Category Florida

St. Augustine’s Fabulous Casa de Suenos Bed & Breakfast

Casa de Suenos

The Casa de Suenos Bed & Breakfast in St. Augustine’s Historical District

When respected St. Augustine innkeepers Joe and Margaret Finnegan of the highly-rated St. Francis Inn launch another bed and breakfast inn in historic St. Augustine, Florida. you expect the best. We were not disappointed. Simply Smart Travel recommends this great little inn highly.

Located in the historic district at 20 Cordova Street, a mere a five minute walk from the waterfront, the Casa de Suenos Bed and Breakfast has seven comfortable rooms, each with a different décor and some even include balconies and two-person jetted tubs. The inn also boasts a really inviting dining and lounge area and great service.

The amenities for guests begin free parking, a rare commodity in St. Augustine’s historical district...

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Revisiting Fort Lauderdale: It Still Deserves The Title Of Tourist Magnet Extraordinaire

Jungle Queen boat

The Jungle Queen is a popular Ft. Lauderdale tourist attraction

Before our migration from Boca Raton on Florida’s Atlantic coast to Sarasota on the Gulf coast in early 1999, we were frequent visitors to neighboring Broward County and Greater Fort Lauderdale to visit friends and enjoy the restaurants and recreational opportunities.

So, when we embarked on recent road trip back to our old stomping grounds in June, 2016, we were curious to see what has changed and what has endured. There are ample amounts of both.

For starters, the impressive infrastructure of greater Fort Lauderdale has stood the test of time...

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Autumn In Florida: Paradise Enjoyed

Fall In Florida

By Jeffrey R. Orenstein, Ph.D., Simply Smart Travel

This autumn we will mark our twenty year anniversary since we moved from Ohio to Florida. One of the things we missed during our first few years in the Sunshine state was the annual abrupt change that marked each autumn in northern Ohio. Like clockwork, the tress put on their gorgeous display of color and the weather turned sharply colder, even though so-called Indian summer warm spells were frequent. Unfortunately to this warmth-loving writer, frosts and even an occasional snowfall that tuck were also part of an Ohio October. They were the inevitable harbingers of the long winter to come.

But now that I am an honorary Florida native (a curious cultural phenomenon that seems to happen to transplanted residents after about ...

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Summer In Florida

Tampa's TECO Trolley runes every 15 minutes to and from Ybor City.

Tampa’s TECO Trolley runes every 15 minutes to and from Ybor City.

A Saturday In Tampa Slightly Off The Beaten Path

 If you’re ever in downtown Tampa on a business trip and have the better part of a half day free, there are some interesting attractions very close by and certainly worth a visit.

While Busch Gardens, Rays baseball and International Mall attract the throngs, if you stray off the beaten path a bit, there is a lot to see.

I recommend a visit to be the beautifully restored Tampa Union Station, served by Amtrak’s New York to Miami route. Built in 1912 and renovated in 1998, the Italian Renaissance edifice sees two trains daily and is the third busies station in Florida. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places and is beautiful inside and out.

A fairly short walk ea...

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Exploring Fantastic Florida

Fl Sunset

It is not by chance that Florida has become the most-visited state in the United States and surpassed New York as the third most populous state in the nation. One reason, of course, is that Florida has a fabulous climate making it an outdoor paradise year-round. Another big reason is that Florida’s 53,927 square miles and 8,436 miles of coastline (second only to Alaska) are gorgeous, often breathtakingly so.

The state is filled with interesting people from around the nation and around the globe, is home to incredibly diverse flora and fauna, still has thousands of square miles of wilderness from the Panhandle to the Everglades, is an agricultural powerhouse, a sports mecca, has something always in bloom, is a boating and beach paradise and, most of all, abounds with a multitude ...

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