Floridians Don't Want You To Know About These 10 Hidden Vacation Gems

1. Bahia Honda State Park

Located 35 miles east of Key West in the Florida Keys is one of the most spectacular landscapes you can find in the entire state. Bahia Honda State Park boasts a beach that provides the perfect tropical paradise. Stop on your way back to the mainland or make plans to spend a few days taking in the picturesque scene.

2. Caladesi Island

Your only chance of getting to the prettiest parts of this island is by ferry or private boat, so you know it's secluded. USA Today reports that there are three miles of undeveloped beaches on Caladesi Island, giving visitors the chance to enjoy pristine views during a picnic or hours of beach time.

3. Santa Rosa Beach

Florida's Emerald Coast doesn't get any prettier than the scene at Santa Rosa Beach. Clear blue water set against a backdrop of blue skies makes this beach a vacationer's dream and a must-see. Located between Pensacola and Panama City, Santa Rosa Beach is an ideal getaway from the well-traveled vacation hotspots that surround it.

4. Gasparilla Island

Northwest of Fort Myers is a thin strip of land that peaks out into the Gulf of Mexico on the southwestern side of the state. If you're looking to spot all kinds of wildlife or get in on some of its tarpon fishing, which USA Today says is "epic," Gasparilla Island is a spot to put on your bucket list.

5. Blowing Rocks Preserve

North of West Palm Beach and east of Lake Okeechobee is a spot that USA Today says many Florida residents don't even know about. The limestone rocks bear the brunt of the crashing waves at high tide, looking far more like a West-Coast beach than one typical of Florida. It's a sight to behold, and one not seen by many vacationers.

6. Pine Island

Coastal Living says this is a quiet option for a getaway that's worth every dime. You can take kayaks along the waterways west of Fort Myers and rest up in one of many historic hotels before eating a big meal of fresh seafood. Noticing a pattern here? You should visit Florida's western coast.

7. Cedar Key

North of Tampa on the state's west coast is another gem where you can expect a quiet getaway, if that's what you're looking for. Cedar Key, according to Coastal Living, doesn't have stoplights, but it does have some pretty tasty clam chowder. If that sounds like your kind of vacation, there's a piece of land waiting to host your vacation.

8. Weeki Wachee River

If you want to go somewhere with crystal-clear water, we saved the best for last. The Weeki Wachee River has some of the most pristine water you'll ever see, as seen in the photo above. And with all kinds of wildlife residing in the waterway – Buzzfeed says even manatees swim in these waters – a quiet kayaking adventure down the Weeki Wachee would be sublime.

9. Dry Tortugas

About 70 miles west of Key West, Dry Tortugas boasts beautiful beaches, snorkeling, camping and even a history lesson. Built more than 150 years ago, Fort Jefferson is one of the largest forts ever built and was used by the Union during the Civil War.

10. Molasses Reef

Six miles off Key Largo is the continent's only living coral reef, which provides some of the best diving surroundings on the planet. There are also tropical fish galore, thanks to conservation efforts that have allowed many species to thrive in the area.

New and Upcoming Attractions Opening in Orlando

Be among the first to experience a whole new lineup of exciting attractions, entertainment and dining coming to Orlando. Plan your visit to enjoy all the new things to see and do including all new world-class theme park attractions opening in 2016.

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Universal Orlando Resort announced a new groundbreaking attraction opening in summer 2016 at Universal's Islands of Adventure. "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" will honor one of the most monumental figures in movie history, King Kong. Guests will board large vehicles and explore ancient temple structures while encountering hostile natives and fending off unspeakable terrors.

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EPCOT announced plans to open a new "Frozen" ride in early 2016, called "Frozen Ever After." The Maelstrom ride, located in the Norway pavilion of the World Showcase, will be renovated into this new attraction based on Disney's popular animated film. The ride will take guests to Arendelle during the kingdom's Winter Festival, featuring favorite characters and music from the film, all with cutting-edge technology.

SeaWorld Orlando announced plans for Mako, a brand new 200-foot-tall coaster opening on June 10. Named for one of the ocean's fastest known sharks, it will be Orlando's tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster, reaching speeds of 73 mph as it races along 4,760 feet of steel track. SeaWorld's new hypercoaster will be the centerpiece of the newly themed two-acre plaza. The surrounding realm will be fully shark themed, providing guests with the opportunity to learn about the impact humans have on sharks and why these animals are critical to the environment.

Busch Gardens Tampa announced plans for a new family thrill ride called Cobra's Curse, opening 2016. This spin coaster will be the only one of its kind in the world, featuring a vertical lift and taking riders on a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations. Key features of the ride will include an 80-foot snake icon, a trek over the park's Serengeti Plain and the mysteries of an Egyptian archaeological excavation.

New and Upcoming Attractions Opening in Orlando in 2016

Posted on 06/21/2015

Be among the first to experience a whole new lineup of exciting attractions, entertainment and dining coming to Orlando. Plan your visit to enjoy all the new things to see and do including all new world-class theme park attractions opening in 2016.

SEE ALSO: 15 New Things to See and Do in Orlando in 2015

Universal Orlando Resort announced a new groundbreaking attraction opening in summer 2016 at Universal's Islands of Adventure. "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" will honor one of the most monumental figures in movie history, King Kong. Guests will board large vehicles and explore ancient temple structures while encountering hostile natives and fending off unspeakable terrors.

EPCOT announced plans to open a new "Frozen" ride in early 2016, called "Frozen Ever After." The Maelstrom ride, located in the Norway pavilion of the World Showcase, will be renovated into this new attraction based on Disney's popular animated film. The ride will take guests to Arendelle during the kingdom's Winter Festival, featuring favorite characters and music from the film, all with cutting-edge technology.

SeaWorld Orlando announced plans for Mako, a brand new 200-foot-tall coaster opening on June 10. Named for one of the ocean's fastest known sharks, it will be Orlando's tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster, reaching speeds of 73 mph as it races along 4,760 feet of steel track. SeaWorld's new hypercoaster will be the centerpiece of the newly themed two-acre plaza. The surrounding realm will be fully shark themed, providing guests with the opportunity to learn about the impact humans have on sharks and why these animals are critical to the environment.

Busch Gardens Tampa announced plans for a new family thrill ride called Cobra's Curse, opening 2016. This spin coaster will be the only one of its kind in the world, featuring a vertical lift and taking riders on a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations. Key features of the ride will include an 80-foot snake icon, a trek over the park's Serengeti Plain and the mysteries of an Egyptian archaeological excavation.

Walt Disney World Resort is currently developing the multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs. Featuring an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands, this new expansion will double the number of shops, restaurants and other venues for guests to explore, to more than 150 establishments. New retail tenants include APEX by Sunglass Hut, Art of Shaving, Chapel Hats, Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC, Havaianas, Sanuk and Sound Lion. The new area will open in phases with expected completion in 2016.

Universal Orlando Resort announced plans for a water park opening in 2017, called Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort. The water park will offer innovative, thrilling attractions, peaceful moments of relaxation and an entirely new guest experience. A highly themed, completely immersive environment is planned, inspired by postcard-perfect tropical islands. The new park will be located within Universal Orlando Resort, just south of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

 

 

I AM BRAVE - EVENT

“I AM BRAVE: Orlando Women’s Success Seminar” Returns Saturday, April 30 At The Abbey In Downtown Orlando

Be a Part of the Empowering Conference Featuring Special Keynote Speakers: Business Consultant Coach Jenn Lee, Body Language Expert Susan Constantine, President of the Hispanic Chamber Diana Bolivar, OK! TV Segment Producer Cece Wilck and Motivational Speaker Tia Maldonado – Plus Host and Speaker Miss Florida 2014 Courtney Shaw

After a highly successful inaugural year, the women of Central Florida once again have the exciting opportunity to hear from many of the area’s top influential women and join other like-minded peers striving for success and to serve one another at the “I AM BRAVE: Orlando Women’s Success Seminar” returning to Abbey in Downtown Orlando on Saturday, April 30. The bi-annual full-day event is aimed to empower women to impact their families, businesses and community and focuses on topics like business, leadership, branding, social media, inner healing and time management. It will feature top Orlando influential women, including Business Consultant Coach Jenn Lee, Body Language Expert Susan Constantine, President of the Hispanic Chamber Diana Bolivar, OK! TV Segment Producer Cece Wilck and Motivational Speaker Tia Maldonado. Miss Florida 2014 Courtney Shaw will serve as host and guest speaker.

“It has been incredibly exciting and rewarding to witness how our attendees have been impacted, empowered and grown from I AM BRAVE, which is exactly why we do this,” says Founder and Event Producer Pablo Villatoro of One Alliance Group. “Women are at the forefront of Orlando’s exponential growth, and it’s important for them to have a seminar that is fun, fresh and interactive, that unifies women and that gives them a platform to live within their purpose to better impact their family, business and communities,” continues Executive Director Vyky Rifai. “We are thrilled to launch our second year and hope to see many new and returning faces.”

From 10am to 6pm, attendees will enjoy upbeat entertainment, delicious hors-d’oeuvres, lunch and refreshments, power-packed networking sessions and the chance to hear from the incredible keynote speakers:
• With more than 20 years as a business coach, sales manager and speaker, Coach Jenn Lee delivers a memorable twist on the standard coaching message, imparting both real-world takeaways and rocket fuel motivation needed to give individuals the ability to live the life they envision.

• Susan Constantine is the world’s leading authority on body language. From small businesses to fortune 500 companies, she provides scalable corporate leadership training making individuals better communicators and more effective leaders able to motivate and inspire those around them.

• Diana Bolivar has established herself as a business and economic development “influencer.” With more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit, legal, medical and construction industries, her mission at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando is on membership retention and innovative business ideas that result in attractive economic propositions from its members.

• Cece Wilck is a resourceful leader adept at implementing high profile, image-based marketing and public relations programs within the consumer luxury/lifestyle industry. Previous producer of “The Daily Buzz,” Cece has launched products that have been featured on Oprah and in Own Magazine.

• Founder of Solomon’s Garden, an organization that guides couples into healthy marital and family life, motivational speaker Tia Maldonado, has trained many leaders throughout the world and is an encourager known for her comedic wit, direct communication and practical approach to life.

• Miss Florida 2014 Courtney Shaw s among the top 10 women in Central Florida to make an impact in youth and the community in the area of health and fitness. She is a dynamic speaker and brings her passion for truth, life and freedom.

Tickets for “I AM BRAVE: Women’s Success Seminar” are $45 per attendee online and $55 at the door for one-day access, which includes all sessions, meet-and-greet, Q&A, panel discussion, lunch and refreshments and free valet. The Abbey is located at 100 S Eola Drive, #100, Orlando, FL 32801.  Let Taxi Service Orlando take care of your clean, fast and reliable ride.

Activities for Toddlers in Orlando

They’re only your little ones for a little while, so capture this special time while it’s here. Visiting Orlando with your toddler can be a vacation filled with dreams and wonder. There so much to do in Orlando and lifelong memories for your preschooler to make. Our helpful tips for traveling with young children will help you make the most out of this special time together.

  • Children under 3 are free
    Children under 3 years of age get free entry into most of Orlando's theme parks, water parks and attractions.
  • Ride then Switch
    Theme parks with select, adult size rides offers a Rider Switch option for guests. At certain attractions, adult Guests can take turns waiting with children too young or too small to ride, then "switch" with another riding Guest from their party to experience the attraction without standing in line again. Check with your theme park for more information.
  • Going for a stroll
    Stroller rentals are conveniently available at all of Orlando's theme parks. Some offer multi-day rentals along with both single and double strollers. Check your theme park guide map for stroller rental locations.
  • Lock it up
    Most of Orlando's theme parks offer easy to use Locker Rentals. You'll appreciate the convenience of having all your little one's necessary items for a day out with in close proximity without having to carry them around all day. Check your theme park guide map for locker rental locations.
  • Changing time
    Each park offers conveniently located diaper changing stations both the men's and women's restrooms along with and family restrooms, in certain locations. Some parks also offer expanded Baby Care Centers with comfortable changing and feeding areas. Check your theme park guide map for locations and more information.
  • Dedicated Lands
    Orlando's theme parks feature entire lands with rides, stage shows and activities imagined just for little ones.

Beauty of Nature

When you step out in Kissimmee, you realize this is where the outdoors becomes The Great Outdoors. And you better pack a lunch, because there's quite a bit of it. Even though most people think Central Florida is all about the theme parks, that's only one part of the adventurous experience here. Slip out the backdoor on your Kissimmee vacation and the amazing world of native Florida comes to life. The beauty of area swamps and scrub flow into working cattle ranches, massive lakes and streams, and incredible wildlife.

Looking to explore a historic creek or a peaceful lake? Grab a canoe or kayak and feel the breeze in your hair as your paddle dips into the clear water and experience the rush of how early settlers traveled these waters. Venture out on the headwaters of the Florida Everglades and glide through wetlands on a scenic lake tour watching for birds, turtles, and alligators. Want to take it up a notch? Get your adrenaline pumping during an exhilarating wind-in-your-face airboat ride or go boating on Lake Toho where fishing for trophy bass is the main attraction.

Back on land, Kissimmee offers some of the best hiking trails and camping possibilities that bring you back to the sights and sounds of Old Florida. The flora and fauna of the swamps create a colorful canvas, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled-an American bald eagle just might join you. The Kissimmee area near Orlando has the largest nesting population in the lower 48.

So head outdoors and discover the outdoor recreation, wildlife, and unspoiled nature that make Kissimmee an unforgettable adventure . Give Taxi Service Orlando a chance to help you get there with ease.

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