GETTING THERE: West Palm Beach, Fla., is served by several carriers from all three D.C. area airports: Southwest flies nonstop from BWI starting at $158 round trip; AirTran has one-stop flights from Washington Dulles starting at $98 round trip; and US Airways and United fly nonstop from Reagan National for $194 and $227 round trip, respectively.
DEALS: Very few hotels are offering discounts in the hurricane-impacted areas of Florida's east coast, largely because many are still filled with relief agency workers and utility crews. One we found: The Ramada Inn in Cocoa (900 Friday Rd., 800-272-6232, www.ramada.com) is offering a deal from $109 for two people, including one night's lodging in a deluxe room, dinner for two, a bottle of champagne and continental breakfast. Note: Pool is still closed due to storm damage. (Ask for promotion LRE). Expedia is offering package deals at the Gulfstream Hotel (1 Lake Ave., 888-540-0669) in West Palm Beach through Dec. 31. A sample five-night package for two is $779, including two round-trip airline tickets from BWI and four nights' hotel. Rooms are typically from $99. The Gulfstream is on the Intercoastal Waterway, just across a causeway from the beach. Amenities include a waterfront restaurant, live music and wireless Internet access. Details: 800-342-8630, www.expedia.com.
INFORMATION: The state's Visit Florida has a post-hurricane Web site, www.visitflorida.com/hurricane_recovery/index.phpm, featuring an interactive map with hurricane recovery details, including percentage of hotel rooms open, open/closed attractions, etc. For info on a specific county: Brevard, 321-637-5483, www.space-coast.com; Indian River, 772-567-3491, www.indianriverchamber.com; St. Lucie, 800-344-8443, www.visitstluciefla.com; Stuart/Martin, 772-287-1088, www.goodnature.org; Palm Beach, 561-233-3000, www.palmbeachfl.com. For state park information, www.floridastateparks.org lists damage reports and reopening status for individual parks.
-- John Briley