Group Hotels has rebranded the Best Western Beach Resort
in Miami Beach as a Holiday Inn. The change follows a $2 million
renovation of the 253-unit property, which is being marketed as the
marks the return of Holiday Inn to Miami Beach, as the previous
Holiday Inn in the city was torn down last summer to make way for a
Rooms and suites
at the Holiday Resort offer ocean views, free wireless Internet
connections, in-room safes, coffeemakers, irons, hair dryers,
telephones with voicemail and cable TV. Suites have microwaves,
refrigerators and wet bars.
Western still can be booked in Miami Beach; the Best Western South
Beach is in Miami Beachs art deco district.
For more on the
Holiday Resort, visit www.charlesgrouphotels.net/beach/index.html or call
Jungle Island will change its name to Jungle
Island this summer to widen its appeal and better reflect
its other animal denizens.
The new name will
debut on June 1, along with a greater emphasis on the attractions
big cats, orangutans, serpents and other animals.
opened in 1936 south of Miami. It moved to Miamis Watson Island in
For more on the
park, visit www.parrotjungle.com.
Key West has a
new visitor attraction: the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery
Center, a 6,400-square-foot interactive center that lets
visitors experience the Keys underwater environment without getting
The $6 million
center, located in the Truman Annex, is operated by the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations Florida Keys National
Marine Sanctuary, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and
features interactive, touch-screen modules, as well as text and
audiovisual presentations about hardwood hammocks, mangroves, patch
reefs, sea grasses, the deep shelf and Dry Tortugas National
Visitors can walk
through a replica of the Aquarius Undersea Lab, a manned underwater
research habitat near Key Largo, and listen to recordings from the
lab. Interactive video tours of the Keys underwater environment are
free. The center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through
upgrades at Disney
Vacations is offering customers who purchase aWalt
Disney World Resort vacation a free theme park ticket
upgrade valued at $100 per person.
Bookings made by
Feb. 18 will receive a 3-D Magic Your Way ticket with Park Hopper
and Water Park Fun & More option at a Magic Your Way base
The promotion is
valid for travel from April 15 through June 2. Customers must
purchase a minimum three-night stay at a Disney resort. A sample
three-night stay at Disneys All-Star Resorts starts at $644 per
person, double, from Washington, Newark and New York.
call (800) 328-6877 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has launched
an Ocean Explorers program for children age 6 and older.
activities, the resort offers fishing clinics, snorkeling,
kayaking, introductory scuba, golf clinics, water taxi excursions
on the Intracoastal Waterway, beach games and trips to local
and reservations, call (800) HILTONS or visit www.fortlauderdalebeachresort.hilton.com.
is Travel Weekly's Florida editor. E-mail him at [email protected].