Thursday, January 23, 2014

Traveling Thursday: "Catching Up" Florida Trip 2013

Last March, Derek and I headed down to Florida for an eight day trip between Fort Myers, Orlando and West Palm Beach.  At Derek's holiday party last year he won a free two day trip to The Breakers in West Palm Beach (including airfare) so we decided to extend the trip so we could visit my Grandma too since I usually make a trip to see her every single spring.

Day 1: Friday, March 1st - Fort Myers
Derek and I traveled individually to the Hilton right next to JFK the night before; he didn't get in from work until late so I got take out, had some wine and watched reality TV.  Anyways we were up at 3:45am and headed to the airport of smooth travels to Florida! 
Today was the traditional "first day in Florida" day at Grandma's -- gocery store, liquor store, pizza pick up from Heavenly Pizza for lunch, and some golf cart rides.  We had dinner & drinks at the Pub in Del Tura with Grandma and turned in early.. we'd been up for what felt like forever.

Day 2: Saturday, March 2nd - Fort Myers
 
It was chilly, in the 60's, so we took a trip over to the hot tub and then went to Manatee Park with Ryan and actually got to see some manatees!
 
In the evening we went over to Aunt Gini & Uncle Tom's house for a BBQ and enjoying time out on their new leni. Aunt Julie, Uncle Jeff, Casey & Jake were also in town so we have a fun visit.

Day 3: Sunday, March 3rd - Disney World
We had a LONG day, we woke up at 8am and hit all four parks today. 
 First stop was Animal Kingdom, where Ryan used to work!
The boys went on a roller coaster, which I wasn't into, so I had a coke float, at 10am.  
We all went on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride and there were a ton of animals out today!  
Next up was Hollywood Studios. The boys did a few rides while a watched the Beauty and the Beast Show, alone. We had lunch here, wandered around a bit and all did Star Tours together. 
Derek with his "first visit button" before we left the hotel, The Beach Club Resort, for Epcot.  
We drank our way around the world, the boys made it to all 12 countries, I made it to most of them.  We missed our dinner reservation in Germany for them to accomplish this task. 
Derek & I went over to the Magic Kingdom for "Extra Magic Hours" and it was perfect, there were no crowds, no lines and it felt like we had the park to ourselves.

Day 4: Monday, March 4th - Disney World
 We started the morning with a character breakfast at the Cape May Cafe at the hotel
 and got to meet a couple of the characters
We explored the hotel a little bit and got a drink at Hurricane Hanna's at the hotel 
We met Mickey & Pluto before going on some rides
We checked out the new Fantasyland and did some shopping but our feet were pretty sore from all the walking (in the wrong shoes) the day before so we headed back to the hotel to meet Ryan and go back to Fort Myers

Day 5: Tuesday, March 5th - Fort Myers
We finally had a warm day for a pool day! We had some drinks and lunch by the pool and played shuffleboard/horseshoes.

We went out to dinner with Grandma to Bianca's, the best restaurant in Fort Myers.  It was our last night in Fort Myers, so of course we went back to the Pub.

Day 6: Wednesday, March 6th -- West Palm Beach
We packed up in Fort Myers and headed over to West Palm Beach for our stay at The Breakers.  We took a rental car from airport to airport to get there. 
 Our room was ready (with a chocolate display waiting) and we checked right in before heading down for lunch. 
We enjoyed the beautiful property including beach/pools/drinks brought right out to us. 
We went to the Flagler Steakhouse at The Breakers for dinner and it was possibly one of our favorite meals, ever.

Day 7: Thursday, March 7th - West Palm Beach
 We went to the spa for massages
 Had another fantastic meal
and spent the rest of the day at the beach and pools. 
 Dinner at the Seafood Bar at the hotel 
The bar was a fish tank underneath and fish swam right under our drinks.

Day 8: Friday, March 8th - West Palm Beach
 We went to Riviera Beach Marina for a boat cruise
 We saw a bunch of yachts, mansions and beautiful scenery.
The cruise had a full bar, too. 
 Once we docked, we went to a tiki bar at the Marina for lunch
We found out our flight was pretty delayed so we took our time at lunch and rented a car to do some shopping at Singer Island and City Place.  We did the rest of our waiting at the beach bar at the hotel before heading home.

Xo C


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