Time really flies when you desperately wish it doesn't. Well, due to unforeseen circumstances, I ended up with a 4 day long weekend this week. Travelled to St. Augustine, Miami and Caladesi Island - all within driving range from Tampa and perfectly fit into day trips.
St. Augustine - Was one of the most scenic places that I've seen in FL - the weather was perfect. The fort and the lighthouse were fantastic and I still cannot forget the awesome view or the winds atop the light house. If you are in Florida (especially the northern part, make sure you schedule this place for an afternoon/evening.
Miami - Enough said - but the weather turned out to be rainy/stormy. So though we ended up liking the beach all the same. The Miami sea/sky photos need to be seen to be believed.
Caladesi - the weakest link in my weekend. But thats understandable when the place is a 40 minute drive from my home. A ferry ride was the best part as it was windy and pleasant. The beach is a kicker though - if you are interested, there are myriad shells to collect and a 1.5 hour nature trail where you might chance upon rattlesnakes and/or armadillo and/or other such animals.