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5 Facts About the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

July 28, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

This contributor has already expressed some love for the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), but after a sixth experience flying through it on Saturday, I can’t resist touting it some more. There were no lines; I mean none, we walked right up to security. Everyone who works there (even TSA!) is super friendly, perhaps because they aren’t dealing with a massive crowd of frustrated passengers trying to make their way to the gates.

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3 Scrumptious Eats in the 30A Area of Florida

July 24, 2015 at 11:04 AM | by | ()

This contributor has been eating her way through the 30A area of Florida, a collection of coastal towns in the northwest region of the Sunshine State. I’ve experienced some hits and misses, but here are three favorites (in addition to the food trucks of Seaside and Havana's Beach Bar & Grill in Rosemary Beach, of course).

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Hit This Florida Ale Trail Armed With a Selfie Stick

July 22, 2015 at 3:05 PM | by | ()

Beer and brewery tours can be a great way to see a new city. Unless, of course, you get a little too greedy with your flights and wake up with a pounding head and zero memories of what you saw on your tour the night before.

One resort in Florida has the solution: they send guests on beer tours armed with a selfie stick.

The Jupiter Beach Resort in Palm Beach County is now offering a new "Beach, Brews & Selfies” package that encourages guests to discover popular watering holes along Jupiter’s “Ale Trail."

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Street Food Friday: 4 Favorite Food Trucks in Seaside, Florida

July 17, 2015 at 11:35 AM | by | ()

You certainly won’t go hungry in Seaside, Florida — and in fact, some of the village’s best dining options are those found in the town center’s famous food trucks. This contributor is currently there sampling the best of the food trucks, and here are four favorites.

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5 Reasons We Love Seaside and WaterColor on Florida's Beautiful West Coast

July 16, 2015 at 2:51 PM | by | ()

This contributor is currently in an area of the Florida panhandle that is sometimes affectionately known as the "Redneck Riviera" — presumably because most visitors hail from southern states and you hear “y’all” a lot down here. But it’s also called the "Emerald Coast," and that's a better descriptor because it is truly an exceptional area — and home to the excellent 30-A beachside communities. This year we chose a rental house in WaterColor, a master-planned community and resort within walking distance of the town of Seaside – and here are five reasons to love it.

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Speed Beasts: Meet Mako, SeaWorld's Future Hypercoaster

June 11, 2015 at 8:58 AM | by | ()

They haven’t even started counting the summer cash yet, yet the folks at SeaWorld are already looking forward to 2016. We guess that’s necessary when you're building a big, bad new roller coaster, as these suckers don’t just come together overnight.

Rather than take a cue from Shamu this time they’ll be looking towards a little inspiration from sharks: SeaWorld's latest and greatest roller coaster will be called Mako. We can only imagine the final specifications are still being worked out, but the big reveal includes promises of a 73 mph top speed and drops around 200 feet.

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Universal Attempts to Prevent Flying Phones with Roller Coaster Metal Detectors

April 30, 2015 at 10:46 AM | by | ()

Roller coasters are loads of fun, even if you need to pre-game with a little bit of Dramamine before hitting the theme park. What is not fun are flying projectiles launching out of pockets, and that’s why Universal Studios is installing metal detectors before some of the biggest and baddest rides.

We’re pretty sure park officials encouraged storage of personal items in lockers before, but now they’ll know if you’re trying to smuggle that phone onto one of three rides. From the folks over at WESH in Orlando, Rip Ride Rockit, Dragon Challenge, and The Incredible Hulk at Universal Orlando will now all feature metal detectors as part of the line—at least there’s something to do while waiting for your turn.

Lockers are provided for those that need to stash their goodies, and thankfully that’ll be free of charge. If we remember correctly there are already nets in place to catch anything that may become loose during the ride, but hopefully this should prevent any other accidents. We’d imagine one of those big iPhone 6 Plus suckers would hurt pretty badly if it hit you in the head.

[Photo: jared422_80]

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South Florida's Tri-Rail Now Finally Doing Its Thing To MIA

April 16, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

Good news for those looking to head into or head out of Miami, as another of the area’s commuter trains has finally linked itself up with the airport.

Earlier this month a new Tri-Rail station opened up at Miami International Airport’s transit hub, and that means passengers are now just a short people mover ride away from the terminals and concourses.

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Netflix’s Latest Binge-Worthy Show, Bloodline, Was Filmed in The Florida Keys

March 26, 2015 at 3:53 PM | by | ()

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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Throwback Thursday: The Incredible Price of a 10-Day Cruise to the Bahamas...in 1960

March 12, 2015 at 10:55 AM | by | ()

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get 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.

How much was a 10-day Bahamas cruise over 60 years ago? Well, you have your answer in the ad above, placed in Playboy in 1960. It advertises a voyage on a Windjammer sailing ship, departing Miami, with stops at Bimini, the Berry Islands, Nassau, Havana, Abaco, Cay Sal, and Grand Bahama all for $175 per person.

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The Season For $10 One-Way Rentals From Florida Has Arrived

March 11, 2015 at 12:19 PM | by | ()

The annual migration out of Florida has started yet again, and that means it is now a wonderful time to take a one-way rental car road trip. Companies from Hertz to National need their vehicles elsewhere for the spring, and they’re offering up rental rates for as little as $10 per day—and no drop off fee!

Hertz calls their promotion Florida Drive Out, and they’re asking renters to pick up a participating vehicle from both airport and neighborhood locations in Florida. After that travelers are free to drop off their cars in spots all along the east coast from places like Georgia to Maine.

The rates are good between April 6 and June 30, but just remember that RQ ICFLT1 is what to enter into their site. Get the full details from the folks at Hertz right here—they’re even doing something out of Arizona!

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3 Places to Eat and Drink and Avoid The Spring Breakers in Key West

February 25, 2015 at 1:15 PM | by | ()

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.

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