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Beach season is almost upon us, my friends. Have you started your intense diet and workout regimen yet? No? Yeah, me either. It’s not quite bikini weather, so I don’t feel the sense of urgency. Plenty of time! Before you start to shed your winter weight, maybe you should decide where you want to go this summer. Once again, Lonely Planet to the rescue as it details some of South Florida’s best hidden beaches.

Possibly the best known beaches in South Florida are in Miami, and these beaches are places to see and be seen (and believe me…you will see a LOT). But if you want something a little less ostentatious and a little more…intimate…here is Lonely Planet‘s roundup of South Florida’s hidden gems.


I know all about Black Friday, but apparently there’s also something called Cyber Monday? Sounds like a bunch of bull to me, but on this Frugal Friday perhaps you will disagree.

Marriott Florida Resorts are looking to help you rake in the savings and are joining together to offer up to 25 percent savings on Cyber Monday with rates starting from $95 to $186 per night. Available online on Monday, November 28 ONLY, the savings can be applied on stays from November 9, 2011 through January 8, 2012. For reservations visit or visit and enter the promotional code DOD.

The savings applies to these destinations:

Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach
Doral Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort
Miami Airport Marriott
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
South Beach Marriott

Fort Lauderdale/Palm Beach
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Hollywood Beach Marriott
Delray Beach Marriott
West Palm Beach Marriott
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina

Orlando/St. Petersburg
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes ®
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld ®
Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Orlando World Center Marriott

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort

So this past week I was in Vegas. It was 85 every day. At home in New York? An icy 62. If you are like me and you prefer your balmy 80-plus-degree climate to your rainy, chilly and somehow STILL humid weather, I suggest you check out this deal.

Harbor Beach Marriot Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale is offering a Name Your Rate Sundays package. Huh? Guests who stay three nights, including Sunday, can name their own price for Sunday night with no minimum rate!

With the money saved feel free to treat yourself to a dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants, go parasailing, indulge in some spa pampering, or what have you. Seriously. There is NO minimum amount for your Sunday stay.

This package is available through December 22 with rates starting at $229 per night.

Note: For reservations click here and use promotional code DOD.