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Set Sail to South Florida: 3 Weekend Getaway Excursions

by Courtney King

Sunsets and secluded beaches. Sea shells, snorkeling and sailboats. It's all in South Florida, and it's somewhere you should consider if you are looking for a two or three day vaycay.

South Florida offers weekend getaways and day excursions for the two-day traveler, and these aren't just settings that include a typical beach scene. Here are three South Florida vacation hot spot ideas for your next weekend trip.

Do the Beach Thing on Palm Island

This tiny island has few roads and no parking lots, so when guests visit the seven mile long paradise off the shores of Cape Haze, they usually leave their cars behind. Without clutter and often minimal visitors, Palm Island is the place to spend time sauntering the boardwalk or biking along the beach. Many who visit also make sure they leave their important documents, like checkbook and social security card at home. Lifelock has this tip and many more on their Twitter page, offering protection from identity theft.

Consider staying at the most popular resort, Palm Island Resort, located on the north end of the island. It features 160 villas and is equipped with a hydra spa and swimming pool in each villa cluster. Snorkels, rafts, kayaks, canoes and golf carts are easily found for rent on the island and at the resort. So if spending a weekend relaxing by the beach or participating in light water sports is your thing, Palm Island is your place.

Sail Away on a Cruise Getaway

Whether you board a yacht for a sunset cruise or sail away on a two-day trip to the Bahamas, South Florida is a major hub for cruise commerce in the U.S. Serving more than 250 ports in 100 countries, Miami is known as the Cruise Capital of the World.

If you are looking for an all-inclusive, overnight excursion, Norwegian Cruise Line offers a two-day Bahamas weekend getaway round trip from Miami. But if you are looking for a shorter trip, charter a sailboat and spend the day with some of your closest friend navigating the waters. Several one-day cruise packages are available for those wanting to see the sites from the sea, including nature watching cruises, sailboat tours and a Vegas-style casino cruise. If you're planning on flying to your destination, book the flight through American Airlines and you can save money on a security package with LifeLock and earn extra miles towards your next weekend getaway.

Hunt Sea Shells on Sanibel Island

There is no other place like it in the country, and few can compare even in the world. Sanibel Island is a sea shell searching oasis; a place even jaded beachgoers find themselves combing the sand for large, small, spiral, scalloped and multi-colored shells. Ever since Tropical Storm Debby hit Florida in late June, the beaches have been littered with hundreds of species of shells. Complete with shell clubs, stores, guides, excursions, crafts and museums, this island offers families, friends and lovers an interesting and romantic getaway.

Sunny South Florida has a little bit of everything for everyone. From family vacations and romantic getaways to spring break hot spots, visiting the islands is a sure way to rid yourself of stress and have a memorable, relaxing trip.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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