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Day 5: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

After some Belgian Waffles we drove to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. It is a combination of a themepark and a zoo. The weather wasn’t good. It was very cloudy. The positive side of the weather was that there very few people in the park, so we could do all rides in a very short time.

Florida Sheikra at Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay – Sheikra

Around noon we took the safaritrain, which takes you very close to the animals. We were almost on the best part of the ride when it started to rain and we could hear thunder. Since the safari passes through an open savannah the weather was too dangerous, so the ride was shut down and we had to leave the train in the next station. The rain kept pouring down, so we went to have lunch. Unfortunately, by the time the weather improved, it was time to leave, so the safari will be for another time. We still had to drive for about 2,5 hours to Naples.

Once we arrived in Naples we checked in at the Hilton Naples.

Day 6: Shop till you drop part 2

The weather forecast wasn’t good so we went to a shopping mall for relaxed day of shopping. At the end of the day we had dinner in Pizza Hut.

Day 7: Beach and swimming pool

We went to the center of Naples but there were only boutique shops that were way to expensive for us. In one street we saw a market, but there was only art for sale. From the town center we went to the beach. But we had some difficulties with finding a parking spot. There was only metered parking that only worked with quarters. But we had no quarters… Jelle asked about 10 people if they could change a dollar, but no luck.. Then we saw a parking meter with 50 minutes left on the meter. We made use of this and went to the beach for a short walk. Before returning to the hotel we had lunch at Subway.

Florida Naples
Naples

The weather was nice in the afternoon so we spent the rest of the day at the pool. By 5pm the pool area was closed to host a wedding reception, so we went to our room to shower and prepare for dinner. In the shower it became clear Heidi had severe sunburn on her legs.. We treated the sunburn with aftersun cream and went for dinner in Red Lobster. In the evening we played some boardgames near the pool.

Florida Hilton Naples
Hilton Naples
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