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A Family Friendly Mardi Gras Celebration

If you have ever been to New Orleans, you know that life is more interesting in the place often called the “most unique” city in the United States. Steeped in culture and history, New Orleans is home to one of … Read more

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Ways to Unplug in Gulf County, Florida

This post brought to you by Gulf County, Florida. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Surf and Sunshine. The other night, I went to bed with such an unbearable migraine, I actually thought I might need to … Read more

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7 Things to do in Naples, FL

Are you looking for a beach vacation with the opportunity for activities other than just sunbathing? Naples, FL has miles of white sand beaches and crystal blue waves, but there are also plenty of other things to fill the evenings … Read more

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Upgrade Your Vacation With All Star Vacation Homes

Sometimes, vacations call for something a bit beyond hotel rooms. Whether you’re traveling with your immediate family, celebrating a family reunion, or going on a group vacation, vacation home rentals can be a great alternative to standard vacation lodging, providing … Read more

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History Meets Perfection At Columbia Restaurant

The original Columbia Restaurant, located in Tampa, is not only the oldest continuously operated restaurant in Florida, but the oldest Spanish restaurant in the entire United States. In order to have stayed in business since 1905, and to be thriving … Read more

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A Mandatory Kissimmee Pit Stop: Fun Spot USA

Sometimes, the most memorable moments on vacation occur when you least expect them to. During my recent media trip to experience Kissimmee, Florida, that moment certainly happened at Fun Spot USA. What was meant to be a one or two … Read more

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Sunrise Above Florida: Hot Air Balloon Adventures

My motto for vacations has always been, if you’re going to do something: go big. It’s not everyday that you can enjoy time away from work, kids, and everyday life, so when the opportunity presents itself, I’m all for enjoying … Read more

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Gatorland: For the Animal Loving Adventurer

As someone who had no interest in alligators prior to my trip to Kissimmee, Florida, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed spending time at the Alligator Capital of the World: Gatorland. A privately owned 110-acre theme park and … Read more

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Adopt a Sea Turtle When You Visit Florida

The Turtle Hospital of Marathon, Florida opened its doors in 1986 with the goal of rehabilitating injured sea turtles and returning them to their natural habitat. In addition to spreading awareness, educating the public, conducting research and passing legislation to support … Read more

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley

Harry Potter fans better hold onto their broomsticks, as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion has officially been confirmed to open in Summer 2014! Universal Orlando resort announced back in the fall of 2013, that the expansion will be … Read more