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You won't read about many of these special discounts for military personnel or retired military anywhere else on the web. Remember, each offer is subject to change, may not include taxes, is not available at all times and military ID is required; check with each property/resort for specific requirements.

Amelia House Bed, Breakfast and Sail
Amelia Island, Florida

Offers a 15% discount off lodging rates to Military, Police and Firemen -- just ask for it when making a reservation and produce a valid military ID card at check-in. 800-980-3629. Email: innkeeper@ameliahouse.com. Web site: www.ameliahouse.com. As of 3/3/2014 Amelia House does not appear to be in business.

Duck Tours of Tampa Bay
Tampa, Florida

Duck Tours of Tampa Bay offers narrated land and sea tours in genuine WW II amphibious vehicles. Yes, its DUKW vehicles actually were used during WW II. Duck Tours offers a discount for military and immediate family members of $2.00 off per person. Information: 813-960-8038. www.DuckToursofTampaBay.com

Discovery Tours
Key West, FL

The Discovery Glass Bottom Boat in Key West, Florida offers a 20% discount to all military personnel and their families, and discount tickets can be purchased at the MWR offices .http://www.keywestattractions.org/discovery-glass-bottom-boat.php. Information: (800) 262-0099.

Residence Inn Sea World International Center
Orlando, FL

The property, which opened Feb. 14, 2002, has 350 studio, one bedroom and two bedroom suites. Spacious rooms and the complimentary hot breakfast buffet are popular with its guests. The military rate is $95. Information: 800-889-9728. www.residenceinnseaworld.com

Comfort Suites
Orlando, FL. (2416 N. Orange Ave.)

A 25% discount off all rack rates including its two room suites; also includes a free deluxe continental breakfast every day. The hotel is a new all suite property just north of Downtown Orlando in the bustling Loch Haven Arts district. It sits among popular restaurants, unique specialty shops and the TD Waterhouse Arena, home of the Orlando Magic basketball team - close to all the major attractions. www.orlandocomfortsuites.com.

Clarion Hotel Universal
Orlando, FL

A special military rate of $49 for low season and $69 for high season, plus taxes. Ask for special rate code: Mili. Call: 800/445-7299.

Hampton Inn-Ellenton
Ellenton, FL. (Tampa Bay Area)

New hotel conveniently located at Exit 43 near Bradenton at the intersection of I-75 and US Hwy 301, adjacent to Prime Outlet Mall. The Hotel is in the top 10% of all Hampton Inn's. It offers a government rate of $69.00 and will also offer an additional $10.00 discount for active and retired military for June-Sept. 30, 2002. Information: 941-721-4000.

Hampton Inn & Courtyard by Marriott
Coco Beach, FL

A special rate of $69 at the Hampton Inn and $79 at the Courtyard by Marriott. For more information call: 321-784-4800.

Five Sanibel Resorts offering 30% Discount
Sanibel Island, Florida

Five resorts located on Southwest Florida's Sanibel Island are extending special offers to active military personnel.

The Sundial Beach Resort, Sanibel Inn, Seaside Inn, Song of the Sea and Best Western Sanibel Beach Resort are all extending a 30 percent discount off rates throughout 2002 to active military personnel. This special offer is available to active military personnel and must be requested when making reservations and is based

Pool at the Seaside Inn. Copyright © Meristar Hotels & Resorts. Used with Permission

on availability. Proper identification is also required at check in.

Seaside Inn
Sitting amongst the palm trees along the Gulf of Mexico, Seaside Inn's "Old Florida" style brings guests back to a simpler time as they lounge on the beach and soak up rays. The inn offers a heated Gulf view swimming pool, shuffleboard, outdoor barbecue grills and roomy porches, all with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, guests will wake up each morning to a fresh complimentary continental breakfast basket delivered to their room each day. Seaside Inn also provides complimentary use of bicycles for island exploration.

Sanibel Inn
The unique, environmentally sensitive Sanibel Inn is set amidst more than 600 swaying palm trees and eight acres of tropical native vegetation. The accommodations offer a refrigerator, microwave, video cassette player, coffee service, and a private screened balcony with outdoor furniture. Guests will also enjoy the heated swimming pool, activities for children, unlimited tennis, and outdoor barbecue grills and picnic tables.

Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea is a romantic European-style seaside inn offering 30 accommodations, each furnished in a French country style. This romantic boutique-style hotel

Room Interior at Song of the Sea. Copyright © Meristar Hotels & Resorts. Used with Permission

offers guests a chance to relax while enjoying its generous amenities. These include bottled water and environmentally sensitive amenities in each room, a delicious complimentary daily continental breakfast served al fresco, and a daily newspaper delivered to the room. Guests of Song of the Sea may also use the inn's bicycles, swimming pool, whirlpool, beach chairs, umbrellas, and library of books and movies at no extra cost.

Best Western Sanibel Island Beach Resort
Terns and egrets tend to be more noticeable than the guests who linger on the Best Western Sanibel Island's beach. An explanation could be that vacationers are busy with beachcombing alternatives - biking around Sanibel Island, enjoying a chilled beverage on their Gulf-view balconies or investigating collections at nearby Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. One of the island's original hostelries, the Best Western boasts comforts from a bygone era with modern appeal and amenities ranging from one of the island's largest heated pools to outdoor barbecue and picnic facilities.

Sundial Beach Resort
Quietly nestled among 33 acres on Sanibel Island, Sundial Beach Resort is a premier destination for business and pleasure. Sundial's 270 comfortable executive units feature fully equipped kitchens, living rooms and private terraces - most with breathtaking Gulf of Mexico views - all conveniently located on a mile-long expanse of beach. Amenities include three restaurants, five swimming pools, fitness facility, Environmental Coastal Observatory Center, bike rental shop, top-notch children's program and tennis courts complete with on-site professional instructors.

Information: 800-572-5998 or visit http://www.roomstays.com/hotel/1014522 on the World Wide Web.

Maple Tree Inn
Sunnyvale, California

Located in the San Jose Area very close to Moffitt Field, NASA & Lockheed Martin, the Maple Tree Inn is currently offering a Government & Military rate of $139. Reservations: 800/423-0243.

Melia Panama Canal Hotel, Casino & Conference Center
Colon, Panama

The Meliá Panama Canal Hotel, Casino & Conference Center is located in the Former Las Américas Military School on Gatun Lake, minutes away from the duty-free district of Colon. With a convention center, casino, gourmet cuisine and daily excursions to historical sites, the Meliá Panama Canal offers convenience and comfort for business and leisure travelers alike.

The hotel has 310 beautifully appointed and spacious rooms. All rooms feature individually controlled air conditioning, color televisions with international cable channels, mini-bar, data port, direct dial telephone, radio and alarm clock, in room safe and private bathroom. In addition, 60 of the hotel's rooms feature Meliá's own Servicio Real, or Royal Service, which includes private check-in and check-out, butler service, in room fax and printer, two separate phone lines, secretarial assistance, continental breakfast, pillow menu and shoe shine.

For recreation the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, water sports on Gatun Lake and free transportation to a private beach 25 minutes away. Hotel staff can arrange excursions to historical and natural landmarks such as the Panama Canal, Las Perlas, Portobelo, Fort San Lorenzo and the San Blas islands.

Information: 1-800-33-MELIA. Fax: 011-507-470-1200. E mail: julieta.hernandez@meliapanamacanal.com.pa

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