Travel bargains across the Sunshine State

Deals Of The Week

December 03, 2006|By Richard P. Carpenter | Richard P. Carpenter,Boston Globe

Depending upon where you travel in the Sunshine State, you find different aspects of Florida. Let's hopscotch the state and look at offerings from various parts:

Everyone, it seems, has a favorite beach area for coastal Florida. Among the most popular, certainly, are the beaches of Sanibel/Fort Myers. West Wind, a casual Gulf-front resort in Sanibel, is featuring through Dec. 20 a three-night Sunlovers' Special that includes a guest room with refrigerator for $423 or a kitchenette for $483. Call 800-824-0476 or go to westwind For other specials, a guide, tips, and information, go to fortmyers-san

In St. Augustine, the Victorian House, a bed-and-breakfast inn, features a Romance Package that includes iced champagne in your room upon arrival, two wine glasses with Victorian House etching to keep, a dozen chocolate truffles, a horse-drawn carriage ride for two through Olde Towne St. Augustine and an $80 gift certificate for dinner at a restaurant of your choosing. The price is $199 in addition to room costs, which are $109-$289 per night. Call 877-576- 7742 or go to

The Tarpon Flats Inn & Marina in Key Largo forsakes no creature comforts with its two-night Sweetheart of a Deal for $379. In addition to a waterfront suite, participants get a bottle of wine and a fruit-and-cheese plate in their room, breakfast at their door each morning and a sunset cruise or a morning snorkel sail aboard the Reef Roamer, a 41-foot catamaran. Call 866-546-0000 or go to tar

In Daytona Beach, the Shores Resort & Spa has an offer designed to evoke memories of a younger you making s'mores by the campfire and maybe shivering to a ghost story or two. The S'mores Thing Package through Dec. 31 includes a night in a luxury room, breakfast for two and a personalized s'mores kit with a souvenir tin to use at a beach campfire if you wish. Prices start at $219 per couple per night. Call 866-934-SHORES or go to

Naples, Fla., is home to many holiday happenings, including the City of Naples Christmas Parade on Dec. 12 and "A Tuba Christmas" on Dec. 21. Visitors can join the fun with the Warm Welcome Package at the Inn on Fifth in downtown Naples. The package puts together four nights' accommodations, two poolside lunches for two, a holiday mint massage for one and a $25 credit at an Irish pub for $940 per room. A surprise holiday gift is also included, but tax and tips are extra. Valid through Dec. 29. Call 888-403-8778 or go to

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