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7 night sustainable Florida's Sports Coast adventure

Revel in the majesty of Florida's natural beauty on this 7 night sustainable getaway!

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£1,205pp
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7 night sustainable Florida's Sports Coast adventure

£1,205pp

Duration

7 nights

Availabllty

16/09/2024-23/09/2024

Departing from

London Gatwick

Experience Florida’s incredible natural beauty on this 7 night sustainable active holiday from just £1,205pp!

Price includes return flights, a 7 night stay at the 3* Holiday Inn Express and Suites Tampa, 7 day fully inclusive electric vehicle hire, ATOL protection, and a free £120 donation to the charity of your choice!

Wait – how is this sustainable if it includes flights? 

The bottom line is that any flights powered by conventional aviation fuel are not environmentally sustainable. The carbon emissions are real and there is currently no way to stop that emission. There is a long-term vision of sustainable aviation fuel, electric aircraft and hydrogen-powered flight but that is perhaps decades away. If you choose to fly on your holiday then our objective is to help you mitigate the emissions by making better choices: looking at the aircraft to choose modern fuel-efficient places, flying non-stop to reduce the number of take-offs and landings, flying economy to avoid heavier bigger ‘footprint’ premium seats; all of which don’t stop emissions but they are better than the worst decision. Then, when it comes to the journey in-destination, our travel experts offer smart choices about when to travel to reduce over-tourism, the means of travelling around, the choice of place, stay and activities that support a more sustainable experience from an environmental, social and economic sustainability perspective. Find out more about travelling to Florida sustainably here.

About Florida’s Sport Coast

Florida’s Sports Coast offers visitors the chance to score once-in-a-lifetime memories during epic adventures that can only be found in this energetic destination. Home to 742 square miles of scenic coastlines, rolling green hills, picturesque walking and kayaking trails, rich culture, and countless amateur sports venues, this unrivalled area offers game-changing experiences for everyone to enjoy – all situated on the Gulf of Mexico just 35 minutes north of Tampa. Florida’s Sports Coast is comprised of four major towns: New Port Richey, Wesley Chapel, Dade City, Zephyrhills and has everything the active traveller, adventurous family and avid angler looks for in a vacation destination.

Whether you’re looking to charter a pontoon for a leisurely day at Anclote Key Preserve State Park, reel in a prize redfish with a local fishing charter, kayak through a mangrove tunnel at the Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, paddleboard out to view the stilt houses in the Gulf, or some outdoor fun at Epperson Lagoon – a 7.5-acre lagoon, a first-of-its-kind amenity in the United States – you’ll have exciting options for a different excursion every day of your trip. Find out more here.

About Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa -USF-Busch Gardens, an IHG Hotel and its sustainable initiatives

Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Tampa-USF-Busch Gardens, conveniently located across the street from Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. Located just minutes from USF and Moffit Cancer Center, as well as Shriner’s Hospital, Advent Health, the VA Hospital, Johnson Controls, Yuengling Brewery, Verizon, Pepsico and Cardinal Health, it’s a great choice for business or pleasure stays.

The hotel has many wonderful options for dining and shopping nearby, not to mention great attractions such as the Museum Of Science & Industry, The Yuengling Center, ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Florida State Fairgrounds, historic Ybor City, Tampa Cruise Terminal, Tampa River Walk, Hard Rock Casino, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Raymond James Stadium, the Spring Training home of The New York Yankees: George M. Steinbrenner Field, Amelie Arena and the Florida Aquarium. With easy access to and from I-275, I-4 and I-75, it’s in the perfect location for any travel to the Tampa Bay area.

All IHG hotels use the IHG Green Engage system, which enables individual hotels to track their environmental impact and make adjustments to minimise their emissions.

Electric Car Hire

Pick up your car hire from Tampa airport upon your arrival. For the week, you’ll have the rental of a Chevrolet Bolt or similar. This vehicle is a 4-door automatic car with air conditioning and comes with unlimited mileage for the duration of your stay.

ZERO EXCESS WITH EXTENDED COVER INCLUDING WHEELS AND GLASS INCLUDES;

  • Zero Excess with Extended Cover
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Liability Insurance
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) including damage to wheels and glass of the vehicle with zero excess
  • Theft Protection (TP) with zero excess

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Includes Unlimited Mileage.
  • C.D.W. Deductible: USD 0.00.
  • Theft Insurance Deductible: USD 0.00.
  • Liability Insurance: Included in rates. Coverage up to the state’s required minimum (varies by state).

 

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival

Catch your flight from London Heathrow and arrive in Florida’s Sports Coast, Pasco County and check into Holiday Inn Express and Suites Tampa- USF-Busch Gardens or another certified sustainable hotel in the area.

This morning, embark on an adventure at TreeHoppers Aerial Adventure Park in Dade City.

Stop for lunch at Steph’s Southern Soul Restaurant in Dade City, before rounding out the afternoon at Hearts & Dreams Ranch and Retreat where you can meet goats, mini horses, and a friendly Brahma bull. The ranch is by appointment only – so be sure to book in advance.

This evening you’ll have dinner at Green Door on 8th in downtown Dade City.

Day 2

Have breakfast at Florida Cracker Lunch on Limoges, before heading to the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City.

After lunch at Kafe Kokopelli in downtown Dade City, spend the afternoon at Giraffe Ranch, home to giraffes, zebras, lemurs, and pygmy hippos, alongside loads more native wildlife.

This evening, enjoy dinner at The Pearl in the Grove, a charming farm-to-table restaurant in Dade City.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before spending the morning birdwatching at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, before lunch at The Social.

This afternoon, spend some time at Sweetwater Organic Farm, a sustainable farm in Pasco County offering tours and workshops on organic farming and permaculture. Then check out Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey, a riverside park with walking trails, picnic areas and a playground.

This evening, have dinner at Zen Forrest, an Asian fusion restaurant known for its sustainable seafood choices.

Day 4

Have breakfast at Hershell’s Scratch Kitchen.

Join a guided tour on foot or by kayak with Salty Dog Kayak Company at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, where you can learn about coastal ecosystems, birdwatching and conservation efforts.

Take a short drive up to the hidden Sam’s Beach Bar in Hudson for lunch. With a big deck and a sweeping ocean view, it’s perfect for a casual lunch and a mai tai.

Visit SunWest Park, a 70-acre spring-fed lake and recreational area featuring a sandy beach, wakeboarding at The Lift, and the Aqua Park, a thrilling inflatable water playground for the whole family or enjoy sustainable water activities like paddleboarding or snorkelling in the nearby preserve.

Enjoy dinner at The Local Public House, a farm-to-table restaurant that features locally sourced ingredients and supports Pasco County farmers.

Day 5

Spend a day at the Anclote Key Preserve State Park, a barrier island known for its pristine beaches great for swimming and snorkelling and diverse wildlife. Captain your own boat for a half day with Windsong Charters and Boat Rentals or grab a few seats on Island Paradise Charters and let Captain Bob do the driving while you sit back and take in all of the natural scenery and coastal wildlife. We recommend taking a picnic.

Dine at Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill, a waterfront restaurant known for its relaxed atmosphere, delicious food, and live entertainment or if you’re looking for seafood, check out the locals favourite – The Fish Guy, a popular seafood restaurant offering a wide selection of fresh seafood dishes with a casual and friendly atmosphere.

Day 6

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

Time for some shopping! Head to Starkey Market & Farms, a sustainable market that showcases local produce, artisanal goods, and homemade treats. Grab some snacks while here so you can enjoy a picnic at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park for lunch, or try Zim Zari, an American-style restaurant.

Discover the wildlife and natural beauty of the James E. Grey Preserve. Take a leisurely hike along the nature trails and keep an eye out for native bird species.

Feeling thirsty? Stop by Big Storm Brewing Company, a local microbrewery for a pint of their seasonal craft beer.

Finish the day with a seafood dinner at Gill Dawg Tiki Bar & Grill, where you can savour fresh seafood while taking in scenic waterfront views or they will cook and prepare your catch for you.

Day 7

Join a guided mangrove kayak eco-tour with Gill Dawg Adventure Tours and explore the natural beauty of the Cotee River, observing wildlife and learning about the local ecosystem or save it for a special full moon paddle in the evening.

Take a relaxing stroll in downtown New Port Richey and stop for a tea for two at The White Heron Tea Room. This late afternoon tea includes scones, mini sandwiches and sweets in a relaxing room. Spend a little time in the attached shop if you’re looking to bring a little taste of one of their signature teas home with you.

The Stilt House Sunset Cruise is a great way to round out the end of your stay. Hurly’s Stilt House Sunset Tour will give you an up-close look at our iconic on-the-water stilt houses.

Dinner at Market Off Main, a farm-to-table restaurant in New Port Richey that supports sustainable agriculture and serves locally inspired dishes.

Day 8

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey home.

Price correct as of 16/01/2024

Bed & Breakfast
Return lower emission flights with Virgin Atlantic
A 7 night B&B stay at the 3* Holiday Inn Express and Suites Tampa- USF-Busch Gardens, an IHG hotel
A 7 day fully inclusive electric vehicle hire car
ATOL protection
And a free £140 donation to the charity of your choice!
Prices are per person (unless stated otherwise). Prices are not live and are subject to change at any time. Where applicable prices include any advertised discounts. Holidays are subject to availability and tour operator/supplier’s booking conditions apply. Offers can be changed or withdrawn without notice. The latest price/availability and operator details will be confirmed at the time of inquiry – ask for more information. The donation amount is calculated at the final sale and as such may not reflect the figure shown here. A minimum 5% donation is required to receive a maximum 5% discount.
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