South Beach Suites

The Vintro Hotel and Kitchen is opening soon! Located just two blocks from the breathtaking beaches and cultural district of Miami, the hotel will be the perfect accommodation if you’re looking to experience South Beach at its finest. This new boutique hotel will provide all of the luxuries that one could desire while connecting its guests with the unique, cultural flare that defines Miami. Each room is specifically designed to accentuate the visual styles of its Florida host city. For the cuisine lover, the Vintro Hotel and [... more]

Famous Smokes

In 1896, Don Bello opened his very first cigar factory in Las Villas, Cuba, a region well known for its tobacco-growing soil. After running the thriving business for years, he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1959 following the Cuban Revolution. Settling in Miami, they eventually opened another factory in the city’s Little Havana neighborhood, where they produced the “Havana Sunrise,” one of the most popular cigars in the 1990s. Over the years, the Bello family’s Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co. has won several awards, [... more]

Road Trip-Worthy Tacos

If you’re hungry for authentic Southern, Southwestern, and Mexican fare, then you may want to join the line outside Taqueria del Sol. At first glance, you realize this isn’t your usual dining establishment. Lines often snake outside the door, but thankfully tables turn over very quickly. The popular restaurant wows with savory from-scratch dishes served quickly within a casual setting. Menu options include the Brisket, a flour tortilla with shredded beef topped with pico de gallo, and the Memphis, a juicy, smoked and chopped pork soft taco [... more]

A Beautiful Destination

Florida artist Erin Ashley believes that art has the power to help people see things in a new light. She views her work as an avenue to find beauty in things that are so often overlooked. The self-taught artist, wife, and mom of two begins each of her pieces with no preconceived idea of what the end product will look like, but with every piece, she desires to capture and preserve the true beauty of the world around her. “Inspiration comes to me in many forms,” the [... more]

Pillars of Paradise

Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and just a block from the Atlantic Ocean, The Pillars Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, proves once again the importance of location, location, location. With stunning waterfront views and lush landscaping, the luxurious retreat is a refreshing alternative to the neon-tinged hotels that populate the area’s strip. The Pillars’ interiors reflect British Colonial and Caribbean influences, with dark woods and cheerful colors throughout. Winner of Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards in 2013, the top-notch hotel offers a beautiful swimming pool, indoor and [... more]

Adult Swim

Summertime activities call for a bathing suit that can hold up to months of fun in the sun while also making a personal statement. Strong Boalt’s swim trunks for men capture the spirit of the season with their bold colors and prints, which clearly reflect their deep roots in the line’s birthplace of Palm Beach, Florida. We particularly love the whimsical Classic Boardshort Dark Blue Elephante ($130), which features a zipper fly and Velcro-fastened back pocket for optimum functionality as well as style.

Home to High Fashion

Miami’s Design District is known for creative and innovative fashion, fantastic shopping, and exciting art and dining options. But a fierce, new tenant adds to the allure. Delpozo, the famous Spanish label, chose the venue as the site of its first flagship store in the United States. With about 2,500 square feet, the shop boasts wall-to-wall fashions designed by the label’s creative director Josep Font. Not that you need it, but the opening of this haute couture brand is just one more reason to visit the Miami [... more]

Wreck Diving in the Florida Keys

For the adventurous soul looking to get more out of Florida than a sinful South Beach retreat or a beach getaway to the Panhandle, the Keys are full of more extreme offerings—without going too far. While the reef diving is OK, it’s the 1,000 sunken ships off the shore of more than 800 islands that steal the underwater show. Just 60 miles from Miami in the Upper Keys, USS Spiegel Grove is a retired Navy ship that was purposely sunk in 2002 and landed on her side. [... more]

Hideaway on Bahia Honda

Spring break and summer vacation mean big crowds for most beach destinations. Hordes of people head to the popular beaches lining the Southern coastline in search of sun, sand, and surf.  If you’re looking for the same thing but without the throngs of people, slip off your sandals at Bahia Honda State Park on Bahia Honda Key, Florida. The 500-acre park offers the perfect launching point for kayaking, snorkeling, and beachcombing. Overnight options include duplex cabins and a full-facility campground with sites on both the bay and [... more]

Florida’s Indoor Treasure

Imagine all the natural beauty of Florida packed inside one vast resort. Visit the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, to see the stunning environments of the Everglades, St. Augustine, and Key West in three separate atriums. Outside, the resort offers an extensive water park for kids and an adult-only pool for those seeking a more relaxed escape. Dining options abound, and special events—such as a Shrek-themed feast—provide distinctive culinary experiences for the whole family. Though located just a few miles from popular theme [... more]

Contemporary Perspectives

Imagine a place where boats float overhead, inverted houses have no windows or doors, and landscapes glitter in silver and black. Such a place does exist—it’s Florida’s Pérez Art Museum Miami—and the imagined scenes are exhibits and permanent installments among PAMM’s 1,300 pieces of contemporary international artwork. In addition, the museum holds art programs and Thursday night outdoor concerts to promote art education and cultivate a place for creative thinkers. Photo Source: pamm.org

Moored in Paradise

Ahh, the Florida Keys. Scuba-diving mecca. Premier sport-fishing destination. Beach-bum heaven. The question isn’t what to do here; it’s where to stay. One popular answer, The Moorings Village and Spa on Islamorada, offers luxury accommodations with nearly limitless amenities. A former coconut plantation, the resort boasts 18 secluded cottages and 1,000 feet of beach—one of the largest private beaches in the Keys. And while a whole lot of nothing might be your desired itinerary, the on-site spa, fitness center, tennis court, kayaks, bicycles, and more are ready [... more]

A Southern Gastropub

In Jacksonville, Florida’s funky, artsy Riverside community, The Blind Fig has gone through several transformations with solid support throughout its evolutions. First a food truck, then an eatery bearing the name The Salty Fig for its first year, The Blind Fig is the brainchild of brothers Jeff and John Stanford. Being dubbed a forward-thinking restaurant, The Blind Fig delivers by creating a gourmet, seafood-heavy Southern menu. Try the pork belly and oyster sandwich (yes, “and”) or the cast iron blue crab mac ‘n’ cheese with a truffled [... more]

These Nachos Are a Notch Above

Zeta in Jacksonville, Florida, uses mahi mahi in their tacos…that’s no surprise. But the restaurant also offers it on the nachos for a fabulously delicious surprise. If you’ve got a large group, this is the perfect appetizer to begin your meal—but you may want to order more than one. They go quickly! Kudos to Zeta, also, for having a good selection of craft beers and terrific cocktails. The place fills up quickly on Thursday for trivia night, but the spacious place can handle it. The more the [... more]

You “Can” Have It All

When we slip on our high heels, let’s face it, we cringe a little, knowing that by the end of the day our feet are gonna throb and ache. Is a stylish yet comfortable pair of heels too much to ask? Diana E. Kelly doesn’t think so. The Florida-based shoe company designs each shoe with the help of a podiatrist so it fits comfortably while also looking great! My favorite pair, the very feminine Elizabeth, is just the right height. It comes in a shimmery leather adorned [... more]

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