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March is almost here and in Key West, Florida that means one thing: the spring breakers are coming! Assuming you’ve matured out of the rowdy party-hearty mentality, there are perfect places to have a good time in Key West – without feeling like you’re starring in Animal House. Here are three suggestions:
Dinner at Santiago’s Bodega in the Bahama Village is a delightful experience that should be started with the spicy shrimp bisque before moving on to a selection of hot and cold tapas such as yellow fin tuna ceviche, beef short ribs and the petit lamb rack. The desserts are similarly spectacular, especially the bread pudding, drizzled with caramel bourbon glaze and topped with English custard ice cream. The atmosphere is laid-back and unique – look for the sign outside that says: Sangria-N-Beef Inside.
207 Perzonia St.
Somewhere in the Florida Keys
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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Brazil is about to get a little early Christmas present. The country's third largest airline, Azul, started by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, has announced it will begin flying between the United States (Fort Lauderdale and Orlando) and Brazil as early as next month.
Our friends at The Flight Deal have discovered an unbeatable Azul deal for December, from Fort Lauderdale to Brazil, for $193 one-way in Economy or $510 one-way, in Business Class (reclining, not lie-flat), taxes included.
We're been a bit hesitant to promote the deal, since it's definitely going to be a headache for travelers who aren't completely confident in their ability to "hack" budget flights. In order to take full advantage of the Azul flight deals, you'll need to book through their Portuguese site, hunt-and-peck for valid dates, use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees, already have or obtain a Brazil visa ($160+ pp), be okay with arriving to an "alternative" airport, and be prepared to either pay much more for the return flight, or book a one-way home on another airline using frequent flyer miles.
Scared? Don't be. Just keep in mind that this is the infancy of budget flights between the US and Brazil, so the situation will only improve.
What to know to grab this deal:
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Located about halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach lies the city of DeLand. The city was founded in 1876 by Henry Addison DeLand, a wealthy baking soda manufacturer from New York. His friend, John B. Stetson, who made his wealth in hat manufacturing and is the credited inventor of the iconic “cowboy hat,” liked the area so much that he decided to build a house there. This house would serve as the DeLand family’s winter retreat from Philadelphia.
Originally, the house was built on the 300 acres of land that Mr. Stetson owned. Today it sits on only a little over 2 acres so it is hard to imagine what it would have looked like. After John B. Stetson’s death in 1906 the house was eventually sold off and had become a private home to different families throughout the last century, losing some the history along the way.
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It’s November and that means that the weather is turning a little bit cooler, but for this month let’s do our best to try to stay warm. Of course hitting up a few beer festivals can do exactly that, but it’ll work even better if the festivals are in warm weather locations. Check out these beer festivals doing their thing this month from spots to California to Louisiana:
San Diego Brewers Guild Festival – San Diego, CA
When it comes to beer they call themselves the “Capital of Craft,” and we’re not going to disagree with the friendly folks over in San Diego. This weekend—November 7th to November 8th—is when things will take place, as it’s the 12th annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. Sips and samples from over 50 breweries from in and around the area will be featured. Tickets will set you back $40, and that includes all the samples that you can enjoy. Food trucks will be on hand if you need something to eat, and there will be some live music to round out the fun.
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The Daytona Beach area isn't exactly a cuisine scene, but any visitor willing to venture further than the nearest pizza place will quickly find that it should be. And now that we've shared when to go to Daytona Beach, it's time to discuss the food situation.
Most of our favorites ended up being outside the central downtown area, but easily reachable by rental car.
Daytona Beach has long been called the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” a title which can be both a blessing or curse depending on the time of year. One definite season of blessing is the depths of winter, when Spring Break is still far off and the day's most strenuous activity may be the walk from the beach or your hotel pool down a pier for dinner.
In fact, the city goes out of its way to make winter the best, and perhaps most family-friendly, time to visit Daytona Beach. Here's just a few events and festivals around which to base your upcoming travels:
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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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Perhaps it's the imminent arrival of winter or maybe just the fact that Florida is fun, but we've had a good time rounding out what we're calling Florida Week. But all of this sun, sand and surf got us a little tired, so we popped into a Starbucks for a pick-me-up in between our gondola ride and some beach time in Fort Lauderdale.
While most Starbucks locations around the US are in full pumpkin scone mode, select shops in Florida are offering a menu with a little Latin flare. Nestled in the chilled case, next to yogurt parfaits and sandwiches, sat a sign that read 'Sabores Tradicionales' ("traditional flavors"). In South Florida, where the community is well over the 20% Hispanic makeup of the whole state, it makes perfect sense to offer a menu of Latin-American favorites.
We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!
Here are seven vacation contests to enter right now that will get you some island fun in the sun:
Travel to the Sunshine State’s panhandle can be yours, as here they are giving away a few nights in South Walton. Sure it’s not Miami, Key West, or even Tampa—but we bet you'd still have a nice time. The winner gets four nights at the Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, and the prize is worth roughly $1,500. Just note—you’ll have to get yourself there, as no airfare is included.
Everyone knows Amazon has pretty much everything, but apparently they also have sweepstakes and contests too. The big winner gets a trip to Universal Orlando Resort, a stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, tickets to the parks, and best of all—access to the One Direction concert! Just be sure to enter ASAP—things end today.
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The mere mention of Fort Lauderdale conjures up thoughts of sand between toes, endless beaches, and spending most of the day simply relaxing. While the city does offer some of the best spot to work on your tan, the ballers head a bit more inland, to the Intracoastal.
Starting from the impressive beach-side marina of Bahia Mar Yachting Center, we hitched a ride with the Gondolas West boat canal tour for some yacht-spotting. Our gondola boat was humble, but could be packed with any light nibble or libations for floating by all those yachts and waterfront mansions.