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Florida – The Sunshine State

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In the very southern tip of the east coast of the United States is the state of Florida – known as the “Pan Handle” due to its shape – the only contiguous state in the tropics, and home to more attractions than you can visit in a lifetime.

Named “Florida” due to its abundance of flowers, the state is ideal for unforgettable holidays in the sun. Disney World in its city of Orlando is among the most popular theme parks in the world. The popular TripAdvisor website lists more than 4,000 hotels in over 300 destinations in the state. TripAdvisor also lists more than 10,000 attractions and as many as 45,000 restaurants. These statistics alone give you an indication as to the staggering scale of Florida’s popularity as a holiday location.

Florida’s attractions range from natural (e.g. the Florida Everglades) to the man-made (e.g. its many theme parks) and everything in between. From beach holidays to adventures into the wilderness to luxury hotel stays at Disney World, Florida has it all.

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Florida is not just about parties on the beach and having a great time in its many amusement parks. Complementing the modern-day draws is the rich history and diverse culture of the state and its many cities. Museums, Art Galleries, Opera Houses, Theatres, Music Halls, and historic landmarks are aplenty in the “Peninsula State”.

TripAdvisor states the following as Florida’s 10 most popular destinations:

01. Orlando

With more theme parks than any other city in the United States, Orlando’s position at number 1 on this list is indisputable. Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom, and Sea World are among its most visited amusement parks.

Total Number of Attractions: 449

Total Number of Hotels: 343

Total Number of Restaurants: 3,122

 

02. Kissimmee

Although Kissimmee is just a short drive from Walt Disney World, it has its own charm, and attractions for the whole family. Go on an air boat ride across the swamp, pluck ripe oranges in a grove, or take an educational trip to its famous museums.

Total Number of Attractions: 117

Total Number of Hotels: 158

Total Number of Restaurants: 651

 

03. Miami

Miami is a buzzing, vibrant city that is famous for being a global centre of fashion. A city with a distinctively Latin-American flavour, the party never stops in Miami. While its beach might get a lot of the attention (see #5 below), Miami has so many attractions for every traveller.

Total Number of Attractions: 431

Total Number of Hotels: 440

Total Number of Restaurants: 3625

 

04. Davenport

Although mainly known for its close proximity to Orlando’s theme parks, the city of Davenport has many activities and attractions to offer the avid traveller. Go on a nature trail or make a stop at its many famous bars and shopping centres.

Total Number of Attractions: 10

Total Number of Hotels: 31

Total Number of Restaurants: 72

 

05. Miami Beach

This is a beach so popular that it gets its own entry on this list. Perhaps the most popular beach in the eastern United States, the white sandy beach, the warm ocean water, and the blazing sun above make it the perfect spot for you to soak up the sun or have fun on the beach. It’s all up to you.

Total Number of Attractions: 250

Total Number of Hotels: 200

Total Number of Restaurants: 843

 

06. Tampa

Many miles of coast, white sandy beaches, and a laid back environment (at least in comparison to the razzle-dazzle of Miami) makes Tampa an ideal location for a beach holiday. But why stop there? Tampa’s many attractions include zoos and aquariums as well as historical sites galore.

Total Number of Attractions: 268

Total Number of Hotels: 178

Total Number of Restaurants: 1973

 

07. Destin

Destin is a city in Florida’s Emerald Coast – so named due to its emerald-green waters. The city is ideal for a family beach holiday, as its beaches are filled with fine white sand. The hotels are highly rated in this friendly city, and adds to an overall pleasing experience.

Total Number of Attractions: 160

Total Number of Hotels: 101

Total Number of Restaurants: 237

 

08. Jacksonville

Although mostly an urban metropolis, Jacksonville holds a few surprises for travellers. Home to a few nature and wildlife reserves, historical residential neighbourhoods and a variety of golf courses, Jacksonville is the perfect combination of a big modern city, Mother Nature, and history.

Total Number of Attractions: 197

Total Number of Hotels: 149

Total Number of Restaurants: 1747

 

09. Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is a favoured vacation spot for its distinct white sand, warm waters, and its many attractions – the most famous of which is the Shipwreck Island amusement park. The city is also famous for its many golf courses and adventure activities.

Total Number of Attractions: 152

Total Number of Hotels: 125

Total Number of Restaurants: 340

 

10. Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is a city famous for its canals as well as its magnificent beach, sunny days throughout the year, warm climate, great shopping, nightlife, and dining experiences. Hire a boat and take a tour of the canals, soak up the sun, or go for a long walk on the beach; the choice is yours.

Total Number of Attractions: 264

Total Number of Hotels: 133

Total Number of Restaurants: 1112

Florida has something for everyone. It is the ideal holiday location for those seeking the ultimate experience, whether it is to do with the beach, nature trails, golf, shopping, water sports, motorsports, adventures, history, culture, or dining.

Book your flights with Travel Center UK and hotels today, and enjoy the Sunshine State however your heart desires.

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Best Beach Hotels of 2014

Condé Nast Traveller, the luxury and lifestyle travel magazine has revealed the 18th annual “hot list” highlighting the best hotels to debut the previous year. This year’s list of 33 finalists was considered to be the most selective ever, beating the entire chosen list comprising of over 500 hotels from 400 cities and 93 countries. The Hotels were split under “beach hotels, family hotels, design hotels and way-out-there remote hotels” categories. However, the newly-opened beach resorts across the world have stolen the buzz amongst the travellers. Below are the top five newly opened beach resorts that made to the prestigious Hot List of 2014:

Andaz Maui at Wailea, Hawaii

Hawaii has undoubtedly been a world-famous island destination with its beautiful beaches and resorts to die for. The opening of this incredible beachfront resort and sanctuary, Andaz Maui at Wailea gives travellers a much interesting reason to visit the island. A 15-acre beach resort with more than half of the 297 rooms overlooking the gorgeous Hawaiian beaches and incorporated with private lanais – invites you to explore and experience the best of Maui, from stunning beaches to magnificent peaks and scenic wonders. Nuzzled along crescent-shaped shores, this resort also offers adventurous activities including kayaking, canoeing and surfing along with its amazingly delicious list of food and beverages. Andaz-Maui at Wailea is where you would lounge overlooking the beaches, sipping on a coconut mocktail, while you gaze out at the beautiful skies!
Hotel features include 24-hour room service, bar, gym, spa, restaurant, swimming pool and Wi-Fi.

Prices for doubles start from $450.

Mukul Resort, Nicaragua

Nicaragua is one of the world’s hot eco-destinations and this Mukul Resort has been built with a holistic vision of being conservative and to provide new jobs for the surrounding communities. Mukul Resort comprises of 12 clay-tile-roofed villas and 23 bohios, which are huts with their own plunge pools – located in the shores of the Nicaragua’s emerald coast. The resort offers enthralling activities including biking through the rainforest, day tripping to historical village of Granda and golfing in the jungle or on the ocean shore – the choice is yours. Mukul Resort is where you can relax and rewind on your private palapa, in an organic, romantic atomosphere – Truly a blissful treat!
Hotel Features include bar, free Wi-Fi, gym, restaurant, swimming pool, gold course and spa.

Prices for doubles start from $525

Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancun

Located in the Maya region at secluded enclave of Punta Nizuc, Nizuc Resort & Spa is the newest luxury destination in the Mexican Caribbean. Spanning a 29-acre property, the resort is set in a wondrous haven of mangroves and lush foliage, overlooking the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, surrounded by the region’s natural wonders and exciting attractions. The resort comprises of 274 luxurious suites and private villas where guests can enjoy the resort’s pools, world-class restaurants, spa while soaking in the warm waters just few metres ahead!
Hotel features include 24-hour room service, spa, bar, gym, restaurant, swimming pool and fee Wi-Fi.

Prices of doubles start from $420

Point Yamu by Como, Phuket

The newest addition to Phuket’s long list of resorts – Point Yamu by COMO sits on the tip of Cape Yamu facing the ever-gorgeous Andaman Sea and the dramatic limestones of Phang Nga Bay. The specialty of this resort is the décor designed by the popular Paola Navone – 106 modern yet airy rooms decorated in a palette of deep blues and whites, simple and soothing. This resort uniquely offers a laidback atmosphere where you could just dip in the extraordinary infinity pool; pamper yourself in the amazing spa with naps in between. Peaceful as it sounds!
Hotel features include 24-hour room service, bar, gym, spa, restaurant, swimming pool and free Wi-Fi.

Prices for doubles start from $277

Salt House Inn, Provincetown

Located in the historic Cape Cod village of Provincetown, Massachusetts; this newly opened Salt House Inn has created quite a stir in the region and is now poised to become the town’s smartest place to stay. Formerly the funky old Dexter’s Inn, today it is the hotel that is both modern and spotless – the exterior gives the whole classic New England feel whereas the interior gives the minimalist look with largely whitewashed walls, shiplap panelling and hardwood floors. The resort is just few minutes away from the beach and your couple-of-days stay at this amazing Salt House Inn would definitely be extended for extra nights!
Hotel Features include Free Wi-Fi.

Prices for doubles start from $185

 

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Top 10 Landmarks Word Travellers Choice TripAdvisor

1. Machu Picchu – Peru

One of the most significant urban creations of the Inca Empire is this amazing Machu Picchu which stands between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Basin, at a height of 2430m above sea-level. With an extraordinary natural backdrop of dramatic landscapes along with its giant walls, wonderful terraces and ramps makes Machu Picchu #1 on the list of Top Landmarks in the world.

2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center – Abu Dhabi, UAE

The biggest mosque and one of the most significant national icons in the United Arab Emirates is this magnificent man-made creation constructed over a 12-year span with designers, constructors, suppliers and materials from all over the world. Now, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an incredible attraction – not just for its size but also for its remarkable architecture.

3. Taj Mahal – Agra, India

Taj Mahal is a universally admired man-made work of art, a testament of love, an immense mausoleum of white marble, the jewel of Muslim and a spectacular masterpiece of the world’s heritage. This wonderful Indian icon was built between 1631 and 1648 by the popular Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife and till date, this masterpiece invites hundreds and thousands of tourists.

4. Great Cathedral and Mosque – Cordoba, Spain

This Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba has a fascinating story behind it – once a medieval Islamic mosque, now has been converted into a Roman Catholic Christian Cathedral in the popular Spanish city of Cordoba, Andalusia. The cathedral stands out for its astonishing Moorish architecture.

5. St. Peter’s Basilica – Vatican City, Italy

St. Peter’s Basilica is the most astounding work of Renaissance architecture, located in the beautiful Vatican City. This Late Renaissance church is considered to be one of the holiest Catholic sites with “the greatest of all churches of Christendom.” The iconic dome of St. Peter’s Basilica is said to dominate the skyline of Rome.

6. Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Angkor Wat is one of South-East Asia’s prominent icons – once a Hindu temple, now has been converted into a Buddhist temple. It is also the best-preserved temple built with a mix of Khmer and Kalinga architecture. This landmark also appears on the Cambodian national flag and a key attraction for all visitors.

7. Bayon Temple – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Yet another Cambodian landmark which has secured a place on the top 10, is the richly decorated Bayon Temple built in the late 12th-13th century. The unique feature of the Bayon Temple is that it comprises of a multitude of serene and massive stone faces carved on the multiple temple towers.

8. Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood

Also known as the Church on Split Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, this wonderful church is St. Petersburg’s prime attractions. The church stands out for its unique brightly coloured walls, the predominant Baroque and Neoclassical architecture, as well as for its 7500+ square meters of mosaics.

9. Gettysburg National Military Park – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg National Military Park is a popular attraction in the Pennsylvania which takes the visitors back to the Battle of Gettysburg – showcasing a multitude of properties related to the Gettysburg Battlefield from reserves, supply, hospital locations to the Eisenhower National Historic Site that displays over 40,000 American Civil War artefacts.

10. Ancient City Walls – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Considered to be one of the greatest fortification systems of the Middle Ages, the Walls of Dubrovnik are a series of defensive stone walls built to protect the citizens of Dubrovnik. This complicated and sophisticated structure, reinforced by 3 circular and 14 quadrangular towers, 5 bastions, 2 angular fortifications, and the massive St. John’s Fortress depicts a truly outstanding effort.

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Places to Explore Before They Could Disappear Forever

Seychelles, Venice, Maldives and many other impressive attractions may be gone forever – find out why, by skimming through the Infographics on the “Places to Explore before they could disappear forever.”

Despite the fact that the world has reached a point where almost every exquisite destination is made accessible for tourists, what daunts the travel arena right now is that these tourist attractions may not remain the same or may even disappear in the next 50-100 years due to obvious natural reasons such as rising sea levels, global warming and deforestation. Thus, it is time for the leisure seeker, the explorer and every traveller out there to push these destinations to the top of their bucket list and start checking these off sooner before these incredible destinations disappear.

Browse through the colourful infographics and catch a glimpse of the top 7 destinations which could disappear forever. The list includes the beautiful Lady Musgrave Island, a part of the stunning Great Barrier Reef which is predicted to disappear within the next 100 years due to the increasing coral bleaching, pollution, and Rising Ocean temps. Also on the list is the greatest disappointment for the romance-seeker – the wonderful city of Venice is not going to remain the same in the next few years with the severe flooding. The gorgeous islands of Seychelles and Maldives are also predicted to disappear within the next 50 years. Thus, it is time for all the couples and beach lovers out there to book cheap flights to Maldives, Seychelles and other amazing destinations before you start regretting what you had missed.

Travel Center UK offers flights to these exotic destinations at unbeatable rates – Enjoy while it lasts!

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Places You Did Not Know it Existed 2014

According to the famous author, Judith Thurman – “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”

If you are such a dreamer, it is time to explore what the Earth has hidden from us all these centuries. We at Travel Center UK have put up an attractive infographics which gives a glimpse of the top 6 places which you did not know it ever existed but now, these are probably on top of every dreamer’s bucket list.

These sights ranging from bright colourful mountain ranges to lakes covered in pink waters will stun every visitor. Scroll through the infographics on the “Top 6 Places you did not know it existed-2014” and surprise yourself with every mystery behind these stunning places.

Ever imagined of bright-multi-coloured mountain ranges just as how a 5 year old kid would paint his first mountain? Your imagination can be a reality since something like this actually exists and this stunner has of course stolen the number one spot on the list. Located in Gansu, China this breath-taking mountain range is covered in a spectrum of colours which come from the mineral deposits and red sandstone that slowly built up over the many million years.

Securing the second spot on the list is The Marble Cathedral, located in Chile. The name might suggest it is just a religious landmark but it is not exactly what it sounds. The Marble Cathedral got its name for its structure – this is entirely a natural attraction which due to the erosion of calcium carbonate on the shores of Lake General Carrera has transformed into a cathedral-looking-structure. What is more fascinating is this gorgeous sight is accessible by a small boat.

Find out what other fascinating spots you did not know it actually existed by browsing through our colourful inforgraphics, list them in your travel bucket-list, book cheap flights to the destinations and surprise yourself with what the world has still got to show you!

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