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Day 78: Deerfield Beach to Sunny Isle Beach

We had a very easy day today. We drove just 30mins down the coast to Sunny Isle beach and arrived at what can only be decribed as a contender for worst hotel of our road trip! We had a strange encounter with a staff member who personally showed us how to place our car park ticket on our dashboard and then gave us a tour of the grotty bedroom including showing us how to turn on our TV and lights before finally putting his head in our fridge…bizarre! We went straight to the beach which is at the back of the hotel and layed in the sun for a couple of hours. The beach and our tiny hotel are totally dwarfed by huge highrise apartments blocks, so much so that much of the sunlight is blocked out also! We took a short walk around town and had a subway for brunch-dinner before retiring to our room for pretzels and Pirates of the Caribbean 2 – we know how to live on a Saturday night! ;-) We’ve decided to hit Miami tomorrow which I’m really looking forward to as it’s somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for many years – yay! :-)

Day 77: Deerfield beach and Fort Lauderdale

We journied back in to Fort Lauderdale today to explore a little more. Due to the boat show being on, the beach parking was just too expensive for us so we decided to park at the Riverwalk, a riverside area with bars and eateries, pay the $15 for the day and take the 'leisurely stroll' (so they called it in →

Day 76: Pompano to Fort Lauderdale.

From our base in Pompano, we drove today to Fort Lauderdale, only a 7 mile jump along the coast, but with about a 30 mile round trip to get to the nearest currency exchange bureau. As of today, both our bank accounts have been bled totally dry, and we are down to the remaining cash we brought with us. Now, for the →

Day 75 – Naples to Pompano

Today was our journey accross state from the west side of the peninsular to the East.. this was along a stretch of road called 'Aligator Alley' which is part of the Everglades national park. We stopped along this stretch at a lookout point for some Alli's, but didn't see any, they must have been off entertaining other people ! boohoo We arrived →

Day 74: Naples

After scoping out the best of the local beaches yesterday, we decided to spend the day at the Delnor Wiggins state park! Going by the some reports on the internet, this is one of the more popular places to go in the Naples area, and it was clear why - a mile of pure white sand in a 166 acre →

Day 73: Fort Myers to Naples

Today we drove the short distance down to Naples. As we've had a lot of beach time recently, we decided to explore the town instead of going straight to one of the beaches here. As we drove around, it became obvious to us that it is a very expensive and excusive area.. the beaches are lined with homes -or should →

Day 72: Fort Myers

In what we have decided is to be our last day in Fort Myers, we made the most of the our time.. We used most of the day by the pool again..Come lunchtime we took a little jaunt up the beach to a small bar and got a few beers and some food.. Oddly today, there were loads of boats →

Day 71: Fort Myers

Today we decided to relax for a change. We whiled away the day sunbathing on the beach, then in the late afternoon by the pool. Our gorgeous little apartment complex is right on the beach, so we're not far from all the amenities..  Sharon had a good chance to catch up with Rosey on the phone, as we even got wireless internet on →

Day 70: Siesta Key to Fort Myers

We awoke this morning, and we rather reluctantly decided to get back on the road.. we are more aware than ever that time is running out and we want to cram in as much as possible.. So we grabbed our USA lonely planet guide book (once again thanks to Helen for the gift!) and went for one last stroll along →

Day 69: Siesta Key

Today we enjoyed another quiet and relaxing day on the beach in Siesta Key.. theres a lot to be said for doing not a lot ! haha.. we had read a little more about the beach here - and its so highly regarded due to the type of sand - 99% pure quartz - which according to many internet sites →