If being 'home for the holidays' just isn't your thing, take a trip! Florida has some amazing travel destinations right around the corner...
St. Augustine - For History Buffs!
America's oldest city is right on our doorstep. Tour the city to see its famous historical landmarks including the Castillo de San Marcos, Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth and the Colonial Spanish Quarter. Also, you can visit Flagler College, Henry Flagler's first hotel in St. Augustine converted into a college. Stay in the Casa Monica Hotel, located in the heart of St. Augustine. This building boasts over 120 years of history! While you're there, you can view historical photographs and an original guest letter written one month after the hotel opened. Don't worry though - it's plenty luxe. The hotel was reopened in 1999 with the same grandeur and historic style, but after some modern luxurious upgrades.
Florida Keys - Beaches and Tropics
What better way to escape the holiday chaos than by taking a vacation to the place where time seems to stands still? From fishing in Islamorada to diving in Key largo, the Florida Keys offer something for everyone. Want a family-style outing? Spend a day at the Dolphins Plus in Key Largo, where you can learn about, swim with and watch dolphins and sea lions. Head to Islamorada to schedule a chartered fishing boat in the Sportfishing Capital of the World. Want to drink, eat and be merry? Be sure to head to Key West and hit the shops, bars and restaurants on Duval, Whitehead, and the surrounding streets. Each Florida Key offers its own brand of charm, so find the one that suits you and leave your watch at home.
Sebastian Inlet - Surf's Up!
If you keep board shorts in your trunk and love a little wind storm, your idea of a holiday getaway would probably be surfing the Sebastian Inlet. Cut by fisherman in 1886, this area of surf kick-started the careers of many surfing legends including Kelly Slater. While a change in the original jetties altered the surf structure that made this area famous, surf enthusiasts still venture there from all over the world to say they've surfed Sebastian Inlet.
Sarasota - Golfer's Paradise
Just south of Tampa is the city of Sarasota. Scattered with golf courses and known as The Cradle of Golf, it's the perfect location for your holiday golf getaway. Stay at the beautiful and luxurious Ritz-Carlton Sarasota to gain access to their member's only Golf Club. It's a Tom Fazio designed course located 13 miles away from the hotel with an award-winning club house and jaw-dropping facilities. Bobby Jones Golf Course is a 45-hole municipal facility renowned for providing its guests with the best possible golfing conditions at the best possible prices. Inside Sarasota's charming city limits is an 18-hole American Course, an 18-hole ritish Course and a 9-hole Gillespie Executive Course.
Little Palm Island - Exclusive, Private, Amazing!
Little Palm Island is a resort so private and remote that it can only be reached by seaplane or boat. With no phones and no televisions, the resort boasts itself as "the best kept secret of US presidents and celebrities." Leave your smartphones and stress behind and relax in one of their temp-controlled thatched roof bungalow suites. Escape the holiday havoc along the secluded white paths and sandy beaches or in your own private outdoor shower and hot tub. Enjoy meals prepared from the freshest local fares in the candle-lit dining room or along the isolated beach. If romance, seclusion or peace is what you're looking for this holiday season, then Little Palm Island Resort is the place for you.