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  • Longboat Key

    On the Gulf Coast, discover Florida's chic resort of Longboat Key, this resort is home to some of Florida's finest properties and beaches as well as a vast range of elegant dining establishments.

    • Longboat Key Beach

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    • Marina At LongBoat Key

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    • Poolside At The Resort at Longboat Key Club

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    The areas local attractions include:

    • St. Armands Circle - 100+ shops and restaurants
    • Ringling Museums - Florida State Museum of Art, Circus Museum and Cà d’ Zan Mansion
    • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
    • Mote Aquarium
    • Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
    • Asolo Repertory Theater
    • Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera and Sarasota Ballet
    • Golden Apple Dinner Theater, Florida Studio Theater, The Players of Sarasota
    • Deep sea fishing, charter sailing and sightseeing boat cruises
    • Sarasota/Bradenton International airport (SRQ), 10 miles; 15 minutes
    • Tampa International airport (TPA), 60 miles; 1 1/2 hours

     

     

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    • Top Tip 1

      From May to October, look out for the sea turtles laying their eggs in the sand and the subsequent migration of the hatchlings from their nest to the ocean. Some turtles will lay up to 250 eggs in the one nest! Naples is a great place to experience this.

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      Driving through the Florida Keys is straightforward as there is just one road in and out - Highway 1. Everything is measured by 'Mile Markers'. Start at MM127 and go through to MM0, which is when you know you've arrived in Key West.

    • Top Tip 3

      Whilst in the Keys, visit the Dolphin Research Centre in Marathon. You'll not only learn all about our favourite marine mammal, you can swim with them too.

    • Top Tip 4

      For the best Florida shopping experience, and there are plenty of them, our vote goes to Mizner Park in Boca Raton for a relaxed, upscale shopping and dining experience.

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      Another 'must do' shopping experience is of course Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, even if it's just for a little window-shopping.

    • Top Tip 6

      There are lots of toll roads in Florida, and you may find you're on one soon after you leave the airport so be prepared with some quarters to save time. Charges vary but expect to pay approximately $1.50 each time.

    • Top Tip 7

      For a really fun experience, take an airboat ride on the Everglades spotting alligators and manatees. It's an experience that all the family will enjoy.

    • Top Tip 8

      If you're travelling during the summer months, be prepared for afternoon showers most days. They only last a couple of hours and it soon dries up...and of course it's usually warm rain!

    • Top Tip 9

      Longboat Key, Naples and Marco Island are three of Florida's best kept secrets. All have wonderful beaches as well as great golf, fine dining and luxury shopping.

    • Top Tip 10

      One of Florida's most scenic drives is route A1A which hugs the coast all the way from Fernandino Beach in the north to Fort Lauderdale where it becomes Highway 1 and continues down to Key West.

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  • Florida Favourites

    Begins in Orlando, Florida and ends in Miami, Florida

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Islamorada

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    • Dolphin Encounters

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    • White Sand Beaches

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    Arrive Orlando

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Orlando. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel, where you spend the next three nights.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

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    Orlando

    Your hotel is situated on a magnificent 1,500 acre resort, convenient to Orlando’s fabulous attractions. Hop onto the resort’s courtesy shuttle and experience the magical world of Disney. If you enjoy theme parks, visits to SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Legoland are also a must. Make sure you allocate some time at your resort which offers no fewer than 45 holes of championship golf, a fabulous pool and a lake with its very own beach.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

    132Mi/213Km

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    Longboat Key

    Heading west today takes you towards Florida’s Gulf coastline. A leisurely drive takes you past Tampa and St Petersburg to the charming isle of Longboat Key. Venture to Sarasota and experience the European style of St Armands Circle, where a host of dining pleasures can be sampled and boutique shopping enjoyed. Longboat Key Club & Resort has fabulous golf and tennis facilities, with tuition available, and a wide range of water sports.

    Hotel: Longboat Key Club & Resort

    120Mi/193Km

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    Naples

    Today’s leisurely drive takes you south along the Gulf Coast. If time permits, we suggest you take time to enjoy Fort Myers and Sanibel Island en-route. Perhaps you could picnic lunch on one of the many beautiful beaches. Naples is the jewel of the south, offering its visitors the option of shopping on Fifth Avenue and strolling the quaint streets of Old Naples or heading down to the beach to enjoy the Florida sunshine. With seafood as the local speciality, you are guaranteed some sumptuous dining pleasures in Naples.

    Hotel: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

    273Mi/439Km

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    Key West

    A short drive south brings you to Marco Island, where you can stop and enjoy the beautiful beaches and landscape and some very cosmopolitan cafes. We also suggest a visit to the Everglades National Park on your journey. This is the largest sub-tropical wilderness in the United States, where rare and endangered species roam. Take a tram, airboat tour or hike through the crocodile infested wilderness. Your journey continues along the beautiful Florida Keys to Key West. The furthest of the Keys and the southernmost city in the US, here you can enjoy Florida with a tropical Caribbean-style twist.

    Hotel: Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa

    78Mi/126Km

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    Islamorada

    Returning along the causeway, you will find plenty of opportunities to take pictures and stroll the seaside towns. Marathon in the heart of the Keys has some of the best snorkelling, fishing and diving in the area. Perhaps take a bicycle ride through Key Deer country or relax on one of the beautiful beaches at Bahia Honda State Park in the Lower Keys. Your accommodation for the next two nights is at Islamorada where an array of marine life inhabits the coral reefs. A colourful collection of arts, crafts and locally produced pieces can be found at Treasure Village along with a wide variety of dining options. Hotel:

    Hotel: Cheeca Lodge & Spa

    88Mi/142Km

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    Miami

    Hip and bursting with vibrant entertainment, today’s short drive brings you to the wonderfully cosmopolitan city of Miami. A city of contrasts, Miami invites you to do as much or as little as you choose. Should you wish, a short drive north takes you to the prestigious areas of Palm Beach and Boca Raton, where you can mingle with the rich and famous or just enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of chic boutiques and outdoor cafés.

    Hotel: Hyatt Centric South Beach

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    Journey home

    Spend your final day unwinding by the pool or picking up some last minute souvenirs before you return your car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2329 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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