Florida is a land of enchantment and excitement. For many, it is a tropical paradise with turquoise and emerald waters that wash on sandy white beaches shaded by palm trees that sway in the warm sea breeze. For others, it's a land of fascinating theme parks and attractions. Yet others are drawn to the exciting cultural diversity of its modern metropolitan cities. Still others seek Florida for its natural beauty - cypress forests, swamps, rivers, springs and mangrove waterways where within live hundreds of species of fish, birds, unique plants and interesting animals.
From Pensacola to Apalachicola stretch over a hundred miles of some of the most beautiful dazzling white sand beaches in the world. Along the "Panhandle" the Gulf of Mexico frequently displays a rich emerald green color providing unparalleled beauty for beach goers.
Further inland is Florida's capital city Tallahassee. This elegant city has a distinct southern air. It is set within rolling hills decorated with majestic moss draped southern live oak and magnolia trees. Although a modern city by any measure it retains much of its historic flavor with numerous 19th century homes an mansions.
This region of Florida claims to have the oldest permanent settlement in America. St. Augustine was founded in 1565 more than 50 years before the first Pilgrims came to New England. Much Of the historic district has been restored providing a fascinating insight to life in this era.
Jacksonville, just north of St. Augustine, is home to several interesting areas including Jacksonville Landing and Riverwalk along the picturesque St. Johns river. Jacksonville also has numerous beaches that stretch more than 20 miles along the Atlantic coast.
West Central Florida
West central Florida offers natural wilderness beauty to the north miles of sandy white beaches and modern cities in the central to south areas. Along Clearwater and nearby areas are some of the nicest beaches in Florida.
Tampa, a contemporary city, is home to museums, the Florida Aquarium and the Busch Gardens theme park. Within Tampa's limits is colorful Ybor city which is known for its cigar industry heritage and still retains its Cuban and Spanish flair. Ybor has a party atmosphere which comes to life in the evenings and weekends.
East Central Florida
The east coast of Florida is an exciting blend of beaches, space ports and theme parks. Daytona Beach is world renowned for its beaches and festive atmosphere, and of course, the Daytona International Speedway.
Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center is the launch point for most of America's spacecraft. Kennedy Space Center offers an impressive array of rocket displays and tours.
Orlando is the theme park capital, where make-believe wonder and big city sophistication create a magical time for all. Walt Disney World Florida invites you to explore the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney MGM Studios and Disney Animal Kingdom, and visit the heart of a city on the edge of their world at Downtown Disney including the all new DisneyQuest. SeaWorld Orlando entertains while educating about marine life. Universal Orlando offers two amazing theme parks - Universal Studios Orlando and Island of Adventure theme park plus non-stop Orlando nightlife at Universal Citywalk. To cool off, visti one of Orlando.s refreshing water parks.
Orlando is also a shopper's paradise where factory outlets abound. For the more discriminating shopper, several Orlando shopping malls offer the newest fashions from top-line designers. Whether you chose to stay in Orlando or nearby Kissimmee, you will find the variety of Orlando hotels, resorts and vacation rentals will suit any need.
Fort Myers was put on the map by genius and inventor Thomas Edison during the late 1800s. His winter home still exists today and is available for tour. Along the coast are the beautiful islands of Sanibel and Captiva.
Naples, an affluent beach city, is one of the last cities before the Everglades. Naples is the self-proclaimed "Golf Capital of the World" by having a great concentration of golf courses.
The Everglades in the southern most area of Florida is without exception a natural wonder of the world. One can tour or drive through the Everglades to appreciate this natural wonder.
From West Palm Beach through Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and into the Keys exists a phenomenal line of cities and ocean front interest. Miami is a melting pot of architecture and cultures with a strong Latin and Caribbean influence. Miami Beach is famous for its superb sandy beaches and Art Deco buildings.
The Keys are a string of islands connected by the Overseas Highway. The water sports along this narrow chain of islands is nothing less than spectacular.
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