Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Friday, September 21, 2007

Florida Keys and Tropical Island Wedding

The Florida Keys stretch from the US mainland into the Straits of Florida featuring the panoramic views of two oceans - the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. The Keys are famous for fishing and diving and the only home to living coral reef. But Florida Keys are not the best destination only to fishing hobbyists or divers, they mean paradise to all those who love to plan a tropical island wedding.

The spectacular sunsets, enchanting backwaters and the elusive green flash provide a romantic backdrop to celebrate a commitment for lifetime, so why have a traditional stuffy wedding? That’s why many fly here for a romantic escape. The food is fantastic, natives are friendly and you can have all that you want to make your wedding a family affair.

Florida Keys are home to many professional wedding planners, photographers and venue operators. They can prepare a ceremony for you that will suit your budget and needs. Resorts/hotels like Hawkscay offer you Jamaican palms, white-sand beach, secluded suites, private verandas, hammocks, whirlpool tubs, king-sized beds, villas, marina, spa, ballroom, waterside restaurant, kids club, dolphin connections and exquisite ocean views. Besides, they can also make wedding arrangements like notary, bridal stuff etc. to make your wedding tropical - simple but special.

The ideal beachfront setting of the resorts provides you with endless creative (and romantic) possibilities to celebrate wedding. Think of celebrating your wedding barefoot directly on the beach before sunset amidst awesome display of fireworks followed by a cocktail reception.

However the day may take your guests, they will, without doubt, be delighted at the end.

If you are in a hurry and excited state of mind because you wedding is fast approaching and you think - too much to do, too little time? Don’t worry, sit back and relax. There are planners who offer prepackages for your wedding. If the packages don’t suit to your fancy order them to tailor-make a ceremony to match you desires, paying a little extra money.

Not just wedding, you can actually save a lot of money by choosing the Keys as your honeymoon destination. Is not it a good thing to say your vow inside an historic church and have a great time with your spouse in a yacht or kayak, far away from the crowd?

If you feel like marrying you lover, nowhere under the sun you will find a better, a more ideal place to say "I do", than Florida Keys.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Feel of Florida Keys through Biscayne National Park

Located in southern Florida, Biscayne National Park is a must-see destination in Florida Keys. Established in 1968, earlier it was called Biscayne National Monument. It was promoted to National Park status in 1980. The park is one of the best scuba diving areas in US. As 95% of the park is water, it is more like of a water reserve which is extensively guarded mangrove forest. It stretches around 700 km.

Biscayne National park enjoys the typical Florida Keys climate. Here summers are pleasantly warm, with high humidity and frequent rains. Winters are windy, mild and dry. Daily weather conditions can change rapidly. In other words, vacationers experience a different weather condition compared to the mainland Florida.

The largest island in Biscayne, the Elliott Key is formed from coral reef. The islands deep into north in the park are transitional islands of coral and sand.

In Florida Keys, Biscayne National Park is known as a “Watery Wonderland”. It’s just within sight of Miami, yet so different for its marine life. The National Park preserves emerald islands, fish-bejeweled coral reefs and aquamarine waters. Biscayne is witnessed it all through 10000 years of human history – from pineapple farmers to presidents, from pirates to shipwrecks. For hundreds of years it has been reputed for outdoor fun lovers. It offers the best of boating, snorkeling, camping or simply nature watching.

From here visitors can rent kayaks to explore the natural hidden treasures of Florida Keys, while observing the historic homes of Stiltsville (not allowed to casual visitors). Art lovers can visit the Rotating art exhibits in Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery. It features some great works of both established and emerging artists who are inspired by the park’s beauty.

Resorts and Hotels

The park and so many other destinations of Florida Keys makes the vacationers get exhausted exploring the Florida Keys. So, there are many great retreats to inspire the vacationers get their best share. Hawks Cay is one of them. It is spread across 59 acres and includes a 177-key hotel, 297 villas, a full-service marina, retail and office space, 25,000 square feet of meetings space, three gift shops, five F&B outlets, a tennis courts, a kids’ club and a spa. It’s going on a massive $30 million renovation.

Things to Do

Snorkeling, diving, boating, fishing, camping, picnicking and superb opportunities for wildlife watching are just a few of the many activities Biscayne National Park offers. From late December to May, special activities like Family Fun Fest, guided canoe tours and the Discovery Series lectures can enhance your understanding and appreciation for the largest marine park in the National Park System.

Outdoor Activities

Outdoors enthusiasts can have a wealth of opportunities at Biscayne. They can enjoy active adventures like snorkeling, diving, canoeing or kayaking.

Over 500 species of fish plus things like corals, butterflies, birds and manatees make the park's underwater diversity an unparalleled place for spotting birds, fish, manatees, crocodiles and more.

The visitors can experience the park's shallow reefs through snorkeling. It is easy and it allows to be personal with the colorful wildlife. Besides, the park allures you to do many outdoor activities like canoeing, kayaking, camping, walking, fishing and lobstering.

Indoor Activities

The Dante Fascell Visitor Center offers a number of indoor activities. It has a museum that highlights the park's four ecosystems with full multimedia. There is also an art gallery that highlights contemporary of local artists. The visitors can also watch several interesting short films on the Keys. Kids and adults will find plenty to discover in the Touch Table. And of course, couples can have a great time together inside a boat or inside Hawks Cay’s five star retreats.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

A PERFECT SUMMER GIFT: rendezvous with hawk’s cay!

Family vacations days are filled with fun and frolic. Now add that special touch of Caribbean flavor, plan a vacation to the very special Hawk’s Cay in the Florida Keys.

The Hawk’s Cay Resort experience can turn out to be unlike anything you have encountered so far and why not so; being strategically placed in the middle of Florida Keys you are never far from where the fun is!
Florida Keys

Be it scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, parasailing, beach parties or simply the fun of enjoying a quite sunset with your family…your loved ones, at Hawk’s Cay…there’s everything to make you feel special and cared for.

And what makes the entire deal even more special is the whole bunch of promotional activities being conducted; especially when you are looking forward to a family vacation under tight budget.

Sample this, kid’s accommodation complimentary package and special SPA package for the family helps you save big time without foregoing on the quality of the service.

And, with the introduction of new air service from Atlanta to the Marathon Airport, just 8 miles from this fantastic Florida Key Resort, getting there in style is easy too.

It’s your family and they deserve the best!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Scuba Diving & Camping in Florida Keys - An Outsider's Account

I never really thought of a vacation excluding Florida Keys. Because my best activities, viz., diving and camping, is almost precooked in the Keys, though the serious one's may plan themselves after reaching at the Keys. My travel and the itineraries are laid out; each activity I want is almost laid out.

It's almost banal to say that Florida Keys have a great deal of must-dos. Everyone knows it. That's why I made my way through the sawgrass out to Flamingo, on the edge of Everglades National Park, then down the Overseas Highway to Key West.
Instead, I felt it was important to let the spirit of the journey seep into us along with the humid heat of the great swamp. As we drove leisurely along, the great prairie of Kansas receded from our minds, soon replaced by Florida's sawgrass prairie.

Last time I had a little diving on the holiday planner's area with my fellow vacationers. And in a fine morning while driving across the Everglades, I saw an alligator. On reaching Anhinga Trail I had several visual treats of wildlife found in the Florida Keys.

Outside our camp, near Anhinga, I could see several diving birds that prey on the marine fishes.

Dolphins make great tourism business in the Keys. If you get a chance to dive with them then that will be memorable for life. If you can't afford (or don't like to like many others) you can stop at the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key and the dolphins do something special for you. I was a bystander, but could not resist to get some cuddle and rushed in. They have a human feel.

Florida Keys have the best scuba diving destinations in North America. I preferred the sites in Key Largo, because it's basically a scuba diver's town with all the amenities for the experienced and learning divers. Besides, it offers a variety of diving sites for every level of diver.

In many of the beginner level diving sites there are the nicest coral reefs loaded with fish. They depth is only upto 30 to 50 feet.

Though we had diving and camping in equal proportion and some merry-making. I loved to indulge more in scuba diving. It gives a close view of marine life. And I love that. Why not, the Keys offer open water certification dives as well as more advanced training. And many local dive operators offer special packages just for scuba diving.