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Dunes at Bean Point on Anna Maria Island, Florida
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Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida has plenty of shoreline to go around. In fact, its world-renowned beaches span a whopping 663 miles. And it’s because of this fame that you must choose carefully, lest you end up somewhere where you can’t see the... Read More

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A $60 Hotel in Crete and 6 Other Hotels So Remote You Can Only Get There By Boat

By Claudine Zap Really want to get away from it all? Consider a hotel that’s so remote, you can get there only by boat (or seaplane if you’re a tycoon). Think Robinson Crusoe without the shipwreck. Here, some of the standouts. The dock leading to paradise — Ilet Oscar Guest House (Photo:... Read More

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One of Florida’s most exclusive islands lies just 500 yards off Key West, yet most visitors only catch a glimpse of it while watching the sunset from Mallory Square. The 27-acre Sunset Key is privately held by residents lucky enough to own multi-million dollar homes there, but the rest of... Read More

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No summer is complete without a trip to the beach. But instead of the typical best-of roundup, we decided to do something a little different: We had the ShermansTravel staff share their favorite off-beat alternatives to the hotspots that everyone flocks to in drove. We won’t go as far... Read More


Last month we introduced you to some of the Florida Keys’ local characters and their tips for visiting the area. If you follow their suggestions for ghost tours, paddleboarding, making new friends in local bars, and more, you’ll likely work up an appetite. Here are some of the best... Read More

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By now you’ve likely heard about the controversy surrounding SeaWorld. As a result of the documentary film Blackfish, and its exposure of what animal rights advocates claim is mistreatment of the orcas used in SeaWorld shows, calls for a boycott of the marine mammal theme park chain have grown.... Read More


Chat with a local in the Florida Keys and you’ll likely hear a similar story often repeated. The storyteller talks of traveling here for a vacation and never going home, of calling time on their corporate life back home in New York (or Chicago, or Cincinnati…) and moving down... Read More

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Key West Hotel Deals

Summer is winding down. If that fact, coupled with the chill that has already crept into the air, is making you shudder, head on down to the Florida Keys to take advantage of these hot end-of-summer deals. ... Read More


Long gone are the days when a Griswold-esque family vacation was anyone’s idea of fun. Today, modern families require a particular set of leisurely pursuits – and family resorts across the country are pulling out all the stops to offer such fine recreation. On top of the typical smorgasbord... Read More

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The Fairbanks House

Romantic vacations don’t have to break the bank – no really, they don’t have to. It’s still possible to find great deals on warm getaways during the winter, when snowbirds flock to the Sunshine State to escape the cold. If a romantic escape is what you seek, packages can... Read More

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Pool deck at The Ritz-Carlton, Ft. Lauderdale

Florida brings to mind many things – theme parks, retirement condos, alligators, golf courses, and orange groves among them – but one of the state’s sometimes overlooked qualities is its easily accessible setting for romance. It’s sunny, warm, and ringed with 663 miles of beaches. It’s home to... Read More


Spend just five minutes with your teen while she’s forlorn or disengaged, and the idea of one of you leaving town won’t seem like a bad idea. And while that scenario’s not what Jim and Donna Stein had in mind when they began The Road Less Traveled, the couple... Read More