Florida Travel Guide
Planes, trains, and space ships are already a reality for Virgin, and if Richard Branson gets his wish, a cruise line will be next.
Currently, only three companies, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian, control 80% of the global market when it comes to cruising, prompting Branson to believe that he can come in and compete by doing things differently. Though specific details are slim, Branson told The National that his line would be based in Miami and "supply the Virgin touch" while offering "more entertainment and leisure opportunities on board the ships."
The Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys may be an idyllic drive on the bucket list of most road trippers, but it can also be daunting to resist the route's many tourist traps.
While we definitely recommend spending at least one day making your way out to Key West on U.S. 1, we suggest you chose roadside attractions carefully.
So, without further ado, here is the Jaunted guide of What Not To Do In The Florida Keys:
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There are plenty of places along the Florida coast to see dolphins, swim with dolphins, or even kiss a few dolphins, but there is also one that is simply dedicated to learning about dolphins.
The Dolphin Research Center, located on Grassy Key, is a nonprofit education and research facility that hosts public programs and non-invasive research projects. The colony of bottlenose dolphins and sea lions that call the DRC home live in a natural environment and help researchers learn how they think and how they behave.
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Lots of things have changed technologically since this contributor was a kid in the late 80s and early 90s, but perhaps none as drastically and efficiently as photography. And even though most of us would be unwilling give up our digital cameras and go back to the days of developing film, there's most certainly a sense of nostalgia when it comes to the physical photos that have become all but extinct in today's world of iPhones and Instagram.
It is absolutely incredible to think that just twenty or thirty years ago we pushed a button and the photo came out the front. That's right, the Polaroid! A few years ago, we wondered whether they would ever make a comeback. Well, call it what you will, but a bunch of them just showed up in West Palm Beach as part of an exhibit called The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation at the Norton Museum of Art.
Imagine a city that is bouyant enough to float on water, yet big enough to be home to thousands of residents with all the creature comforts of our favorite city and a fully functioning airport. Now, if all of this sounds like it was pulled from a futuristic sci-fi book from the middle of last century, you'd be only half right. This vision, known as Freedom Ship and designed by Florida engineer Norman Nixon, will be just that: a self-contained floating city, and it might not be as far-fetched as you think.
Originally conjured up in the late 1990s, Freedom Ship was designed as gigantic ship-like vessel sold as a city. The 4,500 foot-long city will be four times longer than the Queen Mary and have a capacity for 40,000 permanent inhabitants over 25 stories. The floating metropolis will sport shops, restaurants, hospitals, schools and even an airport on the top big enough for small regional turboprops to take-off and land.
Divers from around the world are putting the skills to work for the greater good at Florida's Coral Restoration Foundation.
The organization works to rebuild "stressed" coral reefs that have been threatened by disease, severe cold, coral bleaching, frequent hurricanes, overfishing and coastal development, by planting coral nurseries off the shores of the Florida Keys.
Tax day is coming, and you're probably excited...but not because you look forward to sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.
We know what you're thinking, Florida, really? Yes, really. The mere mention of the sunshine state can conjure up images of screaming kids and Mickey Mouse, but Florida also offers some of the country's best food and beaches.
If it's a little R & R you're after, head to the Gulf Coast, where the white sand beaches in Sarasota, Pensacola, and Tierra Verde were recently named among the best in the entire country.
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This weekend the white tents will once again line Ocean Drive as the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE descends on Miami.
The festival will take place February 21 – 24, 2013 and it features dozen of special tasting and celebrity events including Garden to Glass with Emeril Lagasse, a Celebrity Chef Golf Tournament, the Southern Kitchen Brunch hosted by Trisha Yearwood, and the Amstel Light Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray, all in addition to the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village.
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Emeril Lagasse is taking a break from his day job in New Orleans and hitting the road for a new series, Emeril's Florida.
The famous TV chef will crisscross the Sunshine State to find its best cuisine. “Florida is not only about theme parks and water slides,” Lagasse said. “Sure we’ve got a little bit of that, but we’ve really mixed it up here, we’re following wine, food and farmers.”
The Sierra Club is proving volunteer travel doesn't have to be a major expense or time commitment.
The environmental organization already has dozens of trips planned for 2013, including a five day winter break in Florida's Ocala National Forest.The Ocala National Forest is home to the world's largest sand pine scrub ecosystem featuring hiking trails and camping sites, including the Florida National Scenic Trail.
It's that time of year again when all of our friends with kids start planning (and in some cases dreading) their annual trips to Disney. Amusement parks are fun for kids, but it's easy to get burnt out after a few days of non-stop characters, candy, and rides. So why not take a break and do some good at the same time?
Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Florida is a 70-acre resort with over 140 Villa accommodations, entertainment attractions, and fun specifically designed for children with special needs. Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 115,000 families for a once-in-a-lifetime, cost-free vacation.
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There few places you can taste French crepes for lunch and, after a little stroll, delight in a Japanese bento box before finishing off with a Mexican churro for dessert. The easiest destination for such multicultural indulgence is Disney's Epcot Center in Orlando. Now, with the International Food and Wine Festival, visitors can taste even more international fare.
The festival is celebrating it's 17th birthday this year and will tickle park-goer taste buds with cuisine from 6 continents. Fill up at 29 food stalls , with tapas-size portions of national cuisine from over 20 different nations. For all you DIYers out there, chefs will even be hosting cooking demos.