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October 6, 2009 Orlando Vacation for Everyone
Orlando Florida The splendor and mystique of Orlando has attracted the countless masses for decades, with its superior amusement parkas and attractions, such as Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World, being the 5th largest city in Florida, it demands respect with a burgeoning population of over 2,045,322 people.



February 12, 2009 Seminole Indian's Billie Swamp Safari
Billie Swamp Safari Florida We decided to see where the Seminole Indians live and what they had to offer at Billie Swamp Safari. So we set off from Fort Lauderdale, west, for the 1 ½ hour drive into the Florida Everglades where the Seminoles live. Since living in South Florida for many years, I have heard of Billie Swamp Safari but today was the day to experience this for our selves.

November 14, 2008An Experience of Your life - Swimming with the Dolphins in Ocho Rios Jamaica
swimming with the dolphins in Ocho Rios JamaicaBy the end of the tour we were fully acquainted with the facility and felt more at ease, and were ready for the main event, swimming with the dolphins in Ocho Rios Jamaica.

Oahu, Hawaiian Vacation
Oahu, Hawaiian VacationBe sure to plan ahead when it comes to activities in Hawaii. There is just so much to do on Oahu that you want to ensure you get to do the things you really want to.

Take a Walk on Florida's Wild Side
Sabastian Florida Redfish FishingFlorida has some of the best beaches in the world and has a beach for all tastes. You can find a beach for a secluded getaway, family beaches, romantic beaches, hiking beaches, fishing beaches and so much more. You can read this list and save this for your future reference.

Florida Beaches are Fun for Everyone
Sabastian Florida Redfish FishingFlorida has some of the best beaches in the world and has a beach for all tastes. You can find a beach for a secluded getaway, family beaches, romantic beaches, hiking beaches, fishing beaches and so much more. You can read this list and save this for your future reference.

The Florida Trail and Big Cypress National Preserve
Sabastian Florida Redfish FishingThe Florida Trail starts at the southern end of Florida in Big Cypress National Preserve about 50 miles west of Miami’s International Airport and travels North to the Suwannee River, then bends West traveling through the Florida Panhandle to end at the Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola.

Sabastian, Florida Redfish Fishing
Sabastian Florida Redfish FishingAfter making his cast Nick handed me the rod and said, “Start reeling.” I started reeling and BAM! Immediately, I hooked a fish and after fighting for almost 30 minutes, I landed the biggest redfish of my life. “Want to do that again?” Nick asked me. In response, I shouted, “Absolutely!” I then handed him another mullet. Just like before, Nick launched this second mullet into the inlet and handed me the rod. Instantly, a fish hit the bait and after another 30 minutes, I reeled in the second largest redfish of my life.

FLORIDA'S CEDAR KEYS: A HISTORY LOVER'S DELIGHT
Downtown Cedar Key is a definite must for a walking tour of Old Florida at its best. The local Historical Society operates a museum right on the corner of Highway 24 and their main street and is a must to visit. The museum is home to an abundance of exhibits, pictures and displays, some dating back to 1775. You can enjoy Cedar Key history on the half shell while visiting their museum.

Bahamas-Nassau/Paradise Island
Ahhhhhh, the Bahamas! Who doesn’t fantasize about the clear waters of the Caribbean, punctuated with steel drums and a symphony of color? It was the frostbite of winter, when the California rains had soaked our spirits, and SAAD moods prevailed. We decided that traveling was a better choice over another visit to the therapist. We made the right decision!

Central Florida's Lake Country - Florida's Best Kept Secret
Fishing is a very productive sport in Central Florida. It claims the nickname of “Bass Capital of the World”. Its many freshwater lakes and rivers provide excellent habitat and cover for largemouth bass, bream, crappie, and catfish. There are several popular lakes. Lake Kissimmee is in the eastern part of Polk County and has almost 35,000 acres. It is a good bass and black crappie lake. Connected by a canal to this one, Lake Hatchineha with 6000 acres has a good population of largemouth and bluegill.

Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, florida, lake okeechobee, gulf of mexico, florida bay, south florida, cycling, bike rider, alligators, shark valley biking, airboat ride, birdsShark Valley Entrance in Everglades National Park

Over the years that I have resided in South Florida I have heard about Shark Valley and the 15-mile bike path that leads to the Florida Everglades. Riding the bike path into the Everglades has been something I have wanted to do for a long time.

Central Florida's Lake Country - Florida's Best Kept Secret
El salvador Ideally situated between Orlando and Tampa, Central Florida is one of the state’s best-kept secrets. There are over 500 lakes in which to play and get close to nature. Well-kept gardens to admire. Museums and great places to eat. Campgrounds in the most ideal settings. Spend a weekend. Spend a month and be in the midst of some of Florida’s best nature.

Adventure Costa Rica Style
The New El Salvador
El salvadorDoes the term ‘El Salvador’ make you uneasy? Some are overcome with a negative feeling when hearing the words, associating it with the civil war that occurred there in the 1980’s. Many are surprised to learn that today’s El Salvador is actually an alluring and rewarding place to visit. The country is in peace.

Adventure Costa Rica Style
costa ricaWhere can you rappel from waterfalls, zip in a harness across the top of a rainforest canopy, mountain bike around an active volcano, kayak, take a ride in an ultra-lite plane, enjoy hours of class four whitewater rapids, explore caves a mile and a half underground and have world class meals? Costa Rica.

Cape Canaveral, Florida
Coral Castle Miami FloridaCape Canaveral, Florida is situated in the central East Coast of the state midway between Jacksonville and Miami. The history of Cape Canaveral and its region is fascinating. It dates back to an astounding 10,000 years ago, when the Ais and Timicuan Native Americans journeyed to the area.


Coral Castle - Miami, Florida
Coral Castle Miami FloridaCoral Castle – A different Miami attraction Spending time with my mother is an annual ritual. She is a snowbird who visits sunny South Florida once a year, when we spend a day together. I call it our ‘bonding time’.


Puerto Rico
Today, Puerto Rico is a major tourist destination. Its ecology, environment, and personality attract countless travelers every year. Lying between Hispaniola and the archipelagoes of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico has a beach for anyone, with the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south.

Fishing on Florida's Nature Coast
pinellas, florida, tampa bayHomosassa Fishing, an outfitter run by Captain Mike Locklear, is a sure-fire way to get your fill of adventure and activity. He promises to provide fishermen with the best fishing guides in Homosassa. He proclaims, “Over the years my regular clients have landed hundreds of redfish, trout and tarpon.”

Florida's Miami-Dade County
adventure travel planningDade County, a historic region in Southern Florida, was created in 1863. The county was named after Major Dade. Major Dade was a soldier who was killed in in the 1835. In 1997, Dade County’s name was changed to Miami-Dade County, via voter approval. Today, according to the 2000 census, the county is immense, with a population of well over two million.

Florida's Pinellas County
adventure travelOrlando has Disney World, but Pinellas County has some of the most unique theme parks, including Adventure Island, a water-theme family park. In addition, Busch Gardens, an African theme park is located close by. Its here you can be thrilled by killer coasters and come face to face with big game at one of America's largest zoological parks.

Ocala, Florida
adventure travel holidaysOcala is a marvel existing in a small space of Florida that seems immensely large, with its tremendous natural outdoor wonders. Lets hope it stays this way, with the help of local residents and business owners. Hopefully, they understand what a special place Ocala is, and will continue to keep it as special as they can.

Collier County, Florida
outdoor adventure travelCollier County, located along the “Paradise Coast” of Florida, is among the top tourist beach destinations in the nation, and possibly the world. The county includes the beautiful Macro Island, the wildness of the Everglades, and the mystique of Naples. The area is located at the Southwestern tip of the Gulf Coast.

Butterfly World Florida
adventure travel toursAt Butterfly World you will view thousands of live butterflies from allover the world. Opened in 1988, it is the first showplace of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and largest butterfly educational and breeding facility in the world.

Florida Tourism - Changing Faces
adventure travel companiesAs a Florida tourist, my mind is open to learning, and my spirit is open to experiencing the natural and historic wonders abundant in Florida. As a result, I can hopefully inspire others to be a part of Florida tourism, and all of the beauty that comes with it.

adventure travel planningBelize - A World of Wonder & Wilderness
There are many, many things to do, places to visit, and people to meet in Belize, and each can show you something unique. Diving, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, birdwatching and more await the adventurous traveler in Belize. Scuba divers will find heaven on earth in the waters off of Belize.

adventure travel planningMerritt Island Wildlife
Florida’s beauty and abundance of wildlife doesn’t miss a beat in winter. A day visit to the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge demonstrates this, for certain.

Curacao
A friendly island with all the amenities of some of the more "popular" Caribbean islands, but with a more relaxed atmosphere. The best thing about Curaçao, to me, is it’s modern infrastructure and the high standard of living most of the local people enjoy.

Dominican Republic
Today, the Dominican Republic is known for its seemingly pure white sand beaches. A stroll around the island reveals rainforest, desert like expanses, and an abundance of farming fields, especially in the Southwest, where sugar cane, and banana groves span the spectacular countryside.

Bimini, Bahamas
A short flight to Bimini was a superb way to begin the adventure to this small and quaint island. From Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport, via Bimini Island Air, we soared in a small eight-seater plane, blessed with stunning views, from take off to landing. I was filled with excitement flying through the huge puffy clouds towards the two islands that would be my host for a week.

Sint Maarten
Ahh! Stable ground. Fresh off the Grand Princess cruise ship I took in the salty and humid early morning air as I strolled along the squeaky clean sidewalk at the A.C. Wathey Pier at Pointe Blanche, in Dutch Sint Maarten.

Guatemala
Guatemala offers an affordable, accessible travel destination of unique history and cultural and biological diversity.

Kathryn Appey Hanna Park
There is plenty to do at the park, including off road biking trails, walking and hiking, fresh water and salt water fishing, play grounds, and clean beaches where you can swim and surf in the ocean. The off road biking is superb, consisting of 5 miles of well-groomed single-track trails.

St Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine was established in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, and is the oldest permanent European settlement in the continental United States. For 235 years it was the political, military, and religious capital of the Province of Florida from which Spain exercised jurisdiction over a vast geographical region.

The United States Virgin Islands
St. John is covered in dense woodlands, rolling hills, sandy bars, and an alluring irregular coast, and making for some of the best beaches in the Carribbean, especially on the north coast.

A Day at Ulumay
Inconspicuously positioned off commercial highway 520 is the Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary. Situated on 436 acres in Merritt Island, Florida, the sanctuary is an unexpected resource for soft adventure.

Quintana Roo, Mexico
The state of Quintana Roo offers much to the laid back and energetic traveler. The semitropical, scubby-jungled Quintana Roo became an official state in 1974. The state is a dichotomy of sorts, with the Americanized party atmospheres of Cancun and Cozumel on one hand, and the archaeological marvels of the Maya ruins only a stone’s throw away.

Fort Myers Beach Florida
The Ft. Myers area has plenty to do for the beach, nature and history lover. We were pleasantly surprised with its beauty. Next time we look forward to discovering Sanibel Island and Captiva Island, which are both in the Ft. Myers area. These islands are some of the most beautiful areas in Florida, from what I’ve been told.

Mysterious Honduras
Honduras has more extensive rain forests and cloud forests than Costa Rica, Mayan ruins comparable to those of Guatemela, better beaches than Nicaragua, a more peaceful political climate than El Salvador, safer cities than those of Panama, and the greatest undeveloped wilderness area in all of Central America.

Turks and Caicos Islands - Island Bazaar
We can call it an Island Bazaar. Turks and Caicos, with its many, many islands, and its plethora of biological components, there are so many choices for the curious traveler in the Turk & Caicos Islands. Which island will you choose?

Lovely St Lucia
Alive! This is the best the word to describe the island of St. Lucia. St. Lucia is a flourishing and diverse island with thick rain forests, mountain peaks, beaches, rare wildlife, and brilliant foliage.

Brian Piccolo Park
In this park you can find state-of-the-art facilities and fields for almost every activity. The park also keeps the whole family engaged with areas and programs for thrill seekers of all ages.

Oleta State Park
If you want to experience the fun of South Florida, Oleta River State Park is the place to visit. Oleta Park is the largest urban park in the state of Florida at over 1043 acres. The park offers kayaking, mountain biking, camping, swimming, fishing, picnic areas and air-conditioned cabins.

Key West
Beautiful weather, crystal oceans, great food, fun and relaxation all in a beautiful historic setting.

A Day in the Dry Tortugas
The rising sun peaked through the unrestricted shade as the palms brushed gently against the screen of the window; ahh, it was a typical Key West 6:30 am wake up call.

Melbourne, Florida
Located 15 miles south of Melbourne Beach is one of Florida’s most popular parks. Famous for it’s prime surfing and fishing, Sebastian Inlet State Park has something to offer everybody.

Seminole County Parks
This is a 50-acre park located on Third Street north from Lake Mills Road in Southwest Seminole County near Chuluota. Lake Mills offers a unique up-close look at a mixed hardwood swamp.

Quiet Waters Park, Florida
Quiet Waters Park is a great trail for beginners or advanced mountain bike riders. It have challenging trails that takes you through trees, over natural bridges, and around several beautiful lakes.

A Day at Red Reef Park
These mounds are usually teeming with life, blue tangs, parrotfish, snappers, full of sergeant majors, and an occasional barracuda or two.

Dominica
As we made our approach to land in Dominica, I was awestruck at the incredible jungle scenery and mountainous terrain “ not a single hotel chain\ or high rise in site “ just the Atlantic Ocean, and the tops of coconut palm trees.

Cozumel
Cozumel is the largest inhabited island in the Mexican Republic and the oldest in the Caribbean group. Nestled just 12 miles off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, it's surface is approximately 80 percent jungle.

Key West
Beautiful weather, crystal oceans, great food, fun and relaxation all in a beautiful historic setting.

Florida State Parks
Homossa State Park - Located just 75 miles North of Tampa and St. Petersburg, and 90 miles West of Orlando on the West coast of Florida, the Homossa State Park was first inhabited by the Calusa and Seminole Indians.

Bahia Honda State Park - What makes the 13 acres of Bahia Honda State Park located in the big pine key so special, is that it is the only island in the Florida keys that can boast extensive sandy beaches.


Meet Caroline McNamara Her trip to Belize
The trip from Belize City to Ambergris Caye takes 15 minutes on a puddle jumper and about 1 hour by boat.

See what Hilary & Ron had to say about their trip to Amelia Island and St. Augustine, FL
It has to be one of our favorite places in the State. We loved it. The best way we could describe it to friends back home was that it reminded us of the set in the movie Jaws.....Amityville.

Tim Mulvihill's trip to Grand Bahama Island
On my recent trip to Grand Bahama Island I enjoyed the beautiful beaches, clear warm
water, and a terrific snorkeling adventure. I had never experienced anything quite like the clear water and smooth white sand...

Blaski Barbara's trip to Hopetown on Elbow Cay in the Abacos Bahama Island
The water is incredible there. We did some snorkeling in a couple of the protected reefs. I have always had a fear of water (other than swimming at the shore) so it was a big step for me to get out there and snorkel.

Anneli's trip to Bahamas & Dominican Republic
We can recommend Dominican Republic with it's beautiful nature.  There are several guides taking small groups up in the mountains to rainforest and waterfalls which are not experienced anywhere else.


Activities To Do

Kayaking off Big Pines Key
pinellas, florida, tampa bayToday, Puerto Rico is a major tourist destination. Its ecology, environment, and personality attract countless travelers every year. Lying between Hispaniola and the archipelagoes of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico has a beach for anyone, with the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south.

MAIDEN VOYAGE: M/V INDIAN RIVER QUEEN
ocala horse farm, ocala florida, ocala, florida, ocala carriage, ocala carriage and tours, fort lauderdale,, carriage, trolley wagonOrlando has Disney World, but Pinellas County has some of the most unique theme parks, including Adventure Island, a water-theme family park. In addition, Busch Gardens, an African theme park is located close by. Its here you can be thrilled by killer coasters and come face to face with big game at one of America's largest zoological parks.

Parrot Jungle Island
Parrot Jungle Island, Parrot Jungle, South Florida, Dade County, Watson Island, Miami, Dade, Franz ScherrParrot Jungle is one of those attractions in South Florida that has been around so long that most South Florida residents have been there. It’s like the Statue of Liberty. Eventually, most residents of New York will visit in their lifetime.

Barefoot Nature Preserve and Beaches
Barefoot Nature Preserve was an unforgettable find. Located in wealthy Naples, Florida, this spectacular Collier County park stands in the midst of luxurious homes. The preserve has a little bit of everything, including a great beach, nature path, lecture halls, educational classes, and backwater canoeing.

Third annual Big "O" Birding Festival
Bird enthusiasts are waiting patiently for April 2, 2004. That is the day that the Third annual Big "O" Birding Festival begins and for three days, the lake region will be host to hundreds of avid birders in search of the areas
s winged residents.

The Miami Metro Zoo
Where can you go to be in Asia, Africa and Australia in one day? Well of coarse at the Miami Metro Zoo, a world renown zoo. I was at the zoo, on a typical South Florida Summer day, hot in the morning, rainy in the afternoon, and beautiful in the evening.

Pelican Island
Living on the bluff, Paul could always watch the river and the bird life on it, especially the pelicans, which were numerous. From the top of the bluff he could see Pelican Island, to the east in the Indian River, where the pelicans went to roost and nest. He came to love them.

Miami Seaquarium
What do you do with a 5 year boy who you only spend a day with once a year? You take him to the Miami Seaquarium, of coarse.

Florida Keys Wild Bird Center
If you are a bird watcher or just want to learn about the animals and their preservation, you must stop and see the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. It's FREE!

Bird Watching in Florida
St. Mark's National Wildlife Refuge is one of my very favorite birding hot spots. It is located on the Florida Panhandle just south of Tallahassee.

Florida, its more than Disney World
A view through one man's eyes of what else Florida has to offer. If you think Florida is all Mickey Mouse and Disney World, you should read this story.

My Bicycle ride to Key Largo - by Lenette Marie
The challenges of training for 100 mile bike ride from Miami to Key Largo

Riding a Harley Davidson in the Florida Keys
If you like to drive and being on the open road in a car, then you will love to challenge yourself to ride a motorcycle.

Skydive Photography - by Kelly McQuillen
The twin-engine plane soars 2 1/2 miles above the earth, slipping gracefully through the air at 90mph. Suddenly the door opens and the thundering wind rushes in to fill the cabin with brisk air.

Meet Nicki LaPierre - One of Florida's youngest Dolphin Handlers
Nicki, a slender a 24 year old with a great tan, found her dream job three years ago as a dolphin handler in the beautiful Florida Keys. Her cheerful attitude clearly displays the passion she has for what she does.


Local Commentary

What is sustainable tourism?
It is true that the popularity of tourism can be supportive of natural and cultural heritage through restoration and preservation of destinations BUT the popularity of tourism can result in unacceptable levels of use and consequential damage to vulnerable ecological and cultural features.

Lotto Fever
Is playing the lotto really gambling? Isn't playing the lotto a 'get rich quick' form of investing just like playing the stock market? Even if I lose, doesn't the money I put into the lotto go towards schools and education? I don't see the problem with putting a couple bucks a day towards winning the big one.

"Proud To Be An American"
I know my country was and is based upon Christian law and a healthy belief in God. I know that I am very blessed to live in the greatest country in the world. I am proud to be an American.

Don't Get Yoked!
What is holding you back? Why are you not accomplishing all of your goals? What is stopping you from a meaningful relationship with your spouse? What is it that is restricting your career advancement? What is binding you and limiting your financial success, health or happiness?

The Power of a Smile
If you have been overwhelmed lately, make it a priority to re-discover your fun side. Make a commitment to make you and someone else laugh out loud. Tell a joke, get your sense of humor back, make those around you laugh and enjoy your company.

Beachfest with Luis Palau
On March 22nd and 23rd hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Ft Lauderdale Beach to hear great music good news presented at Beachfest. The great music was from top recording artist from around the world while the good news was from Luis Palau.

Borrow, Buy and Refinance Now!
Are you still renting and waiting to buy your first home? Have you refinanced your home yet? Are you still delaying the purchase and installation of that home improvement? Stop delaying! Move now before the interest rates go up.

Living a Healthy Lifestyle
Every diet works: the one that will work for you is the one you stick with and make it your lifestyle!

New Years Resolution
Where is your New Years resolutions? The calendar is at the end of January; do you know where your New Years resolutions are?

 

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