Coconut Grove, etc.
Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater is where I grew up and is nice also, a bit more family oriented than Miami and Key West. Beaches are nice and weather should be good enless a cold front comes through.
North of Tampa there are some nice rivers (Crystal,Homosassa, for example). Good kayaking, canoeing, if you're into that. Manatees are usually easy to spot that time of year.