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Tips and Articles in Florida

Life’s a beach for Mariam Ahmadi, 19, a Los Angeles resident of Venice Beach, who enjoys nothing more than easy access to the ocean. "I love living here! I’m a surfer. I can wake up, go surfing, work, and then surf again. It’s heaven." Hers is th...
See our list of 20 Great American Beaches. It’s no surprise that this summertime, American travelers are planning to stick close to home. But that’s no cause for disappointment: the United States has 95,000 miles of shoreline, including plenty of...
See our slideshow of the 10 Best U.S. Shelling Beaches. Glass-bodied lamps filled with bleached scallop shells and sand dollars; a pink-lipped conch shell; framed shell lithographs; tiny coquinas in the car ashtray: My mother, an avid collector, ...
It's a sunshiny day at Disney's Epcot this May. A camera-wielding mother watches her six-year-old nuzzle in the bosom of Minnie Mouse, who is crouching on the sidewalk in a way that ordinary mice cannot. "Look at the camera, Shannon!" Mom trills. ...
Going to Disney's Animal Kingdom and its new lodge with my parents and sisters sounded like a great privilege, but there was a hitch: I had to work. My father is a photographer, you see, and he needed my twin sisters and mother and me to be his mo...
Every year, visitors to Florida's Walt Disney World devour more than 7 million burgers, 5 million hot dogs, and 5 million pounds of french fries. But don't be fooled by those statistics. Six years ago, Disney launched an ambitious program to upgra...
Florida chic means more than Miami these days. Orlando (yes, Orlando) has become a tantalizing, luxury-minded hallucination, "themed" with movie-set precision. And fashion folk like Helmut Lang, Calvin Klein, and Jill Stuart have been rushing to J...
The idealistic notion that contemporary small towns ought to be "small" and "townlike"—rather than sections of strip mall-riven suburban sprawl—took off in Florida in the 1980’s and 90’s with the founding of Seaside and Celebration, and continues ...
Perhaps you’re not aware that you don’t have to stay within a 10-mile radius of Disney World to visit Disney World. Perhaps your kids have been telling you otherwise. But the truth is that you can actually park yourselves at a place where hyper ho...
Four ways to run wild and unwind this spring: Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark (888/800-5447; aquaticabyseaworld.com) has a centerpiece slide that plunges riders through a dolphin lagoon. The Simpsons attraction at Universal Orlando (407/363-8000; ...
Los Angeles (%) Hotel Price Drop: -7.7%($) Average Room Rate: $112.34 Anaheim–Santa Ana (%) Hotel Price Drop: -11.4%($) Average Room Rate: $102.38 San Diego (%) Hotel Price Drop: -9.9%($) Average Room Rate: $118.54 Phoenix (%) Hotel Price D...
“Dress up! People wearing impressive clothes are treated better.” —Simon Doonan, Creative Director, Barneys New York “Many major hubs like Dallas/Fort Worth have smart-phone apps: Download a map of your connecting airport and flight schedules for...
Right about now, you’re checking out your kids’ school calendar and wondering how to transform their week of vacation into fun for the whole family. The good news is that there are a growing number of options. College kids may have made spring br...
See our slideshow of America’s Best Secret Neighborhoods. “The suit-and-tie crowd has a little trouble here,” says David Bishop, owner of Atlanta’s 97 Estoria bar, “but everyone else has a blast.” The here Bishop is referring to is Cabbagetown, a...
See our slideshow of Best Resorts for Family Reunions. With three kids in tow, the Pickerings of San Diego still make the trek to Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, Canada—a trip they’ve made annually since their honeymoon. “We’ve been going ...