Brightline connects West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami and makes it easy for South Florida residents to get to their port

Florida can rightfully be called the Cruise Capital of the World. With five active ports – Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Tampa and Palm Beach – the state hosts the industry’s biggest and best ships, with more terminal expansions under way. For those of us who live in South Florida and love cruising, it’s an embarrassment of riches. The only  challenge is getting to the port, which for us typically means fighting the traffic on I95, navigating …

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Key West, Conch Town

I was really hoping for sunny, hot, blue sky Key West weather, unfortunately Mother Nature had something else in mind! We rented a Jeep Wrangler, hoping to make the 3.5 hour drive from Ft. Lauderdale down a fun, open air scenic kind of drive, however due to the cold weather we were forced to leave the top up and just enjoy the view from inside. I have gone to Key West before as part of a cruise, …

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Miami, The Fontainebleau

Having grown up in South Florida, the name Fontainebleau is synonymous with class and Miami. This resort was and still is a premier destination, from the moment you arrive your surrounded by classic Miami style! We didn’t get the to the hotel until after 11pm, so when we walked into the lobby, the Bleu Bar was alive with people and awesome music. Check in was quick and easy, we were given a room in the Chateau tower …

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White House Oranments are a collectable passengers buy when stopping in Key West

KEY WEST – Now her Christmas tree is complete, the woman at the Harry S. Truman Little White House told me. “I’ve been buying these ornaments every year for the past 10 years,” Katherine Mitchell said, paying for her purchase. “When I heard that our cruise ship was stopping here, I knew that I could get my 2013 White House ornament in Key West.” When the Carnival Magic made her first stop on our cruise to the …

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Nickelodeon–Orlando’s Best Kids Resort?

After spending the weekend at Nickelodeon Suites Resort with our 5-year old granddaughter, I’m convinced the Nick Hotel is probably Orlando’s best resort for youngsters 5-12 years.  The almost non-stop daytime activity is well coordinated so there’s always something to look forward to, including frequent appearances by such iconic Nick characters as SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And the slides and flumes at the Lagoon Pool water park are ready and …

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Eating in hog (fish) heaven, Key West, Florida

On any coast, I’m a sucker for fresh fish and a casual attitude. Give me a picnic table, a roll of paper towels, today’s catch, local beer on tap, and I’ve got all the atmosphere I want. Locals in Key West sent me to the Hogfish Bar & Grill, a great restaurant, they said, if you can find it. Hogfish is a trip. It’s not walking distance from downtown. It’s not even on the same land mass, but …

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Exploring Key West, a most decorated sandbar

I never tire of Key West. I’ve lolled around the city at the bottom of Florida maybe a dozen times, each occasion too short. When I leave, I know I will be back. Lobster Trap Christmas Tree at Key West’s Historic Seaport (Photo by Rob O’Neal ) It’s no secret that Key West is a part of America that moves to its own beat, one of those rare communities that seem out of country. The so-called Conch …

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Two days at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I follow the robes. They belong to two teenage girls from Louisiana who are wearing them proudly—they should for $100 each—as they head over to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tucked in one corner of Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure.  www.universalorlando.com “Harry Potter tops Disney by far,” declares 17-year old Heather Lirette. “Get ready for fun,” adds Mercedes Hebert. And  crowds. The much anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter has just opened and even the most …

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