It’s Beyond Fishing in Ft. Pierce, Part I

Yes, sure, some of the best places to cast off are right in the Fort Pierce, Florida, area. And it’s not just the ocean, but South Florida has many rivers, lakes, streams and inlets, allowing anglers a change to catch just about anything they want.

From the ocean side of things, it’s not just the fish that attract tourist to the area, but the crabs as well.

The Florida stone crab is a rare delicacy, even along the coast, because of its smaller features and limited harvest season, between October 15 through May 15.

Early Native Americans would harvest the delicious crab as a supplement to their diets (and to the bigger and more bountiful blue crab). Eventually, the popularity of the stone crab claws and specific taste lead to a harvesting boom in 19th and 20th Centuries.

For a good amount of time during those centuries, the needs of the human and the reproduction rates of the stone crab stayed in balance. Females can begin reproducing after they are two-years-old. The spawning season extends through spring and summer and over 1 million eggs can be released. Females can spawn four to six times a matting season and the lifespan of the Florida stone crab is around seven years.

When you are planning your trip to Ft. Pierce, make sure to stay at Dockside Inn: 772-468-3555.

Dockside also has amazing lodgings to suit you and your family’s needs. There are different sized hotel rooms as well as apartments if you plan on staying longer.

Get the relaxation and benefits of a resort, without the price tag, at Dockside Inn.

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Great Seafood in Fort Pierce

Need a great place to eat in Fort Pierce with a view that can’t be beat? That’s the atmosphere surrounding On the Edge Bar and Grill located at 1136 Seaway Drive, where customers come for the ambiance and leave with bellies full of delicious seafood and shrimp.

With the On the Edge Bar and Grill philosophy of fish fresh from the sea, not only the service, but also the food, sets the restaurant apart from other on-the-water locations in south Florida. One customer had this review on Urbanspoon: “Excellent fish tacos, fantastic view and good service. Watched the dolphins playing in the water as the sun was setting in the background.”

Call to find out about dinner specials at 772-882-9729.

Dockside also has amazing lodgings to suit you and your family’s needs. There are different sized hotel rooms as well as apartments if you plan on staying longer.

Get the relaxation and benefits of a resort, without the price tag, at Dockside Inn.

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Vacation in South Florida this Fall

If you haven’t noticed it yet, temperatures are dropping and leaves are changing. We only have a few months left before winter arrives. These next few months are your last chance to take a vacation without needing to winterize your home or worrying about shoveling snow when you return. If you can, spend one week on the beautiful shores of south Florida before winter begins.

Believe it or not, you can actually save money by vacationing in the fall. During the winter, hotels and resorts in warm places will charge higher prices to meet the high demand from vacationers. By booking your trip in the fall instead of winter, you can save around anywhere from $10 to $50 per day on housing costs.

Here at Dockside Inn, we understand that south Florida is a popular vacation spot. That is why we offer discounts based on the length of your stay. If you plan on staying at Dockside Inn for one week, we will give you a 15 percent discount on your bill. Combine that with the savings of booking in autumn instead of winter and you can end up saving a few hundred dollars.

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Fishing Continues to Grow in South Florida

It’s no secret that some of the best places to cast out are just off the shores of Florida. Thousands of anglers come to St. Lucie and other counties in search of the perfect catch.

That trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Two years ago, reported that fishing in Florida was a $5 billion dollar annual business that is expected to continually rise.

How can anyone be so sure? Well, for starters, there are thousands of miles of coastal shoreline. Everyone knows that. But did you know that Florida has over 7,700 lakes? Do you like fly fishing? How about over 10,000 miles of rivers to cast out into and see what is biting?

There’s just about every type of fishing in Florida, and the species themselves range from smaller river fish to as big as you want off the coast.

For more information on angling in South Florida, check out the tourism page found here:

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Find Low Hotel Rates in South Florida

When vacation time starts, it can be one of the best feelings. You are leaving work, chores and hassle all behind. It’s time for some relaxation and enjoyment. No matter where or when you are traveling, expenses will always be a factor.

When vacationing in south Florida, there are many different options to stay aligned with your budget and expectations. When it comes to lodgings, there are hundreds of different options to choose from around St. Lucie County and the greater Fort Pierce area.

But there is no reason to pay hundreds more for a hotel room when you can get the same water access and amenities without breaking the bank.

Price is always a good place to start. Don’t pay hundreds of dollars a night for your hotel room. If you need a five-star suite, well, that’s a different story, but most travelers just want clean accommodations with reasonable rates.

Here’s is a good chart to show you different room types and their associated rates:

Make sure you are getting the most out of your vacation dollar.

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Use Social Media to Plan Your Trip, Part II

It starts with planning. You don’t have to have your entire trip mapped out beforehand. But it’s good to have a little foresight to ensure you are experiencing everything Florida has to offer. And these social sites can really help:

Facebook—it’s the largest platform used in the United States and it’s great for finding out information. Looking to fish, for example? There are many posts about specific areas, the best spots, piers and what is biting where. Join groups and ask strangers random questions concerning where you are going. Remember, it’s a social platform so don’t worry about bothering anyone.

Instagram—are you looking for the spot to take the best sunset pic? You’ll find it on Instagram. Use the hashtag, #fortpierce, for example, and look at all the amazing images. Then borrow some ideas as to where to go.

Twitter—chances are you will be driving or commuting at some point during your vacation. Twitter can be abuse and filled with the everyday nonsense of someone’s existence. But you don’t have to see any of that. The National Park system uses Twitter to update travelers about road closures, forest fires and weather conditions, for example.

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Use Social Media to Plan Your Trip, Part I

There are lots of reasons why people flock to South Florida. Could the beaches, the weather, the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico, etc. But whether you are going to the Sunshine State for the first time or you are a “repeat offender,” there are always ways to improve your trip.

Believe it or not, social media can be more powerful that AAA in terms of helping you have a great vacation. A lot of vacationers are on some kind of social platform, so don’t think the process involves creating a new account. If you want to, feel free.

But it is very easy to make social platforms work for you without getting involved with any of the spam and unwanted updates.

Here’s a quick overview of some social media platforms that can put you on the right path:

Pinterest—the platform isn’t for cooking recipes and curtains anymore. It’s a great place to get travel photos and see some spots that you absolutely have to visit. You can use the search tools to narrow down what subjects you want, such as food, beaches, parks and entertainment.

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Solo Vacation Tips in South Florida

Time for some time alone—it can be just what you need to recharge the batteries and reset. The key to traveling alone is eliminating stress and accomplishing things usually done in groups, by yourself.

It starts with lodgings. If you are going to be staying for a week or any real extended period of time, you probably don’t need or want a large hotel room. Or at least you would be fine not paying for a whole hotel room when it’s just you.

Short-term apartments are an alternative to hotel rooms, time shares and condos that exist in key vacation and ocean destinations. With the other options, a lot of the time, you will be required to stay a minimum number of nights, you don’t have a lot of wiggle room when it comes to cancelations or changing your dates.

Check out Dockside Inn’s apartments that will change the way you vacation when in South Florida and around the Fort Pierce area. The Angler One Bedroom has a king bed, sleeper sofa, full kitchen and a great view of the water.

If you want a larger accommodation, check out the Harborlight Apartments that have spacious living areas and full kitchens.

Change the way you stay in South Florida with an apartment from Dockside Inn.

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Summer Travel Specials

Everyone is looking for a great deal this time of year. It seems that when summer starts, everything gets more expensive. Gas prices go up, hotel rates skyrocket and restaurants switch to their summer hours and menus.

The key is to find consistency and a friendly atmosphere when you travel. And a good deal. Here are some quick tips to keep in mind when looking for travel deals and specials.

For starters, look at what’s around the establishment. We are talking about South Florida here, a location synonymous with paradise. Don’t get stuck in a big city lot, smashed between buildings. If you have a boat, look for a hotel with boat dockage.

And if the inn doesn’t have a flat and fair price to dock your boat, keep looking. It’s the same concept for fishing. If you love to cast out into the endless blue, then stay near the water. Look for establishments that have on-site fishing piers and easy access to the water.

If a price seems too good to be true, as the expression goes, it probably is. Maybe that hotel can’t fill any rooms, has a bad history or is in a bad part of town. You should be able to get a nice room in a nice area without breaking the bank.

Remember to check the season of the rate as well. If you are booking a place on the water for $50 a night in mid-July, then there’s a good chance you are looking at an off-season low rate.

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Summer Travel Tips from Dockside

It’s that time of year again—when millions of Americans take summer vacations all across the world. Time Magazine reported that vacation travel in 2015 will hit an all-time high, so one should be ready for all that comes along with that.

One of the most important aspects of a great summer vacation is to eliminate stress and to make sure everyone is traveling safely.

It all stars with planning and being prepared. Before you even start your trip, make sure your transportation is set up. Are you going to be driving to South Florida? Check out current road conditions and construction patterns to make sure you won’t be hitting delays and stopped traffic.

By now, most families have at least one smart phone. And there is an app for almost anything. Download your airline’s app, your bank’s and a travel app so you can get quick and accurate information while you are on the go.

Another good thing to keep in mind when taking a vacation is knowing that you don’t have to settle. More people may be traveling, but you can still find good deals and great lodgings. Plan ahead and look for deals online that could help you cut your costs.

Travel questions or concerns about South Florida or the Fort Pierce area? Call Dockside Inn now to get the answers you need: 772-468-3555.

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