$5/Day One-Way Car Rentals to Florida Right Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/20/2017, 11:00 PM

It's time for the Great Florida Drive-In. Each autumn, the major rental car brands need to shift inventory to their parking lots in Florida to meet winter tourist demand.  Normally, it'll cost a hefty extra fee to drop off a rental car in a different location than where you picked it up. Not right now. For the next few weeks, renters in the northeastern United States will find deals that hover aro...

United Airlines Called Out for Hurricane Irma Price Gouging

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/06/2017, 9:00 PM

Hurricane Irma is the most severe hurricane ever measured in the Atlantic Ocean, and millions of people are being told to get out of its way. Amid the pre-storm scramble on Wednesday, Dan Rather's News and Guts Facebook page posted a serious allegation for United Airlines (any errors were in the original post): "We are genuinely curious if anyone in South Florida or Miami has tried to book a flig...

10 Best U.S. Beaches in 2017, According to Dr. Beach

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/30/2017, 4:00 AM

Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida, is the best beach in the United States, according to this year's rankings compiled by sand and surf expert Dr. Beach. The good doctor knows what he's talking about. His real name is Stephen P. Leatherman, and he's the director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University in Miami. He rates beaches according to how soft the sa...

How to View Sea Turtles in Florida—Without Disturbing Them

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/13/2017, 4:00 AM

Spring is the season when sea turtles start showing up on Florida beaches to nest and lay eggs at night—an annual ritual that carries into the fall. Baby turtles hatch after 60 days or so, whereupon they totter adorably to the sea. Much can go wrong: Nesting requires darkness and quiet, and many of the little ones won't be strong enough to make it to the water or they'll get picked off by ...

Fort Lauderdale Launches Ads to Attract Transgender Travelers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/18/2017, 5:00 AM

(photo: Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau) Doing its part to attract GLBT travelers and anybody else who prizes diversity and inclusiveness, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a marketing campaign featuring transgender models. Starting this month, the tourism ads, which can be seen above, are appearing in media outlets ...

Depending on Whether Authorities Have Reduced the Threat of Zika, Florida Might Otherwise be an Unusually Favorable Destination for Your Winter Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/22/2016, 4:15 PM

Florida is feeling wild this year. No state has had worse recent luck than Florida in attracting tourism, and that might create better conditions for your own trip there. First you had the terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Then you had Hurricane Hermine. In between was the devastating announcement that Zika infections had been discovered in the Wynwood Arts D...

Three Separate Shark Attacks in Three Hours on Florida Beach

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/20/2016, 4:00 AM

During a three-hour period on Sunday morning, three surfers were attacked by sharks in separate incidents on the same stretch of New Smyrna Beach in Florida. First, a 43-year-old man was bitten on the lower leg. Then, half an hour later, a 36-year-old man was bitten on the hands. Just two hours after that, a 16-year-old boy was bitten on the inner thigh. While the wounds of the first t...

First Flight from U.S. to Cuba in More Than 50 Years

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2016, 4:00 AM

In air travel, yesterday was one for the history books. The first regularly scheduled commercial passenger flight between the United States and Cuba in more than 50 years left Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday morning and landed in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara a little after 11 a.m.  JetBlue flight 387 marked the beginning of a new era in Caribbean travel, following decades of a tr...

Orlando Theme Parks Dispensing Free Insect Repellent to Ease Zika Fears

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/31/2016, 4:00 AM

Visitors to Orlando's major theme parks are now being offered free insect repellent as fears of the mosquito-borne Zika virus continue to grow in Florida. You can get complimentary mosquito spray and lotion at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando as of this week—even though no cases of mosquito-transmitted Zika have been reported in Central Florida and even tho...

A Guy Named Hemingway Wins Key West's Hemingway Lookalike Contest

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/26/2016, 12:45 PM

A guy named Hemingway won the annual "Papa" Hemingway Lookalike Contest in Key West, Florida, over the weekend. White-bearded 65-year-old Dave Hemingway—who is in no way related to the famous author—had entered the contest six previous times but never won it until now. Held at former Hemingway hangout Sloppy Joe's Bar, the event is a highlight of the Hemingway Days festival, held yearly to...

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