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Southeast Florida

4789693southeastmainStretching from Palm Beach to Miami, Florida’s Gold Coast draws its name from both the gold Spanish coins which still occasionally wash up on its shores and the “Solid Gold” lifestyle of its wealthy homeowners.

Shopping, golf, tennis, boating, scuba diving, fishing, tours . . . there is plenty to do along South Florida's Gold Coast. Fort Lauderdale is a community of striking contrasts, and is becoming Florida's fastest growing, most diverse, and dynamic vacation and business travel destination

Miami is a city of many faces, from the Art Deco of South Beach, to the food and culture of Little Havana to the must-see South Dade spots like the Everglades, Biscayne National Park, Miami MetroZoo, Parrot Jungle, Monkey Jungle, and more. By Robin Herriff

North Central Florida

 

22433213norhcentralFormerly known to boaters and other travelers as"the lonesome leg" of Florida, the area from above of the Governor of Florida now designated as "Florida'sNature Coast" after a contest to choose a new name and a new poster.Where cute critters aren't animated or mechanical, but are the"real thing" including 19 endangered or threatened species in their natural habitat. Where thrilling water rides include aquatic and subaquatic adventures,in which the unpredictability and pristine beauty of nature provide the "thrills."Where quaint villages and Native American sites are the real thing, embracing some of the country's most fascinating cultural histories.Where spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico stand in for the glare of neon in the evening sky.Where natural fun remains unspoiledby exorbitant prices,long lines and crowds. Information provided from The Nature Coast Coalition.

Northwest Florida

13730633forgottencoast Pensacola, Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Navarre are just a few of the beach communities that line the Emerald Coast, an area known for its mouthwatering seafood, gentle surf and sugar-sand beaches. Dotting the beaches of Santa Rosa Boulevard in Ft. Walton Beach, the region's largest city, you'll find inviting resorts, restaurants and bars. Navarre is loved for its serene beauty.

Cozy Destin has a reputation as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village," and houses the state's largest charter fishing fleet and world-renowned deep sea fishing. If you’d rather shop, Destin houses everything from huge outlet centers to quaint boutiques, and the town is also home to a number of four-star restaurants.

 

If you prefer a more laid back lifestyle, you may want to consider the Forgotten Coast. You may not remember hearing about Florida’s Forgotten Coast, but we’ll bet once you’ve been here, you won’t forget it! The Forgotten Coast of Florida lies along the Panhandle. Encompassing beach and fishing towns like Mexico Beach and St. Joe Beach, our little neck of the woods includes the City of Apalachicola and continues to the St. Marks Lighthouse and nature preserve.

This portion of Old Florida was indeed "forgotten" during the period when much of North Florida's coastline was developed... and then over-developed. Today what has been preserved is much more precious to the Forgotten Coast than housing developments and strip malls; we’ll take our pristine bays, sugar white beaches, coastal marshlands, and barrier islands with amazing dune formations any day!

Each area is different, and all are uncrowded natural wonders, just waiting for you to come and explore. By Robin Herriff

 

The Florida Keys

9369661keymainFirst-time visitors to the Florida Keys comment almost immediately on the island chain's unique laid-back atmosphere that is a world away from big cities and theme parks.

It's the kind of ambiance that lured famed novelist Ernest Hemingway to reside in Key West from 1929 to 1939. The subtropical island's lush environment and colorful residents provided Hemingway substantial creative inspiration. Key West was his home when he wrote some of his most famous works including "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "To Have and Have Not" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro." Hemingway's former residence, inhabited by descendants of his six-toed cats, today is a public museum that honors his literary prowess and the affection he had for his Key West lifestyle.

A necklace of islands that begins just south of Miami, the Florida Keys are connected by the Overseas Highway's 43 bridges - one almost seven miles long - over the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The area is divided into five regions including Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine and the Lower Keys, and Key West. Each region has its own special flavor, attractions including historic museums, flora, fauna, seafood restaurants, fishing, diving, watersports and unique, boutique-type shopping experiences.

Vistas of the Keys are dominated by emerald-green lagoons, deep-blue seas, nodding palms, rustling pines and olive-green mangroves. Sharing this eco-paradise are white herons, roseate spoonbills, pelicans, sea gulls, ospreys and countless underwater creatures.

The coastal waters of the entire 125-mile island chain, including its shallow water flats, mangrove islets and coral reefs, have been designated the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Multi-language visitor guides are available free of charge by writing to Florida Keys & Key West Tourist Development Council, P.O. Box 1147, Key West FL 33041 U.S.A. Downloadable brochures and videos are available at the official Florida Keys & Key West Web site at www.fla-keys.com. Or, in the U.S. and Canada, dial toll-free 1-800-FLA-KEYS (800-352-5397).

Information & Photo Provided "Courtesy of the Florida Keys & Key West Tourist Development Council" Photo By Steve Powell