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If you’re itching to see the new Diagon Alley expansion at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando, this package offers you a great and less expensive way to do it.

For $669 per person, this deal from Delta Vacations includes round-trip airfare, 3 nights at a brand new resort, a 3-day park ticket to Universal Orlando, free “Universal Express Unlimited” access that lets you skip the lines and early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With this offer, you’ll save about $120 on travel dates later in the season.
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Key West, FL

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Choosing the perfect Florida beach just got easier with Visit Florida’s recent launch of Florida Beach Finder — an interactive “trip tuner” now available online. With the new feature, visitors can dial into 4 ranges of beach personalities — from adventurous vs. laid back to manicured vs. au naturel — that help narrow down the ultimate beach vacation based on the user’s personal preferences. Upon preference selection, the best beach matches will be revealed for them to view. READ MORE

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No matter what you want out of an escape, you’ll find it here — remarkable restaurants, unforgettable clubs, dreamy shopping or lounge-y days by the pool — all washed in neon and art deco whimsy. Although Miami Beach elevates and redefines crazy, sexy and cool.

Daily Escapes!

April Fools! Even though Destin, FL, is a beautiful destination, The Trip 2015 remains a mystery. If you’d like to weigh in on our next $100,000 giveaway, place your vote here. In the meantime, enjoy a local’s top 10 Destin list or imagine your dream trip to Spain and Morocco. Remember to check back with us the week of April 7, when The Trip 2014 winner will be announced.

Clearwater Beach, FL

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We asked you to weigh in on our 10 expert picks and determine this year’s Best Overall Beach. Travel Channel fans voted and chose Clearwater Beach, FL, as their fan favorite!

We said: 

“The sand at Clearwater Beach is as soft as baby powder, and the gradual slope to the warm Gulf water makes it an ideal beach for babies and toddlers” according to Have Baby Will Travel founder Corrine McDermott.

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TravelChannel.com celebrated all things fun in the sun and on the beach this week for our first annual Beach Week. We kicked things off with our annual Best Beach Awards and we asked you to vote for the Best Overall Beach. The winner will be revealed tomorrow, March 3, on TravelChannel.com. READ MORE

On tonight’s premiere of Adam Richman’s Fandemonium, you’ll dive headfirst into the top tailgating events that the great state of Florida has to offer. First at 10|9c, Adam heads to the Daytona 500 where tailgating (and super fandom) is taken to new levels. This is the only place where you’ll find a checkered flag beard.

Then at 10:30|9:30c, Adam sees what mudding is all about when he goes to the Redneck Yacht Club’s Trucks Gone Wild. In Punta Gorda, FL, the parties get down and dirty with unique barbecue (atomic buffalo turd, anyone?) and non-stop off roading.

Are you a super fan? Get tips for the Daytona 500 or the Redneck Yacht Club with our travel guides, and we’ll see you in sunny Florida!

Spring break is so close you can almost feel the sand between your toes. While you’re gearing up for your getaway, take a second to vote for this year’s best family beach.

Whether it’s cramming as many family members as possible into a big ole beach house in North Carolina’s Outer Banks or escaping with the kids to Paradise Island in the Bahamas — these are our top picks for an unforgettable family vacation.
Best Family Beach

Paradise Island, Bahamas: ”The lavish Atlantis Resort complex includes a water park featuring the Leap of Faith waterslide, which shoots guests out of a faux Mayan temple down a vertical drop and through a clear tunnel under a shark lagoon.”

Cape Cod, Massachusetts: ”The town of Barnstable, and Hyannis in particular, is beloved by travelers for its laid-back atmosphere, friendly vibe and Kalmus Beach where windsurfers and swimmers enjoy the water.”

Destin, Florida: “While on Florida’s Emerald Coast, charter a family fishing adventure, shop at the popular Destin Commons, watch the sunset from Okaloosa Island Pier and check into the family-friendly Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village.”

Outer Banks, North Carolina: “There’s something for everyone in these historic beach towns. Learn to hang glide in Kitty Hawk, take the ferry to Ocracoke, and climb all 208 feet to the top of Cape Hatteras lighthouse.”

And don’t forget to check out the full list of 2013 nominees. Voting ends March 7.

Tonight on Baggage Battles: Grand Theft Auto, the auction specialists are in Tampa, FL, for a one-of-kind car auction. Every year, over 7 million vehicles in the U.S. are abandoned, repossessed or seized and sold at auction. The Tampa Machinery Auction is the largest auto auction in the southeastern corner of the country, and it attracts buyers from all over the nation. Billy, Sally, Laurence and Mark go head-to-head over a classic Corvette beauty. Once the bidding is complete, the real tests begin: Does the car even run? Will the buyer make a profit? Watch tonight at 9|8c to find out.

Rediscover Tampa

A trip to Tampa without enjoying the sights and sounds isn’t a trip at all. See what else the auction specialists got into in the Tampa Travel Guide!

And speaking of classic cars, learn all about the Detroit Auto Show and the newest Corvette!

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Happy 500th birthday, Florida!

In 2013, it will be half a millennium since Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon landed on the shores of Florida, essentially becoming America’s very first tourist. To commemorate the 500th anniversary and honor Ponce de Leon for inspiring the European colonists to settle here, the Sunshine State is having a big year with festivals, events and celebrations.

2013 is chockfull of lively gatherings, and we listed a variety of our favorites throughout the year. Mark your calendar for some truly exciting adventures that wait in Florida!

Jan. 5: First Christmas in Florida
Mission San Luis, Tallahassee

Witness a reenactment of explorer Hernando de Soto’s 1539-1540 encampment in Tallahassee, with costumed interpreters, re-enactors, music and theatrical performances at Florida’s only recreated Spanish mission.

Feb. 2013: Grand Opening of Colonial Quarter
St. Augustine

Commemorating the discovery of La Florida by Juan Ponce de Leon 500 years ago, St. Augustine has added a legacy addition to its visitor experience: A living-history museum with exhibits, shows, taverns, restaurants and more to immerse visitors into Florida’s Spanish colonial experience.

Feb. 1-May 11: Picasso Exhibition
St. Augustine’s Visitor Information Center

Exhibition of graphic work and ceramics by Pablo Picasso, featuring pieces from the Fundacion Picasso in Spain that have never been displayed in the United States.

Feb. 7-18: Florida State Fair
Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa

In 2013, this annual festival will highlight how historic European influences affect Florida’s lifestyles today, especially in food and agriculture.

April 2-5: Commemorating Ponce de Leon
Melbourne Beach

Costumed interpreters will land a replica ship to commemorate Ponce de Leon’s landing on Florida’s northeast coast. Events include an Air Force flyover, 21-gun salute, parade and erection of a statue of the Spanish explorer.

April 29-May 6: Broward Navy Days
Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale

This annual event focuses on Florida’s rich maritime history, with tall ships to salute Viva Florida 500.

May 24-27: Florida Folk Festival
Stephen Foster State Park, Hamilton County

Singer-songwriters, folk musicians, storytellers, craftsmen, Native Americans, Florida cowboys and historical re-enactors bring Florida history to life.

June TBA: Spanish National Soccer
Miami Dolphins Stadium

Spain’s National Football Federation presents an exhibition soccer game and a chance to meet players, thanks to Espana-Florida Foundation, Fast Track Agency, the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium.

Oct. 3-5: International Spanish Food and Wine Festival
Throughout St. Augustine

Spanish culture will abound as Spanish wine distributors, along with local and regional restaurants, take over the Visit Information Center and Promenade for a festival celebrating Spain’s food, wine and dance. Hosted with the U.S.-Spain Chamber of Commerce.

October TBA: Festival Calle Orange
Orlando

One of Florida’s most internationally famous cities celebrates the state’s Hispanic roots with a street festival, food and cultural activities spread over 10 city blocks.

Nov. 30-Dec. 8: Maritime Heritage Festival
St. Augustine Municipal Marina & Promenade

Boats of all kinds — from tall ships to fishing skiffs — will celebrate maritime heritage at America’s oldest port, starting with the launch of a high-tech sailing voyage around the world in hopes of breaking a record.

- Jimmy Im

Jimmy Im is NYC-based travel writer, TV host and instructor, as well as the cofounder of OutEscapes.com

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