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Newsday: $715 and a moped gets a party in Key West

Postby Micronaut » Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:04 pm

Cheap trips
By Marisa Costa
Special to amNewYork ... avel-promo

November 13, 2006, 4:22 PM EST

Catch up on R&R in Key West Have a fling in Florida, $715

What to do Visit the giant buoy at Whitehead and South streets, which marks the southernmost point of the United States (just 90 miles from Cuba). Rent a moped or bicycle to ogle the town's Victorian architecture and lush vegetation. Take in some culture and history by visiting Key West Aquarium and the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Go snorkeling at the site of North America's only coral barrier reef. Or just stay on the beach and kick back Jimmy Buffet-style -- with a margarita.

Catch a famous sunset celebration at Mallory Square amid wacky street acts, including fire-eating men, jugglers and musicians. Stay up late to enjoy the famed party atmosphere at the colorful open-air bars and cafes lining Duval Street.

Where to eat Dig into some authentic island food (don't miss the conch fritters) at Bahama Mama's Kitchen in the heart of funky Bahama Village. (324 Petronia St.; 305-294-3355). For a memorable brunch, head to Banana Cafe, which specializes in crepes. (1211 Duval St.; 305-294-7227). Louie's Backyard, an upscale Key West institution, was frequented by local icon Jimmy Buffett and is well-known for its excellent cuisine. Save room for Louie's delicious Key Lime Pie. Grab an after-dinner drink at the restaurant's Afterdeck Bar, open until 2 a.m. (700 Waddell Ave.; 305-294-1061)

The deal The package includes round-trip airfare from New York and four nights' accommodations at the Hyatt Key West Resort and Marina. Book your trip by Dec. 6 for travel through Dec. 21. For more information, call 888-801-8808 or visit

SAIL ON THE QE2 Cross the Atlantic on the legendary luxury cruise ship, $849

The deal Save your space aboard Cunard's six-night cruise, sailing April 21 from Southampton, England, to New York. The package includes accommodations, meals and entertainment, and port charges. The special price is valid for an inside stateroom. For more information, call 800-CRUISES or visit

Party in Prague and Budapest Discover Old World charm of these two historic European capitals, from $495.

The deal Spend eight days in Eastern Europe with this package, which includes round-trip airfare from New York; accommodations for three nights in Prague, Czech Republic; a night train trip from Prague to Budapest, Hungary; accommodations for three nights in Budapest; daily breakfast; and hotel taxes. Travel is valid from November through March. Holiday surcharges and air taxes apply. For more information, call 877-267-2247 or visit

Note: Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. All deals are subject to availability.
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