Tropical Paradise

Escape to a Tropical Paradise where warm breezes blow and palm trees sway. With its lush tropical climate, Cairns, Australia has quickly become a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, tourists and nature lovers. Learn more about tropical fruits, tropical paintings, tropical plants, tropical fish and tropical flowers.



The Big Apple

"The Big Apple" is a nickname for New York City, famous for its gourmet dining and night life. But many people don’t realize how much fun visitors of all ages can have here. Enjoy our guides to New York City with self-guided walks, cultural history, visual arts, architecture, museum listings, directions and parks.



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Family Fun in Florida

The southern state of Florida is the perfect destination for family holidays because of the wide range of activities on offer.

Adrenaline Holidays

One of the ultimate activities to get your blood rushing is surely experiencing a hurricane and that’s exactly what you can do at the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry. You’ll be placed in a chamber with 74mph winds and (harmless) flying debris.

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Family Fun in FloridaStuck in Customs / Amazing Photos / CC BY-NC-SA

But if you don’t want your holiday thrills to be quite so scary, then swimming with dolphins might be more preferable. Marine wildlife centres in Florida provide the opportunity to meet these amazing mammals. After some training, you will feel confident that you’ll get the most out of your time with these and other curious sea animals. Should bigger teeth appeal, then the sharks in the controlled environments of the Florida Aquarium and Sea World might be more your thing.

If the water is your preferred way of seeing Florida, you could kayak around the Keys and go snorkelling to see what there is below the waterline. A slightly more relaxing airboat trip can allow you to explore the waterways of the Everglades. While you are in the boat the local wildlife will keep its distance, but if you’d rather get up close and personal then stop off at Gatorland to see the alligators.

Another option is to take to the trees and travel along the Myakka Canopy Walkway suspension bridge, for a unique view of the area.

Excitement for All

For the would-be pirates in your family, Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise will be just the adventure they are looking for, with fancy dress and face painting completing the effect of the high-seas experience.

Many people put the Disney Parks at the heart of a trip to Florida and will probably have allowed several days to cover these world-famous attractions. You may not be able to see and do everything, but don’t worry because they will be even bigger and better next time you visit.

Exploration and Discovery

Sea World is another of the attractions which draw visitors to Orlando. But did you know you’ll also meet some land animals? The flamingos and parrots might not get excited by the killer whales any more, but they’ll be keen to meet you when you come.

A treat for budding pilots is the National Museum of Naval Aviation, which has a huge range of military aircraft and free air shows from March to October. And the Stars and Stripes Goodyear blimp is housed at the Pompano Beach Municipal Airport, where your children can learn how this unusual craft stays up in the sky.

For those who prefer flight outside the Earth’s atmosphere, a trip to Kennedy Space Centre is essential. The visitor centre shows the history of space travel and shares the stories of the scientists who’ve made it happen, as well as those who tragically lost their lives taking mankind to the stars.

Rest and Relaxation

Golf is popular in Florida and there are courses for every age and level, from miniature golf for the less serious to a PGA-standard course at Palm Beach Gardens.

Even if your entire holiday is spent lying on the beach, you can have a fantastic holiday in Florida as it has a spectacular coastline. Florida’s beaches are regularly cited as the best in the US and they perfect if all you want is relaxing holiday basking in the sun.


The 5 Best Luxury Hotels in Miami

There are few places as beautiful as Miami Florida and no matter where you stay you are sure to enjoy your trip, but to really enhance your vacation, look at these five hotels before any others to make your choice.

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Luxury Miami Beach HotelsTom Wolf | Photography

These are easily five of the most beautiful hotels in Miami and will really pamper you throughout your trip.

The Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach, located on Sunny Isles Beach, combines the sophistication of a Mediterranean villa and the beauty of an oceanfront location. Included with your stay are three oceanfront swimming pools, three oceanfront restaurants, including the acclaimed Il Mulino New York and a large oceanfront spa. In addition, the kids can come along and enjoy the innovative marine biology based AcquaMarine children’s program.

Hotel Victor located on Miami Beach gives you the top of the line art deco version of Miami Beach hotel living. Up and running for seventy-five years, hospitality and adventure have built what makes this hotel such a unique place to stay. With a selection of activities including theatre and museum going, shopping, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and ocean fishing, you can be sure that anyone can find just the vacation they want by staying at Hotel Victor.

The Villa by Barton G, located on Miami Beach, is settled inside the former Versace Mansion, where the service and elegant style should please even the most discriminating visitors. With The Rooftop Lounge for sun worshippers or stargazers, the exclusive Thousand Mosaic Pool and two private lounges, you will live like a king for your stay. In addition to each of the amenities, The Villa will also include a personal British-trained butler, Frette linens, and complimentary Kindle e-readers with your stay that receive daily digital newspapers, you can be sure that this will be a stay to remember forever.

W South Beach in Miami Beach is settled in the playground of celebrities and sits in the middle of the famed art deco heart of Miami’s hottest nightlife. All 312 rooms and bungalows boast ocean views, include a signature W bed, balcony, kitchen, fully wired tech and transport at any time of day or night to get you to where you want to be. This is luxury for the vacation goer that want’s to live up their trip on a whim and get to experience the full Miami Beach experience.

Viceroy Miami in Miami is a galmour-infused resort created for business and leisure pursuits in the burgeoning downtown area of Miami. Designed by Kelly Wearstler, Viceroy Miami, combines elite residential necessities with top of the line dining scenes. Set within the ten-acre Icon Brickell enclave, the hotel is one of the top of the line luxury hotels in Miami, with two parks, a 28,000 square foot spa, fitness center and two acres of outdoor living room, with a 300 foot long pool and outdoor fireplaces, it is hard to go wrong with such a beautiful resort in such a beautiful city. Read more