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Vacation Deals in Florida
and vacation rental reservations are brisk for the Florida winter season and it makes sense to book a
hotel now for your fall and winter plans. Make sure you select a hotel that will
allow free cancellations so you can change
your plans without penalty.
Theme Park Hotels
You have many options with hotels near Disney World, Universal Studios, Lego Land and Sea World. At Disney World your best choice is a hotel on the Disney property which gives you free transportation around the property as well as early admission to the parks.
Universal Studios hotels are near both Universal CityWalk and Islands of Adventure such as Loew's Sapphire Falls Resort and Universal's Hard Rock Hotel. Sea World and Discovery Cove hotels are located along International Drive in Orlando. LegoLand hotels are located in Winter Haven, FL and include the LegoLand Florida Resort. Hotels near Bush Gardens are in Tampa, FL.
Florida Beachfront Hotels
Beachfront Hotels Florida Keys
In many ways the Florida Keys are like entering a different world with its miles of bridges across the many miles of the junction of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The laid back atmosphere plus outstanding fishing and scuba diving, fantastic sea food restaurants, and first class lodging spell vacation to remember.
Beachfront Hotels in South Florida
There is no place like Miami, Florida, a city that has found its place among the world's great international destinations where people gather to absorb the tropical vibe and participate in the vibrant Latin flavored night life. Not to mention the restaurants, the shopping, and of course the beaches. South Florida also features Gulfstream Park Live Horse Racing and the Seminole Hardrock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. more about South Florida
Beachfront Hotels in Southwest Florida
Naples is a classic Florida beach town with beautiful hotels, elegant restaurants, and mile of white sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Sanibel Island and Captiva capture all that is great about vacationing in southwest Florida including some of the best shelling anywhere. Venice Beach is a favorite destination with many visitors returning year after year.
Beachfront Hotels on the Treasure Coast
Vero Beach has long been the quiet coast of Florida, know for it stately winter homes, fine restaurants, and little night life. Here, the Vero Beach Disney Hotel and the iconic Ocean Grill stand vigil over the beaches leading to the ever blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Brilliant sunrises edge over the horizon, starting the day softly at first, and then into full bloom.
Further south is Hutchinson Island, where miles of condos and hotels line the beaches, and seafood restaurants abound. Hutchinson Island provides a family oriented atmosphere with many fun activities such bike riding, fishing, and golf.
Beachfront Hotels on the Space Coast
Home of Kennedy Space Center visitors attraction and for frequent rocket launches from SpaceX, NASA, Florida Space Alliance, and Blue Origin. Watch history in the making from your hotel balcony and enjoy the thrill of the roar of powerful rockets headed to outer space.
The Space Coast also has 72 miles of pristine beach on the Atlantic Ocean and is known for its surfing, beautiful sunrises, and a laid back beach vibe.
Beachfront Hotels in Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach is the home of the NASCAR Daytona 500, Bike Week, Spring Break, the Daytona Beach Boardwalk, and miles of gorgeous beaches you can actually drive on. Eating breakfast on an ocean pier, lounging poolside at your beachfront hotel, and sipping an evening margarita overlooking the darkening ocean waves are all part of your day in Daytona Beach.
Beachfront Hotels in Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay area has it all. Deep sea fishing, sailing, golf, Tampa river walk, and beaches, lots of beaches. And not to mention the great restaurants, night life, and the shopping at sooo many unique shops.
Amelia Island is a real Florida beach town, with beachfront accommodations including some excellent bed and breakfasts. Start your day with horseback riding on the beach, play a round of golf, and plan your dinner at one of several quality restaurants featuring native Florida seafood. And of course, take a walk on the beach.
Further south is historic Saint Augustine where the old fort is a must see destination and a strole through Old Saint Augustine shops and restaurants. In the evening, enjoy a carriage ride through the quiet streets and enjoy the sea breezes. And of course, be sure to book an ocean front hotel for your stay.
Beachfront Hotels Florida Panhandle
Miles of beautiful white sand beaches, fantastic sunsets, ship wreck scuba diving, great seafood restaurants, and wonderful beach and off shore fishing. Easy driving access from the southeast US. The Florida Panhandle is a favorite for spring break and for families seeking all the things that make a vacation great. Don't miss the opportunity to ride horses on the beach or to take a sunset cruise to witness the sun settling in for the night.
Florida Horse Racing
Florida is home to the iconic Gulfstream Park Race Track and Casino Championship Meet beginning on December 3, 2021 though April 3, 2022, where top thoroughbred race horses from all over the country are raced and bets are placed. The Pegasus race weekend in January and the Florida Derby in the spring highlight the winter racing season attracting an international jet set.
In addition to great live and simulcast horse racing, Gulfstream Park Casino offers over 200 slots, electronic table games, and The Poker Room has 20 tables spreading all of the popular cash games. Simulcast online betting feature horse races at major tracks throughout the United States.
Gulfstream Park mall features over 20 restaurants, bars, and nightspots plus upscale shops, and art galleries. Special entertainment events are held at the Sport of Kings theater throughout the year.
Additionally, Tampa Bay Downs on Florida's west coast features live thoroughbred races during specific racing date as well as offering off track betting through video races at other tracks. Tampa Bay Downs also features a card room with all the popular poker games such as Texas Hold'em. Hotels near Tampa Bay Downs.
Orlando Florida Liberty Casino Cruise Ship (Offering the only live roulette and craps in Florida.)
This casino cruise ship sails twice daily from Port Canaveral, about a 45 minute drive from Orlando. Since it sails outside of US territorial limits, it is can offer whatever it wants in terms of gambling and provides slots, table games, blackjack, and poker. Each cruise is five to six hours and offers a full Las Vegas type casino with full bar and restaurant service available.
The most popular casinos in Florida are those run by the Seminole Indian tribe and the fanciest of those are the Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos. These casinos are most similar to Las Vegas casinos, but do not have all of the gambling tables you find in Las Vegas such as roulette and craps. They do have virtual versions of roulette tables at the following locations:
Seminole and Muskogee owned casinos offering virtual versions of roulette.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, FL
Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee, FL (Immokalee is a rural farming community.)
Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek, FL
Casino Miami Jai-Alai (Near Miami International Airport.
The Big Easy Casino in Hallandale Beach, FL
Dania Jai-Alai Casino in Dania, FL
Florida Horse Show Venues
Florida is home to several world class horse show venues that attract horses and riders from all over the world participate in show jumping, dressage, and eventing.
You will find everything you need to know about horses and horse shows in Florida at Florida Horse Shows.
Not to be ignored is the western riding contests including professional rodeos, barrel racing, and cutting teams. If you have not seen barrel racing, there are hundreds of barrel racing events in Florida throughout the year that feature fast paced skill and speed riding.
Florida hosts the two busiest cruise ship ports in the world among its five cruise ports. This means there is a great selection of cruises at all price levels.
Many new cruises are now available at Cruise Direct.
If you book a cruise through Cruise Direct full refunds are available if the cruise is cancelled.
Don't wait. Book your preferred dates now for 2022 - 2023.
Rocket Launch Sites
In addition to the well known Kennedy Space Center, there are numerous other launch sites in the United States and around the world. Check them out here.
Ordinary citizens with deep pockets can book rides into space aboard Jeff Bezo's New Shepard sub orbital space craft. Launch Site 1 is located in West Texas near Van Horn, TX.
Another sub orbital space trip is offered by Virgin Galactic with launches from New Mexico.
A more complex and expensive space trip is available aboard a SpaceX craft which includes several days in orbit.
All of these flights have had at least one successful round trip with civilians aboard and are booking future flights.