The Ultimate Coast-to-Coast Florida Trip With Kids

Whether your family’s ideal vacation itinerary involves soaking up rays on the beach or working on golf swings, Florida is a location that delivers.

Whether your family’s ideal vacation itinerary involves soaking up rays on the beach or working on golf swings, Florida is a location that delivers. From the east to the west coast, here are two new destinations to add to your vacation wishlist. If you seek romantic strolls on a quiet beach, go east to Jupiter Beach Resort and Spa. If no break is complete without a round of world-class tennis, go west to The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Both locations offer superb beach access, onsite pools, luxury spas and great dining. Can’t decide? Drive the 2.5 to 3 hours from the gulf to the Atlantic and get the best of both worlds.

the ultimate coast to coast Florida trip with kids

The beach at Longboat Key is the perfect setting for ocean-side lounging and dips in the quiet, teal waters.

BEFORE YOU GO

Sun seekers and sleet-avoiders—we call them “Snowbirds”—migrate to Florida en masse during the Canadian winter. Their large numbers create a true on/off season in this region. To avoid the crowds in the peak months but still enjoy good weather, go either in late April/early May or late October/early November.

Passport? As with any destination outside of Canada, every member of your family will need a passport to travel to the United States, but no special permits or vaccinations are required.

Sun safety: Sunscreen, with a SPF higher than 20, is always recommended.

Packing: Pack beach and resort-casual wear, along with a couple of options for colder nights and you’ll be all set.

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