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Finding hidden gems of the Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast of Florida is a beautiful vacation spot for travelers of all ages. That doesn't necessarily mean that all ages can harmoniously coexist in this location, though, as spring breakers and recent retirees probably have conflicting ideas of what a vacation entails.

In close proximity to all of the hustle and bustle of Tampa Bay is the refined St. Petersburg, Florida, which is undeniably a much more peaceful alternative for mature vacationers. Between the Dali Museum and the eye-opening glass works of Dale Chihuly at the Morean Art Center, St. Pete has a lot to offer for those who prefer to have their fun during the day. For a mellow night out, sports fans can enjoy a night at Tropicana Field, where the Tampa Bay Rays play their home games.

The Watergarden Inn at the Bay is a fine retreat for some relaxation. Though it only offers 14 rooms, this quaint inn was recently renovated in March 2012, according to CNN. The Watergarden is designed with both old-fashioned and contemporary inspirations, all paying homage to traditional Floridian style.

Just over 100 miles down the coast, Fort Myers Beach, Florida, is another great getaway spot for a more mature crowd. For fine, homey accommodations, there's the Mango Street Inn, a six-suite bed-and-breakfast. The inn has a fire pit in the courtyard and each suite is stocked with amenities like patchwork quilts, and has a private bathroom and kitchen, the source indicates.

Acquiring transportation by taxi or public transit in these destinations can be hectic at times. It's best to make a reservation for chauffeured transportation with Hermes Worldwide, which offers service in most major cities in Florida including St. Petersburg and Fort Myers.