Florida Travel Guide
Binging on the best new TV shows isn't just a great way to spend a weekend, it's also a way to find your next vacation destination.
Netflix's latest binge-worthy drama Bloodline, starring Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek, and Ben Mendelsohn, follows the Ryaburns as their oldest son comes home, bringing the family's "secrets and scars" back with him. All of this drama is set in the sun-soaked Florida Keys, which are so integral to the series' plot they're like another character on the show.
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Most bars on cruise ships are pretty decent – you tend to have your champagne bar, martini bar, the big lounge with the live performers, and the nightclub, which is usually pretty empty but at least you can get some dance music every once in a while thrown in amongst the 60s nights.
But Celebrity Cruises has definitely upped the cool factor with a couple of bars that can be found on all Solstice class ships: yes, there’s the Martini Bar, but this one has an actual ice-top bar with ice-blue mood lighting, and there’s the Molecular Bar specializing in fancy foams and complex cocktails by award-winning mixologist Junior Merino. And then, unique to Celebrity Reflection, is the au courant pop-up nightclub concept.
Alexander Yepremian, the Reflection’s Cruise Director, had the brainiac idea to start a nightclub that would dock in a different bar each night at 10:30 p.m., with killer names like “Liquid” and “Indulgence.” On one particular night, this writer was having a glass of Pinot Noir at the club chair-rich Cellar Masters wine bar when crew started to move in carrying lights, sound equipment and cages large enough for cage dancers to shake their booty in. By the time I left, about an hour-and-a-half later, the DJ was throwing out some sweet sounds, the crowd was swaying and imbibing, and people were lined up outside on the red carpet waiting to get in.
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Have you ever had that moment of panic when driving on a Florida highway as you realize you have no idea how to pay the associated tolls? Some of Florida's toll lanes don't have cash tollbooths, but they do have plenty of signs warning drivers when they're about to enter, causing unnecessary anxiety for some out-of-state visitors.
Most Florida residents have a SunPass that offers lower toll rate, but those who don't can still take Florida's toll lanes. However, the tolling cameras will take a photo of their license plate and mail the car's registered owner a TOLL-BY-PLATE invoice including all of their tolls for that month, plus a $2.50 administrative charge.
Out-of-state visitors driving their own cars don't have to worry about paying tolls either because they'll get the same TOLL-BY-PLATE invoice mailed to their home. If planning an extended stay in Florida, anyone can also register for a SunPass, without being a Florida resident.
But if you're in a RENTAL CAR, the bill for the toll will go to the rental car company, who will send it to you with some added fees. Joy.
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Because Disney World is in Florida, there's extremely little chance of it being hit with a White Christmas. Come 2016 however, Micky's digs will enjoy a constant winter cozies thanks to new attractions themed after the hit animated feature, 'Frozen'.
Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf will call Epcot home with "Frozen-world" in where else but the Norway pavilion at Epcot. The area will feature a new Frozen ride set in a glimmering castle, plus an adventure through Arendelle, the fictional Scandinavian village in which the movie is set.
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Filmmakers love Florida for romantic beach scenes and car chases, but the state has been featured in plenty of scary movies, too. Here are three Florida filming locations that might seem scary on the big screen, but in reality they couldn't be more serene.
· Florida has a long history on film. One of the state's first appearances in a horror movie was back in 1954 when producers used Wakulla Springs in Florida's Panhandle for underwater shots in Creature from the Black Lagoon. Wakulla Springs, one of the world's largest fresh water springs, is now a state park open daily for hiking, biking, and fishing.
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The Coral Restoration Foundation now offers divers in the Florida Keys a unique opportunity to take action while doing something they love.
CRF encourages divers of all skill levels to take action through their core outreach programs. The 1- and 2-day excursions include classroom instruction and hands-on experience learning reef restoration techniques.
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It's no secret that John Travolta has his own private piece of airport, but this week marked the first time he let the media in. John invited his good friend Richard Wilkins of Australia's Today Show over to his mansion in Jumbolair, an exclusive neighborhood outside of Ocala, Florida, where avid pilots may park their aircraft right outside their home.
During the interview Wilkins pointed out, "some of us are lucky enough to have a driveway leading up to our property, but this gentleman has not one, but two runways up to his house."
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When Labor Day weekend caps the busy summer season in Orlando, the city will usher in a full month of deals and promotions as the kids go back to school during the month of September.
Marketed as Orlando's Magical Deal Month, discounts on hotels, restaurants, and about 150 theme parks are aggregated on a special website from Visit Orlando. Savings at Disney World, Universal, and Sea World are available, as well as $33 three-course prix-fixe dinners and hotel/dining combination packages throughout the city.
Starbucks, Coffee Bean, yawn... we're tired of the same old options around every corner, too, and so next time you've got a stopover at Miami International and need a good cup of joe, try a cup of the local specialty.
Called cafe con leche (coffee with milk), this Cuban creation is very similar to a latte by definition in that it is coffee mixed with scalded whole milk at a 1:1 ratio. The main difference is that while a latte typically has foam on top, cafe con leche does not.
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.