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chicago, IL
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LIVE Trip Report

Hi to all my TA friends...we made it T+C yesterday...barely! Our flight out of Chicago sat on the runway for 1 1/2 hours to de-ice and we literally made our connection in Atlanta as they were closing the doors! Phew!

Someone on TA advised me to rent a car from Avis on Gracebay (vs the airport) b/c it will save you $25. The thought was to take a cab to Avis and then on to the hotel. I'd suggest to other travelers not to attempt this...at least not on a Saturday in Feb. The aiport was INSANE!! You share a huge taxi with other travelers and the drivers are not inclined to make a stop at Avis. At least ours was not. He was not happy at all. It all worked out fine, but it was definetly going against the grain. If you plan to get a car rent it at the airport b/c you can avoid the insanity of trying to get a taxi with literally thousands of other travelers. Again this was on a Sat in Feb so it may be different at other times.

We are staying at the Villa del Mar in a studio. It is gorgeous! Our room looks like a high end luxury condo. The furnishings are beautiful with a huge four poster bed, lush bedding, plush couches, great kitchenette, huge balcony with lounger and table with chairs. It's perfect. There are three buildings - A, B, and C. A is closest to the main pool and to the walk-way for the beach. C overlooks the smaller pool. It makes absolutely no difference if you are in A,B, or C b/c it's a 2 second walk between the buildings.

We were given rum punch at check in and escorted to our room. After settling in we drove over to the IGA and stocked up on some lunch meat, cheese, veggies and beer. From home I brought coffee, apples, oranges, bread, chips, cookies, trail mix, peanut butter, and pretzels. The prices are probably 1 1/2 to 2 times more than what we see in Chicago.

For dinner we went to Sharkbite in Turtle Cove. We had the almond crusted grouper and it was incredible! Rum punch knocked me on my butt! :) We saw why this place is called Sharkbite as we saw a shark circling in the shallow waters right below our table at the marina! It was lively, not crowded and it was perfect start for our trip. More to come....stay tuned. :)

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Thank you.....I love live trip reports.

We also stayed at VDM and loved it!

Enjoy your trip.

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Hope your taking pictures to post too ;-)

Thanks for taking the time to post, and glad you made it there ok.

Amelia Island...
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Glad you made your connecting flight and are now in paradise.

Sharkbite can be a fun place. I look forward to more updates on your trip. Thanks for posting live!

Halifax, Canada
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Thank you! Please keep posting.....live reports are so much fun to read!

Enjoy your vacation!

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Almond crusted grouper at The Sharkbite is not to be missed.

I too like to settle into Provo mode by having exactly that the very first night.


Rockford, IL
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Glad you made it safely, I too have sat on the runway at Ohare for too long at times its usually waiting to get into the Gate longest was 90 mins we were all ready to lose our mind because it was Hot hot hot on the plane. So happy you made it to Atlanta on time for your connection. I am confused about Avis as my husband made the reservation and I thought it was at the Airport. Are there 2 different sites? Enjoy you trip and thanks for posting!!

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Have fun on your trip, and thanks for the live updates!

The airport on a Saturday is crazy this time of the year, especially since JetBlue and Continental flights are getting in around the same time as all the others, and the current airport can't handle it. Improvements are on the way.

Stamford, CT
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Love the live updates- I will be doing the same in 16 days when we arrive! Keep them coming. G

Canandaigua, New...
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Glad that you made your flight and are now on TCI.

Enjoy your vacation and post when you get a chance.



Atlanta, Georgia
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Thanks for the TCI "fix."

Looking forward to more installments. :-)