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A day out in Daytona Beach.

Daytona Beach is about an hour and a half from your holiday villa and so makes a good choice for a day at the seaside. Apart from lolling around the beach (doesn' t float my boat for long) what else can you do? Well, I have put together a...
Viewed 2716 times since 29 January 2011.

Key Largo

Key Largo is the island at the top of the Florida Keys and visitors often stop off here on their way to or from Key West. When we first visited there about twenty years ago there had been a lot of devastation in the surrounding area due to hurricanes...
Viewed 2495 times since 15 January 2011.

Christmas in Celebration

Large numbers of tourists travel to Florida for the Christmas vacation, or simply “The Holidays” as it is affectionately known by our US neighbours, and whilst they are unlikely to be expecting the traditional Christmas, one or two may exhibit a few ...
Viewed 3279 times since 8 January 2011.

The Villages Golf Carts

We were looking for somewhere new to spend the late afternoon on what had been, and still was, a glorious Florida spring day. We didn’t want to drive too far from our base on US27 near Clermont but as we had already been to Bok Gardens, Mount Dora an...
Viewed 3295 times since 7 January 2011.

Things to do at Clearwater (3)

If you visit Clearwater on the Gulf Coast you will be amazed at the amount of things to do. Clearwater is about an hour and a half drive from Orlando along the I4. When we initially go to new places we always call in first at the Visitor Information ...
Viewed 2373 times since 7 January 2011.

Visit St Armands Circle Sarasota

We have on several occasions when we visited the Gulf Coast had a couple of nights stay in a small motel at Siesta Key in Sarasota. This really is a relaxing part of Sarasota away from the bustle of the town itself. Whist we are there we ...
Viewed 2546 times since 7 January 2011.

The Villages Florida

Having visited the town of Celebration on our holidays to Orlando and always enjoyed the laid back feel of the place we were looking for somewhere similar when we happened to hear about The Villages Florida. So on our very next holiday we made plans ...
Viewed 2921 times since 6 January 2011.

Lake County Festivals

If you have been a frequent visitor to Florida you probably look around for something new to do when you go. May I suggest you think about the Festivals that take place all over. I know that other counties have their own but I am just going to cover ...
Viewed 2318 times since 4 January 2011.

The Miami Bus Tour

Whenever wherever we are on holiday our favourite way of initially exploring any city is to do the bus tour to see what the city has to offer. We then either hop on hop off the bus tour to visit some of the places on the initial tour or plan the rema...
Viewed 2499 times since 29 December 2010.

The Marine Discovery Centre.

The Marine Discovery Centre is located at New Smyrna Beach and is dedicated to the presevation and restoration of The Indian River Lagoon Estuary. This would take you something over an hour from your resorts area villa and makes a welcome contrast to...
Viewed 2550 times since 19 December 2010.

Beaches at Fort de Soto

We recently spent a fantastic day at the amazing beaches of Fort de Soto. Situated on Florida’s stunning west coast this island is close to Tampa and Clearwater and only takes about 90 minutes to drive to from the Disney area. Fort de Sota is...
Viewed 3188 times since 29 November 2010.

St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

We went to the Lighthouse and Museum on the recommendation of some other guests at our hotel when we visited St Augustine. They told us to allow at least an hour to tour the site and climb the tower, as the latter was one hundred and sixty feet high ...
Viewed 2636 times since 11 October 2010.

Cruising – Jamaica, Part 1 Martha Brae River Rafting

Jamaica is one of our favourite islands in the Caribbean, perhaps because it was one of the islands we visited on our very first cruise with the children, so it has a certain magic about it. Although we love Florida, and Orlando in particular, we enj...
Viewed 2364 times since 11 October 2010.

Anastasia State Park and Fort Mose Historic State Park

While the State of Florida has three National Parks, the best known being The Everglades National Park, plus the Biscayne National Park and the Dry Tortugas National Park it has no less than 160 State Parks which spread over 700, 000 acres of land. <...
Viewed 2553 times since 19 September 2010.

The Ormond Art Gallery and Gardens.

The Ormond Art Museum and gardens have the double benefit of an interesting gallery to look at and a beautiful garden to view. For 64 years this museum has been dedicated to the work of artists connected to the two World Wars. It all ...
Viewed 2316 times since 23 July 2010.

Ice at Gaylord Palms

Every Christmas time for the last few years there has been a spectacular event held at Gaylord Palms, called Ice. This features spectacular ice sculptures and lasts around 7 weeks; this year (2010) it runs from november to after Christmas. Viewed 2834 times since 26 February 2010.

Gatorland in Florida

Gatorland, on South Orange Blossom Trail, is ideal for a half day outing, although you can take longer and stay all day. It makes a great break from the busy, big theme parks. The huge, gaping gator jaws with big white teeth make an unmistakable entr...
Viewed 2959 times since 16 February 2010.

A wonderful city by the Sea called St Augustine

Somewhere very different in Florida when you’re staying in Orlando and just over 1. 5 hours drive is a place called St Augustine. I can fully recommend visiting St Augustine. This city is the The Nation' s Oldest City was founded in 1565. St. Augusti...
Viewed 2672 times since 7 February 2010.

ICE 2010

Each year Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Centre hosts “ICE” as part of their Christmas programme and it is really worth seeing. This is the second time that we have been and most of the display was completely new to us so it was well worth it. Viewed 3039 times since 17 January 2010.

Mallory Square - Key West

Several years ago we decided to go down the Florida Keys and stay at Key West for a couple of nights. There is a fabulous laid back atmosphere here and fun to be had in Mallory Square day or night, spring, summer, autumn or winter you will find there...
Viewed 3538 times since 12 January 2010.

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