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  • Essential KW

    Key West Favorites

    One of the most interesting ways to see Key West is from above. You can climb the lighthouse (photo 2) or to the top of another tall building such as the parking garage downtown (photo 3), or East Martello tower (photo 4) or one of the taller hotels. You can go Parasailing You can take a sightseeing tour by plane. I took the first and fifth...

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  • Walt Disney World

    Orlando Favorites

    When we go to Disney it is normally with very little cash. We stay on property and use our agic Band to charge purchases back to the room (it's a good way to have a record of where they money is going). We use the Disney dining plan so no money is needed for meals and snacks. There are several ATMS throughout the parks and resorts mostly at guest...

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  • Beaches/South Beach/Art Deco District

    Miami Favorites

    South Beach is generally referred as "America's Riviera" because of its long and wide white sandy beaches, its historic art deco buildings, its multicultural atmosphere and restaurants. You don’t feel like you are visiting, there… you really feel like you’re on holiday. South Beach is just over the bridge from downtown Miami, but it is a world...

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  • Old City

    Saint Augustine Favorites

    It really is impossible to see all St. Aug has to offer in a day or two. If that is all the time you are able to visit then plan a return visit... the city will definately call you back! The months of November thru January are especially beautiful because the city is decorated with lights. My best memory of St. Aug is living here and knowing all...

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  • The Beach

    Fort Lauderdale Favorites

    A great place to let your inhibitions go. Walking down the beach in nothing but a thong or g-string swimsuit is the life and is quite regular. From time to time you will see topless girls soaking in the sun without problems. This applies to women and men. So go and enjoy yourself and work on the best tan possible.

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  • University of Tampa

    Tampa Favorites

    University of Tampa is located on the Hillsborough River just across from downtown Tampa's Central Business District. UT has nearly 6,000 students who are able to graduate with degrees in about 100 different areas. The most impressive and historic building on campus is Plant Hall, built in 1888 and the headquarters for Theodore Roosevelt and others...

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  • Downtown Riverfront/Jacksonville Landing

    Jacksonville Favorites

    Coming to Jacksonville don't get over excited about "The Landing", come see a concert at the Florida Theatre...Primo!!! Tony Bennett decide to do his concert acapella after entering the venue, enough said... This is the last place on earth I intend to live...South Georgia with a beach...Southern Hospitality through and through...

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  • Beach Activities

    Sanibel Island Favorites

    Algiers Beach -Algiers Lane Sanibel Bowman's Beach -Bowman Beach Road Sanibel Lighthouse Park Beach -Periwinkle Way Sanibel Tarpon Bay Road Beach -Tarpon Bay Road Sanibel i use this site to find dog-friendly places for my pooches: www.dogfriendly.com

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  • Beach

    Marathon Favorites

    This nice little playground is at the public Sombrero Beach. So you don't have to go to McDonalds to have a place for the children to play. You can go to the beach, have a picnic, swim or snorkel and the children can play on the equipment if they get bored of the beach. Sombrero Drive runs along side the K Mart shopping center. Drive back about...

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  • The Beach

    Fort Myers Beach Favorites

    There really is not dunes to speak of here but they do have dune grass that helps to protect the beaches so please obey the law. This does help and maybe our grandkids can enjoy the beach when they have kids too. Thank you!

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  • The Beach

    Naples Favorites

    I only lived here for about 3 months with my father. While I was down there however there was one thing i noticed. It rained, everyday. Not just a little dirzzle but huge thunderstorm kind of rain. Now this was during the summer, the perfect season for them. I can't say I disliked it. Take the morning to go out and do something, meanwhile the...

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  • Road Trip

    Florida Keys Favorites

    fly into miami then traval down to the keys, you can take the florida turnpike down to florida city then at little further to Homestead, we normally stop here for a couple of days , in the fairway motell,, from here you can either travel up to the everglades for the day or start ot make your way down highway 1,

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  • Thomas Edison's Winter Home

    Fort Myers Favorites

    The Edison House is now owned by the city of Ft. Myers, and they do an excellent job of keeping it well maintained. It's located right next door to the summer house of Henry Ford, who was a close friend of Edison's, and the two homes are really part of the same "complex". The real attraction however is not so much the houses themselves as the...

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  • Southernmost

    Key West Favorites

    Apparently there is a house more southern than the southernmost house in the continental United States. This is the southernmost southernmost house, located on South St. just a few steps from the Southernmost Point buoy.

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  • Universal Studios

    Orlando Favorites

    Love Harry Potter and on a recent trip to Florida my niece took me to Diagon Alley. Iam a senior citizen and found the one day pass much too expensive. I am on a fixed income. I stayed with family and was surprised there was no senior citizen discount. I did enjoy my stay, but due to time and lack of physical strength I found it much too expensive...

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  • Down Town

    Miami Favorites

    Miami is called the "City of Change" and you can see why in its downtown area… it’s full of contrasts… little houses and shops and tall modernistic glass skyscrapers... the very same sight you have seen hundreds of times in Miami-based TV series. Downtown Miami is the central business district of South Florida, as the many banks and international...

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  • Beaches or Waterfront

    Saint Augustine Favorites

    Take A1A North to Ponte Vedra Beach and visit my Mom and dad. On the beach you can find sharks teeth by the cup full. well, maybe the teaspoon full! The beach in Ponte Vedra Beach is mostly ground up shells and a little sand thrown in to let you know you are on a real beach. I spent a year or so here after going threw my divorce. It is the perfect...

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  • The Intercoastal

    Fort Lauderdale Favorites

    For a sailboat, the ICW in Fort Lauderdale is a nightmare of low bridges with insane schedules and killer currents sweeping you inexorably into the bridge which will not open for another 10 minutes to an hour, and crazed power boaters skittering around making irresponsible wakes. You can see everything from a topless young girl making love with her...

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  • Beach

    Tampa Favorites

    From downtown Tampa, the big beach towns of Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Bellaire Beach, Reddington Shores, Fort Desoto Park, and others. Fort DeSoto Park beach was named America's best beach in Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman's annual rankings. Another nearby favorite is Caladesi Island State Park, in the Gulf just off...

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  • Flowers, Trees and Wetland Plants

    Jacksonville Favorites

    If you're visiting in late April and May it could be the jasmine vines with their tiny fragrant flowers in full bloom. Then again, it could also be the ligustrum hedges that also bloom at this time, or perhaps the magnolia blossoms that emerge a couple weeks later. At any rate, by late spring the scents of the season are everywhere.

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  • J.N. Ding Darling Refuge

    Sanibel Island Favorites

    Okay, so maybe I'm crazy, but I managed to visit Universal Studios Islands of Adventures and the Everglades in the three days we had in Sanibel. We also visited the J Ding Wild life refuge that is on Sanibel, which has lots of birds and we did see one alligator as we drove through. It has a nice visitor center with things for kids to do. We...

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  • Seven Mile Bridge

    Marathon Favorites

    The old 7 mile bridge was quite narrow. I didn't realize how narrow it was until I saw it again. It is only possible to access the ends of the bridge from the Fleming Key end to Pigeon Key, and then there has been a piece taken out (photo 4) so that ships with taller superstructures can go through Moser Channel. Also it's probably to reduce...

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  • Shopping on Third Street

    Naples Favorites

    See Third Street, which is another shopping hotspot. With stores on a smaller scale but far more upmarket than those on Fifth Avenue, some very trendy and stylish people visit here. Indeed, after a day on the beach I felt very out of place among the Versace-donning divas strolling the sidewalks. Along Third Street is the Naples Mercantile...

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  • Sunsets

    Florida Keys Favorites

    The sunsets are great. We stayed at Hawks Kay Resort (hawkscay.com) in the Conch Villas. Make sure to request a sunset villa and you will get the sunsets shown on my Keys pages. Relasing by the pool and the dolphin encounters.

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  • Various Places to Check Out

    Fort Myers Favorites

    There is a nice Welcome Center at the Shell Factory. If you need any information about things to do or places to eat, the Welcome center is the place to go. What ever you need to know, they have the answer. You can also find coupons here!

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  • Duval Street

    Key West Favorites

    We make the trek from Chicago every December/January. The weather is usually great in December but can get a little cooler at times in January. No humidity and the nights are great for walks for bike rides, we we do daily! Crowds are virtually non-existent in December, so the usual laid back vibe is even more so. The restaurants and bars are...

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  • Theme Parks and Other Attractions

    Orlando Favorites

    Para lograr que el dinero rinda mas, es bueno conseguir cupones de descuento para los diferentes espectaculos y parque de diversión. Se pueden conseguir, en los hoteles, en revistas, agencias de turismos, etc.

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  • Fairchild Tropical Gardens

    Miami Favorites

    Fairchild Gardens is south of Miami near Perrine, but it has a Coral Gables address. The 83 acres gardens were established in 1938 and are among one of the world's best. There are palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines. There are also greenhouses with orchids and other tropical plants. Hours Fairchild is open daily from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m....

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  • Boating

    Saint Augustine Favorites

    Some local pickups sport bumper stickers saying "St. Augustine-A quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem." It is, in fact the port for a large shrimping fleet. Charters for ocean fishing are available at five or six different marinas. This picture was taken at the English Harbor marina on the San Sebastian River. Some city landmarks...

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  • The River Walk

    Fort Lauderdale Favorites

    Winding its way through downtown Fort Lauderdale, Riverwalk Park is the location for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Discovery and Science, and the Opera House among other things.

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  • Wildlife

    Tampa Favorites

    Geckos in the Tampa area include the Indo-Pacific Gecko and the Mediterranean Gecko. These little creatures, typically ranging in size from one to five inches are everywhere. On the sidewalk, on walls, on fences, on people, being chased by cats. Yes, the cats love to harass geckos, but geckos are typically too fast and leery for the cats. Though...

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  • Beaches

    Jacksonville Favorites

    Beaches offer everything to almost every age. Wake up on the beaches, while enjoying an early brunch at any one of the diners, after spending the day out tanning and getting burnt get some relief, while eating at the beach side resturants. Enjoy the food, as the sun starts to go down the music starts. Take you pick of music/bars/clubs while you are...

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  • Sunsets

    Sanibel Island Favorites

    I met up with Vt veteran TropicDiver while I was in the Ft. Myers area for a little sunset photographic jaunt to Sanibel Island. For those of you who never saw Bob's original pages (he deleted them from VT last year, our loss), he's the connoisseur of sunsets. I’m a beginner at the photography thing, so I’ve been influenced by several of the fine...

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  • Islands & Ocean

    Marathon Favorites

    Hawk Channel is the ocean side of the Keys. A larger and deeper draft boat has to go on the Hawk Channel side away from the usually more protected and very much shallower waters of Florida Bay which is on the other side (it is NOT the Gulf of Mexico BTW). The confounded bridges that Flagler build for his railroad means that there are only about 2...

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  • Shopping on Fifth Avenue

    Naples Favorites

    Shop on Fifth Avenue. This street has really transformed, and continues to be. By 2005 I estimate its entire length will be filled with 4 story retail and condominium buildings with a Spanish design. In any event, the quality of shops and services on 5th Avenue has also picked up, with several very high end designer stores. Mixed with the theatre...

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  • Architecture

    Key West Favorites

    Audubon House on 205 Whitehead St. was built by Capt. John Geiger in 1844. He was a wrecker. There is an admission fee of $10 for adults now. 305-294-2116 877-281-2473 The house was not actually Audubon's. He just stayed there for awhile when he was doing his famous bird paintings for his book. The house has many beautiful antiques. At this...

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  • Driving

    Orlando Favorites

    Some things I've noticed that need to be commented on: 1. Do not be surprised if you're driving along at the speed limit and someone blows past you going 10-15 mph faster. It's customary for locals to drive that fast on pretty much every road. If you're on the freeways, do not drive in the left lane and go the speed limit, you will provoke the ire...

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  • Coconut Grove

    Miami Favorites

    The site of the first major settlement in the Miami area , Coconut Grove was , for a time in the 1960's and 70's a big -time bohemian hangout. The town has envolved- if that's the word-into a highly commercialized area. Its main attraction other than the excellent Coconut Grove Playhouse, is now the CocoWalk Shopping center , a stylized shopping...

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  • Castillo de San Marcos

    Saint Augustine Favorites

    The fort was my favorite thing, probably because it was the only thing that we saw! Definately need to get back to Florida to see more of it. I don't know if this is a fondest memory, but the drive across the Florida panhandle was very, how should I put this, BORING! I thought driving across Kansas was bad, but Florida is right up there if you...

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  • Port Everglades

    Fort Lauderdale Favorites

    I was told that Ft. Lauderdale is a beautiful city, which I would have liked to visit, but it'll have to be some time in the future. We drove from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale to take the cruise, departing from Pt. Everglades in Jan 24th, 03. Well, of course taking the cruise! I had never cruised before, therefore I was quite excited about it...For...

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  • Downtown

    Tampa Favorites

    Located at 315 John F Kennedy Blvd, E in downtown Tampa is the City Hall, built in 1915. Architects Bonfoey and Elliott designed the building with a three-story base and its narrower 8-story central office tower. This building was placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks in 1974 and is open to the public. The clock is named Hortense in...

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  • Major Music Festivals & Events

    Jacksonville Favorites

    Florida's largest free outdoor blues festival, the George's Music Springing the Blues Festival has quickly earned a reputation for itself by showcasing top blues artists. Drawing fans from throughout the region, Springing the Blues has even been filmed for airing on public television stations around the country. The festival is held near the...

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  • Fishing

    Marathon Favorites

    There are various locations, usually marinas, where you can get a Florida fishing license. You will need this not only for fishing, but if you plan to collect any coral species or invertebrates. Don't be caught without it. They are sold for different periods of time ranging from a week to longer timeframes.

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  • Odd & quirky

    Key West Favorites

    Hemingway once had a six-toed cat. Nowadays there are a lot of six-toed cats in Key West. All descendants of Hemingway's. They are a local popular curiosity and everybody is fond of them. The cat on the photo is Mr Toes, one of the cats of the City House Hotel.

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  • Church Street Station

    Orlando Favorites

    *ALAS..CHURCH STREET as it was once known is CLOSED* VISIT CHURCH STREET STATION:Church Street Station is specifically an entertainment complex in the vein of Universal’s CityWalk and Downtown Disney. But the area known as CHURCH STREET is simply the streets in the vicinity and they are aesthetically pleasing with cobblestones and...

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