Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Food delights in Florida

Possibly the freshest seafood to be found is in the southeast of Florida, known for its sunny weather and sandy beaches. There is no main fish market in southeast Florida, which means restaurants take advantage by getting their dishes directly off the boat. While selections such as grouper, mahi mahi, tuna, wahoo, jack and Florida lobster feature prominently, possibly the most famous local seafood is the stone crab. The very best seafood restaurants in southeast Florida change their menu daily to reflect the day’s catch, and there is no better way to travel than with a bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus chartered from Charter Bus Florida to find out what’s on the menu.
Located a short charter bus ride away in trendy South Beach, Joe's Stone Crab is a South Florida institution. Joe's has been serving up stone crabs since 1913, and because Joe’s doesn’t take reservations, charter bus diners still wait for hours to dine on these succulent crustaceans. Joe's serves up stone crab claws at market prices and has a full menu of seafood, chops and sides. Joe's is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner during stone crab season, which runs from October to May.
Opened in 1955, The Rustic Inn in Fort Lauderdale still has the feel of a 1950s roadhouse restaurant. Charter bus diners are called to their table via intercom and can choose to dine either outside on the deck overlooking the water, or in one of the dining rooms. The restaurant is famous for its garlic crabs, where charter bus diners crack crabs on newspaper covered tables using wooden mallets. A host of other seafood choices are available, and these are supplemented by the short, but well chosen, wine list.
The Old Florida Seafood House is easily reached by charter bus in Wilton Manors, and has been open since 1977. This restaurant serves that Florida delicacy, stone crabs, along with fresh seafood, steaks and vegetarian dishes. The menu is reassuringly traditional, and each entree is served with a salad, potato and vegetable. Charter bus diners should make it a point to come in early to catch the early dining specials, before the place fills up.
No one knows how to prepare fresh seafood better than the Italians, and in Altamare, the freshest seafood is caught fresh daily and served with a Mediterranean flair. This small restaurant in Miami Beach is a short ride away by charter bus, and charter bus diners come here for the fresh seafood that is brought directly to the kitchen from the sea, where it is prepared with traditional ingredients such as olive oil, garlic and vegetables that bring out, not mask, the flavor of the seafood. The huge wine selection features old world choices, and is designed to perfectly complement your meal.
For a trip through Florida in a search for the freshest seafood and best dining locations, give Bus Charter Florida a call to find out how they can help you plan your trip with a selection from their fleet of charter buses and friendly, personalized service.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Down in the Florida Keys

If you’re looking for something little off the beaten track, perhaps a bit quirky and outside the mainstream, charter a bus and take a trip down the Florida Keys. Cruising down the Overseas Highway with a charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coaches or school bus
chartered from Charter Bus Florida is an easy, fuss free, fun filled way to see the Florida Keys. This laid back group of islands connected by an immense overwater highway has been attracting those who enjoy its easy pace of life and relaxed atmosphere since the time of naturalist John James Audubon.
Probably the single biggest reason most come to Florida Keys is for the scuba diving and snorkeling. There are numerous reefs, shipwrecks and artificial reefs in the Florida Keys, all of which are readily accessible to the charter bus visitor. Just drive up with your charter bus at the dive center of your choice, gear up and start diving. Some notable dive spots are U.S.S. Eagle in Islamorada, a 287 foot freighter that was sunk as an artificial reef, Christ of the Abyss and Molasses Reef in Key Largo, Sombrero Reef and Thunderbolt in Marathon. Different dive spots will suit divers of different skill levels, from the beginner snorkeler to the advanced technical deep diver. If you’re a group of scuba divers who prefers using their own gear, then chartering a bus to visit the Florida Keys for diving makes perfect sense, allowing you to carry your dive gear along without having to worry about space.
Although most come for the sun, sand and surf in the Florida Keys, charter bus visitors will be pleasantly surprised to learn that there is a thriving arts and craft community in the Keys, as well as several museums and art galleries. The Ernest Hemingway House in Key West is popular with charter bus tourists, where the Nobel Prize winning author lived and worked for a decade in the 30s. If you want to try your hand at craft and pottery, visit the Honest Works Island Pottery Co. in Truman Avenue. Artists Russell and Lever create their own style of island pottery, and also offer classes.
The Florida Keys have long had a Cuban influence, so it comes as no surprise to learn that food here tends to have a strong Caribbean influence, and is mostly seafood. If you’re taking a charter bus down to Florida Keys, stop by Buzzard’s Roost in Key Largo, Mile Marker 88 and Bob’s Bunz in Islamorada, Seven Fish and the Half Shell in Key West are notable places to have a memorable meal for your charter bus group. After hours, drinking spots abound, some on the beach, others located a little further inland.
When planning a charter bus visit to Florida, give Charter Bus Florida a call to find out how they can help you with their fleet of charter vehicles that can cater to any size group, and friendly, personalized service.