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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

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FINDING PURA VIDA IN COSTA RICA

FINDING PURA VIDA IN COSTA RICA

STORY: MARY ANN DESANTIS PHOTOS: GERALD BAUM, MARY ANN DESANTIS, & COSTA RICA TOURISM BOARD Mother Nature smiled on Costa Rica, the Central American country where many Floridians are finding the call of the wild hard to resist. Lush, green…
Tampa Sparkles for Holidays

Tampa Sparkles for Holidays

STORY: Mary Ann DeSantis The visiting children and grandchildren may be somewhat bored with Mickey and friends when they visit. Forget the Turnpike and head south on I-75 to Tampa where the holiday lights illuminate fun for all ages. After…
Family-Friendly Holiday Retreats

Family-Friendly Holiday Retreats

PHOTOS: Mary Ann DeSantis+provided Do you go north or south for the holidays—as in south to the Florida Keys or north to the Florida Panhandle? Either direction is within a half-day’s drive of Central Florida, and you will find family…
OUT+ABOUT: ‘Conched’ Out

OUT+ABOUT: ‘Conched’ Out

The picture-perfect Turks and Caicos Islands in the British West Indies offer not only the world’s best beaches but also adventures, explorations, relaxation, and—of course—lots of conch cuisine. PHOTOS: Mary Ann DeSantis+Ocean Club Resorts “This will be your screen-saver shot,”…
OUT+ABOUT: Scalloping Season Underway

OUT+ABOUT: Scalloping Season Underway

It’s hard to miss the flotilla of boats on the Gulf waters on Florida’s northwest coast this month. After all, scalloping season is in full swing, and vessels of all sizes—from kayaks to fishing boats and pontoons—are filled with people…
AN OUT+ABOUT DAYCATION: Take A Pokémon Break

AN OUT+ABOUT DAYCATION: Take A Pokémon Break

Looking for a real-life adventure before the kids head back to school? Amelia Island in northeast Florida, is encouraging fans to visit August 5 – 7 for a family friendly “PokéBreak.” Visitors can start their PokéBreak weekend on Friday with…
OUT+ABOUT: From Kitty Hawk to Mars

OUT+ABOUT: From Kitty Hawk to Mars

PHOTOS: MARY ANN DESANTIS + outerbanks.org The impossible happened on the sand dunes surrounding Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, when Orville and Wilbur Wright altered the world of transportation with their first manned flight, one that lasted a mere 12 seconds.…
OUT+ABOUT: Girlfriends Guide to Paris

OUT+ABOUT: Girlfriends Guide to Paris

PHOTOS: Tony+Mary Ann DeSantis Forget the same-old beach condo this summer and head to Paris, France, for an unforgettable experience. With lower airfares and a decent rate of exchange for the Euro, there’s never been a better time to visit…
OUT+ABOUT: Antarctica — My Adventures on the Coolest Continent

OUT+ABOUT: Antarctica — My Adventures on the Coolest Continent

PHOTOS: Dr. Mark Rothschild After reading “Shackleton’s Way” about British explorer Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition, I was anxious to do my own photographic exploration of the highest, driest, coldest, and most isolated landmass on earth. In 1915, Shackleton and…
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