Ideas for the February half-term holidays

It’s not too late to book a half-term family holiday, whether you want to chill on the beach in Thailand, go skiing in the French Alps or rent a villa near Disney World in Orlando. 

If you need a little inspiration before you book, here’s a rundown of ideas for the February half-term holidays…

Koh Samui, Thailand

What’s the weather like in Koh Samui in February?

If you’re heading to Koh Samui in February you’re guaranteed lots of sunshine and hardly any rain. In fact, Koh Samui sees less rainfall in February than in any other month of the year. Daily temperatures can reach up to 86F.

Flight times from London to Koh Samui

You can fly from London to Koh Samui (via Bangkok) in around 13 hours.

Thailand is a good place to visit for February half term

Things to do

Think white sandy beaches, boutique spas and idyllic islands. You can sample traditional Thai cuisine and see the world from a new perspective on an elephant trek. Little ones will love the Coco Splash Water Park, as well as zip-lining over Samui’s rich rainforest. Other kid-friendly attractions include football golf, where you steer a football around a golf course – using your feet, of course – as well as go-karting, kayaking, crazy golf, kids’ playgrounds and beaches galore.

Where to stay in Koh Samui in February

This luxury Koh Samui vacation home is still available for the February half-term holidays.

Koh Samui villa

Offering 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a private swimming pool, this pretty villa is located in the Bangrak area, close to the beach, and within easy reach of the popular Fisherman’s Village area.

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Orlando

What’s the weather like in Orlando in February?

The weather in Orlando during February half-term holiday is perfect for little ones. Daytime temperatures begin to creep upwards as spring arrives, and you can expect it to reach a comfortable 73F during the day – warm enough to enjoy Orlando’s water parks. It’s also a good time to visit the theme parks as they aren’t as crowded as in the peak summer months (see our handy crowd calendar for more information). February is a great time for golf too, as you won’t have to endure the stifling heat experienced later in the year.

Flight times from London to Orlando

The average flight time from London to Orlando is around 9 hours.

Places to visit for February half term

Things to do in Orlando during February half term

There’s so much to do in Orlando you’ll find it tricky deciding where to start!

If you’re visiting Orlando for the February half-term holiday, you’ll be in time for the Mardi Gras festival at Universal Studios and the Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Disney World. Kids will love the never-ending theme parks, as well as other highlights like Aquatica and Gatorland. There’s also an array of fantastic shopping and entertainment districts too, like i-Drive 360, Universal Citywalk and Disney Springs.

If you need any more inspiration, there are themed dinners, wacky museums, indoor play zones and animal parks. There’s indoor skydiving too, so your little ones can actually fly – we’re not kidding.

If you stay in one of our luxury villas in Orlando, you’ll have some of Florida’s best golf courses on your doorstep, plus fantastic resort amenities like water parks, swimming pools, restaurants, sports facilities and kiddie play zones.

Where to stay in Orlando during February half term

This expansive Orlando villa is available at discounted rates for February half-term.

reunion resort vacation homes

It offers 7 bedrooms, a cinema, a game room and a large private swimming pool – there’s also a Harry Potter-themed bedroom that little ones will love. The beautiful home is located in the exclusive Reunion Resort community, just 5.5 miles from Disney World.

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Chamonix, France

What’s the weather like in Chamonix in February?

If you’re heading to Chamonix in February, you can expect lots of snow and some seriously good conditions for skiing and snowboarding.

Flight times from London

You can fly from London to Geneva, Switzerland in 1 hour, 30 minutes. From Geneva, you can drive to Chamonix in around an hour.

Holiday ideas for February half-term

Things to do

Chamonix is one of the highest and most famous ski resorts in France. It’s also home to Mont Blanc, the highest mountain range in Europe. It boasts stunning surroundings and a whole host of family-friendly attractions that make it perfect for the February half-term holidays.

The half-term week is pretty busy on the slopes, but you shouldn’t let that put you off. You can avoid the waiting times by pre-ordering your lift passes. You can also book skiing lessons so you won’t have to queue for the lifts. Dining in-chalet is a great way to avoid the busy restaurants, or you could even take a packed lunch out onto the slopes.

It’s not all about just skiing either. Chamonix is a great place for non-ski activities like husky dog rides, hiking and snowshoeing. You can chill out at a spa, or visit the surrounding towns with their great shops and buzzing après ski.

Where to stay

This luxury chalet in Chamonix offers breathtaking views of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc mountain range.

Chamonix villas

There are 6 bedrooms, as well as first-class facilities including a movie theater, a game room, a sauna, a gym and a hot tub.

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Turks and Caicos

What’s the weather like in February?

Like much of the Caribbean, the Turks and Caicos islands have become a year-round holiday destination. The high season runs from around mid-December to mid-April, so if you visit for the February half-term holiday, you’re guaranteed great weather. Average daytime temperatures will be around 80-84F, with a constant trade wind that keeps the climate feeling comfortable.

Flight times from London to Turks and Caicos

Around 10 hours.

February half-term holidays in Turks and Caicos

Things to do in Turks and Caicos in February

There’s the main tourist centre of Providenciales, as well as the quieter islands of Middle and North Caicos, and the historic capital island of Grand Turk. Each area offers its own unique character and charm, but all offer plenty of things to do.

Providenciales, or Provo as it is known locally, is the best known of the islands with a wide range of hotels, restaurants and attractions. In Grand Turk you’ll get a glimpse into Caribbean history, with the area’s Bermudian architecture and traditional laid-back vibe. You’ll find some of the best diving there, too.

Middle and North Caicos are great if you’re looking to find the best of the local environment. There are secluded bays to explore, as well as lush green woodlands and the biggest cave network in the Caribbean.

South Caicos is the centre for fishing, with lobster and conch exported from the islands. You’ll find the historic Cockburn Harbour here too, as well as secluded beaches with gorgeous views over the turquoise sea.

Most of the islands are only around 10–25 minutes by air from Provo, and most of them can be reached by boat.

Where to stay in Turks and Caicos

This elegant oceanfront villa in Providenciales is ideal for a family holiday in Turks and Caicos.

Turks and Caicos villas

There are 3 en-suite bedrooms, as well as spacious indoor/outdoor living areas and a large infinity pool. The property is conveniently located close to Leeward Marina, and just a short drive from the famous Grace Bay Beach area.

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Miami

What’s the weather like in February?

Hailed as a place where the sun shines all year round, Miami is a top choice for the February half-term holidays. Similar to Orlando, temperatures in Miami are starting to heat up for the spring, so you can expect daily temperatures of around 76F.

Flight time from London

Flights from London to Miami International take around 9 hours.

half-term holidays in Miami

Things to do

If you’re visiting Miami for February half term, there are endless kid-friendly things to experience. There are sunny palm-fringed beaches where little ones can splash around and build sandcastles. There’s also the colourful art deco architecture, which is sure to wow visitors of all ages.

For day trips head to South Beach, a great place for swimming and water sports, as well as roller skating along the famous boardwalk. Or head to Miami Zoo, the only zoo in the US located in a subtropical climate. Another great place is Jungle Island, where you can spot exotic birds and a variety of wild animals.

It’s not just the kids that will love Miami, either. For golfers, it’s paradise. The city is also home to world-class spas, great shops and an excellent range of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Where to stay in Miami

Set in a peaceful gated community in Palm Beach, this huge 5-bedroom villa is the perfect place for a family getaway.

Miami for February half-term holiday

Fringed by immaculately manicured gardens and right by the waterfront, it features a swimming pool and a hot tub, plus a movie theater and a private boat dock.

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If you’re booking a trip for the February half-term holidays, you can call the Top Villas travel team for any help or advice you need. Additionally, the concierge service can arrange any added holiday extras such as great value car hire and attraction tickets.

 

 

The Miami International Boat Show – 2016’s Hottest Winter Event

The Miami International Boat Show cruises into the city’s Marine Stadium next month and promises exciting new launches and innovations plus a whole host of exciting activities and entertainment.

Formula 330 CBR

Formula 330 CBR

Now in its 75th year the show will give boaters and dreamers alike the chance to shop thousands of new boats from luxury yachts and sport fishers, to high-speed performance craft and family cruisers. There’ll be dozens of boat demos, test drives and sailing workshops plus water sports to try, live entertainment and food & beverage experiences.

Attendees can take a free water taxi or shuttle bus to Strictly Sail Miami, a second location at Miamarina at Bayside featuring more than 125 sailboats, dozens of daily seminars, and the newest sailing gear being introduced in 2016.

Strictly Sail 2015

Strictly Sail 2015

Highlights of the 2016 Miami International Boat Show:

  • A Boater’s Shopping Paradise – More than 600,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space on land and in the water will feature 1,200 new boats plus engines, accessories, and the latest boating technologies. Expect high-tech tents and vessel slips in a marina setting, featuring boat demonstrations and sea trials for serious shoppers.
  • Get Your Feet Wet – Water sport lovers will enjoy boating skills training, power boating and sailing workshops. Head to the Try It Cove to try your hand at kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, all while enjoying the picturesque backdrop of downtown Miami.
  • Wine & Dine Like a Boater – The 2016 show will offer a range of tasty food and beverage experiences including cheese and wine pairing at The Wine Down Lounge, Cuban cuisine and cigars in the Havana Club & Cigar Bar, a roasted pig grill, beer garden, kids cuisine, concession stands and Rusty Pelican and Whiskey Joe’s for sit-down on-water dining.
  • Celebrating 75 Years of Boating in Miami – To mark the show’s 75th anniversary 3 iconic South Florida boats will be on display. The Pilar, a replica of Ernest Hemingway’s famous boat thought to have influenced several of Hemingway’s finest books. The Original Miami Vice Scarab – James “Sonny” Crockett’s speedboat in the TV series Miami Vice, and the Carol Suzanne, one of the stadium’s most prominent racing boats, built by well-known hydroplane driver Robert Schroeder.
  • Travel by Sea! New, free park & ride options include dozens of pick-up and drop-off points for water taxi and shuttle bus services across Miami. Board a water taxi or shuttle bus from Miami accommodation , park & ride lots, and Metro Rail stations in Downtown, Brickell and Coconut Grove areas.
Miami Boat Show Aerial View

Miami Boat Show Aerial View

The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show is taking place from February 11-15, 2016 at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin just minutes from Downtown Miami. The Strictly Sail Miami portion of the show remains at Miamarina at Bayside.

Show Hours:

Premier Day: Thursday, February 11, 10 am–6 pm
Friday, February 12, 10 am–6 pm
Saturday, February 13, 10 am–6 pm
Sunday, February 14, 10 am–6 pm
Monday, February 15, 10 am–6 pm

Admission:

Premier Day $35
Adult (age 16+) $20
Two-day pass (Friday–Monday, February 12–15) $35
Five-day pass $85
15 & younger FREE

Tickets on Sale Now

 

 

 

Where To Go For Easter Sun?

Looking for somewhere to spend an egg-stra special Easter escape? Take a look at our round-up of the best family vacation destinations for guaranteed Easter sun.

Sunny Florida skies

Sunny Florida skies

Orlando

Hailed as the theme park capital of the world, Orlando never fails to amaze with its year-round sun and endless excitement at Disney World and beyond. Every year Disney throws an Easter extravaganza with an exciting itinerary of egg hunts, parades, character specials and family fun. And by Easter time, spring will have sprung at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival with its famous floral displays, character topiaries, gorgeous gardens and lively performances. Away from the theme parks you’ll find some of the best shopping and dining in the world, 170+ world-class courses, lively entertainment districts, the exciting Downtown Orlando area, gorgeous parks and lakes and easy access to Florida’s superb beaches.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Destin

If it’s a beach-based Easter escape you’re in need of, how about Destin? With an endless array of exciting activities for all the family, the Emerald Coast city of Destin has it all. Nestled against the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida, Destin is famed for its powder-white beaches, emerald waters, first-rate golf and world-famous fishing. Wherever you stay in Destin, great shopping, theme parks and excellent dining options are all within easy reach. And what’s more, the recently opened Northwest Florida Regional Airport makes Destin easier than ever to reach. Each year on the Saturday before Easter Destin hosts one of the largest Easter egg hunts along the Emerald Coast. Many Destin vacation homes serve up stunning views of the sea, with easy access to the beach and plenty of space for any Easter adventure.

Soak Up Some Easter Sun in Destin

Destin for Easter sun

Cape Coral

There’s plenty to put a spring in your step this Easter at this popular family holiday destination. Sun-soaked Cape Coral is jam-packed with things to see and do from natural attractions and an ecological park, to an action packed waterpark and thriving bars and restaurants. An Easter itinerary can be as lively of relaxing as you want. See wading birds, waterfowl and gopher tortoise at the various local preserves, or explore an elevated nature trail through a mangrove forest at Four Mile Cove Ecological Park.Take a chartered boat tour to explore Cape’s 400 miles of canals and waterways where you can swim with dolphins, take a fishing trip, or set sail on a sunset cruise. Action seekers can visit Sun Splash waterpark, Coral Oaks Golf Course, or indulge in some retail therapy at the many shops and farmer’s markets. Join in all the action or relax in the comfort of a luxury Cape Coral villa.

Sun and smiles in Cape Coral

Miami

Beautiful beaches, year-round sun and a lively party atmosphere make Miami ideal for an unforgettable Easter vacation. Hailed as one of the world’s most exciting holiday hotspots this fantastic Latin city is home to a vibrant Art Deco district plus endless museums, cafes, shops, restaurants and entertainment offerings. Easter in Miami is full of egg-stra special activities including one of the largest Easter events in the city, the Bunny Palooza at the Miami Seaquarium, the Jungle Island Easter Eggstravaganza, the Dino Egg Safari at Zoo Miami and much more. There’ll be numerous Easter Sunday masses in Miami, plus plenty of Easter lunches being served all over town. Miami villas make the ideal base for exploring everything Miami has to offer, with state-of-the-art amenities and plenty of space for Easter egg hunts and entertaining with friends.

Laze in a Top Villas pool

Laze in a Top Villas pool

Florida Keys

The famed Florida Keys are just a one hour drive from Miami, but they’re a world apart from the pace of Miami life. Comprised of more than 1,700 sun-soaked islands, this chain of tropical islands offers plenty of sun, sea and sand – and the most diverse and well-managed tropical sport fishing in the world. This Easter, hit the road along the famous Seven Mile Bridge before exploring colourful coral reefs, unspoilt beaches, endless water sports and great nightlife. If you prefer to laze the day away, why not spend the day sunbathing and swimming laps in your very own private pool.

For more information about any of these Easter destinations give our sales team a call on 08081636374 (UK) or +18442854836 (US) 

The Top 5 Best Beaches in Miami

No Miami vacation would be complete without spending some serious time on its many superb beaches. From lively bays with plenty of party action, to tranquil spots where you can enjoy crowd-free swimming and sunbathing there’s plenty of beach-based fun for everyone.

South Beach Miami

South Beach Miami

Most Popular Beach

It may be famous for its vibrant art deco architecture, buzzing nightlife and beautiful people but South Beach’s top attraction is still its sand, sea and surf. The neighborhood’s free public beach otherwise known as Lummus Park Beach begins around Ocean Drive at 5th Street and stretches all the way up to 21st Street and Collins. On the ocean front you will find the best shopping, dining and people-watching in Miami, no matter what the season. The beach is lined with art-deco style lifeguard stands, volley ball courts and sidewalks for walking, jogging and rollerblading. South Beach is without doubt the best beach in Miami for watching the rich, famous and fabulous as well as topping up your tan, enjoying great entertainment and sipping a cocktail or three!

Best Beach for Swimming

85th Street Beach is one of the quieter bays along Collins Avenue with no large hotels or apartments looming over the bay. White sands and calm seas make this beach a top spot for peaceful sunbathing and swimming without the crowds. Lifeguards patrol the area from 9am – 5pm and there are plenty of bathroom facilities. A few blocks further north is Bal Harbour Beach, an ideal spot for shell hunting, there’s also an exercise area and various shaded zones however no lifeguards or bathrooms are available on this beach. Expect to find an array of restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and shops along the way.

Art Deco Miami Beach Lifeguard Stand

Art Deco Miami Beach Lifeguard Stand

Best for Surfing

Located close to Bal Harbour, Haulover Beach gets the biggest ocean swells in Miami and is great for catching some serious waves. Watch out for nude bathers as Haulover is the only legally nude beach in the area. Nevertheless the stunning sands, clear seas and great amenities draw in crowds from across the globe. Other beach-based facilities include tennis courts, BBQ areas, plenty of watersports suppliers and various shops. The powder white sandy shores are perfect for swimming, relaxing or getting that all-over tan with or without a swimsuit!

Best for Picnics

North Shore Park Beach is an often-overlooked area located along Miami’s northern shores, slightly off the beaten track. Voted one of the best for its beautiful green spaces and excellent walking trails North Shore is not to be missed. The crowd-free beach is maintained to the highest standards with luxurious sands, great picnic areas and some of the best lifeguards in Miami. An outdoor amphitheater hosts regular shows including the North Beach Skates and the annual Florida Dance Festival. The bathroom amenities are top rated and the area boasts plenty of metered parking spaces.

Best Scenic Beach

Matheson Hammock Park Beach is the epitome of tranquility for the perfect peaceful beach experience. This bay features an incredible manmade lagoon that is regularly refreshed with the clear waters of nearby Biscayne Bay. Mangrove trees, otherwise known as hammock trees, line the pearly white sands providing a stunning natural backdrop. This family-friendly beach is great for kids, boasting calm waters, great bathrooms, snack bars, walking trails and a nearby marina.

 

Top Miami Spice Menus To Get Your Taste Buds Sizzling in September

The annual Miami Spice dining extravaganza is set to get your taste buds tingling with hundreds of mouth-watering menus offered at deeply discounted prices.

The Tongue & Cheek Menu is Inventive

The Tongue & Cheek Menu is Inventive

Photo by David Durback

Now in its 14th year this delectable restaurant promotion showcases the very best of Miami’s hip culinary scene with nearly 200 first-rate restaurants offering three-course fine dining feasts at drastically reduced prices. Prepared by Miami’s hottest chefs, Spice menus are available until the end of September at just $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner. More than 50 new restaurants have opted in this year, making Miami Spice 2015 one of the most exciting events yet. We’ve sampled menus and compiled a handy guide to the top restaurants to try during Miami Spice, read on to find out which chefs are rolling out the best dishes, where to get the best bang for your buck and which newbies are well worth a visit.

BLT Prime

BLT Prime Serves the Best Steak in Miami

BLT Prime Serves the Best Steak in Miami

Image Courtesy of BLT Prime Doral Miami

Located next to the iconic Blue Monster golf course this contemporary American Steakhouse serves the finest cuts of USDA Prime Certified Angus beef available. The menu for September is fuss-free but it’s prepared to perfection and includes everything you’d want to eat. Appetisers include fennel and arugula salad with balsamic roasted figs and chevre, and octopus carpachio with passion fruit sambal and tangerine oil. The entree offerings include a glorious steak, the 1855 grand island angus flat iron to be precise, with foie gras crumb and red wine jus. There’s also an almond crusted skate with caperberries, pearl red onions, and pea tendrils. Sides include roasted baby carrots with orange blossom and sage or spaghetti squash with brown butter and candied pecans. The desserts are indulgent, we loved the mango Napoleon with caramel and coconut cream and spiced chocolate pave with malt ice cream and honeycomb. We reckon BLT Prime deserves this year’s Miami Spice crown. Make a reservation at BLT Prime

Byblos

Enjoy a Generous Miami Spice Menu at Byblos

Enjoy a Generous Miami Spice Menu at Byblos

Image Courtesy of Byblos

Miami’s newest Eastern Mediterranean hotspot is offering large portions at low prices during Miami Spice 2015. Located in the South Beach area, Byblos boasts gorgeous decor and a generous menu of Turkish, Greek, and Spanish- inspired food. A choice of three mezze plates are offered for starters with dishes such as duck kibbeh with dried fig spiced olives, roasted beets with pistachio, labneh bread and steak tartare with barbari bread. For mains the offerings are Turkish coffee rubbed steak, Turkish manti dumplings with smokey eggplant (our favourite), snapper with chraimeh sauce, chargrilled hen with fried leek and maitake mushroom pide with goat cheese. All mains include a side, such as their thrice-cooked chips or Persian rice. It’s unlikely you’ll have room for dessert but if you do it’s a perfectly-sized portion of pizzelle baklava ice cream with salted caramel. Byblos included their best dishes for Spice, to try them for yourself be sure to reserve a table.

Corsair

Corsair by Scott Conant

Corsair by Scott Conant

Image Courtesy of Bill Wisser

Celebrity chef Scott Conant’s second Miami restaurant after Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau, Corsair offers a blissful blend of Italian and Turkish cuisine. This year is the venue’s first foray into Miami Spice and the offerings don’t disappoint. Appetisers include beef carpaccio with mushrooms, a crispy eggplant parmigiano, crudo with pickled rhubarb and spiced chiles and our favorite polenta with sausage and porcini mushrooms. A choice of exquisite entrees include squid ink farfalle with baby clams, mussels, and calamari, Scottish salmon with asparagus and baby kale, grilled skirt steak with smoked eggplant, raviolini rivotta or roaster diver scallops with sugar snap peas and morel mushrooms. The milk chocolate budino with smoked chantilly is one of the naughtiest treats we’ve tried. Reserve a table at Corsair

Tongue & Cheek

Dine at Tongue & Cheek During Miami Spice

Dine at Tongue & Cheek During Miami Spice

Photo by David Durback

Since opening its doors in 2013 Tongue & Cheek has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike and is known for doing things a bit differently. True to form T&C have mixed it up a little for Miami Spice, changing the menu each week and offering a weekend brunch option. Starters so far have included yellow beat ravioli with local chard, local crudo with poached apricots, bouchot mussels with Chinese sausage and ginger beer, and chicken liver pate. Mains have been braised lamb shoulder with shelling bean cassoulet, Moqueca Stew with local fish, coconut fumet and Key West shrimp, crisp lamb belly with roasted eggplant, and coq au vin a la Julia Child with pearl onions and mushrooms. Peach cobbler and chocolate cremeux are for dessert, but in a clever twist T&C is offering the option to substitute for a signature cocktail or draft beer. 

More Info

Additional information about Miami Spice can be found via the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Some locations exclude Friday and Saturday. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax, tip and service charges. For somewhere to stay during Spice check out these luxury Miami vacation homes with prices averaging cheaper than a hotel dependent on how big your group is.

 

 

Florida isn’t just about Orlando – Top Villas Top 5

We know that you love Orlando and all it has to offer. How do we know? Because of the millions of visitors every year attracted first and foremost by Disney World.

Once visitors decide on Orlando then they discover all the other amazing attractions including 5* resorts with luxury villas. No wonder it tops the list.

The glitz of Miami

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Miami 4

Down in the south east of Florida you’ll find the glamorous Miami. A great beach, fabulous bars, super shopping and wonderful Art Deco architecture. Not a million miles from the Everglades and other attractions such as the Seaquarium, Monkey Island and Butterfly World. So there’s plenty to amuse all age groups and some super luxurious villas to make the vacation just perfect.

Cape Coral

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Cape Coral 16

If you want a watery vacation, it’s Cape Coral for you. Located on the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico it is literally water, water everywhere! It’s the perfect location to charter a boat or hire a kayak or canoe and explore the water. Head over to the nearby islands of Captiva and Sanibel to go shelling or enjoy waterfront dining. And of course the luxury of waterfront villas.

Naples on the Paradise Coast
Also set on the Gulf of Mexico, Naples enjoys the beautiful climate here and a host of beautiful sandy beaches to lap up the sun. It’s got a great pier on the Municpal Beach where you can fish without a licence; the Everglades aren’t too far away and Naples itself offers many restaurants and shopping opportunities. For some outdoor activity try touring on a segway or getting in a round or two off golf.

Life in Florida Keys
The island life for you? Florida Keys is a great venue with lots to do throughout this chain. Again you can really indulge in sea-based activities from sea sports to fishing or messing around in boats. There’s plenty of history and interesting attractions to visit from Ernest Hemingway’s House with his six-toed cats, the Turtle Hospital or the Spiegal Grove Wreck. Add to that sun-drenched luxury villas for the good life and it’s a vacation destination made in heaven.

Beach life at Hammock Beach

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Hammock Beach 2

Like resort life and all it offers in one place but need the beach? Head to Hammock Beach on the north east coast of Florida just down from St Augustine. Hammock Beach is a sister resort to the popular Reunion Resort in Orlando. You’ll find in-resort golf and a host of other activities on offer here.

There are fantastic luxury villas in all of these Florida locations and others to ensure that your vacation is tops.

Miami city of ‘cool’

Miami is a favorite Florida destination and no wonder, from its beautiful beaches to its Art Deco buildings, it screams ‘special’.

Yes Miami’s South Beach has long been the destination of choice for those who want to see and be seen. Beautiful pristine sands, restaurants and exclusive shops right next to the beach and glamorous people to watch – it’s all there.

Admiring the view
Whether it’s people watching on the beach by day or in the bar at night, there’ll be plenty to see. Miami’s nightlife is as notorious as its beach.

Shopping
If you can drag yourself away from the beach there’s plenty more designer shopping in Collin’s Avenue or at one of the nearby shopping malls. CocoWalk, Dolphin Mall, The Fall and Adventura Malls are the best and all close at hand.

Art Deco heaven

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Art Deco building

 

Head down Ocean Drive to feel that 1920’s vibe and see the many Art Deco buildings around the city. Apparently there are more than 800 of them built during that period 1920 – 1940. Start on 5th Street and head north to Dade Boulevard to spot them. If you’re really taken with the architecture and want to learn more there are guided tours of the district run by the Miami Design Preservation League’s Art Deco Welcome Centre.

A bit of culture
If it’s art and culture you’re looking for you’ve come to the right place. Miami is teeming with art galleries. Take a look at the Britto Central Inc on South Beach for some vibrant Neo-Pop paintings by Brazilian artist Romero Britto.

At the Bakehouse Art Complex

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By Romero Britto

there is a constant turnover of exhibitions. And South Beach Arts Centre on Lincoln Road is a gem if you love avant garde art.

Keeping it live
There’s nothing like a show whilst you’re on holiday! Head over to the Adrienne Arsht Center on Biscayne Boulevard to see what’s on. As the residence of Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony and City Theater you can be sure there will be an eclectic mix on offer.

With so much going on in Miami there’s only one thing to do, book your luxury villa here so that you can take full advantage. Top Villas has a range of vacation rentals that will ensure you’re living the Miami lifestyle whilst you’re here. We can also organise your hire car if you need one.

Whilst you’re here add a visit to the Cuban restaurant to your list. Maybe Lario’s on the

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Larios on the Beach

Beach located on South Beach – it’s owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

Why you should visit Miami in June and July

There are the obvious reasons of course such as enjoying the sun on trendy South Beach, the great shopping and your own private luxury vacation villa in Miami, but there’s also lots of exciting events happening at this time of year too.

Here are some other ways to enjoy this Florida city:

miami villa rentalsAfternoon Tea
Take afternoon tea at Fairfield Tropical Botanic Garden on 10th June.  It’s a great place to spend the day anyway but these Sunday afternoon teas run from January to June so you’re just in time!  Indulge in a choice of teas, scones and desserts from 3.00 in the afternoon.

4th July
Just as there should be, there’s lots going on to celebrate Independence Day in Miami.  Parades, fireworks and much more from 11am onwards.

There’s also an old-fashioned picnic at Barnacle State Park which includes lawn games, kite-making and knot tying demos – something to keep everyone interested.  Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch to really enter into the spirit.

Mango Festival
On July 14 – 15th you can enjoy the Mango Festival which will be held at Fairfield Tropical Botanic Garden.  From lectures and workshops to food demos and tastings, they’ll be lots to see and do all featuring mangoes!  And you’ve got all day to check it out – 9.30 – 4.30.

Swimwear Fashion
At various locations in Miami from July 19th – 23rd you’ll find runway shows featuring the latest swimwear where designers launch their new ranges.  It’s sponsored by Mercedes Benz and runs for the whole week.

Cultural stimulation for free
On the last Friday of every month you can sample some free cultural event – it might be a street fair, or a performance of dance, poetry, music …  check it out on 29th June and 27th July.

Every Summer Weekend
Visit the Mayfair Antique Market which is held every weekend throughout the summer both inside and out.  Lots of collectibles to tempt you from antique furniture to paintings and jewelry at the Promenade at Mayfair in Coconut Grove.

What are you waiting for?  Make sure you’ve booked your Miami villa so that you can enjoy all that’s going on.