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Disney, Beaches and More: Your Guide to Florida Travel on a Budget

Miami: Where To Eat<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”You’re in Florida, you’re on a budget, you’re hungry — but you didn’t travel thousands of miles to eat at the same chain restaurant you could visit at home. It’s time to think like a local.

” data-reactid=”52″>You’re in Florida, you’re on a budget, you’re hungry — but you didn’t travel thousands of miles to eat at the same chain restaurant you could visit at home. It’s time to think like a local.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”In Miami, famous local chain 100 Montaditos offers 40 different styles of the Spanish sandwiches for $1 a pop — not to mention $2 beers — on Wednesdays, plus buy one, get one half-off family platters on Sundays. Or maybe you’d prefer a traditional frita Cubana (Cuban hamburger) at El Mago de las Fritas, which you can nab for $3.

50.” data-reactid=”53″>In Miami, famous local chain 100 Montaditos offers 40 different styles of the Spanish sandwiches for $1 a pop — not to mention $2 beers — on Wednesdays, plus buy one, get one half-off family platters on Sundays.

Or maybe you’d prefer a traditional frita Cubana (Cuban hamburger) at El Mago de las Fritas, which you can nab for $3.50.

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Miami: What To Do<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”With a thriving art scene, you’re likely to be able to find a free art walk or fair no matter when you visit. Some regular events include the Wynwood Art Walk, which happens every second Saturday of the month, and Viernes Culturales, which happens on the third Friday of every month.

” data-reactid=”56″>With a thriving art scene, you’re likely to be able to find a free art walk or fair no matter when you visit. Some regular events include the Wynwood Art Walk, which happens every second Saturday of the month, and Viernes Culturales, which happens on the third Friday of every month.

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8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”You can also take free yoga classes at North Miami Beach Yoga Studio, catch a free concert at the New World Center or take a free trolley ride. And of course, there are always the beautiful beaches that are a major draw of the city.

” data-reactid=”57″>You can also take free yoga classes at North Miami Beach Yoga Studio, catch a free concert at the New World Center or take a free trolley ride. And of course, there are always the beautiful beaches that are a major draw of the city.

How To Save On an Orlando Vacation<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”If you’re wondering about what to do in Florida, a trip to Orlando is likely at the top of your mind. Orlando has become almost synonymous with Disney World — which is a notoriously expensive place to go on a family vacation.

Whether or not you take your family to the theme park, there are ways to save on a trip to Orlando, including choosing your hotel wisely and avoiding common tourist traps.” data-reactid=”59″>If you’re wondering about what to do in Florida, a trip to Orlando is likely at the top of your mind.

Orlando has become almost synonymous with Disney World — which is a notoriously expensive place to go on a family vacation. Whether or not you take your family to the theme park, there are ways to save on a trip to Orlando, including choosing your hotel wisely and avoiding common tourist traps.

Orlando: Where To Stay — Hotels<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”For families doing the Disney thing, hotel insiders know there are;deals to be had at Disney-affiliated hotels. Although many on-site resorts are expensive, the;over 25 different hotel locations offer a range of options from “value” to “deluxe.

” The secret is, even value-tier resorts come with all the perks, including free use of Disney’s Magical Express shuttle service, free parking at the theme parks and admission to extra Magic Hours. Value category hotels like Disney’s All-Star Resorts start at $99 per night.

” data-reactid=”61″>For families doing the Disney thing, hotel insiders know there are deals to be had at Disney-affiliated hotels. Although many on-site resorts are expensive, the over 25 different hotel locations offer a range of options from “value” to “deluxe.

” The secret is, even value-tier resorts come with all the perks, including free use of Disney’s Magical Express shuttle service, free parking at the theme parks and admission to extra Magic Hours. Value category hotels like Disney’s All-Star Resorts start at $99 per night.

Orlando: Where To Stay — Airbnbs<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”If you’re budget-minded but want to forgo the traditional hotel route, it might be time to hop on the Airbnb train. Although rates and rooms vary, you can stay;at a three-bedroom townhouse near Disney World in Orlando for $85 a night.

” data-reactid=”63″>If you’re budget-minded but want to forgo the traditional hotel route, it might be time to hop on the Airbnb train. Although rates and rooms vary, you can stay at a three-bedroom townhouse near Disney World in Orlando for $85 a night.

Orlando: Where To Eat<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”Le Cordon Bleu alum Bernie Schwab keeps most of his entrees below $8 at Bernie’s Gourmet to Go, and Mediterranean Blue keeps things fresh and healthy with Greek gyros and salads for about $8 each.” data-reactid=”65″>Le Cordon Bleu alum Bernie Schwab keeps most of his entrees below $8 at Bernie’s Gourmet to Go, and Mediterranean Blue keeps things fresh and healthy with Greek gyros and salads for about $8 each.

Orlando: What To Do — Free Disney Activities<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”There are ways to enjoy Disney that don’t require a ticket.;Take in free Disney sights like the monorail, Boardwalk, Downtown Disney and Magic Kingdom Fireworks.

” data-reactid=”67″>There are ways to enjoy Disney that don’t require a ticket. Take in free Disney sights like the monorail, Boardwalk, Downtown Disney and Magic Kingdom Fireworks.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”Want to tell your kids you’re going to Disney without spending any money, and also secretly encouraging them to go outside and learn something? You’re not dreaming — the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Kissimmee is just the ticket. There are more than 11,000 acres and over 1,000 species of observable wildlife, all at the same cost: free.

” data-reactid=”68″>Want to tell your kids you’re going to Disney without spending any money, and also secretly encouraging them to go outside and learn something? You’re not dreaming — the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Kissimmee is just the ticket. There are more than 11,000 acres and over 1,000 species of observable wildlife, all at the same cost: free.

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Orlando: What To Do — Other Free Activities<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”Travel is all about stopping to smell the roses, so check out Leu Gardens’ 50 acres’ worth of botanical wonders and butterfly havens just outside of Orlando. Get there on the first Monday of the month, and admission won’t cost you a dime.

” data-reactid=”71″>Travel is all about stopping to smell the roses, so check out Leu Gardens’ 50 acres’ worth of botanical wonders and butterfly havens just outside of Orlando. Get there on the first Monday of the month, and admission won’t cost you a dime.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”As a free and sneakily educational alternative to Space Mountain, check out the stars — both real and projected — at Eastern Florida State College’s observatory and planetarium and exhibits just outside of Cocoa Beach.;The observatory is about an hour drive from Orlando.

” data-reactid=”72″>As a free and sneakily educational alternative to Space Mountain, check out the stars — both real and projected — at Eastern Florida State College’s observatory and planetarium and exhibits just outside of Cocoa Beach. The observatory is about an hour drive from Orlando.

Orlando: What To Do — A Disney Alternative<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”Kids love Legos — just as much as adults hate stepping on them. For a theme park experience that rivals Mickey without the Disney World prices, check out Legoland Florida Resort.

Buy an online Super Saver ticket starting at $84.99 or get a one-day plus water park ticket online for $109.

99 to get access to both the entire park and its sister water park. In comparison, just one day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Theme Park alone starts at $109 per child (on a value weekday).

” data-reactid=”74″>Kids love Legos — just as much as adults hate stepping on them. For a theme park experience that rivals Mickey without the Disney World prices, check out Legoland Florida Resort.

Buy an online Super Saver ticket starting at $84.99 or get a one-day plus water park ticket online for $109.

99 to get access to both the entire park and its sister water park. In comparison, just one day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Theme Park alone starts at $109 per child (on a value weekday).

Orlando: More Money-Saving Tips<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”Staying at an inexpensive hotel or Airbnb and opting for free activities are just some of the ways to save on a trip to Orlando. Here are some other money-saving tips:” data-reactid=”76″>Staying at an inexpensive hotel or Airbnb and opting for free activities are just some of the ways to save on a trip to Orlando.

Here are some other money-saving tips:

Choose the right travel dates: Saving money at Disney World starts in the planning stages. Shop smart on accommodations, avoid the crowds and find more dinner reservations by booking a trip for the August or September back-to-school seasons or save money on off-season travel in January.

Use a grocery delivery service instead of always eating out: When you’re staying at the park, use a grocery delivery service to get the essentials — like to-go beverages, milk and bread — delivered right to your hotel room for a fraction of the cost of eating out.Know where to buy souvenirs: Always grab your souvenirs off-resort to avoid inflated prices.

How To Save On a St. Augustine Vacation<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.

0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”History lovers will enjoy a trip to St.

Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. The quaint city has brick-lined streets, centuries-old buildings and European flair, plus high-quality restaurants, art galleries, shopping options and 42 miles of beaches.

There’s no need to bust your budget visiting this destination — read on to find out how to save on accommodations, dining and entertainment.” data-reactid=”82″>History lovers will enjoy a trip to St.

Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. The quaint city has brick-lined streets, centuries-old buildings and European flair, plus high-quality restaurants, art galleries, shopping options and 42 miles of beaches.

There’s no need to bust your budget visiting this destination — read on to find out how to save on accommodations, dining and entertainment.

St.

Augustine: Where To Stay<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”St. Augustine’s Smart Stay Inn has rooms starting at $63 a night and received excellent reviews on Trip Advisor, with one reviewer calling it the “best little secret in St.

Augustine.”” data-reactid=”84″>St.

Augustine’s Smart Stay Inn has rooms starting at $63 a night and received excellent reviews on Trip Advisor, with one reviewer calling it the “best little secret in St. Augustine.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”A free breakfast is included in the stay — and it’s not just a stale muffin and black coffee. The complimentary breakfast options include;scrambled eggs, sausage, waffles, cereal, yogurt, pastries and more.

” data-reactid=”85″>A free breakfast is included in the stay — and it’s not just a stale muffin and black coffee. The complimentary breakfast options include scrambled eggs, sausage, waffles, cereal, yogurt, pastries and more.

St. Augustine: Where To Eat<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.

0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”When you’re in the South, eating biscuits and gravy is pretty much a must.

The Maple Street Biscuit Company takes the traditional dish to the next level with its inventive biscuit sandwiches, like the “The Five,” a flaky biscuit topped with all-natural fried chicken breast, pecan wood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and sausage gravy. Best of all, all the sandwiches are $10 or less.

” data-reactid=”87″>When you’re in the South, eating biscuits and gravy is pretty much a must. The Maple Street Biscuit Company takes the traditional dish to the next level with its inventive biscuit sandwiches, like the “The Five,” a flaky biscuit topped with all-natural fried chicken breast, pecan wood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and sausage gravy.

Best of all, all the sandwiches are $10 or less.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.

0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”For a taste of the local seafood, try the Uptown Scratch Kitchen food truck, which has a rotating menu that typically includes a fish of the day, plus options that can include fish ‘n’ grits, seafood etouffee and “not your average” fish ‘n’ chips.

Most entrees cost around $16.” data-reactid=”88″>For a taste of the local seafood, try the Uptown Scratch Kitchen food truck, which has a rotating menu that typically includes a fish of the day, plus options that can include fish ‘n’ grits, seafood etouffee and “not your average” fish ‘n’ chips.

Most entrees cost around $16.

St.

Augustine: What To Do<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”It might require more patience than the kids have, but fishing at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier on St.

Augustine Beach is something both you and your wallet will enjoy.;Fishing fees are $3 for adults and $1.

50 for children, and you can rent a pole at the bait shop nearby.” data-reactid=”90″>It might require more patience than the kids have, but fishing at the St.

Johns County Ocean Pier on St. Augustine Beach is something both you and your wallet will enjoy.

 Fishing fees are $3 for adults and $1.50 for children, and you can rent a pole at the bait shop nearby.

How To Save On a Tampa Vacation<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”Tampa Bay calls itself the “hip, urban heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast.” The sunny city has miles of waterfront, fine dining options and plenty of family-friendly attractions.

If you’re planning a trip to Tampa, find out how to make your dollar stretch the furthest when you’re there.” data-reactid=”92″>Tampa Bay calls itself the “hip, urban heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast.

” The sunny city has miles of waterfront, fine dining options and plenty of family-friendly attractions. If you’re planning a trip to Tampa, find out how to make your dollar stretch the furthest when you’re there.

Tampa: Where To Stay<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”An Airbnb might be your best bet for an affordable place to stay in Tampa. You can find a;nice two-bedroom bungalow that costs only $29 a night.

” data-reactid=”94″>An Airbnb might be your best bet for an affordable place to stay in Tampa. You can find a nice two-bedroom bungalow that costs only $29 a night.

Tampa: Where To Eat<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”When President Barack Obama visited Tampa in 2012, he paid a visit to the West Tampa Sandwich Shop — and if it’s good enough for the former president’s palate, it should be good enough for you. According to Time Out, Obama went for the “tripleta,” a pork, steak and ham sandwich ($5) and the honey-glazed Cuban ($4); — now called the Honey Cuban “Obama Sandwich” — which is what the restaurant is best known for.

” data-reactid=”96″>When President Barack Obama visited Tampa in 2012, he paid a visit to the West Tampa Sandwich Shop — and if it’s good enough for the former president’s palate, it should be good enough for you. According to Time Out, Obama went for the “tripleta,” a pork, steak and ham sandwich ($5) and the honey-glazed Cuban ($4)  — now called the Honey Cuban “Obama Sandwich” — which is what the restaurant is best known for.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”For the best pizza in town, head to Due Amici, where you can get pizza by the slice starting at $3.” data-reactid=”97″>For the best pizza in town, head to Due Amici, where you can get pizza by the slice starting at $3.

Tampa: What To Do<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”When in Tampa, check out the Lowry Park Zoo. Youth admission is only $24.

95 when you purchase your tickets in advance. The ticket also includes free parking.

” data-reactid=”99″>When in Tampa, check out the Lowry Park Zoo. Youth admission is only $24.

95 when you purchase your tickets in advance. The ticket also includes free parking.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.

8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”As you soak up the sun wherever you go in Florida, you’ll also learn an important lesson: Cheap is good, but free is even better.” data-reactid=”100″>As you soak up the sun wherever you go in Florida, you’ll also learn an important lesson: Cheap is good, but free is even better.

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