Three of us will be driving. We are all over 70 years of age.
l have been there many times during July. l am from Michigan. l found the climate similiar to Michigan Summer. Cloudy, hot and it rains or the sun shines. l always have a jacket in my car because the A/C is freezing n restaurants. I keep a case of water bottles in the trunk in July. Wear hats, Florida sunshine is strong. Lots to do and see, great food.
Florida would be a wonderful trip. It is hot and that time of the year, and it is hurricane season. Watch the forecast and you my want book rooms with free cancellation. If you are going to the panhandle Pensacola Beach is nice are. If you like oysters, the aplachicola oyster cultivated in the area are outstanding. If you are head to the Tampa area, Clearwater Beach and Saint Pete Beach are beautiful. Near Saint Petersburg (Florida)is the wonderful The Dali Museum, if you need to take a break from the heat. Further down the coast are Sanibel and Captiva Shell collecting in the morning is a must, bring a flashlight, and having the famous orange crunch cake at the Bubble Room is also a must stop. On the Atlantic side Port St. Lucie beach is wonderful and more rustic. Miami Beach also offers a unique urban beach setting with beautiful art deco building and wonder Cuban food and coffee at News Cafe or one of the many wonderful coffee shops. Disney World is also offering more adult activities. And visiting the Everglades National Park is a fascinating experience if you enjoy the NPS. So, depending where you are driving from, there are a lot of wonderful places to visit.
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I lived in Tampa, FL for 8 years. The humidity and heat in summer can be unbearable during the day. However, the temperature and humidity drops in the evenings.
With careful planning, driving a vehicle with an excellent air-conditioning system and parking in shaded spots will make your trip more comfortable.
As for the question about places to visit/stay, it depends on your interests. I would recommend staying at a location near the beach. These are some of my favorite places and beaches:
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It depends on where in Florida you mean. Florida can be pretty hot in July. When I was younger I lived in Florida for several years. I ran the A/C from May to October or else the baby got a heat rash. My mother, in her 80s would not visit in the summer.
The problems are not that it is really so hot, although it is humid. But when you park the car, it will heat up in the sun and everything in it will be too hot to touch. The sun is very strong. And there are not that many places to park that are out of the sun. The Atlantic coast is cooler than the Gulf side and near the water is cooler than central because there is usually a breeze.
Yes just steer clear of PCB or places like that....should be great! Can take a drive down the entire coast