Mapping the Conch Republic

Out on the water with Hall's Diving Center in the Florida Keys

On April 23, 1982, the mayor of Key West, Florida, Dennis Wardlow, “broke a loaf of stale Cuban bread over the head of a man dressed in a naval uniform.” This naturally ushered his city into secession from the United States, officially as the “Conch Republic.” One minute into sovereignty, Prime Minister Wardlow surrendered to the same man, and the […]

A sailing escape in NYC…and Florida, and the BVI, and…

NYC sail

Today, on a dreary Thursday, on the Hudson River beside Tribeca, I joined the Offshore Sailing School for a quick two-hour sail. And it was great. The views were insane—with the top of the Freedom Tower lost to the clouds—and the air was salty and fresh(er). The school’s special edition 50th-anniversary sails snapped blue and red and white […]

Swimming with manatees in Crystal River, Florida

A manatee photo bomb in Crystal River!

A tiny town on the Gulf coast of Florida is the only U.S. destination where you can legally swim with manatees in the wild. That is why I was at the Plantation on Crystal River dressed only in a wetsuit before dawn on the coldest day of the year in Florida, when ice crystals were actually starting to […]

Travel News: Week of February 19, 2014

DFW

Top Travel News DFW airport unveils new automated kiosks aimed at speeding up international travel New budget airline for Florida How the US Navy avoids norovirus Airline on-time performance fell in 2013 Expedited lane for international connections now open at MIA American Seals Control of Kennedy Flights in JetBlue Swap Delta profit sharing hits $500M […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Get Deals, Get Insurance

FL

Get Deals, Get InsuranceYesterday’s tip was on the timing of hurricane season—in both the Atlantic and the Pacific—but the part I left out is the fact that Atlantic hurricane season (June 1 to November 30) is also a time to find fantastic deals in Florida and the Caribbean. Keep in mind, chances are slim that […]

Sun, golf and rental cars at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show

National station on Demo Day

A month into 2014, paralyzing cold fronts continue to paint life blue across much of North America. Flights are being cancelled. Classes are being cancelled. If not for the efforts of unsung heroes like beet juice, life itself may just have been frozen still. Yes, things are pretty bleak—but not in Florida! And so without much knowledge […]

Travel News: Week of December 30, 2013

MGM

Top Travel News MGM gets approvals in Maryland and Massachusetts In Iceland, where myth is more than just stories, concern for elves holds up road project How airlines are doing everything imaginable to cram more seats onto planes Hong Kong Airline Cathay Pacific Places $1 Billion Order with Boeing Florida Hotel Rates More Than Double […]

Big surprises at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Grande Lakes Spa pool

Pampering and pumpkins I was really looking forward to a three-day weekend in Florida at Grande Lakes Orlando, a 500-acre resort consisting of The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and the JW Marriott Grande Lakes. I was expecting a carefree time in the spa, by the pool and sampling the different restaurants. To my delightful surprise, I got this […]