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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 3226 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 2980 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 3762 times since 8 January 2011.

The Villages – Market Square and beyond

The Villages provide a fascinating insight into what can be achieved for good quality 21st century living set in a lovely environment. Basically a number of individually named village communities for age groups of 55 and over have been se...
Viewed 3152 times since 7 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 3764 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 2812 times since 7 January 2011.

Enjoy Naples

Naples is located in Florida' s near-tropical southwest corner and is one of the more glamorous of Florida’s beach areas. It has beautiful white beaches, ample water access, and many upscale restaurants and shops. In the twenty years since we first s...
Viewed 3206 times since 7 January 2011.

The Pinellas Trail

If you have ever been in the Gulf Coast area surrounding Treasure Island, Clearwater or St Petersburg you will have seen signs highlighting the Pinellas Trail. We often spend a few days at the Gulf Coast and I became so intrigued by always seeing the...
Viewed 3399 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 3003 times since 7 January 2011.

Enjoy Anna Marie Island

There really is something very magical when you arrive at Anna Marie Island and you see the white sand you know you are in for few days of complete relaxation. There is not any need to plan your journeys for quite times to avoid the crowds because cr...
Viewed 3357 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 3693 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 2804 times since 4 January 2011.

ICE and SNOW at Gaylords 2010/2011

Every year Gaylord Palms Convention Centre puts on a magnificent Christmeas display of ICE. The top ice sculptors from China come across and design 5 rooms of massive display. This year the theme is “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and e...
Viewed 2846 times since 30 December 2010.

Celebration at Christmas

Celebration is one of our favourite places to visit at any time of the year but it has a special magic at Christmas. You will find Central Celebration either from the 192 turning left just before the junction with the I4, or from the I4 taking the ju...
Viewed 3323 times since 30 December 2010.

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 2935 times since 29 December 2010.

A visit to St Cloud

After visiting the theme parks and shopping malls it is nice to take a trip away from the Disney area to the town of St Cloud, and a visit to a man made beach against Lake Toho. The round trip from the centre of Kissimmee is approximately 20 ...
Viewed 3531 times since 21 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 3001 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 3696 times since 29 November 2010.

The Town of Celebration

The quaint and pretty town of Celebration is an oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. Created by Disney in 1994 and launched to celebrate the life and times of a typical American town, Celebration is a pleasant mixture of bot...
Viewed 3674 times since 26 November 2010.

Historic Bok Sanctuary – Pine Ridge Nature Preserve

Formerly known as the Mountain Lake Sanctuary and Singing Tower, Historic Bok Sanctuary is about an hour’s drive from downtown Orlando and is well signposted from the US27 near Lakes Wales. The Sanctuary offer the visitor a surprising amount ...
Viewed 3511 times since 16 October 2010.

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