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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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Miami Beach International Travellers Hostel

We were determined to discover Miami on a budget.  Looking for a reasonable hotel in South Beach for a girlfriend getaway within proximity to the beach, restaurants, and shopping wasn't an easy feat. It required a lot of discussion, complaining, wishful thinking, squabbling, and scouring the Internet for deals.Turns...

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Kicking Back on Palm Island, Florida

If you want a peaceful few days of long walks on the beach and beautiful sunsets each evening, head to the Palm Island Resort in Cape Haze, Florida. It isn't easy.  We hated the Florida heat in June, and the busy Miami Airport with its thousands of travelers.  Then, we missed the boat bound for Knight Island and the resort. At the resort, there are one, two and three-bedroom...

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

In 2008, Disney's Animal Kingdom celebrated its 10th Anniversary, recognizing the success of the world's largest animal-themed park. As the largest animal-themed park, Disney has used the magic of Disney Imagineers to sculpt 500 acres of central Florida into jungles, forests, and a grassy...

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Sunset Key Guest Cottages, Florida

Find out if the exclusive Sunset Key Guest Cottages off the coast of Key West make the grade for those seeking privacy and service.One destination can equal two distinctively different vacation experiences when you stay on a quiet island a short ride away from big city excitement. This resort has golden sand beaches, warm water, and a relaxed and restful tropical-island atmosphere. And it's...

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Rosemary Beach Rising – Florida Utopia

An idealized resort development take the Florida beach vacation in a new direction; your family guide to local resources. It takes some imagination to envision what Rosemary Beach, Florida will look like when it's built out by about 2012. But not much. Look just beyond the ever-present construction of new homes and you'll see a sensible balance between new urbanism and luxury resort -- and...

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Canalboating Along Florida’s Okeechobee Waterway

A canalboat journey is an ideal multi-generational vacation for the family who likes to earn their keep by navigating and fishing for supper. Only the sound of fish jumping nearby broke the silence of the early evening. We chose this anchorage for it isolation, having bypassed several possible overnight spots because of inquisitive cattle standing on the river bank solemnly looking at our...

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