West Florida Cost

 
 

Visited Places

 

Pensacola to Tallahassee

Tallahassee

Wakulla Springs

Cedar Key

Siesta Key

Sanibel Island

 

 

We traveled on a DELTA flight Paris-Atlanta and Atlanta-Pensacola. Fortunately there has flights every hour


to Pensacola because it took us almost 2 hours to complete police checks in Atlanta.


Our flight arrived in Atlanta at 14:30 and we needed to fly from 4:10 p.m.

 finally, we took the 5:37 p.m. flight.

In Pensacola, we slept at the Hampton Inn Airport, a chain that depends on the Hilton Group.

 it offers breakfast in the room rate. This is a good compromise between quality and price.

Military Aviation Museum

Blue Angels Escadrille

 

old Pensacola

 

old Pensacola

 

The museum is operated by aviators and is free. Some days you see a demonstration of


Blues Angels. This was possible on Wednesday but not Thursday, the day of our visit.


We then visited the old Pensacola. We liked these two visits, but we did not like Pensacola Beach.

 

Pensacola Beach

 

 

We have not slept in Pensacola Beach as we had planned and continued along the road of


Gulf of Mexico. We appreciated the road along the Bay of Pensacola (Pensacola Scenic Bluffs HWY).


We stayed at the Hampton Inn Suites in Miramar Beach. All right.


The hotel advised us to dine at the restaurant Pompano Joe's and it was still very good.


The next day we stopped at Grayton Beach.

 

Grayton Beach

Grayton Beach

 

Blue Mountain Beach

 

Blue Mountain Beach

 

 

We really liked the movie Truman Show and we have certainly not missed the visit

 of the small town of Seaside, where was filmed this comedy.

 

Seaside downtown

Seaside Beach

 

the lighthouse

We liked this place. It's a place where we


could spend the holidays if we did not know


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We had scheduled a stop in Apalachicola at the Hotel Gibson Inn. We were there on a Friday.

 It was the Seafood festival. All hotels forced us to book for 2 nights.

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So we went to Tallahassee, the capital of Florida. We slept at the hotel of Governors


recommended by our guide, National Geographic, but we do not recommend for the following reasons:


- We have discussed for a decent room at a high price ($ 145).


  - At the beginning we were offered a room without a view to $ 169.


- Another important point there is no elevator or restaurant.


At the hotel, we'd recommend the fish restaurant Harry, New Orleans style.


We hated it.


We did the walk in Tallahassee advised by our National Geographic guide.

 

The new capitol

the old capitol

 

 Chain of Parks garden

 

St James church

 

Presbyterian Church of 1838 was restored in 1980

 

Knott House

 

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After visiting the city of Tallahassee, we went to Wakulla Springs State Park Lodge.


We had room 47. It is basic but comfortable. The Lodge is justly renowned for its


restaurant because we have done our best dinner since we arrived. By late morning we have


done the boat trip to see the wildlife of the park.

 

 

 

 

boat tour on the Wakulla River

 

boat tour on the Wakulla River

 

boat tour on the Wakulla River with an alligator

 

boat tour on the Wakulla River with a blue heron

 

boat tour on the Wakulla River with a white ibis

 

boat tour on the Wakulla River with an anhinga

 

boat tour on the Wakulla River with a turtle

 

boat tour on the Wakulla River with a manatee

 

boat tour on the Wakulla River with a manatee

We enjoyed our stay at Wakulla Springs.


We were there in the morning and made the boat tour.

In the afternoon, we found a whole colony


Manatee taking the sun in the swimming pond.


We would have liked a walk in the park. This missing.

 

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From Wakulla Springs, we went to Cedar Key, a fishermen village.

 

Cedar Key, the harbour

houses on stilts

 

our Island Place hotel

We have an apartment at Island Place.


We planned to stay at the Island Hotel, but we confused

the two places. We did not regret because we had the sea view

 while the Island Hotel is located on a dead sea views.

 In the evening we ate dinner at Island Hotel.

It was very good.

 

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We left early morning Cedar Key  to the Best Western Crystal River hotel in order to perform


the boat tour to watch the manatees. Unfortunately, the tour was canceled due to bad


time and we traveled to Tarpon Springs, a greek town made famous by  sponge fishing.

 

beautiful park in Tarpon Springs

the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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The weather was not beautiful and we had a long road to get to Bradenton across the Tampa bay.


It's wonderful to go through all the bridges over the bay. At Bradenton, we stay at the Hampton Inn


in a room with Jacuzzi and we got the Senior rate. We stayed two nights because we have


rendezvous with our friend Gigi who lives in Bradenton. We then took the road to Sanibel island


visiting Siesta Key and Venice.

 

Siesta Key beach

Siesta Key beach

 

Siesta Key beach

 

Siesta Key beach

 

Siesta Key and Venice are popular with tourists. The visit of these two places did not change


our preference for our little paradise Sanibel Island. At Sanibel, we are pleased to find our


G5 apartment in Sanibel Arms. We must
meet our friends


Luce and Denis from Quebec, like us they love the island of Sanibel.

 

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our buildind at Sanibel Arms

our G5 appartment at the 2nd floor

 

our terrace

 

the G5 appartment (photo from Denis Garand)

 

G5 appartment (photo from Denis Garand)

we found our paradise at Sanibel Arms.

The charming Nancy Wright 

did us a kiss when we arrived.

Sanibel Arms Condominiums 805 East Gulf Drive,

Sanibel Island, FL 33957 |

 Phone: (239) 472-2259 1-800-806-RENT | Fax: (239) 472-2420

| info@sanibelarms.com

 

 

We spent 3 weeks in our apartment with always the same schedule:


the morning we walked 15 to 21Km at a good speed for our age and in the afternoon, we occupied with


visits of Bayley Tract, Ding Darling, Naples (1 day with Luce and Denis) or
relax on our terrace reading a good book.

 

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BAYLEY TRACT

 

landscape of Bayley Tract

 
this poster did not exist last year
 

Seen an alligator in the same place for 2 days

 

this alligator emerged from the water

 

1 alligator in the water

We have not seen many birds this year.According to a guide on

 the site, the anhingas were not yet arrived because the water

 level was too high. By we have often seen the alligators whereas

 according to the guide, there are only 6 or 7 alligators on the

 site. This year, a campaign of extermination was

made to preserve the alligator eggs.

click on the images to see the video

 

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J.N. DING DARLING NATIONAL WILD LIFE REFUGE

 

1 green anoles

only 1 anhinga met in 2009

 

night heron

 

the night heron moves like a robot

 

1 gree heron

 

A blue heron with his neck in S

 

White pelicans migratory species

 

pink spoonbills

 

Great Egret with Snowy Egret

click the images to see the video. images taken with the camera

 Panasonic DMC-TZ7

 

Stork uses his paw to fish

 

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click on the images to see the video

 

This year noseeums were aggressive and should not forget to spray with a product


containing 25% DEET. You find this product at Jerry's, our favorite supermarket on the island.

 

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OUR RIDE TO NAPPLES

 

the entry of Naples Pier

Naples Beach

 

Naples Pier

 

fisherman's paradise

 

Naples Pier

The tourists were more numerous than the year in Naples


before. We had lunch at the Irish Pub 5th Avenue.

 

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OUR FAVORITES AT SANIBEL ISLAND

 

The supermarket  Jerry's.

the restaurant Steakhouse rightly recommended by the tourist office.

the Sunday morning market with its French baker.

 

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