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 […]

The Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek: Close—but not too close—to Disney

View of Epcot fireworks

Are you considering a trip to Walt Disney World but worried about Disney overload? Is the thought of too much Mickey-and-the-gang making you question if you even want to go on vacation? If so, a great Orlando alternative is the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek. Located within the gates of Walt Disney World, this […]

Win a Trip to Longboat and Lido—Florida’s “Other Keys”

The "Other Keys"

Florida in the summer is great, but Florida in the winter? Even better. In our latest contest, Visit Sarasota is offering one lucky JohnnyJet.com reader and a guest a chance to counter winter’s advances with a four-day getaway to Florida’s “Other Keys”—Longboat and Lido in sunny, sparkling Sarasota County, Florida. The amazing package, which you can enter […]