We did an unofficial survey and contacted folks in the Florida cities of Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, Palmetto, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Cortez, Bradenton Beach, Sarasota, Venice, Naples, Fort Myers, Englewood, North Port and a few more. We wanted to find out if they were experiencing slow internet speeds. Approximately
We at floridafuntravel.com have journeyed quite a bit through the Sunshine State over the past few years. A considerable amount of that time has been on the coasts – both Atlantic and Gulf. One thing we began to notice was that each seemed to have its own name or designation.
If you’ve recently visited a website only to be greeted by a “Not Secure” pop-up in the location bar, you need to pay attention. This means the site you’re visiting lacks a secure SSL connection and your information may be getting into the wrong hands. With increasing intelligence of cybercrime and hacking nowadays, it’s an important investment for websites that will be collecting data to have an SSL connection.
The perfect weekend. That seems like a tall order, doesn’t it? Just the notion of trying to formulate an effortless and fun weekend, checking off all the must haves in advance of that magic hour, Friday at 5:00 P.M. can negate any impending fun. I don’t like planning and primping for a special occasion because more often than not, the actual event just doesn’t measure up to the hype you’ve created in the preceding days.
Last week, travelers flying on Allegiant from SRQ into Pittsburgh received an early Christmas gift. As they were about to board, a representative from Allegiant announced all passengers would be reimbursed for the flight. How is that for instantly fattening your spending budget? And that is not the only good news coming out of SRQ these days. A new 128-foot air traffic control tower positions SRQ with state-of-the-art equipment as the airport continues to see steady growth. Additional carriers like Frontier are providing the Suncoast with greater convenience in traveling to an expanding list of cities. Anybody who has flown out of SRQ understands the ease in which you can drop passengers off and the number of parking options should you need to park for an extended period.
Did you know that September is one of the top three months in which people get married? Optimal weather (up north) ensures the bride’s dream day does not get rained on. A hint of fall’s colors and a crispness to the air create the perfect atmosphere for love to swirl. And, since December is the most popular month to get engaged, it gives a full nine months for planning. For Floridians, the weather is a bit more of a gamble and perhaps a tad humid. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Survey, the average price of a wedding in 2017 was $33,391 not including the honeymoon. Of course, there are plenty of outliers in either direction, but the bottom line is most couples, and their parents, pay a pretty penny for a nice affair. According to the same survey, the average number of bridesmaids and groomsmen is five, with the average number of guests being 136.
If you have lived in the Manatee County area for a few years (you don’t have to go back too far), you probably have seen and experienced an influx of new homeowners, all the new construction and the traffic that goes along with it. To say that we have had growing pains is putting it mildly. But, who can blame someone who wants to live in a warm climate by the sea in one of the happiest places in the US?
There’s a new path to paradise from the Midwest with Allegiant Air’s partnership with the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.
On Tuesday, Allegiant announced Sarasota-Bradenton will offer year-round service to Indianapolis International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, and Pittsburgh International Airport. Starting in April, this ultra-budget airline will offer cheap, direct flights to these locations that will bring in a lot more visitors to the small local airport and a lot more tourists from the Midwest to the area.
What a year of music in 2017 around the Suncoast and Tampa Bay and it covers a lot of ground, from Spring Hill to Clearwater, St. Pete to Sarasota and every town in between. Music is everywhere from the clubs to the arenas and we are lucky to have some of the best musicians who live on the west coast of Florida. It’s tough to pick a few to acknowledge but I will do my best to list the notables of the year that came our way. Starting with some of the biggest arena and stadium tours: