No Passports Needed: Florida is a Hop, Skip and Jump Away

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From Land, Air and Sea, Florida’s Year-Round Attractions Make it an Ideal Last-Minute Getaway Destination

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (August 2018) – Wanderlust strikes suddenly and with the millions of people touching down in Florida each year, drawn by its seemingly endless coastline of white sand beaches, warm weather, and blend of family-friendly and adult activities, the Sunshine State is an ideal destination for impulse travel. Offering a wide array of options for those arriving by land, air or even by sea to soak up the last few weekends of summer, Florida’s coastal comforts and seasonal incentives are ripe for picking…like taking a bite into fresh fruit, surprisingly quenching, refreshing and full of flavor, August is the perfect time to plan a last-minute getaway.

For those seeking a last-minute summer excursion, and also interested in undiscovered gems, Florida’s Northwest and Central regions, as well the laidback island-life inspired Florida Keys, are some of the easiest destinations to visit for last-minute travel plans this summer.  Here’s how:

Hop in the Car 

From the driver’s seat of a rental car, there’s certainly no shortage of expeditions to embark on in the state, as Florida is a comfortable driving distance from major metropolitan cities, like Atlanta, Nashville and Charlotte. Whether a bonafide beach enthusiast or just looking for a quick getaway, Hertz Rent a Car will provide an unforgettable road trip experience and reliably take you there. Cruising down the western coastline, look no further than U.S. Route 19. This stretch of highway leads to a number of popular cities, such as Tampa, Homosassa Springs and Cedar Key. Driving down U.S. Route 19 is an unexpected way to take in the different views, sights and abundance of culture in Florida.

Find a Florida “Mini Vacay”

A one-stop-shop for planning fun, bite-sized journeys, Expedia has an entire landing page customized for those looking to plan less and play more in Florida. Designed to allow users to be flexible with choosing particular Florida destinations, by mapping out the lowest seasonable prices for quick travel, escaping to sunshine for a mini vacay has never been easier.

Plan Big Trips with Little Hassle

The  “World’s Most Famous Beach” at the newly renovated Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, offers last-minute travelers a ‘park eat play’ weekend package. Guests can unwind with luxurious treatments at the ocean-inspired Seaside Daytona Beach Spa, relax on the newly renovated pool terrace with its unobstructed views of the Atlantic coast, and sip refreshing cocktails from the BIind Turtle. Guests can even support sea turtle conservation and education with the purchase of an American Mule or Blind Turtle cocktail. For each specialty drink order, the resort will donate $1 to the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience.



Anna Feiner



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