We usually travel to the US Virgin Islands or the FL panhandle. We love to sit on the beach, snorkel, hit a local beach bar, drink, eat, sleep Repeat! Lol! Maybe a little adventure hear and there. When we travel we prefer to support local owned locations for as much as possible. No chains restaurants or hotels. We want to rent a house with a pool on a canal that is a short boat &/or car ride (20 min or less) to the beach. This trip we (myself 39 & hubby 49) are taking My 72 yr old mom & 17 yr old son. We are in search for the closest thing to the USVI in Florida (We tried the keys and don’t feel like that’s the place- unless you can show me different. We stayed in Islamarada and ventured to Key West for the day. Felt like it was very touristy and didn’t find great beaches) White sand beaches (looking for off the beaten path best reached by boat beaches too!) inexpensive-moderately priced area (no need for fancy shmancy) laid back vibe and just looking for a great place to make memories! I really want to make this trip awesome for my mom and son as she’s aging and he’s getting ready to head off to college in a yr 1 1/2 year. Thanks for your help! I look forward to your insights! Have a fantabulous day! Cheers!