Top 3 Florida Staycation Destinations

Sometimes we want to relax and unwind – to explore and visit undiscovered places. Well, a staycation is in order! Discover the charm of our historic places or indulge on one of our gorgeous beaches, all without the need to buy expensive plane tickets.

Here are some options to explore some of the most relaxing and enjoyable places Florida has to offer! And, with our latest Volkswagen models you’ll find the perfect companion for your road trips…with the style, space, comfort and performance you’ll savor.

For the Family – Sarasota

If you are looking for a family fun vacation, consider Sarasota. There, you’ll encounter beautiful beaches and a relaxed environment to enjoy with your loved ones. Spend the day at Siesta Key. It beach has the reputation of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Or, visit Sarasota’s famed circus and art museum to enjoy a guided tour. Learn about the history of the circus, walk through the rose garden or enjoy the sculptures, baroque paintings, and galleries.

For family packed fun, take one of our family-sized SUV’s. With the all-new 2018 Atlas, you’ll enjoy even more passenger space and up to 96.8 cu-ft. of cargo space for your family and all their stuff. It also has a panoramic sunroof, 3rd row seating, great entertainment systems and 17 cup holders! Everyone will be happy!

For the History Lovers – St. Augustine

Travel to the northern Floridian city of St. Augustine to experience the “Old World”, Spanish charm – cobblestone streets, forts and all. Visit Castillo de San Marcos to experience the battles on the defense line that consists of 20.5 acres of land and includes a stone and mortar wall that weathered numerous attacks during the colonial wars. You can also sign up for a tour of Flagler College for a showcase of Spanish Renaissance architecture. Or sign up for one of the ghost tours around the city.

And to fully experience the place and all its charm, why not go with the Convertible Beetle? Put the top down, pump the speakers, breathe in the fresh St. Augustine air and enjoy the best views of the city from the comfort of your car. Plus, the Beetle comes with tons of safety features for peace of mind throughout your trip.

Relax and Unwind – Anna Maria Island

Look no further for your next relaxation staycation than Anna Maria Island. It has all the relaxing less-active activities you crave – from a day at the beach to a day on the boat. And even some of the more active ones, including: fishing, watersports, golf courses and more – all available with beautiful scenery at every turn! Book a paddle board yoga session to get refreshed. View the island from another perspective on a parasailing expedition. Or simply spend the day at a spa.

For any activity you plan on doing, the Passat might be the way to go. It has the space you need and the performance to fully enjoy the ride to your staycations. Expect a great entertainment system, panoramic sunroof and luxury ride that make any trip – even a trip to the store – more enjoyable.

Whichever staycation destination you choose, we have the VW model to suit your needs and style. Visit one of our 11 dealerships near you to find your perfect fit!

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Volkswagen Cruises into 2018 with BIG Changes

Volkswagen to release new 2019 Jetta and replaces CC with 2019 Arteon.

In less than two months the all-new 2019 Jetta will be available in the U.S. This beloved model has been a popular option since the 80s, and its redesign has made its release highly anticipated. Volkswagen is also making changes to another vehicle in its lineup. The CC, short for comfort coupe, is being replaced with the Arteon, a four-door hatch-back with coupe-like style cues.

The new 2019 Jetta made headlines when it first debuted at the Detroit auto show in January, showing off its wider, lower and longer look. Volkswagen has high hopes with the revamping of the Jetta. The Volkswagen site has referred to the redesign as “a tasteful, more premium look and feel”. Reviews posted online also raved about the new look and tech-forward features. Equipped with a 10” customizable cockpit screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the all-new, exclusive-to-Volkswagen, BeatsAudio™. The Jetta is also stepping up its safety features like collision alert and automatic braking, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.

Reviewers online, likewise, had positive things to say about the Arteon. “The Arteon combines the design elements of a classic sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback,” said Volkswagen head designer Klaus Bischoff. “It’s an avant-garde business-class Gran Turismo that speaks to the heart and head alike.”

For more information on the new releases or about the Volkswagen brand, customers can visit any of Volkswagen’s 11 convenient South Florida locations from South Miami to West Palm Beach.


Best Warranty Puts You First

When looking for your next car, you shouldn’t be ONLY looking for the latest models, features, space and price…you should also be looking for quality craftsmanship, a model that fits your needs and, perhaps most importantly, a great warranty to keep you covered and give you peace of mind. Fortunately, new 2018 Volkswagen models have it all!

When Volkswagen decided to offer a warranty, they thought about people first. While most car companies, like Toyota and Honda, offer a standard three year or 36,000 miles warranty, Volkswagen thought you deserved more. They wanted to create an aggressive new-vehicle warranty that ensured their customers would be protected, and they did.

Volkswagen is proud to offer America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 6-years or 72,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and it’s fully transferable to subsequent owners. That means the warranty not only covers the Powertrain (engine, transmission, front/rear axles and other drive components), like most top competitors, but Volkswagen also covers just about everything else, too! When Volkswagen says “bumper-to-bumper”, that means it includes limited coverage of your battery, brake pads, wheel alignment, paint, wiper blades and mechanical adjustments too! All the makings of this unmatched warranty is to ensure the reliability and longevity of your vehicle. And best of all, if you decide to switch to a new car before your warranty is up, (but, really, why would you?) the remainder of the warranty coverage is transferred to the new owner at no cost to you.

Volkswagen’s The People First Warranty gives you the peace of mind you need. But don’t just take our word for it, let’s compare the warranties from those other competitors. (Don’t worry, we did the research for you.)

Toyota’s Coverage

Let’s start by analyzing Toyota’s New Owner warranty which offers its new car owners 3-years/36,000-miles of coverage for most components (also known as basic warranty); it has 5-year/60,000-mile coverage for its Powertrain components and 5 years of rust-through coverage. Volkswagen beats their basic warranty with bumper-to-bumper coverage for an additional 3 years.

Honda’s Coverage

A similar option is offered by Honda. Theirs also offers 3-years/36,000-miles on all components (other than normal wear) and 5-years/60,000-miles on the Powertrain components. Additionally, they cover replacements for original parts for up to a year and roadside assistance for vehicles that are not older than 3 years. Talk about basic. Volkswagen’s got that one beat too!

Hyundai’s Coverage

As for Hyundai, they offer basic coverage of 5-years or 60,000-miles. This includes coverage of any component manufactured or originally installed by Hyundai that is defective in material or factory workmanship, including the audio system. Paint is covered for 3 years / 36,000 miles and the battery is covered for 2 years. The rest of the wear items (belts, brake pads, wiper blades, etc) have a 1 year / 12,000 mile warranty. And yes, they’re known for their 10-year/100,000 mile coverage – but that’s only good on the Powertrain and only available to the car’s original owner.

Volkswagen’s Warranty


Volkswagen took a unique approach in offering a bumper-to-bumper warranty for 6-years/72,000 miles. Volkswagen has such faith in the quality and craftsmanship of their vehicles that they’re backing it with this unparalleled warranty. It’s a pretty bold declaration, but we can see why.

Volkswagen’s People First Warranty is the best of its kind. It will cover the cost of repairs for any defect in manufacturer material or craftsmanship for 6-years or 72,000-miles. That’s better and longer coverage than any of the top competitors! It even covers the battery, paint and bulbs for 3 years / 36,000 miles and brake pads and wiper blades for 1 year / 12,000 miles.

So, why settle for a basic warranty when you can have America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty? Visit your South Florida Volkswagen dealers and choose a VW model you love!

For more information or specific details on warranty coverage, please visit https://www.vw.com/warranty/ or visit one of your local VW dealerships.

*Certain limitations and restrictions apply. 6 years/72,000 miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty on MY2018 VW vehicles, excluding e-Golf. See owner’s literature or dealer for warranty exclusions and limitations.

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Pass on the Accord for the Passat!

The Volkswagen Passat is the midsized car for family-sized fun. And to keep that fun going, the Passat is jam-packed with active safety features including Lane Departure Warning unlike the comparable Honda Accord. The 2018 Passat has also earned a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And it’s been named a 2017 Top Safety Pick (when equipped with Front Assist) by the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Not only are Volkswagen vehicles beautifully crafted, but they’re also beautifully crafted with safety in mind.

Speaking of safety, Park Assist is a must-have feature for any driver nowadays. Luckily, it comes standard on the Passat SEL V6. Park Assist determines if a parking spot is the right size for your Volkswagen and will help steer your vehicle into the space: either parallel or perpendicular. Imagine having a car that can park itself! You won’t be able to do that with the Honda Accord.

Two engine options are offered with the Passat giving the consumer the power to choose. You can select either the 2.0-liter TSI engine or a 3.6-liter V6. The Accord also offers two engine sizes, but they fall short in performance compared to the Passat.

The Passat’s 2.0 TSI engine boosts an EPA-estimated 36 mpg highway. The Accord’s 2.0-liter only gets 32 estimated mpg highway. That makes the Passat a perfect companion for any road-trip. And Volkswagen has recently introduced its People First Warranty. The new VW warranty covers six years or 72,000 miles – longer than any Honda vehicle. That’s not a typical powertrain warranty either…it’s a BUMPER-TO-BUMPER warranty. The Honda Accord has basic coverage for three years or 36,000 miles. No contest.


As if sharks weren’t enough…

Crocodile comes ashore on Hollywood beach. The 8-foot, 145 pound prehistoric monster showed up Monday, November 20th to the surprise of local beach goers and guests of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. It drew television crews, crowds and wildlife officers.

A Hollywood police officer approached people taking photos and told them to back up.

“Can you run 18 miles an hour?” the officer asked one woman.

“No,” she said.

“He can,” the officer said. Everyone backed up.

It was finally caught late in the day by officials and released elsewhere.

But, seriously, it wasn’t enough to have jellyfish, stingrays and sharks to watch out for…now we need to worry about crocodiles now too?

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Holiday Events for South Florida Families

The Sun Sentinel has helpfully put together a list of family-friendly local fun this holiday season. We’ve ranked the Top 10 by fun-factor for you…


Vizcaya’s always a fun place to visit, even when it isn’t the Holiday Season…but IT IS the Holiday Season! And December 13th, Vizcaya is hosting a mini-tuba concert, caroling, art making, seasonal treats and plenty of incredible photo opportunities and for $5pp, it’s worth a trip. Visit vizcaya.org to learn more.


This is a pretty amazing find! Enjoy a free buffet breakfast with Santa at the Palm Beach Outlets. Hosted by South Florida Parenting, you’ll also get a complimentary family photo with Santa, cookie decorating, face painting, crafts, games, music and more! It’s all free on December 2nd from 8:30-11am – and since it’s just a couple of hours in the morning, you’ll still have time to do some fun seasonal frolicking at night. See palmbeachoutlets.com for the full schedule.


You can’t have a top 5 without a parade! This year, Boca Raton is getting “lit” for their 47th annual parade on December 6. Enjoy music, dancers, cheerleaders, drill teams and amazing Christmas floats. Little ones always end up with special surprises given out during the parade and many local businesses participate as well. myboca.us has the parade route and more.


It’s a Miami holiday theme park with rides, shows, games and holiday decorations that will delight even the Grinchiest of Grinches.  Visit santasenchantedforest.com for details.


It’s an annual tradition you can’t afford to miss. December 9th, check out the floating parties. It’s great fun for everyone in the family. Holiday lights, music and great entertainment. Check out winterfestparade.com for more information.


Are you Civic-minded? Think again.

Volkswagen has recently introduced the People First Warranty. It’s the best and longest warranty of its kind, offering six years or 72,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage. Not just a powertrain warranty. Not just a battery warranty. The new VW warranty is a bumper-to-bumper warranty (and, yes, it does include the powertrain too). It’s longer in years and mileage than any of its competitors, including Honda.

Speaking of its competitors – the Civic.

The new 2018 Jetta actually has a lower MSRP than a comparable Honda Civic. Which means it’ll have a lower sale price too.

As far as engine power is concerned, the Civic loses with regard to power and performance compared to the Jetta. The Honda Civic comes creates 138 ft-lbs or torque versus the Jetta’s impressive 184 ft-lbs of torque. And if you’re not sure what all those numbers mean, the higher the number, the better the vehicle will perform.

Both the Jetta and Civic have awesome entertainment systems but the base model Jetta comes standard with many other features that will keep your inner audiophile grinning from ear to ear. You’d be shelling out hundreds of dollars more to add in a CD player and auxiliary port to the Honda Civic. The Jetta has more space for your backseat passengers and more cargo space, too.

Volks, then wagen. People, then car. That’s the Volkswagen philosophy.

Read more about the Volkswagen Jetta at vw.com.

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