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Atlantic City’s Free July 4 Fireworks Spectacular Moved to Sunday, July 6 at 9:30 pm

July 4, 2014

Atlantic City’s free 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular show scheduled for this Friday will be moved to Sunday, July 6th at 9:30pm.

“While Hurricane Arthur is predicted to be far off shore Friday night, the effects on the ocean waves and the accompanying wind would hinder our fireworks show from reaching its full potential that night, and possibly create a safety hazard.  So we decided to move our fireworks show back to Sunday, July 6th at 9:30pm,” Mayor Guardian said.

“In addition, we wanted to give residents and tourists an opportunity to end their 4th of July holiday weekend with a ‘bang’.  We figured having the biggest fireworks show on the Jersey Shore on a Sunday night would be a perfect way to end the weekend.

So for those who are coming to Atlantic City this weekend, you won’t be disappointed.  The weather for both Saturday and Sunday looks terrific.  According to the Weather Channel, both Saturday and Sunday are forecasted to be completely sunny, with temperatures in the low 80s, and having a zero percent chance of rain.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  I will see you out on Atlantic City’s beaches, boardwalk, and Marina District!”

The “Sky Concerttm” was created by Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, and is presented by the Atlantic City Alliance.  Song selections were chosen “by the people” from a contest that was held by the Atlantic City Alliance.  Viewing locations will be near the Steel Pier, the Pier Shops at Caesars, and in the Marina District.  The program will begin at 9:30pm, and will include 10,000 fireworks shells and effects.  In the final 30 seconds alone, more than 1,000 shells will be fired.”

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Sand Sculpting World Cup Competition Convenes in Atlantic City, NJ Thru July 6

June 20, 2014

 

Matt Long gives a demonstration on competitive sand sculpting at Atlantic City, New Jersey's booth at the recent New York Times Travel Show. The DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup is on now through July 6 © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Matt Long gives a demonstration on competitive sand sculpting at Atlantic City, New Jersey’s booth at the recent New York Times Travel Show. The DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup is on now through July 6 © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Ever wonder what 20 of the world’s greatest sand sculptors can do with 500 tons of sand? The skillful art of sand sculpting has returned to its Atlantic City roots this summer as the multi-week DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup hits the free beach again with more action, world-class sculptors and a new location.

This year’s sand-sculpting event starts at noon on Thursday, June 19, and runs through the July 4th holiday weekend to Sunday, July 6. The viewing hours on the beach have been extended this year from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the competition.

The DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup event is free and open to the public and the sand art will remain on display through July 6.

Throughout the middle of June, the most noted sand-sculpting artists on the planet will be on Atlantic City’s Pennsylvania Avenue beach, adjacent to the famed Steel Pier and the Landshark Bar & Grill, crafting their masterpieces. The award ceremony — during which the final sculptures will be on display — is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, June 27.

Sand sculpting returned to its Atlantic City roots in a big way in 2013 with more than 130,000 people coming to Atlantic City see the sand sculpting competition. This year’s DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup is looking to be the biggest event of its kind ever, with more talent, the biggest prize purse in the history of sand-sculpting, and the first-ever McCord Cup, named after famous sand-sculpting pioneer Philip McCord — who practiced his art, starting in the late 1890s, at the same Atlantic City beach where the competition is taking place this year —on the line.

The top 20 sculptors from around the world, recruited by event director and professional sand carver, Atlantic City’s John Gowdy, will come together on the beach at noon on June 19 to dig in and begin drawing and carving their lines in the sand. Gowdy has also secured a panel of the very best judges for this year’s competition.

This year’s event will include 500 tons of sand. This allows the artists to build higher and more detailed pieces. There are no agents used in the mixing of the sand during the work. It’s not until the sculpture is completed that a mix of biodegradable solution and water is sprayed on to provide a thin coating that helps the art stand up to the weather.

There will be categories for both Solo and Doubles carving. The Solo competitors will be actively carving 20 sculptures from June 19-22. The Doubles teams will be carving a total of 10 sculptures from June 24-27.

A demo sand sculpture created by Gowdy will be on display throughout the duration of the event and will be visible from the Boardwalk.

Also new this year, Cheekoting, a game of racing plastic marble-like balls on a sand course that developed on Italy’s lively beaches after World War II will be played on site at the DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup. This will be the first time the game has been played before the public in the U.S. The course is like a mini-golf course built in sand, with hills, valleys and tunnels. Competitors will flick their plastic marbles along a very long and winding track approximately 1-foot wide, with banked sides so the balls doesn’t leave the track. The game will played on the World Cup site, near the Landshark Bar & Grill at Resorts.

To read more about this year’s event, the competitors, the history of sand sculpting in Atlantic City and for photos and video from last year’s event, visit doatlanticcity.com. 

From sandals to stilettos and foie gras to funnel cakes, Atlantic City offers something for everyone. Enjoy world-class entertainment, dining, shopping, casino gaming, relaxing on the beach and strolling the historic Boardwalk in the city created to escape the city. For more information visit www.doatlanticcity.com or:

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The Wildwoods Named #1 Boardwalk in the USA for 2014

June 19, 2014
The Wildwoods’ world-famous boardwalk in New Jersey was named the #1 Beach Boardwalk for Families in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com for the third year in a row.

The Wildwoods’ world-famous boardwalk in New Jersey was named the #1 Beach Boardwalk for Families in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com for the third year in a row.

The Wildwoods’ world-famous boardwalk was once again named the #1 Beach Boardwalk for Families in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com.

This is the third year in a row that the Wildwoods have appeared in the #1 spot on this list, having been named #1 Beach Boardwalk in 2012 and 2013 as well.

The website, in reference to the Wildwoods Boardwalk, said, “We keep (the) Wildwoods on our list of favorite boardwalks because it’s just so family-friendly and our kids love it!” They went on to say that with “more than 100 rides and attractions available, as well as shopping and dining along the 2-mile boardwalk – what’s not to love?”

“It’s a great honor to be recognized year after year as the #1 Beach Boardwalk for Families in the nation,” said John Siciliano, executive director for the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA). “We owe this recognition to the hard work and determination of the hundreds of small business owners who bring their vision and innovation to the myriad of shops, attractions, arcades, games and eateries that together make the Wildwoods’ Boardwalk second to none. And we also owe our gratitude to the millions of families that come to enjoy all we have to offer—from the boardwalk and beach, to the great events, shopping, eateries and dining. Everyone at this destination works tirelessly in making the Wildwoods one of the country’s most popular family vacation destinations, and we are grateful that our work is paying off for our visitors.”

The Wildwoods’ Morey’s Amusement Piers were named in 2014 among the Top 10 Piers by Coastal Living Magazine. In 2013 the Wildwoods were also recognized as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by BudgetTravel.com; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by NJ.com readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by NerdWallet.com; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

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Spice Island Beach Resort Valentine’s Day Offer: 1 Free Night for 7 Nights Stay from May 1-Oct 31

January 28, 2014
Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada , has extended its Valentine's Day offer, which includes the seventh night free with weeklong bookings made through Jan. 31, 2014 for travel between May 1 - Oct.

Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada , has extended its Valentine’s Day offer, which includes the seventh night free with weeklong bookings made through Jan. 31, 2014 for travel between May 1 – Oct.

Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada (www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com), the #1 rated resort in the Caribbean based on TripAdvisor reviews, has extended its Valentine’s Day offer, which includes the seventh night free with weeklong bookings made through Jan. 31, 2014 for travel between May 1 – Oct. 31, 2014. Couples can bask in their love over dinner for two on the world-renowned Grand Anse Beach, enjoy a complimentary couples massage and a romantic sunset cruise.

Tucked away on pristine shorelines just 10 minutes from the airport, Spice Island Beach Resort is surrounded by immaculate tropical gardens and offers a world-class spa featuring treatments using local herbs and spices. The resort also offers an unmatched culinary program serving seven-course dinners ranging from diet-friendly to decadent.

Spice Island Beach Resort offers several suite categories including garden, beachfront and private pool suites. All suites are air conditioned and outfitted with spectacular five-star amenities including a large whirlpool, LCD flat panel televisions with cable, dvd player and iPod docking station, the softest Italian Frette bathrobes and linen, Molton Brown bath and body amenities, mini-bar, CD player/clock radio, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, direct dial telephone with Internet access, safe, coffee/tea facility, toaster, chaise lounges and patio or balcony. Several suites feature a private pool.

The resort recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation project which included a redesigned courtyard, reception area, residence lounge, restaurants and guest rooms, in addition to an extensive upgrade and expansion to the property’s full-service Janissa’s Spa.

The award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 elegantly-appointed suites, the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a Cybex® fitness center, Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt® tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.

Spice Island Beach Resort is a member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection and the first and only resort in Grenada to be featured in the exclusive Virtuoso network’s Hotels & Resorts Program and Signature Hotels & Resorts Collection.

Click on http://www.spiceislandbeachresort.com/imagelibrary for pictures of the property.  Visit http://www.spicebeachresort.com/VirtualTours.htm for a virtual tour.

For more information, contact Spice Island Beach Resort toll-free at 1-800-501-8603, tel: 473-444-4258, fax: 473-444-4807, e-mail: reservations@spicebeachresort.com, or visit www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com.

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Spice Island Beach Resort, Granada, Has “Child Stay Free” Deal Through Dec 15

June 7, 2013
Spice Island Beach Resort has a "child stay free" deal valid through Dec. 15.

Spice Island Beach Resort has a “child stay free” deal valid through Dec. 15.

Spice Island Beach Resort (www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com), the luxury Grenada property just recognized as the #1 rated hotel in the Caribbean according to TripAdvisor reviewers, is offering a “child stay free” offer. One child 5 – 11 years of age can stay free in one of the resort’s charming Oleanander or luxury beachfront Sea Grape Suites (Sea Grape Suites pictured right) – a savings of $230 each per night. This promotion is valid now through Dec. 15, 2013 and can be combined with other offers.

Spice Island Beach Resort appeals to discerning affluent travelers with its reputation for service, luxury beachfront and private pool suites, inventive spa treatments incorporating local spices and ingredients, and an unmatched culinary program featuring seven-course dinners which range from diet-friendly to decadent.

When parents need some alone time, kids are well taken care of at the Nutmeg Pod, a supervised children’s program with complimentary enrollment for children ages three – 12 (children must be toilet-trained). A weekly schedule of organized activities is available to keep children entertained daily from 9 am – 5 pm, and includes arts and crafts, board games and more.

The Nutmeg Pod features a Nintendo Wii, a movie viewing area, the Nutmeg library and Sleepy Hollow, a place for resting and recharging between activities. A colourful mural created by local Grenadian artist Nadine Baksh tells the story of an Enchanted Spice Forest with local indigenous characters such as Manny the Manicou and the Nutmeg Princess.

When it is time to reluctantly depart, as a last rite, children are encouraged to dip their hand in a colorful paint and leave their handprint on the wall with their name and age. When they return on their next family vacation, they are eager to revisit the place they literally left their mark.

Guests staying at the resort from now through Dec. 15, 2013 can enjoy all-inclusive nightly rates as low as $946 per room, based on two people sharing an Oleander Garden Suite.

For the ultimate in casual elegance, vacationers can choose one of Spice Island Beach Resort’s signature Sea Grape Suites (pictured right) which open up directly onto magnificent Grand Anse Beach just steps away from the sparkling Caribbean Sea from $1,146 per room, double occupancy.

All suites are air-conditioned and outfitted with spectacular five-star amenities including a large whirlpool, LCD flat panel televisions with cable, dvd player and iPod docking station, the softest and smoothest Italian Frette bathrobes and linens, Molton Brown bath and body amenities, mini-bar, CD player/clock radio, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, direct dial telephone with Internet access, safe, coffee/tea facility, toaster, chaise lounges and patio or balcony. Several suites feature a private pool.

The award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 elegantly-appointed suites, the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a Cybex® fitness center, Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt® tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.

Spice Island Beach Resort is a proud member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection and the first and only resort in Grenada to be featured in the exclusive Virtuoso network’s Hotels & Resorts Program and Signature Hotels & Resorts Collection.

To book directly, contact Spice Island Beach Resort toll-free at 1-800-501-8603, tel: 473-444-4258, fax: 473-444-4807, e-mail: reservations@spicebeachresort.com, or visit www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com.

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Moon Dance Cliffs Resort, Negril, Offers Romantic Escape for Holiday Season

November 8, 2012

Not sure what to give your beloved this holiday season?  How about the gift of a romantic escape to Moon Dance Cliffs Hotel & Spa, an intimate seaside resort perched on the dramatically beautiful, westernmost edge of Jamaica.  Book now and take advantage the resort’s Holiday Specials offering up to 30% off nightly rates.

From December 22, 2012 through January 2, 2013, stay four 4 – 6 nights and receive 20% off Moon Dance Cliffs nightly rates.  Stay 7 nights and enjoy even deeper savings with 30% off its nightly rates.

Negril’s newest luxury resort, Moon Dance Cliffs features spectacular oceanview accommodations, luxurious amenities and a secluded, unique setting on the picturesque cliffs of Negril. Moon Dance Cliffs offers something for everyone—from the more active couples who want to join hands and cliff jump and snorkel off the resort’s shore to more laid-back lovebirds who would rather soak up the sun and then watch it slip behind the watery horizon together. The resort joins its sister property, the acclaimed Moon Dance Villas, located up the coast of Negril on a private stretch of famed Seven Mile Beach.

Upon arrival at Moon Dance Cliffs, our warm, attentive staff greets you with traditional Jamaican rum punch as you take in the sweeping seascape in our open air lobby — waves rising up to meet the captivating coastline — before settling in for your unforgettable stay at Jamaica’s hidden gem. Moon Dance Cliffs offers a superb selection of luxurious accommodations allowing you to relax and enjoy your idyllic home away from home as you celebrate the season.  These include 480- to 1,200 square-foot rooms and suites, along with 1-, 4- and 5-bedroom private, poolside villas – all with amazing Caribbean views.

Look and feel beautiful after a visit to Moon Dance Cliff’s Kamala Spa and Salon, where you can enjoy the resort’s signature Kamala Caress couples massage as the warm tropical breeze and rhythmic waves soothe your soul.   Eat, drink and be merry at Moon Dance Cliff’s poolside/swim-up sports bar or Annie’s restaurant, located next to the cliffs overlooking the ocean.  All-inclusive dining options are available, as are some of Negril’s best restaurants just a short walk away. For couples wanting an unforgettable romantic experience, staff can arrange a private, candlelit dinner in an intimate, Cliffside cave or gazebo.

“Moon Dance Cliffs is easily one of the most romantic spots in the Caribbean,” said resort owner Randy McKay.  “The amazing views, lush gardens, secluded location and attentive staff that anticipates every need, while also ensuring your privacy, makes it a great place to get away from it all and just enjoy each other.”

For more information about Moon Dance Villas and Moon Dance Cliffs, visit http://www.moondanceresorts.com or call 1-800-621-1120.

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Estero Island, Florida Suite Resorts Offer Fourth Night Free Deal

November 8, 2012

The Continental Group Realty’s (TCGR) hospitality division is offering the “Escape to Estero Island” winter package, where you buy three nights’ stay and get the fourth night free. Estero Island is located in one of Southwest Florida’s favorite destinations overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

This offer is available on www.SandalsInTheSand.com; (check the website for availability; holiday periods excluded).

The “Sandals in the Sand/Escape to Estero Island” vacation package offers both couples and families their choices of three beautiful resorts located on breathtaking Estero Island in Fort Myers Beach: Seaside All-Suite Resort, Casa Playa Beach Resort and Cornerstone Beach Resort. These resorts are a tropical paradise providing the best in hospitality and an opportunity for relaxation, while offering various package options that will fit most budgets; perfect to get away from the cold weather this winter!

Estero Island offers miles of white, sandy beaches along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and is complete with extraordinary sunsets, exceptional shelling and unique wildlife that attract visitors worldwide. Just north of Naples, you will experience Florida the way it used to be.

The island is perfect for a winter vacation with tropical breezes, great beaches, exquisite dining and luxurious accommodations. In addition, shopping centers for window-shopping and affordable, friendly eateries are plentiful. The winter season also brings an array of unique fun festivals and events to the area (http://www.islandsfallfest.com/events/) ranging from food and art festivals to boat shows and a boat parade. Moreover, Marinas throughout Estero Island are perfect for boating adventures including romantic sunset cruises, sightseeing cruises and deep-sea fishing. For nature lovers, just cross a bridge at the southern tip of the island and you can escape to Lovers Key State Park – a harbor for wildlife and home to West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles.< /p>

Three resorts are offered:

The Seaside All – Suite Resort, also located in the middle of Estero Island, is rated number four out of 20 on Trip Advisor’s popularity index.  This resort offers 50 suites each equipped with two bedrooms, a large inviting living/dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, two full baths, a heated pool, and a private screened in lanai that lets you enjoy the warm tropical breezes and dining al fresco over spectacular sunsets. View details at http://www.seasideresort.us/ or call toll free 888-772-0183.

The Casa Playa Beach Resort is an all-suite resort located on the exclusive north tip of Estero Island. The 35-unit resort condominiums are each privately owned and individually decorated. All suites have private balconies and high speed wireless Internet. Casa Playa resort offers two pet-friendly designated floors, a heated pool, picnic area, gas grills, beach lounge chairs and a serene private beach area.  For more information visit http://www.casaplayaresort.com/ or call toll free 1-800-774-2168.

The Cornerstone Beach Hotel, located mid-island, has 12 elegant, non-smoking one and two bedroom units all with incredible views of the Gulf of Mexico. Suites include a fully appointed kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms. All contain flat panel televisions in the living room and bedrooms and screed lanais. Beautiful views can also be enjoyed while swimming and sunning by the heated Gulf front pool. See details at http://www.cornerstonebeachhotel.com/ or call toll free 1-888-773-0523.

About The Continental Group Realty:

The Continental Group Realty, a subsidiary of The Continental Group, Inc. (TCG), brings together tenants with property owners, visitors with destination rentals and investors with developers. With over 200 team members and a dozen offices throughout Florida, TCGR has developed several specialized divisions to service the growing and diverse needs of the residential rental and leasing management industry. For more information visit www.tcgr.com or www.SandalsInTheSand.com.

 

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Pink Beach Club, Bermuda Offers 4th Night Free Promotion for May Travel

February 22, 2012

Pink Beach Club actually has a pink sand beach! The Bermuda resort is offering a Fourth Night Free for May stays.

Pink Beach Club in Bermuda (http://www.pinkbeach.com) has announced a Fourth Night Free promotion which provides a fourth night free-of-charge when a minimum of three nights are booked directly with the property for travel May 1 – May 31, 2012.

Guests staying at Pink Beach Club as part of the Fourth Night Free promotion will also receive complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and a five-course gourmet dinner for every night of the stay. The Fourth Night Free promotion is not combinable with any other offer.

Rates start at $535 per room, per night, based on single or double occupancy in a garden view suite and are valid for travel through May 31, 2012. Taxes and service charges are additional.

Pink Beach Club offers six room category options designed to meet the tastes and budgets of all travelers. Nightly rates vary according to room type.

To help vacationers soak in the sun, the property features two pink sand beaches and a swimming pool perfect for lounging. For active pursuits, there are two California all-weather tennis courts on-property, complimentary use of snorkel equipment, mopeds available for rent, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

For golf enthusiasts, the hotel has privileges at two championship golf courses just five minutes away – Mid Ocean Club and Tucker’s Point Club. Tee times are arranged by the concierge.

The concierge can also assist with arranging additional sightseeing tours, including deep-sea fishing and sailing charters, scuba diving, glass-bottom boat cruises, carriage rides, horseback riding and other pursuits.

Situated in Bermuda’s exclusive Tucker’s Town area, the award-winning Pink Beach Club features 94 elegant suites amongst 13 acres of lush gardens and rolling hills, overlooking two pink sand private beaches. Guests can enjoy the Hibiscus Lounge or Cedar Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day; dining at the Ocean Terrace Café or Bermudiana dining room; in-room spa treatments; fitness center; two tennis courts; library; business center with complimentary Internet access; wireless service throughout the property for a small fee; ample meeting space for up to 40 people; golf privileges at two nearby courses.

The warmth and charm of Bermuda combined with this cottage colony’s timeless style, elegance and first-class service create an ideal setting for couples, honeymooners, golfers, business travelers and families seeking a luxurious escape to the tropics.

For reservations or more information, contact Pink Beach Club at tel: (800) 355-6161, e-mail: reservations@pinkbeach.com, or visit www.pinkbeach.com.

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Continental Group Realty Offers 4th Night Free at 3 Florida Resorts on Gulf of Mexico

February 22, 2012

The Continental Group Realty’s (TCGR) hospitality division is offering “Escape to Estero Island 1, 2, 3, Free!” winter package for a getaway to one of Southwest Florida’s Gulf of Mexico destinations, Estero Island, where magical sunsets are just one of the attractions © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

The Continental Group Realty’s (TCGR) hospitality division is offering “Escape to Estero Island 1, 2, 3, Free!”(stay three nights get the fourth night free) winter package for a getaway to one of Southwest Florida’s Gulf of Mexico destinations, Estero Island, popular for couples and families, alike. The offer is available on SandalsInTheSand.com  (check the website for availability).

The Sandals in the Sand “Escape to Estero Island” winter vacation package offers visitors their choice of three beautiful resorts located on breathtaking Estero Island: Seaside All-Suite Resort, Casa Playa Beach Resort and Cornerstone Beach Resort.

Just north of Naples, Estero Island offers miles of white, sandy beaches along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and is complete with extraordinary sunsets, exceptional shelling and nature preserves, plus great dining and luxurious accommodations that attract visitors worldwide.

Marinas throughout Estero Island are great for boating adventures including romantic sunset cruises, sightseeing cruises and deep-sea fishing.

For nature lovers, just cross a bridge at the southern tip of the island and you can escape to Lovers Key State Park – a harbor for wildlife and home to West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles.

The Continental Group Realty offers a choice of three great resorts:

The Seaside All – Suite Resort, located in the middle of Estero Island, is rated number three out of 20 on Trip Advisor’s popularity index.  This resort offers 50 suites each equipped with two bedrooms, a large inviting living/dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, two full baths, a heated pool, and a private screened in lanai that lets you enjoy the warm tropical breezes and dine al fresco over spectacular sunsets. View details at www.seasideresort.us/ or call toll free 888-226-6555.

The Casa Playa Beach Resort is an all-suite resort located on the exclusive north tip of Estero Island. The 35-unit resort condominiums are each privately owned and individually decorated. All suites have private balconies and high speed wireless Internet. Casa Playa resort offers two pet-friendly designated floors, a heated pool, picnic area, gas grills, beach lounge chairs and a serene private beach area.  For more information visit www.casaplayaresort.com/ or call toll free 1-800-569-4876.

The Cornerstone Beach Hotel, located mid-island, has 12 elegant, non-smoking one and two bedroom units all with incredible views of the Gulf of Mexico. Suites include a fully appointed kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and screened lanais. All contain flat panel televisions in the living room and bedrooms. Beautiful views can also be enjoyed while swimming and sunning by the heated Gulf front pool. See details at www.cornerstonebeachhotel.com/ or call toll free 1-888-226-6555.

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Southwest Airlines Offers Savings up to $120, Plus Free Nights or Reduced Rates on St. Petersburg/Clearwater Packages

July 9, 2011

Seeing dolphin is just one of the many appeals of visiting Clearwater Beach of Florida's Gulf Coast © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Southwest Airlines is offering a deal on travel to St. Petersburg/Clearwater: book a flight plus hotel vacation package at any hotel Southwest Airlines Vacations offers in St. Petersburg or Clearwater, and save up to $120 per reservation when using promotion code SUN120 at the time of booking

  • SAVE $40 on a total package price between $500 – $999.
  • SAVE $80 on a total package price between $1,000 – $1,999.
  • SAVE $120 on a total package price of $2,000 or more.

Plus, enjoy these great offers when you book a flight + hotel package at the participating hotels!1

  • Sheraton Sand Key Resort – Save 40 Percent!
  • Doubletree Beach Resort Tampa Bay North Redington Beach – Fifth Night FREE!
  • Don CeSar Beach Resort, A Loews Hotel – Fourth Night FREE!
  • Alden Beach Resort – Save up to 40 Percent!
  • Sirata Beach Resort – Save 40 Percent!

Packages must be booked between July 8, 2011 and August 4, 2011 by 6 p.m. Central Time for travel August 1, 2011 through December 24, 2011. Blackout dates apply. One-day advance purchase is required.

Customized Vacation Packages Include:

  • Roundtrip flight via Southwest Airlines® to St. Petersburg/Clearwater via Tampa
  • Hotel accommodations (including taxes)
  • Rapid Rewards® points on the flight portion
  • 24-hour traveler assistance

First and second checked bags fly free (weight and size limits apply); even golf bags fly free, which represents a savings up to $120 per person.

For complete details on this offer, visit:
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