Florida is a state known for it’s beautiful beaches and wonderful tourism. Since 1947, the mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs have delighted visitors. Even today, visitors can still witmess the magic of the mermaids, take a river boat cruise or paddle down the spring fed, crystal clear Weeki Wachee River in a conoe or kayak. The average water temperature is 74 degrees year round. The State Park is 538 acres featuring a first magnitude spring and a 400-seat submerged theatre for watching the live mermaid show.
This fun filled park also offers a flume ride, called Buccaneer Bay, for thrill seekers of all ages. There’s a white sand beach area and covered picnic pavilions for a relaxing day for the entire family. They also provide audiences with with an entertaining and educational look at domesticated birds and reptiles as part of their animal shows.
They are located on US 19 at the intersecion of State Road 50, just north of Spring Hill and south of Homosassa Springs.springs
Try the “off season” in Key West…
The idea of visiting a destination “off season” is appealing to different people for different reasons. For many, the prospect of off season, deals with vacationing on a budget and is the best reason. For others, the avoidance of large, seasonal crowds is a relief.
Key West is a particularly seasonal and expensive place to visit. With real estate at a premium often one pays for location above quality when it comes to food and lodging. However, during the summer, off season quaint bed and breakfasts with that “at home” touch will cost you far less than a franchised hotel room and leave you much closer to the attractions of downtown Key West. The Duval Street Area is where much of Key West’s attractions lay and there are many bed and breakfasts and locally owned hotels to be found a few blocks away making walking an option. Many of these lodgings offer prices up to fifty percent off their seasonal rental costs! Some of these include the Blue Parrot Inn and the Chelsea House, both of which are located only a few minutes walk from Duval.
If you are looking for an extended vacation look into renting a home in Key West or the upper Keys—the same deals may apply to gorgeous rental homes on or near the beach. Also, you may be able to haggle prices with the owners of rental homes as often renters are. Of course another advantage here is that you can cook your own meals saving you a bundle, as eating out is simply expensive in the Keys. However, do the research and make some phone calls. There are deals to be found. For example, Alonzo’s on Front Street offers half price appetizers and drinks from 4:30pm-6:30pm everyday, which makes for an affordable dinner.
As for attractions and activities, don’t worry, all the snorkeling, scuba, and fishing charters; museums, galleries, historic homes etc. are still open during the summer months. This includes the famous Key West Sunset Festival that takes place every night, weather permitting. Deals for pay-to-play activities vary greatly and often historic sites and museums offer only standard prices. However, do the research and make some phone calls. This is the best way to find deals.
All this being said, before scheduling your discount vacation in Key West consult the Key West Chamber of Commerce—there are many summer events that may cause a rise in prices (such as Hemingway Days in July).
Are you ready for a vacation that offers a little bit of everything? Try South Beach in Miami…
Don Johnson and Miami Vice, an opportune Calvin Klien Obsession photo shoot backed by Ocean Drive Art Deco hotels, two happenings that combined to renew interest in Miami’s South Beach area. And rightfully so, as the fantasy of both seem ever-present as one wanders the street-side cafes and boutiques of Ocean Drive.
Accommodations range from famous hotels such as the Wyndham Miami to smaller family owned establishments you still have to book by phone-many of these smaller hotels offer sidewalk cafes or decks perfect for afternoon people watching with a mojito.
Wandering South Beach by foot, from early afternoon into the night, the streets are alive with custom choppers, sports cars, roller bladers, and fashion models, and one can hear as many languages as there are people on the street, all which add to the movie-set-like atmosphere the architecture already offers. Beyond the fabulous clubs and night life, the fine dining and the general frivolity, South Beach also offers traditional family activity.
Miami offers such activities in a wide range of interests: The MDPL Art Deco Welcome Center offers architectural tours of historic districts; the Everglade National Park is in close proximity; the Historical Museum of Southern Florida; the Miami Metro Zoo; and the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium all offer families more conventional vacation activities. Of course, one would be remiss in failing to mention the beautiful beaches and ocean oriented activities. A particular recommendation not a great distance from Miami is the Biscayne National Park, which offers some of the best snorkeling in the world.
Overall South Beach offers something for everybody an unforgettable setting in which one can do anything from pure relaxation to dancing the night away in some of the most extraordinary clubs on the East Coast.
Hello from the beautiful Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida!
We’ve gone from New Zealand to Maui, Hawaii to Southwest Florida! Yesterday we stopped off at the Porsche dealership in Naples and we both drove the 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera S2 Cabriolet. It was a thrill taking it through the gears around the Naples back streets. Wow! What an incredible driving machine!!!
Today we joined our friends Jody and Gina Dutt for lunch and shopping at Tommy Bahama’s in Naples after viewing the most incredible car show that we’ve ever seen! Downtown Naples is really a beautiful spot for a car show with its mix of old world and modern architecture. It’s just a gorgeous city with lots of fabulous shopping, too!
This car show had over 100 Ferrari’s in every style – F430 Coupe, F430 Spider, F355 Spider, F328 GTS, F360 Coupe, F360 Spider, F456 GTA and the V-12 Enzo – Unbelievable!
Then there were row upon row of Lamborghini’s – all styles – Murcielago – Gallardo – coupes and spiders (spider is Italian for convertible). On top of that there were Bentley Continental GT’s – both the coupes and the convertibles. And there was a Rolls Royce Phantom!
Maserati was there with Gran Sport Coupes, Cambiocorsa Spyder and Coupe, and Quattroporta Sport GT – just gorgeous!
There were several Aston Martin Vanquish’s, Lotus Esprit, and a BMW Z8 Roadster – Wow!
And in addition to all those beautiful exotic cars there were hundreds of classic cars and good old American Muscle Cars – Corvettes – 57 Chevys – Chevy SS – Mustang Trick Pony – Mustang Boss GT 350 and many restored classic cars.
We stayed until it was over and watched and listened as they all started pulling away to take their cars home or back to car dealerships. There is nothing like the beautiful whine of the Ferrari and Lambo engines! Many owners showed-off and revved them up as they sped off. Of course, all those American muscle cars had those throaty sounding glasspack mufflers!!
But to top it all off, the owner of one of the exotic car dealerships asked Jody to help him drive a Ferrari 355 up the street to his store. Needless to say, Jody was flying high!