My wife and I are hoping to fly in to Tampa on January 8th and see a hockey game. From there we thought we would relax for a few days. Relaxing would hopefully include some kayaking and cycling (saw that rail-trail). We also enjoy dining out.
For us, we are not really into over-commercialized strip center laden towns and chain restaurants and stores. We love the charm of a walkable but vibrant old downtown (part of why we love where we live in New Hampshire).
So I have several questions:
2) We don't need 80s and 90s to enjoy ourselves, 60s and 70s are fine (night temps can be cooler). Will we be OK in early January?
3) How crowded is this Nature Coast area of Florida in January? Matlacha/Pine Island was nice but Sanibel was absurdly crowded.