Daytona Beach Vacation

Daytona Beach is the first place I came to when I left the cold North East and headed south to find my new home. I enjoyed my time in Daytona Beach, which is one of the few places to drive on the beach in Florida. Here is a promotional piece from VisitFlorida which I am posting so you can get a feel of what Daytona Beach is all about….

Race the speedway, golf the LPGA course, or just kick back on the sand in Daytona Beach.

Enjoy everything from surf and sun to exciting family attractions in Daytona Beach, one of Florida’s most versatile vacation spots.

The excitement begins on the beach, which spans nearly 23 miles (37 km) from Ormond By-The-Sea south to Daytona Beach and Ponce Inlet. At low tide, the beach can expand up to 500 feet. Whether you prefer a natural setting with dunes and sea oats or more activity with oceanfront shopping, dining and entertainment, there is a beach that is right for you.

If you dream of riding the waves, the smooth sand and Atlantic surf combine to make this one of the best surfing spots on the East Coast. The area on the north side of Ponce Inlet is a favorite with the local surfers. There are plenty of surf shops in Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach and Daytona Beach Shores that rent equipment and offer lessons. In addition to surfing, you’ll find a host of water activities including canoeing, ocean kayaking and parasailing.

Accessing the beach with a car or rented beach buggy is a fun and distinctly Daytona Beach experience. Of the 23-mile beach, 11 miles are available for driving with pedestrian-only zones located at various intervals in between. But don’t expect to exceed the leisurely 10 mph speed limit.

The area’s love affair with all things automotive began in the early years of the 20th century. Its gentle slope and long stretch of hard-packed sand were ideal for racing, and between 1903 and 1935, no less than 13 auto racing records were set on the beach. Today, speeds up to 200 miles (322 km) per hour are common at Daytona International Speedway, where the Daytona 500 and Pepsi 400 NASCAR races are held annually. In addition, race fans can revel in their favorite sport at the speedway’s year-round, interactive motorsports attraction.

If you’re seeking a back-to-nature experience, stop by one of the local parks or nature preserves. The area’s waterways entice many to enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along the Halifax River. The Atlantic Ocean and the Halifax River also provide anglers a variety of fishing opportunities year-round. From the estuaries and the surf to deep-sea charters, local guides provide all that is needed to pull in the big catch.

Daytona Beach also boasts a variety of historical attractions and fine museums specializing in art, science, history and nautical and marine life. Be sure to stop by the Smithsonian-affiliated Museum of Arts and Sciences, the acclaimed Southeast Museum of Photography and the Marine Science Center during your visit. A full cultural arts calendar brings world-class exhibits and theater to the area’s many arts facilities. Biennially, the area hosts the renowned London Symphony Orchestra during the Daytona Beach International Festival. Other cultural fetes include the Daytona Beach Symphony Society’s Winterfest in January and the Halifax Art Festival in November.

For some, “picking up the pace” may mean an exhilarating day of shopping in the historic downtown or new oceanfront shopping and dining district, venturing out to sophisticated night spots or playing a round of golf. The LPGA International with its two premier 18-hole golf courses offers a top-notch golfing experience. Daytona Beach’s award-winning Florida Tennis Center is a superb facility for the game’s enthusiasts. Kids and kids-at-heart can also enjoy an afternoon of fun at the area’s family-friendly attractions such as Daytona Lagoon water park and Speed Park Motorsports.

Daytona Beach’s world-famous motorcycle events take place in early March and October. Both festivals welcome motorcycle enthusiasts proudly riding their customized machines. It’s a great time for people watchers, too. As with most seaside destinations, spring break brings college students and families with school-aged children to bronze themselves on the warm, sunny sands in March and early April.

Whether you prefer soaking in some rays on the gorgeous white-sand beaches, high-speed laps around the Speedway or exploring the area’s colorful history and culture, Daytona Beach offers an incredible variety of vacation options. For more information < Visit Florida Daytona >

Hopefully this entices you to check out Daytona Beach on your next Florida vacation. Can anyone out there can add some comments about your favorite hotels and restaurants in Daytona area. I would love to hear from you!!
God Bless,
Johnny

Fort Lauderdale Spring Break

Hi there,

Spring Break is upon us and Fort Lauderdale is one the places for many students and non-students alike to travel in March and April of every year. I have a special appreciation for Fort Lauderdale’s Spring Break because that is one of the main reasons I moved to South Florida to live many years ago, a great choice in my life.

Here is video of some of the beach action in Fort Lauderdale during Spring Break. Spring Break is mostly about the beach, sun bathing, and lots of water sports.

Its not that wild in Fort Lauderdale anymore, believe me its still a lot of fun and a great place to visit with the weather is sooooo nice now, 80 degrees in the day and 60 degrees at night.

If you are thinking of coming to Fort Lauderdale check out these Expedia Travel Deals to this location<<<

Does anyone have any Fort Lauderdale Spring Break stories they want to share? Please keep it PG-13.
Have a great Spring Break!!
God Bless,
Johnny

Key West Weekend Vacation Video

You maybe looking for a destination for a quick get away, then Key West might be your place. If you live in Florida, its only few hours by car or short plane flight. Of coarse, if you live out of the state, you can fly to Key West and don’t worry about driving here because  a car is not needed only your feet or the Key West Trolley. Here is story of our getaway to Key West and you need to check out the video too. We tried to shoot as much video as possible of the attractions we visited, Ship Wreck Museum, Little White House, Key West Aquarium and more. Check it and I hope you like the story my wife wrote. Enjoy! Check it out the Story Now!

Spectacular Orlando Hotels

Orlando is considered by many to be the mecca of tourism and vacations in America. With a staggering 48 million visitors each year, you can be assured that Orlando pretty much has it all, including some of the best Hotels in Florida. Some very prominent Hotels that definitely set Orlando apart form the average city are the very grand Ritz Carlton, the impressive and hugely spacious JW Marriott, the pampered life of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, one my favorites, the Gaylord Palms (Read my review), and last but not least the jewel hotel of Orlando, the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. These Hotels really set Orlando as the cornerstone of service and quality. These hotels are built to serve their customers and it is reflected in their surreal customer care.

Take a look at this Video-from the Travel Channel, as it explains in detail the grandeur and magnificence of some of the finest hotels in the world, located right here in Orlando Florida.

Are you planning to go to Orlando anytime soon? If you do, will you plan to go to any one of these hotels? If not, what hotels do you usually stay in Orlando and why?

We would love to hear from you

God Bless,
Johnny

Pier House Resort Key West Review

If Key West is your vacation destination, you should check out the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa.  I had a chance to review and visit this property with my wife. We visited all the rooms, spa, and had an amazing lunch at the Harbor View Cafe.

In my review, I was able to write about this beautiful property in the heart of Key West and also I was able to shoot a video of my visit.

My wife suggested, when we are ready to rededicate our wedding vows, this is the resort we need to do this, the views and rooms are spectacular. I have to agree with her.

< Read the Review >

Read and view my video and let me know what you think?
God Bless,
Johnny

Reviewing PGA National Resort and Spa

When I used to visit the concierges for business, PGA National Resort and Spa was one of my stops. Going into a 4 Star resort is always a thrill and now that I am married, I would love to take my wife here for a weekend getaway.  So I have decided to review this amazing property for you and my family and friends to read. There is so much to do there beside some of the best Golf  in the country, a top notch Health Spa to be treated really special,  Gym / Tennis courts that are second to none, and so much more.

< Read More – PGA Resort >

My mother in law read the review before I posted it and she was excited to go to the PGA National for a visit. I told her we can definitely go there for dinner one night.  But I have so many other reviews coming, she may change her mind from all the choices we have in Florida.

This review is much more detailed than other reviews I have written,  so I would really appreciate your comments here or on the review. Even a word of encouragement would help. I look forward to your comments.
God Bless,
Johnny

Exciting Weekend at the Gaylord Palms Resort Orlando FL

You need to read this story written by my wife after we stayed at the Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando Fl. We had a great time there from the Room, Food, and the Activities within the resort.

Her story starts with…

The architecture is very Romantic and Castle like inside with arches, columns and domes! This hotel boasts of four great restaurants. One of the restaurants is on a real sailboat in a Key West setting in the middle of a beautiful manmade lake. The setting is very laid back and quite romantic.
< Read More on Gaylord Palms Resort Story >

What is your review of this resort? Please give me your opinion?
Johnny

Key West – Southmost City

If you visit Florida, you need to visit this Southern most city, Key West. You will love this quaint and historic city. It was one of the biggest in Florida in 1800.

Read this story about this island, Key West Vacation and it will give a taste of this famous city. If you are looking for a bargain, shop around because the hotels on and near Duval Street are going to be the most expensive, from $200 a night and up.