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Sarasota, Florida

Seaside Escapes in Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and more

Sun soaked Florida is an ideal destination any time of the year. There is always a variety of activities and attractions to appeal to everyone’s tastes. Seek out these seaside destinations for your next escape. Afterall, turquoise waters and cool breezes are the perfect accessories to your piña colada.


Think of this Gulf Coast destination as Miami’s tamer cousin. Where Sarasota lacks in nightlife, it makes up for in its compelling ocean views, year round temperate weather and top-notch attractions. When you need a break from all the beaching, head to the Myakka River State Park where you can see gators, ride an air boat, and walk across a suspended bridge. Take advantage of Sarasota’s ideal location and find a room at the Holiday Inn Lido Beach. You’ll find the views from St. Armands unparalleled.

Sanibel Island

Just off the coast of Fort Myers is the little island of Sanibel. Here the soft sandy shores seem endless and the sunsets radiate romance. This little gem in the Gulf of Mexico offers activities for both couples and families alike. Beach combing, bike riding, snorkeling, and golfing are only some of the options. Consider Sanibel if you’ve ever wanted a remote vacation experience with comforts close by. Casa Ybel Resort will give you precisely that: an island getaway wrapped with the comforts of home.

Saint Augustine

Dubbed “The Nation’s Oldest City,” St Augustine boasts an endless assortment of tours, museums, historic landmarks, and restored homes. Walk down the cobbled blocks of historic St. George Street to find an eclectic selection of restaurants, cafés, and storefronts selling everything from kitschy souvenirs to handmade soaps. Take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage or visit the famous Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the U.S. Book a room at Casa Monica Hotel to be in the heart of the Old City.

Panama City

Panama City is often known as a military town. While it is immediately neighboring two military compounds, this Florida panhandle city offers more than a home for those in the service. There is an abundance of coastline for beach days. Among some of the activities are jet skiing, chartered fishing, and wind sailing. Another popular attraction is dolphin watching. Tours to see these marine mammals in their natural habitat embark daily so stay close to the coast. Consider Holiday Inn Resort, only steps away from the beach.


The Florida capital city is home to more than just government buildings and college campuses. Tallahassee boasts a unique culture of its own, a blend of city life and southern hospitality. Think hip bars, exposed brick, and industrial details alongside restored architecture of yesteryear. In contrast, the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park offers a peaceful break from town life. Find well manicured gardens, paved walkways and an assortment of flora and fauna. Stay close to it all by booking your digs downtown at Aloft, a modern hotel boasting a variety of amenities.



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Although I may not be the best photographer, I believe as a writer I can equally capture the ugly, the beautiful, and the sublime. I'm a recent English graduate, a regular contributor to a local Florida magazine and a member of Lonely Planet Pathfinders. On the side, I craft creative fiction inspired by my singular experiences as a traveler, focusing on the human condition. The world is full of amazing people, places, and things, after all. Most importantly, I value cultural relativism. Without it, life experiences would not be the same.

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