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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida – Spa Treatments and Yacht Rentals

City on a Barrier Island Sunny Isles Beach is a city on a barrier island in Florida. The city, with the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west, is roughly halfway between North Miami Beach and the area of Hollywood, Hallandale, and Fort Lauderdale. Getting to Sunny Isles Beach More »

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Skip the Celebrities and Get to Know the Real Stars of Palm Springs, CA

Forget the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway and the celebrity tours. It’s easy to let the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s past and present tint your vision of Palm Springs, CA. Beyond the celebs themselves, travelers shouldn’t ignore the beauty, landscape, and architecture of this enchanting destination two hours from Los Angeles. The Spa Resort Casino and other Palm More »

SeaTac International Airport, Seattle Washington

Six Ways to Pass the Time at SeaTac International Airport

Bordering Seattle and Tacoma, SeaTac is home to SeaTac International Airport, which is a major hub for flights to destinations in the U.S. and beyond. A host of affordable SeaTac Airport hotels, such as the Best Western Airport Executel, are located just minutes away from the departure terminal and offer a convenient place to stay More »

Sunny Isles Beach, Florida – Spa Treatments and Yacht Rentals

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City on a Barrier Island

Sunny Isles Beach is a city on a barrier island in Florida. The city, with the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west, is roughly halfway between North Miami Beach and the area of Hollywood, Hallandale, and Fort Lauderdale.

Getting to Sunny Isles Beach

The taxi fare from either Miami International Airport or Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport to Sunny Isles Beach is usually $45 to $55. Airport shuttles are similarly priced. The drive from either airport takes about 30 minutes. Renting a car is often less expensive and more convenient.

Reasonably Priced Resort and Spa

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Marenas Beach Resort & Spa is a reasonably priced property in Sunny Isles Beach, with rooms from less than $180 nightly. The $22 daily resort fee covers telephone calls (local and outside of the area), access to the fitness center, Wi-Fi in some public areas of the hotel, and use of the swimming pool along with lounge chairs and umbrellas for the pool and beach. Other hotel amenities include a steam room, spa tub, sauna, poolside bar, restaurant, and both a 24-hour fitness facility and business center. A surcharge applies to using personal trainers in the gym.

Luxury Resort and Spa

Acqualina Resort and Spa on the beach is a luxury property in Sunny Isles Beach, with nightly rates ranging from $500 for a room to $2,950 for a three-bedroom suite. The resort, recipient of the 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award and the 2013 AAA Five Diamond Award for four years in a row, features superb amenities. There is a complimentary children’s club onsite. Babysitting or childcare is available at a surcharge. The resort permits one dog or cat — weighing no more than 25 pounds and measuring no more than 14 inches — per guest room. A surcharge applies.

All rooms feature premium bedding, free Wi-Fi, television with premium channels and pay movies, minibar, and complimentary bottled water. The marble bathrooms have large soak tubs and separate showers. Cribs and infant beds are available. For parents wanting to out for the evening, the hotel offers in-room childcare at a surcharge.

Acqualina Spa by ESPA has 16 treatment rooms. Among the services and amenities are several types of massages and aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, body treatments, facials, and Ayurvedic treatments.

Things to Do in Sunny Isles Beach

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TripAdvisor has a list of the top 10 things to do in Sunny Isles Beach. Most activities in the city center spending several hours luxuriating at a spa, renting an exotic car, chartering a yacht for a day, or going on a cruise for a few hours.

Exotic Car Rentals, Yacht Charters, and Cruises

Prime Luxury Rentals arranges exotic car rentals for sports car enthusiasts. Rent a Ferrari 360 Spider for $799 per day or $4,199 per week. Charter a 65′ Rodríguez Cat or a 62′ Azimut Mega Yacht. Go on an “Islands of the Rich and Famous” cruise. See the private islands on which celebrities and heads of corporations have built magnificent mansions. 

Daisy Mariposa is a freelance travel writer who has worked with clients such as Hipmunk. She has Occupational Certificates in both Travel Management and International Business and has worked as a travel agent. Daisy has traveled to half the states in the United States and more than 33 countries, island nations, and island dependencies. She has certifications as both a Specialty Travel Writer and Travel Copy Writer from one organization and Industry Elite status in Travel from another.

Skip the Celebrities and Get to Know the Real Stars of Palm Springs, CA

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Forget the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway and the celebrity tours. It’s easy to let the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s past and present tint your vision of Palm Springs, CA. Beyond the celebs themselves, travelers shouldn’t ignore the beauty, landscape, and architecture of this enchanting destination two hours from Los Angeles. The Spa Resort Casino and other Palm Springs hotels offer great accommodations while you immerse yourself in this hip California location where the history and scenery are truly the stars on this desert stage.

Coming Home to Palm Springs Home Tours

As the top frequented travel destination in the California desert, Palm Springs has a way of making its visitors feel at home — and it does that extraordinarily well with its home tours.

Each year in February, Modernism Week showcases the distinctive mid-20th-century architecture and style through tours of Palm Springs’ most stunning examples of modern home designs. What strikes you most about these homes is the beauty of their simplicity, their striking combinations of materials, and the interconnectedness between indoor and outdoor spaces.

While not open for public tours, architect Donald Wexler’s 1960s-era steel homes on East Simms Road, East Molino Road, and North Sunnyview Drive are worth a drive-by just to admire their innovative design.

Hotels Imbue Signature Palm Springs Modernist Style

Visitors can experience a taste of the Palm Springs lifestyle with a stay at the elegant Parker Palm Springs on East Palm Canyon Drive. This stunning retreat with its five-star spa blends the interior design of Jonathan Adler and the renovation work of David Mann.

The Viceroy Palm Springs, a posh 1930s resort, bears the stamp of designer Kelly Wearstler on its villa design.

Desert Landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park

Any Palm Springs trip itinerary should include a visit to the famed 800,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park. Unworldly rock formations and its towering namesake yucca plants dominate the desert landscape here. Did you know the oldest plant in the park is at least 300 years old?

Palm Springs Shopping and Dining Scene

Just as much a part of the architecture and the landscape, Palm Springs’ dining and shopping scenes don’t disappoint. La Tablita Restaurant on East Palm Canyon Drive is renowned for its handmade tortillas, chiles rellenos, and dozens of Mexican specialties.

The modernist architecture of Palm Springs also stars in its fashion. Trina Turk’s trendy outpost on North Palm Canyon Drive shows off this fashion designer’s hip clothing, home décor, and collected vintage treasures. 

One visit and you’ll agree that Palm Springs’ modernism is truly magnificent.

Author Bio: Michael Vyskocil is a travel writer who enjoys writing about unique people, places, and things to do in locales across the country. His tourism and travel industry experience includes writing for Hipmunk. Michael’s tourism career spans more than seven years in Gettysburg, PA, at visitor destinations such as the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, and the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum.

Six Ways to Pass the Time at SeaTac International Airport

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Bordering Seattle and Tacoma, SeaTac is home to SeaTac International Airport, which is a major hub for flights to destinations in the U.S. and beyond.

A host of affordable SeaTac Airport hotels, such as the Best Western Airport Executel, are located just minutes away from the departure terminal and offer a convenient place to stay for an early or late flight. If you have several hours to pass, then you can dodge boredom with these six ways to keep yourself entertained in an around SeaTac Airport.

Escape to the Park

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone but you can find a beautiful green oasis just minutes away from the airport. Angle Lake Park is an idyllic spot to escape from the hectic crowds and chill out on the grass, cook up a storm in the BBQ station, or take a dip in the inviting lake. Handy facilities like restrooms and a playground make this community park a gorgeous spot for the whole family.

Airport Eats

Refuel before your flight at one of the many restaurants, cafes, and fast-food joints in the airport. Most eateries are located in the Central Terminal, while Alki Bakery, Starbucks, Pilot House, and several snack vending machines are found pre-security.

Enjoy a Drink or Two

Fancy a spot of wine tasting? At Vino Volo in the Central Terminal you can sample some delicious wines from Washington and Oregon. The bar serves more than 30 different hand-selected wines by the glass, plus you can buy bottles to take home.

Indulge in a Massage

Traveling can really take it out of you, and hours spent in a tiny airplane seat can leave you feeling a little worse for wear. Relieve those tired and aching muscles with an invigorating massage at The Massage Bar in C Gate. Here you can enjoy affordable 15-minute seated chair massages and relaxing foot massages. No appointments are necessary.

Have a Magical Manicure

Butter London are a brand known for their incredible manicures that include cuticle care, base coats, clipping, filling, polish, top coats, and a soothing hand massage. Located in C Gate, this store also stocks high quality toxin-free nail products and gifts.

Book an Airport Stay

For long layovers you may be better off booking a cheap SeaTac Hotel near to the airport. With rates so low it’s worth it even if you just need a place to catch a few hours of sleep and freshen up.

The Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport runs a complimentary 24-hour shuttle bus to transport guests to and from the airport less than a mile away. If you fancy a little luxury, check yourself into the three-star Seattle Airport Marriott, which is just two blocks away from the airport. This homey hotel has a gorgeous indoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center, and Aqua Terra Restaurant to keep you entertained during your stay.

Savvy travelers use Hipmunk to compare affordable hotels near to SeaTac Airport, and Excursiopedia to find local tours and activities.

Do you have any travel tips on how to pass the time at SeaTac International Airport? Share your inside info in the comments section below.

Alisha Smith is a writer with a serious case of wanderlust. She’s most likely found road tripping up the West Coast, sipping coconut water on a beach in Bali, or writing about her adventures on Hipmunk.com

A Guide to Staying and Playing in Tucson for Cheap

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When heading off to Tucson for vacation, take a few tricks with you to help you get the biggest experience for the smallest cost. For example, find very affordable Tucson hotels around the Colonia Del Valle area. Several hotels, including La Quinta, Days Inn, and Hampton, are in the area and offer budget rates without skimping on amenities. Whether you want to visit museums, spend your days hiking in the Arizona wildlife, or checking out the city, Tucson is full of cheap or free activities.

Stay Downtown on the Cheap

Unlike many cities, hotel rates don’t go up in Tucson just for their proximity to the downtown area. You can find budget rooms and upscale rooms downtown. Several hotels on I-10, which borders downtown Tucson on its western edge, have affordable nightly rates. Try the Days Inn Tucson Convention Center or Motel 6 Tucson for basic amenities and reasonable prices. For something more upscale that still fits in a budget, the Tucson Marriott University Park has a pool, a restaurant, and spa services.

Walk the Turquoise Trail

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One of the coolest things about downtown Tucson is its free walking tour, the Turquoise Trail. It covers a 2.5 mile loop around downtown and passes by a number of historic structures, some dating back to the late 18th century. A downloadable map makes customization easy, since you can take the tour at your own pace and visit the sites you want. You’ll never get lost, either, because a turquoise stripe down the sidewalk marks the entire trail. The map provides historical detail about the sites you see while walking, but you can customize it further by looking up some of the structures in your hotel room before you go!

Low-Cost Museum Visits

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Two of Tucson’s museums offer admission for just $5. Visit the University of Arizona Museum of Art to see European works from the Renaissance era and Modern art by artists like Jackson Pollock. The Arizona State Museum has the largest collection of Southwest Indian pottery in the world. For a completely free museum visit, check out the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum.

Explore Neighborhoods or Hike Trails

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If you want to stay in town, several of Tucson’s neighborhoods are walkable and home to great local businesses. Check out Campbell-Grant for some cool local shops, or Miles East West for Cherry Field, its big park great for youth sporting events.

For those who want to get out of the city and into nature, Tucson has five mountain ranges bordering it, and myriad national parks offering hiking opportunities. Hills displaying native cacti provide low-grade hiking opportunities for those who want to take it easy. Trails up into the mountains make great day trips for experienced hikers. Some parks have small entrance fees, but hours of recreation are worth a few dollars. When in Arizona, definitely don’t forget to experience the surrounding desert in some way. The beautiful landscape is unforgettable.

What’s your favorite free thing to do in the city? Share your favorite Tucson experiences in the comments.

Author Bio: Alexandra Shostak is a freelance writer and graphic designer who likes to go on adventures, whether they take her down the street or on a road trip to another state.

Nightlife in San Diego

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It’s easy to name a host of things to do in San Diego during the day – the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and the USS Midway Museum are a few of the easy ones to name. But what about San Diego at night? Where does one go? What does one do? If you’re on the hunt for some excitement when the lights go down, check out these stellar options. A few new, and a few not so new, will give you a pretty good mix of San Diego at night, no matter what your tastes are.

Lucky Bastard Saloon

A relatively new addition to the San Diego nightlife scene, the Lucky Bastard Saloon is a massive biker-inspired sports bar offering up daily drink specials, theme nights, and the thrill of being a bad boy, without the threat of any actual bikers.

The American Comedy Company

If a biker bar is not your thing, perhaps a few laughs will be more to your liking. The American Comedy Company is an intimate and cozy environment to see some of the world’s best stand-up comedians perfect their craft. Located in the heart of historic downtown San Diego, previous comedians to grace the stage at the club have included Jay Mohr, Joel McHale, and Drew Carey.

Harrah’s Resorts Southern California

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You can bet your bottom dollar you’ll have fun at this attraction. Actually, you can bet any amount you want. Just a short drive from downtown San Diego, Harrah’s Resort Southern California offers a casino with all the usual attractions – slots games, poker, roulette and all other forms of casino fun.

Drive-in Movie Theatre

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If your idea of fun doesn’t involve booze or casino chips, perhaps a night of old-fashioned fun is in order. The South Bay Drive-in Theatre offers new release films on three gigantic screens. A recent refurbishment of the projector system ensures state-of-the-art sound and film quality.

Miramar Speed Circuit Kart Racing

Gentleman (and ladies), start your engines! Even though most folks think of go-cart racing as a daytime activity, Miramar Speed Circuit Kart Racing is open until 11pm daily (midnight on weekends) and offers an adrenaline rush for big kids of all ages. There’s also a laser tag facility on site, just in case you feel like shooting something afterwards.

What’s your favourite from our list of San Diego Nightlife offerings? Let us know in the comments section below.