@UKSitter, I’ve spent a lot of time in Florida over the years. I heavily wing things and don’t keep many details, but below are a few recommendations, in no particular order. They’re all a jumble in my memory, because I can’t recall where I went on which trip.
• I especially recommend the Flagler museum in Palm Beach:
Museums. Palm Beach is bougey and there’s plenty to do, if you’re into that.
• If you’re in Miami, taste some Cuban culture and food. Versailles is old-school good, but there are many other options. Florida attracts many folks from all over Latin America, so there’s terrific food from various countries. Like I remember randomly having great Colombian and Venezuelan breakfasts in Orlando.
• If you’re a fan of Hemingway: https://www.hemingwayhome.com/. Their cats are lovely: Our Cats — The Hemingway Home & Museum
• Casey Key Resorts - Beachfront
221 Casey Key Road Nokomis, FL 34275
(Make sure it’s beachfront if you book, because they have multiple properties and you don’t want to accidentally end up inland if you want beachfront.)
• Siesta Beach has been voted No. 1 beach for years: Siesta Key Beach Florida | Florida's Top Beach | Visit Sarasota
• The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando
14501 Grove Resort Avenue, Winter Garden, FL, 3478
• Stuart, Florida, is a nice, low-key small town and has a little strip of restaurants and shops. My in-laws have rented waterfront homes there so we could all hang out on family get-togethers.
• If you get a chance to rent an RV, Florida is a great state for that, because of so many beautiful locations, though you might have to book ahead, depending on location and timing. If you want to explore that, it’s best to join say an RV group on Facebook, because there are serious RV’ers, many of whom do it full-time, and they can tell you specific great sites and their current statuses. Current status is especially important in Florida, because hurricanes and other bad weather can do damage that takes a long time to fix. The RV Lifestyle Group on Facebook is terrific — many experienced RV’ers will answer all types of Qs. For road trips in general, and specifically for RV’ing, there are tons of great apps and websites. If you ask on that group, people will generously share.