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Family Travel: Today A Nightmare, Tomorrow A Memory

How to survive in-laws, missed flights, heatstroke, lost luggage, broken refrigerators and even a hurricane to have the best family vacation ever on Sanibel Island. As editor of a travel newsletter and website, I travel a lot. And because my specialty is family travel, I try to include my son and husband as much as possible, given school-work and work-work. But as a recent weekend in Florida will...

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My Favorite Resort: The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Florida

"Mommy, I see a little bit of the sun, it's time to go!" I turned toward the voice. There stood my 4-year-old in bathing trunks, holding his complimentary Ritz-Carlton pail and shovel, eagerly awaiting the much-touted Sunrise Seashell Search. I rounded up his siblings (8 and 12) and, casting a sidelong glance toward my still-sleeping husband, glided down the corridor. We hit the...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – The Breakers, Florida

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida as a Top Luxury Beach Resort. Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or a treat reserved for a special occasion, our 9th annual awards focus on the latest travel segment to embrace young guests: the super luxe resort.

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Orlando, Florida Thrills Teens, Too

Theme parks amuse everyone, but sometimes your teen may feel a bit "been there, done that," so Family Travel Forum has a few ideas to keep him pumped about your trip to Orlando, FL. So you're heading down to Orlando, Florida one more time. Just as your teens were introduced to Minnie and Mickey years ago, the youngest of your clan now deserve the same opportunity to meet the mice,...

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1st In Line Passes: Orlando Express Lanes Double the Pleasure

The lines are so long at most Orlando theme parks that everyone's gotten creative about shortening the wait.  Here's a look at the "reserve-a-ride" systems in place at some of our favorite-for-families attractions.  Although both systems work differently, you'll find the use of these new self-ticketing and smart card technologies more widespread at mass attractions than...

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Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Located in Ft. Lauderdale away from the city's busy nightlife, this resort aims to provide adults with a relaxing beach getaway while giving kids the fun they want.As we drove up to the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, I could easily have confused the resort, with its towers, for a palace. It looked like a majestic white castle sitting upon a hill above the Atlantic Ocean. The staff immediately...

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No-Cost Fun in Jacksonville, Florida

Spend a week touring Jacksonville: see historical ships and concerts, indulge in chocolates, and play outdoors -- without spending a dime.Most families look to beach resorts, Disney World, Miami's bustling city, or Key West's historic charm for a traditional Florida getaway.  But for family-fun without the expensive price tag, Jacksonville provides endless free events and attractions to choose...

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Pink Shell Beach Resort and Spa

A classic Gulf Coast Florida resort adds new villas, a fun pool and other contemporary amenities to appeal to today's families. When I was told the Pink Shell Beach Resort had an 'Octopool,' I didn't just ask what an Octopool was. I wanted to be surprised. After all, as a travel writer, I've seen my share of exotic, tropical pools. What could possibly stand out from all the rest? Naturally,...

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JW Marriott Grande Lakes

Upscale family resorts are sprouting all over Orlando as quickly as timeshares. One of the newest entries is the Grande Lakes development that includes a Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott. These two luxury resorts, which share a Greg Norman-designed golf course, are located about equal distance from Walt Disney World and Universal Studios and a few miles from Orlando’s...

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Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida

A family with two teenagers discovers an unspoiled barrier island on Florida's Northeast coast and a luxuriates at a resort whose staff is phenomenal.When planning our trip, we chose the 444-room, AAA Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, as the hotel appealed to us for many reasons. I needed a resort where my two teenagers could have fun independently, but where...

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