Staycations & Getaways

STAYCATIONS

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You could load up the car and drive for days or stand in line for hours to board an airplane and then get squished into seats with the bandwidth of a casket. Or you could just stay put for your summer vacationing. The thousands of people who visit Florida every year can’t be wrong about finding the best place to […]

LAID BACK ON SANIBEL ISLAND

What says vacation more lazily than a barefoot beach cottage? Give that swimsuit a quick check to make sure our salty environment hasn’t totally sprung the elastic. Now, pack it and go. That’s all you will basically need, but of course you’re going to schlepp along boogie boards, beach chairs and umbrellas, a ton of sunscreen, a good beach hat, […]

DOWNTOWN GETAWAYS

Does your fantasy stay-trip itinerary center around upscale shopping, top-shelf dining and the arts? Take your pick of three hotels, three downtowns, three quasi-cosmo experiences. Southernmost, downtown Naples makes a sophisticated landing point for a few days of gallery-hopping, boutique shopping, theater, critically acclaimed dining and happening nightlife. Station your stay at the juncture of Fifth Avenue South and Third […]

BEACH IT ON FMB

You can spend your entire staycation gulfside in Fort Myers Beach and still get the flavor of the island and its uncomplicated brand of beach culture. Settle into a beach hotel — they range from the simplicity of the classic Outrigger Beach Resort to modern, home-away-from-home condo complexes such as GullWing Beach Resort. Both offer amenities that keep you entertained […]

CAPE CORAL MARINA-SIDE LUXURY

Tucked into the mangrove waterways at Tarpon Point’s yacht marina, the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village sequesters guests in nautical luxury that feels miles and lightyears away from city vibes. Spacious and fashionably designed rooms and suites overlook the marina, mangroves and the Caloosahatchee River and Gulf of Mexico beyond. The one- to three-bedroom suites come with full, […]

DELIGHTFULLY STRANDED ON PALM ISLAND

Witnessed on a morning beach stroll on Palm Island during a busy summer weekend: one yoga-stretcher, one snowy egret, and one green heron shyly hiding among the dunes and sea grasses. A quick car-ferry boat ride off the Placida mainland, Palm Island Resort takes “getaway” to a new, more secluded level. (You can also arrive by private boat to the […]

FAMILY FUSING ON CAPTIVA ISLAND

A destination all its own, South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island fulfills every child’s vacation fantasy. Gated from the rest of the world at the far reaches of the island, it provides opportunity to spend family time without life’s intrusions. Their eyes will pop at the first glimpse of the slides at the H2WHOA! water park. Not to mention […]

CHANNELING JIMMY BUFFETT IN KEY WEST

Margaritaville Beach House   Wasting away, optional. One of Key West’s newest and most playful resort, Margaritaville Beach House gets you immediately into the Jimmy Buffett state of mind with a bar and “chill” named Tin Cup Chalice. It serves — what else? — margaritas, in six varieties (also a mean hangover burger). Parrotheads and families alike find their bliss […]

COAST-TO-COAST GOLF MECCAS

Just in case you didn’t realize you are headed toward the epicenter of Florida golfing, read the street signs around Palm Beach Gardens: Jack Nicklaus, Masters, Donald Ross, PGA, Avenue of the Champions. PGA National Resort has an address on the latter thoroughfare, named for the famed golf course designed by Nicklaus and acclaimed for its Bear Trap trio of […]

SUNSET HOT SPOTS

Key West is famous for its sunsets, celebrated nightly at Mallory Square with revelry and Keys-style (read: a little wacky) showmanship. If you’d rather mellow into the sunset on a quiet stretch of beach, what better spot to stay than Sunset Key Cottages, a quick boat shuttle from the Mallory craziness? Hang out at the pool bar or dine ocean-breezed […]


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