From South Beach to Savannah in Honor of St. Patrick

So I went to Florida and Atlanta recently and let me tell you something…there is something special about that part of the US. I stayed in a town called Key Largo in the keys, which is about 70 miles south of Miami. Being that it is an island, the way of life there is completely relaxed. On any given day of the week, you can walk into a beachfront bar, my favorite happens to be snappers, order up a dozen mouthwatering oysters with a pint of Yuengling beer and waste away the rest of your day chit-chatting and munching to the rhythmic hum of the salt water breeze blowing through your hair. I mean does it get any better than that? The only drawback about going there in the winter is the high price of lodging as this is high season. But once you get there, everything else is relatively inexpensive.

Next was South Beach and all its Latin flavors. I wasn’t there long as I had other matters to attend to, but the energy on the SOBE strip was primal. All the girls are wearing skimpy bathing suits, and the guys walk with no shirts. Loud music blaring from every direction, the hot sun shining with all its lustful fury, Cuban bar-b-cue and palm trees everywhere! Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it? It most certainly was. As I said, I didn’t stay long, but did manage to do a little shopping and had the most amazing Cuban style chicken!
What happened next was a true surprise! First I headed west to Tampa and Orlando after that. Both were nice cities but nothing really special. Orlando has Disney World and Sea World. I drove through both but visited neither as these tourist traps have a way of sucking all your money without you even noticing. Besides I’ve already been to Disneyland and Sea world on the west coast. The real surprise was to be found in Savannah, GA.

Having been driving for 4 hours straight, I was exhausted. Still about 40 miles from my destination of Hilton Head Island, I decided to stop for the night and continue the trip tomorrow. I pulled off the highway and found a random motel and checked in. Hungry, I asked the concierge to point me in the direction of a decent restaurant to which he replied, “just go into downtown, you’ll find something there.” And find something I did. I didn’t realize that it was St. Patrick’s Day and had no idea that Savannah has the second largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the US, just behind New York. The river that runs through downtown was died green, massive sections of the downtown were blocked off for live concerts, every bar has crowds spilling out of it…Mayhem! As crazy as it sounds and of course with St. Patty’s Day being a drinking holiday, you’d expect this to be a free-for-all! On the contrary! It was very well organized, nobody was out of control, the environment was friendly and inviting the people were incredibly nice and welcoming. I am not the type to go out by myself. I mean back home, I find it difficult to get take-out alone. But there was something so pleasant about the environment in Savannah, I had absolutely no reservations about being out on the town solo. And Furthermore, I had a great time meeting people, socializing and of course drinking a pint or two in honor of good ole’ St. Patrick! What a night!

Adventure Travel – South Dakota

Adventures in South Dakota

When traveling in South Dakota you will find wide open spaces. Adventure can still be found when traveling through the badlands and you will come out safe and sound unlike the old days. There are many beautiful rock formations both above and underground. You can stand on the ground of Custer’s last stand and have an understanding of the history of our country.

There is a reason all the bikers visit Spearhead each year you will find the drive wide open and beautiful. The scenic highway through Spearhead Canyon is one that is not to be missed when visiting South Dakota winding along the byway you will see wildlife, scenic vistas and develop a love of the land.

Big Stone Island is a wilderness area in the Big Stone Lake Area you can only get to the island by boat or canoe. You will find a hundred acre island that has been visited for centuries. You will be able to wander the shores of the island and it will take you to a simpler time.

If you looking for a less traveled area to explore and spend a little down time you will want to visit Custer State Park. This park is just outside of the Black Hills so if you have always wanted to see Mount Rushmore it is just a quick trip.

Custer State Park offers the Needles Highway for viewing the geography and Wildlife Loop Road for viewing buffalo, antelope, mountain goat and other wildlife found in the area. You can hike the area on many of the hiking trails and take in the clean air beautiful terrain and recharge your batteries.

While you are seeking an adventure above ground there are geological wonders below ground as well. South Dakota has two underground caves that are worth visiting. The Jewel Cave that is famous for its calcite deposits, when I first saw these as a kid I thought they had to be diamonds. The Wind Cave is huge with hundred and ten miles of cave to explore. The area above the Wind Cave is full of ponderosa pine, mixed with prairie grass and the elk and the buffalo love this area.

The locals and people who live in the Midwest have a favorite place its called Lewis and Clark Recreation area. The area is famous for it’s sandy beaches, beautiful lake, boating, water skiing and known as a great place to get outdoors and enjoy yourself.

When traveling in South Dakota you feel the open spaces, enjoy the wildlife an find adventure around every turn.

Plan for a Luxury Vacation in Miami Beach and South Beach

Miami Beach and South Beach vacation rentals offers people living in the Northern part of the United States at least a brief respite from cold and snow while relaxing in the beautiful and exciting area. The allure of a tropical vacation is difficult to resist after weeks of digging out vehicles and shoveling walks. The Miami area has been made popular through movies and television shows and draws international travelers as well as from across the U.S, making it a hotspot for vacationers. Being allowed the opportunity to live in the lap of luxury while in Miami Beach vacation rentals is a dream come true for travelers escaping to the area.

Located along the Atlantic shoreline, but far enough South to remain warm throughout the year Miami Beach and South Beach offer beach combing and the ability to tour nearby points of interest.. Citrus plantations thrive nearby while the Art Deco area, which is home to more Art Deco designed architecture than can be found in any other single locale, of Miami Beach attracts thousands of tourists who enjoy lingering over coffee in this exciting cultural area. Separated from Miami proper by Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach and South Beach are premier vacation havens for tourists wishing to escape brutal winters and relax.

Ocean Drive in Miami Beach was featured in Birdcage as well as Scarface, with the Jackie Gleason Show, Miami Vice and many other TV shows and movies having been based or shot in the area. Miami Beach vacation rentals offer tourists the opportunity to be within walking distance of both the ocean and nightlife as well as spectacular shopping and restaurants. Choosing Miami Beach vacation rentals such as a hotel, condo or home to rent can be a daunting task when unfamiliar with the area.

Vacationers often enjoy driving to the nearby Everglades to see nature in it’s raw form, taking a day trip on boat or simply relaxing and people watching. Tours can be arranged such as an Art Deco one which guides people through the truly unique area while providing rich historical information pertaining to the Magical City as Miami is known. Other activities include scuba diving, fishing, visiting the Holocaust Memorial as well as many local museums and parks. Boredom can’t exist while enjoying a Miami Beach vacation rentals.

During the 1920’s South Beach and Miami Beach attracted President Harding as well as numerous millionaires to the area, such as J.C. Penney and Harvey Firestone, just two of the many who built luxurious mansions in the area. Many of the pedestrian friendly tours focus on local history including the architecture, notable residents as well as how the area has prospered throughout the years.

Choosing where to stay provides many options to travelers. South Beach vacation rentals include options ranging from luxury hotels to the ability to rent and reside in an exquisite private mansion. Miami Beach condo rentals as well as South Beach condo rentals provide everything from luxury penthouse suites which overlook the city or ocean and include maid service to spectacular luxury hotels that often cost no more than regular hotels when carefully arranged for. Doing research and making arrangements prior to traveling will result in the best results and most luxurious vacation within budget.