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Can a Florida Congressman Put the Brakes on American Travel To Cuba?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/30/2015, 1:00 PM

The vast majority of Americans favor travel without restriction to Cuba. Heck, in a recent poll the overwhelming majority of Cuban Americans answered that they wanted to end the 50-plus year embargo. But the will of the people doesn't seem to matter much to eight Cuban-American Congressmen, a group apparently led by Republican Mario Diaz-Balart of Miami. On Tuesday, Congressman Diaz-Balart...

As Disney World Tickets Break $100, There Are Signs Disney Vacations Are Now Only for the Rich

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/22/2015, 6:30 PM

Disney raises its prices every year in advance of the big school holidays, and this year, its price hike has broken a barrier that seems impossible. As of today, a single day at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando now costs $105 plus tax. That's a 6% hike over the previous rate. The per-day price goes down if you buy more than one day of tickets, but of course, the total amount paid goes hig...

How Much Does an Orlando Vacation Cost? A New Tool Does the Math

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/02/2014, 12:00 PM

One of the most common questions for me as the author of Frommer's Orlando is, "How much does a vacation there cost?"   Well, a new online tool helps you figure out how much an Orlando theme park vacation will hit you for.   It's clean and easy to use. Want to go to Walt Disney World for three days with the Park Hopper option? Check the boxes. Want to follow that with two...

You Only Live Once, But You Get to Serve Twice: The Low Down on Tennis Vacations from An Expert

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/10/2014, 11:45 PM

  Billie Jean King once said “Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.” And for many it’s that dichotomy, grace vs. sweaty exertion, that makes tennis the ideal vacation activity. With spring and summer just around the corner, I thought it was the right time to grill an expert on tennis vacations. Roger Cox is a long-time sp...

Next Up On The Frommer's Book Tour: Coral Gables, FL on January 27

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/27/2014, 3:15 PM

Not to gloat, but there are perks to dashing around the country on a book tour, especially if it takes you to gorgeous Miami. I'm typing this in front of a swimming pool, as I check over my notes on a speech that tells folks how to get to places this lovely. And for Miami, that will likely include ski destinations (we're constantly changing the speech we give). So if you live in this w...

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Now Generating Power From Rooftop Wind Turbines

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/06/2013, 9:30 PM

On top of the 26th floor of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, barely visible from A1A and the beach on its doorstep, six wind turbines have just been installed.  I checked them out on a recent visit to the city. For now, they bow down like modernist sculpture, held horizontal by their hydraulic lifts, but this month, they will be unfurled to a height of 35 feet above the roof l...

A Guest Blog from David Paul Appell On What's New and Noteworthy in Miami This Fall and Winter

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/27/2013, 2:30 PM

We're proud to present a guest post today by David Paul Appell of Tripatini.com. David is also the author of the upcoming Frommer's EasyGuide to Miami & Key West, which will be hitting bookstore shelves in November. A brilliant book (if I do say so myself), written by a longtime resident of Miami who clearly loves his city, it will introduce you to sides of Miami that you've likely never e...

Here's Why You Don't Want to Buy the Disney Dining Plan When You Visit Orlando

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/11/2013, 8:30 PM

If you book a vacation at a Walt Disney World hotel in Orlando, you will be offered the option of purchasing the credit-based Disney Dining Plan, which pre-pays many of your meals. It is extremely complicated, with all kinds of rules, exclusions, and premium versions, but lots of people cave and buy it in the name of convenience, thinking it will make everything easier. Although now and th...

A Nightmarish Incident on a Recent Cruise May Cause Vacationers to Rethink Buying Insurance Directly from the Cruise Line

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/31/2013, 8:45 PM

By now, you likely have heard the story of elderly couple who were put off an Azamara Cruise ship in a small town in Turkey, when the 89-year-old husband fell and broke his hip. Complaining that they’d been abandoned by both the cruise and the insurance company, the couple was finally helped by their U.S. Senator, and transferred to a more adequate hospital in Istanbul. Here's a link for furth...

Universal Orlando Announces Harry Potter Festival Event for January: Tickets on Sale Aug. 22

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/12/2013, 9:45 PM

Universal Orlando has announced a three-day "Celebration of Harry Potter" fan event for January 24 to 26. Details are sketchy, but ticketholders are promised a few perks, including a "private evening reception held in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," Q&A sessions featuring "Harry Potter talent," and a wand masterclass imported from the Harry Potter Studio Tour outside London (it's cut...

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