Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula is a freelance writer, translator & marketer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on subjects ranging from travel and food to parenting and bilingualism. She enjoys traveling, good food and is always in search of new things to do and in Southwest Florida.

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WaveRunner Dolphin Tour: the Most Exciting Dolphin Tour in Fort Myers Beach

Dolphin Waverunner tour in Fort Myers Beach

Dolphin watching is definitely one of the favorite things to do for anyone living in or visiting Southwest Florida. There are lots of places where you can watch dolphins from Sanibel to Naples from dolphin cruises to watching these playful animals from the Fort Myers or Naples piers. But if you’re looking to get really …

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A Relaxing Weekend Getaway at the Historic Belleview Inn

A Relaxing Weekend Getaway at the Historic Belleview Inn

The historic Belleview Inn is one of Florida’s best kept secrets. Just minutes from Clearwater and Tampa this gorgeous hotel is a real gem. Whether you’re looking for a unique experience in Southwest Florida or just want to a relaxing weekend getaway, the Belleview Inn in Belleair, Florida is a great option. Just minutes away …

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The Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in Southwest Florida

The Best Beaches for Dogs in Southwest Florida

The beaches of southwest Florida are some of the most beautiful in the country. But if you’re traveling with pets, you may be wondering where you and your dog can enjoy the beach together.  If you’re searching for a good place to enjoy the surf with your dog, check out one of our picks for …

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5 Great Reasons to Book Your Next Family Vacation at the Westin Cape Coral At Marina Village

5 Reasons to Stay at the Westin Cape Coral At Marina Village

Whether you’re planning a family getaway or a weekend staycation, the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village has everything you’ll need to enjoy a family vacation in Cape Coral. Since we are locals we often go to the hotel for dinner at Marker 92 or just for a walk along the beautiful marina.  The …

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Southwest Florida

Best places for paddle boarding in Southwest Florida

Stand up paddle boarding is not just one of the best full body workouts, it’s also a great way to enjoy the water.  Southwest Florida is a fantastic place for paddleboarding with lots of options to enjoy the beautiful beaches and estuaries and view nature from the water. After trying paddle boarding for the first …

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Vacation More and Vacation Better by Becoming a Member of the Pink Shell Vacation Club

Pink Shell Resort Vacation Club

Southwest Florida is the perfect vacation destination and when it comes to vacationing the Pink Shell Resort and Marina has everything you need for an amazing beach vacation.  The Pink Shell Resort has always been one of our favorite family-friendly resorts and we were so excited to learn that now the Pink Shell Resort is …

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Beyond the Beach: Our Favorite Things To Do With Kids In Naples

Naples Zoo

We all know that when it comes to the best things to do in Naples the beach is at the top of the list. However there are also lots of other great things to do in Naples with kids. Naples is full of fun family-friendly activities. From checking out the wild animals at the zoo …

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Best Things to Do With Teens and Tweens in Fort Myers

Defy Fort Myers

Teens and tweens can be a tough crowd to entertain. Not only are they notoriously hard to impress, but they’re often stuck between childhood and adulthood – too grown up for kid attractions but not grown up enough for adult activities. Luckily Fort Myers is full of amazing attractions that will definitely spark the interest …

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Best Places for Birding in Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida is one of the best places in the country for bird watching. The area is in the path of one of the world’s most traveled flyways, which means migrating birds from across the globe travel across our skies. To get great views of birds flying across Southwest Florida, check out these five amazing …

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Guide To Visiting Rotary Park In Cape Coral

Rotary park mangrove preserve Cape Coral

Consisting of 97 acres, that includes mostly salt marsh, some upland and a lot of rock just under the surface, Rotary Park in Cape Coral is the result of funding from a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection stipulating the area be preserved. The preserved area can not be developed (that is why it …

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