Originally Posted by albatross
Good info so far. Keep it coming please. My wife is definitely interested in nice beaches and the most "tropical" feel.
If your looking the most "tropical" feel then the Keys are definitely the place. The Keys almost feel like a different country IMO (in a good way). Beaches are less than impressive. If you go to the Keys (especially Key West) your going to drink, fish (great fishing), snorkel, and eat at little mom n pop restaurants.
I'm from the Gulf coast so I'm biassed but IMO the east coast beaches are for surfing.
St Augustine is pretty cool for a one day trip.
Cocoa is great for surfing and drinking.
But my favorite is a smaller beach community called Indian Rocks beach (and surrounding areas).
If your looking for "laid back" this is the area to go, its quite the beaches are not crowded and there are tons of mom n pop restaurants. This area also has plenty of places to put in a boat and plenty of interrcoastal water to fish as well. I would recommend this area 100% as it is also close to (everything is just off of Gulf Boulevard) St Pete and Clearwater.
I'm not a real estate agent in Indian Rocks, honest, I just love the area and we vacation there every year.