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4 Beaches Snowbirds Should Fly South For

Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2016

As summer winds down we say goodbye to our high season friends and hello to a slower pace. Snowbird season is just around the corner. The Emerald Coast welcomes our winter friends with snowbird specials throughout the season. Here are 4 beaches snowbirds should consider when heading south for the winter. The pristine beaches of South Walton’s Highway 30A are world renowned. With several little beach towns to choose from finding the one that fits you is key. Seagrove Beach is a laid back yet...
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Fodor’s Names the Florida Panhandle on 2015 Go List

Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fodor’s released their top 25 can’t-miss travel spots and the Florida Panhandle is #5! This coveted list also includes Norway, Barbados, Singapore, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Fodor’s says the soft quartz beaches are more beautiful than what is found on most Caribbean islands and undoubtedly among the best in the United States.   Across the Emerald Coast, the beaches are the biggest attraction but there is much more to enjoy. Championship golf courses, premium shopping malls, fishing, and...
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Travel + Leisure Names Santa Rosa Beach a Top Town for the Holidays

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Emerald Coast is one of the top vacation and fishing destinations in the country. With the ultimate Destin vacation  rental selection as well as charming cottages in Seaside, visitors come year-round to enjoy our incomparable scenery. Now we can add more to the resume!   Travel + Leisure Magazine has recognized Santa Rosa Beach as one of America’s Best Towns for the Holidays. Coming in at #11, the quiet town joins the ranks of popular winter spots Park City, Utah and Breckenridge...
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10 Signs You Belong in Destin

Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

10 – you wear flip flops year-round  9 – your screensaver is of your last beach trip (hopefully from last month, not last year)  8 – you keep a swimsuit in your car at all times “just in case”  7 – you book your next vacation while you are still on your vacation  6 – your cooking skills are lacking because all you do on Pinterest is scroll pictures of the beach  5 – you like umbrellas in your drink – everything tastes better when it looks tropical and your view is miles...
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Winter at the Beach

Posted on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Temperatures are cooling off in the evenings and winter will be here before we know it. As much as we hate to admit it, this usually means less time at the beach. We are lucky to have mild winters around here but a lot of us just aren’t made for being outside in the cold. Does this mean we should hibernate until it’s springtime and just look through beach photos to hold us over? No way! Whale’s Tail restaurant on Old 98 has a downstairs bar area with heaters. One of the longest running of Destin restaurants...
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Destination on the Rise!

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014

Destin was ranked number 3 on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Destinations on the Rise for 2013. The list is based on TripAdvisor users’ reviews and feedback and Destin placed right below locations in Hawaii and Alaska. TripAdvisor is one of the leading travel websites and their annual top 10 list ranks top locations that receive the greatest increase in positive traveler feedback and interest. It looks like the rest of the world is coming to see what we already know: The Emerald Coast with its sugar white...
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Beach Ball Countdown Pier Park

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Can you believe we are just a countdown away from 2013! New Year’s Eve celebration is an evening many plan and look forward to all year long. What once meant lipstick, heels, and plenty of hydration so I could party all night, has now turned into dog sitters, kid sitters, and a designated driver who can get my husband and I back before 10:00pm. Although it has crossed my mind, I don’t think I’m ready to spend New Year’s Eve in my robe with a glass of champagne, and Dick...
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Sail Away this Holiday Season in Destin Florida

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Destin is home to the most beautiful emerald-green waters you’ll ever take a dip in. That’s why it’s not unordinary for all to want to spend every moment on the water. SunQuest Cruise invites you aboard the Solaris this holiday season for an afternoon or evening of waterfront entertainment! Your  SunQuest Cruise experience is not limited to just the holiday season. The SunQuest Cruise Solaris yacht sails away from its home at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin Golf and...
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An Ocean of Art

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012

Destin Festival of the Arts is approaching once again and judging from the previous 16 years it will not be a disappointment. On October 27th and 28th, Henderson State Park turns into an artist's paradise complete with a sugar-white sand beach and emerald-green ocean backdrop. The Destin Festival of the Arts  is an event I look forward to every year! With over 100 talented artists from around the United States there is always a new piece that catches my eye and completes my...
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Spike Into Spring

Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2012

Emerald Coast Volley Ball Week is back and only a few weeks away! The official start of spring is here giving you just enough time to brush up on your beach volley ball game. This could be your lucky year! The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island hosts the Emerald Coast Volley Ball Week every year and registration is open. From April 18th-22nd you will be immersed in beach volley ball from dusk till dawn. What better way to spend your spring break under the sun, in the sand, enjoying a little friendly...
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Live Oak Landing, An RVC Outdoor Destination

Posted on Sunday, August 21, 2011

  Live Oak Landing has now partnered with Mark McDuffie, captain of Wounded Warrior Fishing services, to offer professional guided fishing expeditions and tours of the Choctawhatchee river system near the Emerald Coast. A prime location for fishing, visitors can get ready for a successful fishing adventure along secluded areas.    Live Oak Landing describes this new partnership as an enhanced recreational experience. Any guest to Live Oak Landing that is interested in...
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Roll In the Weekend in Fort Walton Beach

Posted on Saturday, August 13, 2011

There’s a new trend in Fort Walton Beach and it sure beats the usual Saturday night dinner and a movie. Make your way to Ferry Road for action, speed, and dolls on wheels. I’m talking about the Beach Brawl Sk8R Dolls (BBSD) of Fort Walton Beach. The BBSD is the first-ever women’s flat track roller derby league in Fort Walton Beach. The team was developed in 2008 by a group of disciplined athletes, strong in mind and in body. Their dedication to advancing this sport and helping the community...
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7 Water Sports Activities to Try On Your Destin Vacation

Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Destin, Florida, once a quaint fishing village, has become one of the most popular family travel destinations in the Untied States. The allure of the sugar white sand and emerald green water of the Gulf of Mexico attracts thousands of vacationers from across the world each year to enjoy the area’s beauty, and in particular to enjoy the water. Here is a list of the top seven water sport activities to try in order to get the most out of your Destin vacation. Whether you decide to rent a boat and...
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Destin's Own Heritage

Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010

On your next trip to Destin you've got to coordinate your schedule to see local band Heritage. They are an absolute blast to watch and their music is packed with talent and a happy reggae feel. About 20 of my friends and I continually see their shows and we love to dance in the friendly and easy-going atmosphere they inspire. They play a blend of reggae standards like Bob Marley's No Woman No Cry to many original and 'get you movin' songs like Natural High . My two favorite things are their...
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Batters' Up In Pensacola Beach

Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Minor Leagues are coming to Pensacola, Florida. The AA Minor League Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League are moving to Pensacola, Florida in 2012. The currently constructed, premier waterfront facility in Maritime Park will be the residence of the new league. The new owners Quint and Rishy Studer, who previously owned the independent-league Pensacola Pelicans , are excited about bringing an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team to Pensacola. The Mudcats will make their move from...
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Destin's Beachfront Gem

Posted on Monday, September 27, 2010

My wife and I have been visiting Jade East Towers in Destin for nearly a decade now and we'll keep coming back at every opportunity. After staying at different places along Destin, we find the value of Jade East to be the best. What we enjoy most is its location. First of all, its beachfront is wonderful, with plenty of white sand and beach chairs and umbrellas. Also, the gulf side pool area is very nice, with plenty of lounge chairs and a hot tub. But more than that, its location is such that...
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Frommers Names Florida Gulf Coast a Top Ten World Destination for 2010

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and its quaint beach towns are no longer best kept secrets – they are international hot spots thanks to a recently-published top ten destination list by Frommer’s Travel Guide. Frommer’s named the beaches of the Florida Panhandle as one of its top ten destinations for 2010. The Gulf Coast , along with Hawaii’s big island, represented the only two North American destinations to make the list. Other locations included Melbourne in Australia, Vietnam’s capital Hanoi...
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Family Fun in Fort Walton Beach this Summer!

Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009

If you’re looking for family fun in Fort Walton Beach this summer, come down to Uptown Station. In the heart of Fort Walton Beach and referred to as the heartbeat of the Emerald Coast, Uptown Station has something for the entire family. Kids can play in the dancing fountains and the amazing playground. Moms can shop till they drop at over 40 national and specialty stores. Dads can chill out in Central Park. The whole family will enjoy a variety of superb dining establishments, not to mention...
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Summer Fun in Pensacola

Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009

Pensacola, Florida is an active coastal town accommodating 52 miles of shoreline and 343 days of sunshine. Not to mention a calendar full of local festivals, concerts, activities, and more! Take a look at all the action Pensacola, Florida has planned for you this summer. Pensacola, Florida will keep you rockin with free out-door concerts every week. Bands on the Beach features a lineup of performers sure to please every musical taste. From May through September, every Tuesday night from 7-9 a...
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Spend a Hot Summer in Destin

Posted on Monday, May 25, 2009

This year millions of vacationers are planning to spend their summer in warm Destin sand and the refreshing Gulf of Mexico. Destin, Florida always delivers a summer vacation full of breathtaking views and a medley of entertainment from one end of the island to the other. See why Destin is “Hot” this summer! Baytowne Wharf, inside the beautiful resort of Sandestin, kick-starts summer with Memorial Day Weekend. A weekend full of family fun with an array of kid’s activities such as: crafts and sandcastle...
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A Beaches of South Walton Vacation

Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2009

This summer put your cares aside and vacation in a place that promotes peace and tranquility, a place that encourages rest and relaxation, a place where every path leads to the sea, the Beaches of South Walton. Escape to the beauty of the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and powder white sand that runs alongside it. The Beaches of South Walton is home to over 10 amazing beach communities, each one offering a little something for everyone. Grayton Beach was the first community established...
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The Sun Will Come Out in Pensacola

Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pensacola, Florida sends a farewell to grey skies and a big welcome to blue with exciting outdoor events this Spring and Summer Season! If you’re looking for a place to warm-up this summer come to Pensacola, Florida. Known for its beautiful natural beaches and laid-back local hangouts, Pensacola Beach is named among the nations top ten beaches by Trip Advisor. With plenty of activities to do under the sun, check out why so many are warming up to Pensacola Beach this spring and summer. Pensacola...
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Spring Break Destination 2009 -- Destin Florida

Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spring is finally here, providing long days filled with warmth and sunshine. You’re invited to take a break from the cold and spend your spring in Sunny Destin, Florida. Destin boasts some of the worlds most beautiful beaches and a calendar full of exciting events all Spring long. Here’s a peek at what Destin has in store for you this Spring Break. The HarborWalk Marina presents... Destin’s 13th Annual Cobia Tournament . This month-long tournament will attract hundreds of anglers from Northwest...
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Spring Break 2009 on Okaloosa Island

Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009

Experience Spring Break 2009 in Okaloosa Island, Florida. Located between Fort Walton Beach and Destin, Florida on US Highway 98, Okaloosa Island is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Choctawhatchee Bay, and Intercoastal Waterway. Take a brief tour down this barrier island and see why Okaloosa Island is quickly becoming one of the top destinations for Spring Breakers everywhere. From Fort Walton Beach, Florida head west and you’re just a bridge away from Okaloosa Island. On this side of the Island...
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Farewell Snowbirds, Hello Spring Breakers!

Posted on Monday, February 16, 2009

Spring Break is coming back to Panama City Beach. Attracting college students looking for action and parents looking for family-friendly fun. Panama City Beach is a place where you can unwind, relax, and leave your worries behind. A place surrounded by sand and sun. And no one throws a party like Panama City Beach! Spring Break in Panama City kicks off Saturday, February 21st and every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday there after at Club La Villa. To all you party people this one is a must! Be there...
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Pensacola!

Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009

The race is on in Pensacola, Florida. Nestled along the Gulf Coast, boasting 52 miles of shoreline, Pensacola offers a calendar full of outdoor adventures to lure the masses. Three unique areas, Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and Perdido Key, invites visitors and locals alike to participate in the pre-spring activities that are sure to leave you breathless. Taking the lead on February 7, 2009, is the Double Bridge 15K Run and 5K Run/Walk. Race through historic Downtown Pensacola and Celebrate 450...
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Take a Tour Along 30-A

Posted on Monday, January 5, 2009

Separating powder-white sands and emerald-green waters from award winning dining and diverse shopping, Highway 30- A is a road leading to all that is good. So take a road trip... or bike ride... and discover the amazing beach communities that surround this South Walton Beach Highway. First stop, Santa Rosa Beach’s Gulf Place! An artist community filled with shops, boutiques, and unique eateries. Stop in for some coffee and conversation at Miss Lucille’s Gossip Parlor. Walk around this unique...
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Spend the Holidays at Pensacola Beach

Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pensacola is a great destination for a family vacation this Holiday season. Among the beautiful white sand beaches and emerald waters you’ll find brand-new posh Hotels and 4-star restaurants. Not to mention attractions and entertainment as far as the eye can see. Pensacola appeals to the vacationer wanting a beach get-away or visitors looking for a unique place to spend their time. Yes the City of Pensacola offers the best of both worlds with 450 years of history and fine museums, as well as...
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Come Home for the Holidays to Panama City Beach

Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008

Panama City invites you ‘Home for the Holidays’ this winter season. From Thanksgiving through mid-December downtown Panama City will be hosting this annual event. Take a carriage ride through downtown while listening to carolers. Enjoy extended shopping hours and warm up with some hot chocolate or apple cider from one of their special booths. The winter months are a great time to visit this memorable City! Downtown Panama City is a pedestrian friendly community offering residents and visitors...
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Vacations Must Go On for Destin Tourists

Posted on Saturday, July 5, 2008

Most markets are feeling the effects of the faltering economy by now, but tourism in Destin still seems to be running strong. “In the long run, I don’t think people will do anything much different,” said Brad Davis, a former local visiting from Flower Mound, Texas. The consensus around Destin is that vacationing will remain a priority for families on a tight budget, in spite of the times. The name of the game now is about balance when taking a vacation. “I towed my boat from Texas, so it killed...
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Choose Your Adventure in the Pensacola Bay Area

Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008

From white-sand beaches and deep Gulf waters to flourishing forests and serene creeks, Pensacola's storybook setting inspires both nature lovers and thrill seekers to explore their wild side and create their own adventure. Northwest Florida, one of six national hotspots for biodiversity designated by the Nature Conservancy, is ideal for eco-tourism. The Gulf Islands National Seashore offers an abundance and variety of plant and animal life, and park rangers offer outings for those who want to...
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Beautiful Dune Lakes of South Walton

Posted on Monday, April 28, 2008

Downy white and teetering on long black legs, the Ardea alba is belly-deep in the dark water at the lake’s rim. Tiny bulged eyes focus just below the surface, black pupils darting left and right, and then farther right. An iridescent flash cues the primitive bird brain to strike, and the sharp yellow bill pierces the water like a needle punctures fabric. Before disappearing down the S-shaped neck of its predator, a wriggling Cyprinidae gets its first and last look at dry land. Stalking the shallow...
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An Off-Season Overnight Trip to Destin, Florida

Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2008

Isn’t it funny how something occasionally comes along at just the right moment? Such was the case before the cold weather set in. We were “waxing nostalgic” for the Florida Panhandle (re: The ReView, February 7, 2008) and thumbing through a Budget Travel magazine. There it was: The Beachside Inn in Destin for only $79.00 a night. First, a word about Destin lodging. Destin lodging can be fairly reasonable if you have built up a billion points with certain hotel chains, or if you shop for prices...
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Experience a Pensacola Beach Vacation

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2007

Pensacola is just one of the many hot spots in Florida, but it offers up a unique experience that young and old alike can enjoy. A Pensacola vacation is easy to plan. With so much to do, the hard part will be deciding how much you can do during the visit. Try visiting the Seville Historic District. It is one of the oldest districts in Florida, and its architecture will take you back to another time. Within the small neighborhood is Old Christ Church, the oldest church in all of Florida, it dates...
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Family Fun and Natural Beauty Along the Emerald Coast

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2007

If you've lived in Montgomery for more than about a year, you've probably had the opportunity to take a vacation to the Gulf Coast with your family. Those of us who were fortunate enough to grow up within driving distance of the Emerald Coast have made dozens of trips to the beach with our families and friends, and for good reasons. The coasts of Northwest Florida offer beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and an abundance of accommodations, activities and eateries to choose from...
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Voted Best Destination in the Southeast

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Welcome to the most celebrated town in Northwest Florida. Welcome to Destin! Located along the panhandle of Florida, Destin is quickly becoming one of the top vacation locations in the world. Once you have walked through our powder-white sand, taken a swim in our emerald-colored waters, and experienced our breath-taking sunsets you will fall in love. It’s to no surprise that the readers of Southern Living voted Destin the best destination in the southeast....
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Destin Gets Voted Best Destination

Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007

While we know that Destin is a fantastic vacation destination and home-town, it seems everyone else is catching on too! The June issue of the Birmingham Parent magazine awarded Destin the winner of the favorite "Out of State Destination" category, beating out Walt Disney World, which was voted runner-up. We are very excited to be the recipients of this designation. Destin has so much to offer -- world-renowned golf courses that keep even the pros coming back, award winning restaurants with fabulous...
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Henderson Park Inn to Reopen

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Honeymoons, weddings and an unimpeded view of the Gulf of Mexico. The Henderson Park Inn is re-opening. Once touted as Destin’s only bed and breakfast, the Inn has been closed to paying guests for several years due to hurricane damage and today it’s undergoing major renovations for a re-opening in May. The Henderson Park Inn originally opened in 1992 and builder Bill Abbott said it was designed to fill a niche in the Destin resort market. “At that time, Destin did not have a bed and breakfast,...
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Grand Plan: Around the World in 65 Days?

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007

From the outside, the Earthrace boat looks like a 78-foot-long futuristic machine that just stepped out of “Star Wars” as it sits in the water behind Harbor Docks in Destin. Its wave-piercing technology allows it to continually pierce straight through waves at high speed rather than riding over the top of them. From the inside, it’s just a boat. And a cramped, hot, dark, smelly boat at that. The bunks are small. There are very few ways to catch fresh air. It’s essentially blind driving for the...
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For Nature Lovers: Ultimate Beach Vacation is a Walk in the Woods

Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2006

While beach vacationers flock to the always bright sun, beautiful surf and sugar white sands of northwest Florida's glorious Emerald Coast, for nature lovers the area's true paradise is found in the woods. One of the most engaging experiences of any vacation is the time spent exploring local natural features and wildlife habitats. None are more impressionable than the scenic step back into the Old South at the Eden Gardens State Park, located just east of Destin, Florida, one of today's most...
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Destin Hot Spot: Henderson Beach State Park

Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Henderson Beach is a nature lovers dream. It offers 6,000 feet of scenic shoreline on the emerald coast that is a little quieter than many of the other beaches. It has just been re-decked with beautiful new composite lumber planks. The winding boardwalks allow you to enjoy all the animal and plant life without harming our precious dunes and their eco-systems. Over 200,000 new plants including sea oats, panic grass and blue stem are all being planted to help our sands heal from the past 2...
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Destin will Exceed Expectations of Summer Travelers

Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Pristine white-sand beaches, crisp emerald waves and golden sunrays. It’s our all-inclusive relaxation package. Destin offers a timeless adventure for the entire family. The locals are awaiting the return of our loyal guests and welcome those of you who have never ventured down to our quaint oasis. Although our beach is the pride of our area, it is not our best asset. The southern hospitality is overflowing in Destin and you will be hard pressed to find a town that hosts a better vacation experience...
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