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Florida Favorites

  • Walt Disney World

    Orlando Favorites

    Arguably the second most iconic symbol of Disney World is the Monorail, a transportation system linking the parking lots, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and the luxury hotels. Twelve trains traverse three lines, identified by the colored stripes on the side and built by Bombadier ( JFK Airtrain and others ). Each carries 360 passengers, six to eight in...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Universal Studios

    Orlando Favorites

    You are by far better off going for two days than just one if you can - you will get all kinds of coupons and discounts with a 2 day pass that you can't get with just one day. Now for the meal deal - are you okay eating and drinking at the specified eateries? Because you will be limited to those. If you are I would say go for it - it's a great...

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  • Mallory &/or Sunset

    Key West Favorites

    All the time we lived in Key West, we never went to Mallory Square of the sunset. But now it is a big thing and something that is unique to Key West. We have now been three times. The first time there was a spectacular sunset - the golden sun reflected on the clouds. There was a tattooed lady who swallowed fire, and a man hanging upside down in a...

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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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  • Miscelaneous

    Miami Favorites

    Try to spend some time in this area, full of shops, restaurant, malls and very chic...... Here just a few views of the area from above and the beach...... Enjoy..... The seagulls on the beach.......

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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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  • Flagler College

    Saint Augustine Favorites

    FLAGLER COLLEGE Was once the old Ponce de Leon Hotel built in 1885-1888, established by Henry M. Flagler, co-founder of Standard Oil (Sunoco). Flagler is responsible for turning St. Augustine into a fashionable resort in the late 1800's and built roads and resort hotels. The college was founded in 1968.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Bars

    Key West Favorites

    If you are up for it and have a partner or two to watch out for you, the "Duval Crawl" is something to talk about more than it is to do. There are dozens of bars, pubs and saloons the length and breadth of Duval Street in Key West and a drink or a shot in each one from east to west or vice versa will land you in a hospital or gutter or worse. The...

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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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  • Bayside Market Place

    Miami Favorites

    With over 100 shops and places to feast, this place is a must do. Spend an afternoon and wander around, or try a boat tour of the harbour. There is something for everyone here. Located in Biscayne and 4th St. downtown Miami. Call 305-577-3344 for further information and directions. Walking around and shopping with my daughter.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nightlife

    Jacksonville Favorites

    If you like to have a Beer, always carry some form of Photo ID in Florida ( as In most parts of the US ) the legal age is 21 and is inforced strictly, im 27 and regulary get "carded" when in bars or liquor stores. However if you do get "carded" dont take offence as its natural as most places have a ethos of " if you dont look 30 you will be asked...

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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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  • Sea World

    Orlando Favorites

    VISIT SEA WORLD By the mid-eighties SEA WORLD was starting to lose it’s appeal. The park was beginning to look shabby so Sea World began to add rides and shows to the usual stuff. 1-Sea World Sea Lion and Otter Stadium 'Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island' features sea lions, otters and walrus . 2-Terrors of the Deep Exhibit four large...

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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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