Favorite thing: Just a couple of maps to show where this place is. And no, I didn't take these pics myself :), these maps are the only time I don't use my own pictures, as I have used a screen capture with online maps to get the right maps the right size.
plenty there for shopping and eating, nice area. see the tourist office for it
Aventura Mall was/is one of our favorites there when lived nearby for years... also, Neomi is a nice place to eat as it is Bourbon Steak, class act.
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Fondest memory: beach area is very nice, great area to walk and great eating, hotels entertainment and foodies
Well lived there for 18 glorious years,and still family all over the place.
Hard decision on South Beach or Key West, depends on your interests,both are happening places with south beach a bit more glittery, key west is more laidback style, generally speaking.
I dont stay in hotels normally there ::) but the Holiday Inn is a nice chain, the hotel is a nice location, but not south beach ,is what we call mid beach as anything above 17 is not south beach area. The hotel is at 43rd.street, so more families there.
Transportation there car is king and queen, public transport is very limited. YOu have the monorail in Miami to city center ,and then the bus system. Car has plenty of parking everywhere as it is a car setup structure there.
Taxi fare will be minimum you are just a few blocks down to south beach. But never taken it.
cheap car rentals companies are Dollar, Budget,Entreprise,Alamo, Holiday, Thrifty, and then all the majors.
you can look at their tourist pages for additinal info and on Destinations above right here at VT.
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Fondest memory: beach at south beach and walking lincoln road,and mallory square star gazing at key west plus boating in the keys
I lived in the area for several years before my jump to France several years back.
the cruise is big there and once away from it, the best is the beach area and shopping restos of Las Olas blvd, very nice.
you can have another type of cruise on the intra coastal waterways aboard jungle queen riverboat
the water taxi is nice too, and takes you to the nice homes in the canals
shopping close to the area try Galleria
without a car is difficult because its a car society there, very little public transport. For a hotel in the area above tips given is the Yankee Clipper an institution there and now renovated under the Starwood Ft Lauderdale name
you can get lots of ideas on your interests by looking at destinations above right and see tips by posters like us or the tourist org in Ft Lauderdale at
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Fondest memory: taken the jungle queen boat ride and the water taxis was sublime, something to look forward when back visiting family.
nice area, live for many years down from there in Ormond by the Sea and spent many weekends there with family.
There is accommodation B&B that are very nice there, this site will tell you all lovely places
be known the best beach or St Augustine Beach is a bit south over the bridge of lions. there is many interesting places to see like Ripley's,and oldest house, oldest school, Lighter and villa zorayda museums.
St George ave is full of shops lovely, and the Columbia Spanish resto is the outlet of the oldest Spanish resto in Florida (Tampa).
Casa Alcazar inside the lighter museum is great resto as it is Old Town Wine Cellar on St George,and for inexpensive stuff try Der Pretzel Haus off Hypolita.
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Fondest memory: walking st George st and go over the bridge of lions into the castle Fort Matanzas ,and eating at Columbia restaurant
hey I used to live off there for many years. Great town. there are water canals and taxi service is limited to the inner canals, however you can catch a boat on the intracoastal like the jungle queen boat.
you can see for shopping,restos,bar, las Olas blvd cant be beaten,and
further up in Sunrise the Sawgrass Mills Mall,
the official tourist board there is sunny
then if you need specifics let me know;cheers
Fondest memory: hanging out on the beach and then stepping over to las Olas at night, best 1 2 combination ever!!!
My favourite cousin Attila Presser lives somewhere in Florida, but I do not know correctly his address ! So I could not meet him! I am very sorry about that! If somebody can help me, I would be very grateful to him! A photo of him is enclosed!
Fondest memory: He write from himself as follows:
was born in city of Pécs in Hungary, Pécs is love, Bring Texas to Tom and Judith!
, Male vs. Female, Which will be sooner 10,000 a fan page? Men **! **
Hungarian musician Base, Embassy of Hungary in Washington DC, Yahoo!,
Baranya County, one million in the Hungarian press freedom, Economic Daily,
Ingatlanok.hu MON - Hungarians in the United States, MagyarOnline.net,
Acura RL, Are You smarter Than A 5th Grader Community, Help Murphy, the
Dog beaten with a hammer, quiz games, windows - giraffe, SDC Photography,
Help Make the Pledge of Allegiance mandatory in all schools!,
September 11th Awareness, Boyce Jane Fonda, American Traitor,
Circle Rehearsal Studioand 7
well when I lived nearby we purchase same day , you can look at these sites all official
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Fondest memory: lived for 11 years nearby so memories of the park and concerts are many, lovely area.
The Gulf Coast is really the best part of Florida..or else we wouldn't live here! There are some great places to stay on the beach from St. Pete down to Sarasota with lots of little communities you'll love shopping in. You can check out Gulf Port, Safety Harbor in the Northern part or Long Boat Key and Siesta Key around Sarasota. Either way, you're still 30 minutes or so from the great restaurants, museums and nightlife in Tampa.
You might stay at the Don Cesar for a nice art deco, upscale experience and shop in Gulf Port or St. Pete's Baywalk.
You're welcome to contact me directly for specific advice or just head for the site referenced in my profile.
Fondest memory: The best part of the Tampa Bay area is the variety of things to do and how it distills the best of other parts of the state into one spot.
We've got Ybor City to represent the Cuban Flair of South Florida.
Clearwater Beach and Ft. Desoto represent the best in Florida Beaches without the hubbub of Miami or Lauderdale.
Busch Gardens and Adventure Island for those searching for the Amusement Park experience.
Lots of eco-oriented activities that get you out on the Gulf, lakes and rivers and into the natural environment that makes Florida unique.
great if you have two weeks, there is plenty to see n the Kissimmee, Orlando, Lake Buena Vista area. You need to said what are you looking for in your stay?
to start you can look above right destination tab for orlando to see tips by posters like us, than look at the area tourist board
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Fondest memory: visiting disney and universal, and sea world, wet n wild,medieval times, international drive, kissimmee, gator bowl, concerts n the parks, and many more while living not too far from there ::) for several years.
Fondest memory: I went to Florida in August 2010 with my Mom, Dad and brothers. The weather was very very hot and it didn't rain at all. We stayed in a lovely house near the beach and it had a swimming pool. We stayed with my Mom's friends and her children. My best memory was swimming with dolphins and searching for tortoise eggs.
Tampa began in 1823 when a military outpost, Cantonment Brooke (later renamed Fort Brooke), was established on strategic Tampa Bay at what is now downtown Tampa. Tampa probably comes from the Calusa Indian term meaning "stick of fire." The village of Tampa grew up around the fort, and was incorporated as a city in 1849.
During the American Civil War, Tampa was shelled during the Battle of Tampa, and was almost totally destroyed. It took more than 20 years for the city fully to recover. Tampa's fortunes took a turn for the better when phosphate was discovered in 1883 in the nearby Bone Valley area. (Tampa is now one of the world's largest exporters of phosphate). And then shortly after that, a railroad constructed by Henry B. Plant connected Tampa with the rest of the United States. This helped Tampa's commercial fishing industry. In 1885, Tampa became the center of the American cigar manufacturing industry, and large numbers of Cubans and Italians immigrated into the area to make cigars.
Over the next few decades, Tampa experienced slow economic and population growth. It was not until 1956, when the University of South Florida was established, and 1959 when Busch Gardens theme park came to Tampa, that the city began growing again. The 1980s brought a building boom that changed Tampa's skyline.
Nowadays, Tampa is the center of a metropolitan area with about 2,740,000 inhabitants, making it the second-largest metropolitan area in Florida, after Miami.
Did some serious house-hunting in Tampa and St. Pete's and beyond out toward the beach. Even with the recession and fall in prices, you get much LESS house here than in our northeastern Rust BeltAmish area. Choices are houses with little pools and lanais, newer, but more cookie-cutter, fixer-uppers in dicey areas of St. Petes or Old Tampa (I liked the feel here, but not what we could afford).
No really great food although we had lunch at an OK Greek restaurant in St. Pete's - and I ate out for a week; just kind of generic. There is a Whole Foods in Tampa.
Best were the Aquarium, the beaches, and the Salvadore Dali museum
watch out for fire ants they are evil and when u camp by water dont go out late at night near water so you can avoid crocidiles
Fondest memory: going down there for church and having fun camping and hanging out with friends
We were lying half asleep on our boat in Daytona early one morning. My husband said "Listen to the symphony of Florida". I listened. I heard:
A train across from the marina
A forklift backup alarm
A bridge warning bell (photo 3)
A power boat rumbling by
An airplane flying overhead
That's present day Florida. Then recently, I read Elizabeth Bishop's poem Florida.
Fondest memory: Elizabeth Bishop first visited the region in the 1930s. Her view of an older Florida is still true today.
The state with the prettiest name,
the state that floats in brackish water (photo 2)
held together by mangrove roots… (photo 5)
The state full of long S-shaped birds, blue and white,
and unseen hysterical birds who rush up the scale
every time in a tantrum. . .
[T]he careless, corrupt state. . . the poorest
post-card of itself.
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