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First Time on a Jet Ski? Here's What You Should Know

March 27, 2014 at 12:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

This horrible, extended winter may have you daydreaming of a vacation to somewhere warm, sunny, and surrounded by blue waters. Just about every recreational body of water will have at least one business offering personal watercraft rentals and, as such, it's important to be familiar with the basics before turning the key on something like a jet ski.

Jet Skis are a highly maneuverable form of personal watercraft that can easily reach speeds of 65 mph, so they do not come without their risks. Recently, while staying at Waldorf-Astoria's Casa Marina Resort in Key West, we zipped out on some jet skis to hop waves and review skills. Here's what you need to know:

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Five Great Dive Bars Between the Florida Keys and Miami

March 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Dive bars are a place you can go without needing to dress up and drench yourself in cologne. Each has its own character which makes the casual wanderer-in want to be him/herself. While in the Keys recently, we found a few such dive bars worth mentioning.

· Green Parrot Bar - 601 Whitehead St. Key West - Open Daily 10am - 4am
This dive bar is a long time favorite among locals and tourists. Formerly called The Brown Derby Bar during WWII, it was a favorite among the submariners and sailers stationed a few blocks away. Now called Green Parrot bar, some of the retired sailers still come back to the bar to find it virtually unchanged. I’m sure it can get very busy during the summer but the bartenders are quick and knowledgable so you won’t be waiting for your drink for too long.

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Road Tripping the Overseas Highway to Key West is Always a Good Idea

March 20, 2014 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's a good chance that, if you're reading this, you're well aware of the seemingly endless winter weather impacting much of the United States. And you're probably also wishing for some sun and warmth right about now. An easy remedy comes in two words: Key West.

We recently made the popular drive along the Keys in a new 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, and discovered a few things along way, aside from the fact that fresh air and sunlight does a previously snowed-in traveler a world of good.

The Overseas Highway (part of US 1) runs from Key West to Miami and allows access to the Keys in between. Consisting mainly of leftover bridges and road sections from the original railroad system constructed by Henry Flagler, the completed highway opened to traffic in 1938. It is a destination of its own, and allows vacationers easy access to the sandier beaches south of the state's continental limit.

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What Happens in Disney Parks at 3am? Find Out Yourself This May

March 6, 2014 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

They’re at it again this year, but after the news from last month it’s going to cost you a little bit more to party all night long. Disney parks in California and Florida are doing the 24-hour thing once again, and this year’s events are set to go down this May.

Things were kicked off in a unique way, as they used a message on Twitter featuring 140 characters—Disney characters to be specific. Memorial Day Weekend is when things will be open all day long, as the “Rock Your Disney Side Party” takes place at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Isn't the Only One Raising Theme Park Prices

February 28, 2014 at 7:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well that didn’t take too long. Earlier in the week we were chatting about how prices were increasing at Walt Disney World, and now it looks like the other theme parks just down the interstate are doing the same. We kind of figured this was going to happen, but we guess we just did not expect it to take place so soon after.

Looking to pay for all the new entertainment options and additional Harry Potter stuff, Universal Studios is upping the price of admission at their two theme parks in the Orlando area. It looks like a one-day ticket is now $96 for the big kids and $90 for the little kids, and if you’re looking to hop between the parks on the same day it will be $136 for adults and $90 for children. The prices do not include tax, so expect things to jump right over that $100 level when it’s all said and done.

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Throwback Thursday: Pan Am's Art Deco Airline Terminal is a Sweet Miami Secret

Where: 3500 Pan American Drive [map], Miami, FL, United States
February 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

Some call it the "Gateway to the Americas," but most just know it as Miami City Hall.

This small, art deco building in the south Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove houses the offices of city officials and one stately meeting room, complete with wood dais and original Pan Am winged clock. Why a Pan Am winged clock? Well, this meeting room was once a departures area for flights, and the building the airline's very first terminal.

Acting mostly on rumor and the results of a few Google searches, we made the 15-minute drive from downtown Miami. Venturing inside, we were thrilled to discover that the general public is welcome to meander around after a brief security screening and during city business hours, but note that the second floor restaurant has closed.

Visitors expecting a full airport will quickly notice the lack of runways; Pan Am placed this terminal here to utilize the neighboring calm waters of Dinner Key Marina on Biscayne Bay for the operation of their flying boat services, with routes stretching as near as Cuba and as far as Buenos Aires, covering most South American and Caribbean capitals in between.

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New Airline Alert: Florida Express Jet May Get a Move On in March

February 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Pack your bags and get some tickets, as there’s a new airline taking to the skies high above the Sunshine State. This one kind of snuck up on is, but apparently Florida Express Jet is doing its thing as soon as next month. The plan is to fly in and around Florida—no crossing state lines here—with things taking off on March 20.

Nonstop flights are already for sale, and that includes options between Orlando and spots like Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee. Fares can be had for as little as $69, as the airline questions why you would drive when you could fly.

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What Not to Do in the Florida Keys: The Top Five Tourist Mistakes

February 13, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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Key West Attempts to Resurrect 'Spring Break Court' of the 1990s

February 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nothing says Spring Break shenanigans like a trip to court, and that’s why one spot in Florida is getting ready for a special kind of justice in time for the holiday. As you probably can guess things can get a little wild, as college kids from around the nation gather to let off some steam. That’s why Key West is ready for their visitors, and that includes those that may or may not follow all of the rules.

In Key West they’re cracking down on drinking—we’re thinking especially underage drinking—in and around public beaches, and there’s even an initiative to bring something back they call Spring Break Court. Unfortunately this isn’t a reality show of any kind. Although we call the rights to it right now.

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Three Miami Bars for Beating the Heat with a Frozen Drink

February 10, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Miami is known for a lot of things - beautiful beaches, the nightlife, shopping, and huge frozen cocktails.

On a recent trip to Miami Beach we were bombarded by hostesses offering 2-for-1 drink specials, 60 oz strawberry daiquiris, and martinis the size of our heads. We resisted falling into the giant drink tourist trap, but it did get us wondering: if you wanted to drown yourself in a mammoth Miami frozen margarita, where's the best place to go?

Here's a look at three Miami joints doing frozen drinks right:

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Falcon's Fury Will Create Screams and Scares at Busch Gardens This Spring

February 7, 2014 at 12:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to the offerings at theme parks we’re usually most interested in the big, bad roller coasters. A ride that goes up in the air and drops you back to the ground usually isn't our thing, but we’ve got to say the thing Busch Gardens has planned kind of has us intrigued.

Falcon's Fury is part of the 2014 plans for the theme park down in Tampa, and what makes it unique when compared to other drop tower type rides is its seating configuration. Sure the thing rises to well over 300-feet—like 335-feet to be exact—but when the seating contraption reaches the top is when the fun begins.

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How to Volunteer at the Florida Keys' Dolphin Research Center

February 5, 2014 at 2:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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