Florida Local Customs

  • Sunset festival
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  • Sunset festival
    by Agraichen
  • Sunset festival
    by Agraichen

Florida Local Customs

  • Tipping

    Orlando Local Customs

    tipping at restaurants and bars is an american custom. by law in the united states servers only receive 1/2 of the minimum wage so to make a living they depend on tips. servers basically are outside contractors to bars and restaurants. this system helps to keep food and beverage prices low. the customary tip is 15-20% of the bill. in many...

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  • Manners

    Key West Local Customs

    I'm sorry I lost info on who wrote these tips of Do's & Dont's for Fantasy Fest. It makes sense, so thanks to the creator whereever they are: Don't wear a mask you can't drink in or costume you can't use the bathroom in, or shoes you can't walk in. Do dress sexier than you thought you might. Do make sure you have a place to stay before...

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  • Internet Cafe

    Fort Lauderdale Local Customs

    Internet Acess is very important when we travel. Princess has an internet Cafe as well as many areas aboard the ship with wireless access. Internet plan pricing: $0.75 a minute (no plan) Plan 1: $175 for 500 minutes Plan 2: $100 for 250 minutes Plan 3: $75 for 150 minutes Plan 4: $55 for 100 minutes

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  • Beaches/South Beach/Art Deco District

    Miami Local Customs

    For an entire week in January, Miami's Art deco festival celebrates it's design inspiration. Includes historic walks, jazz music, plenty of artwork and dining. Auctions, memorabilia and unique items are on display! The entire weekend which ends the festival culminates in dancing, international music and parties. It is put on annually by the Miami...

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  • Some folks hate Tampa

    Tampa Local Customs

    According to www.stripclublist.com, Tampa boasts about 32 strip clubs/gentleman's clubs within the city limits. With a population of 303,447 in Tampa, that is about one strip club for every 9,500 people. For comparison New Hampshire has just one gentleman's club for every 440,000 people (I guess there is just one in the whole state!). Around Tampa...

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  • Beach Activities

    Sanibel Island Local Customs

    NO LIVE SHELLING!!! Collecting shells in Sanibel is great fun, and the place is famous for this activity. Live shelling is illegal, and you can be jailed and or fined $500.00 for rape and pillage of local wild life, and rightly so. Enjoy collecting the dead shells, and throw the live ones back! There is no sport in snuffing out the species of...

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  • Skyscrapers & Architecture

    Jacksonville Local Customs

    After a 1901 fire leveled much of downtown, word of the devestation spread across the country and Jacksonville suddenly became a magnet for many of the most famous architects of that era. They arrived interested in the unique opportunity to recreate a city. Henry Klutho and other prominent architects of the early 1900s built a brand new city with...

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  • The Beach

    Fort Myers Beach Local Customs

    Now we love to hunt for sea shells no matter where we go, but the Gulf always provide a good booty. the best island is Sanibel by far, then Captiva and Fort Myers Beach is not far behind. So bring your water shoes and look carefully along the waterline and you're bound to find some jems of your own. Happy hunting!

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  • Word to the wise

    Naples Local Customs

    Neapolitans are justifiably more snazzy in their culture and dress than other parts of the Gulf Coast. With upscale nightlife and an arts scene, plus some of the richest beah places outside of Palm Beach, it's not hard to see why. Generally, there's no dress code or demeanour needed for the more traditional Floridian places along the Tamiami Trail...

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  • Crowds,Queues, etc.

    Orlando Local Customs

    FASTPASS is Disney's answer to long lines. It is essentially a "virtual" queuing system. Just insert your park pass into the FASTPASS machine and obtain your ticket with a time to return to ride the attraction. It's a good way to save time by not waiting in incredibly long lines especially during peak visiting hours in the parks.

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  • Sunset festival

    Key West Local Customs

    To see the sunset at it's best, you need to be at Mallory Square, where hundreds of tourists gather every night to enjoy the view. Together with the marvellous spectacle, local performers, musicians, artists and artisans show what they have to offer. Show and entertaintment guaranteed!

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  • Happy Hour

    Fort Lauderdale Local Customs

    A great tradition in the states and a particular specialty of Ft. Lauderdale is Happy Hour. This institution draws crowds out to the bars when they might otherwise not be busy. Either you get free food, reduced drinks, or both. The best is two-for-one drinks, like at Tarpon Bend. You buy a drink or beer, and they give you a wooden coin that you can...

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  • Tipping and taxes

    Miami Local Customs

    Check your bill at restaurants and bars to make sure you do not double tip. Everywhere we went, even bars, included gratuity in the bill. The amount added changed from place to place ranging anywhere from 12 to 18% - so you do not really get a chance to tip based upon how good the service actually was. Even when we got drinks in a bar, we found...

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  • Ybor City

    Tampa Local Customs

    Ybor City was once the main cigar producer of the Western Hemisphere. Times have changed since then, but cigar production is still kickin' in this historical part of the city of Tampa. I've visited several cigar shops, and I always come to the same consensus...they smell, they're ugly brown, and I don't want cancer. It's still entertaining to watch...

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  • Beach Ettiquette

    Jacksonville Local Customs

    Beaches are celebrated as barefoot wonderlands where adults and children alike can walk, run, bike and swim while enjoying the beautiful landscape. Fortunately, Jacksonville's beaches offer clean, wide strands on which to play, and us locals like to keep it that way. In fact, some local beaches have even been recognized as nationally certified Blue...

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  • Theme Parks

    Orlando Local Customs

    After our second full day at SeaWorld shooting travelogue videos, this was our last venue. My camcorder quit 10 minutes into the Luau ceremonial dancing. As the performers enter the stage area through the large audience doors, they sing in a unified Polynesian voice and carry banners. Once onstage a ceremony hosted by the Kahuna and the Polynesian...

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  • Key Food

    Key West Local Customs

    The one thing we most wanted to eat in Key West was Key Lime Pie. We'd had a yummy one in Charleston from the grocery store, and were eager to see if the local pie was even better. When our shuttle dropped us at Mallory Square we asked about it and were told that all the key lime pie in Key West whether in restaurants, stores or at food stalls was...

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  • Museums

    Fort Lauderdale Local Customs

    Museum of Art contains 20th century art. A collection of works from the CoBrA movement is a highlight. The name CoBrA derives from the initial letters of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, the capitals of the home countries of a group of expressionist painters who experimented with fantastic imagery from 1948-51. The museum displays works in a...

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  • Little Habana

    Miami Local Customs

    Once a year Little Havana's Calle Ocho (S.W. 8th Street) becomes one large block party! Featuring latin flavors, music and dancing with guest appearances by local and international artists. Dancing in the streets, taste of international latin dishes and games/prizes which last the weekend. You can stroll through little Havana's streets, buying...

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  • Tampa Museum of Art

    Tampa Local Customs

    The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center www.tampacenter.com is home to 12 performing arts groups and hosts operas, ballets, Broadway musicals, the Spanish Lyric theatre, and more. 1010 N. MacInnes Place.

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  • General Orientation

    Jacksonville Local Customs

    Jacksonville has a variety of neighborhoods. A brief outline of each is below. Arlington Waterfront properties; borders are: St. Johns and the Intracoastal . Fort Caroline National Park, Jacksonville University, Jones College are here. Beaches Beach communities are: Atlantic Beach (entertainment and dining), Neptune Beach (residential), and...

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  • Disney Characters

    Orlando Local Customs

    I'll be dipped if that wasn't the best-dressed walrus I had ever seen. I'm guessing this walrus must have come from "Alice in Wonderland". While we were walking down Main Street USA heading towards the monorail for the Contemporary Resort hotel, Daddy met an old buddy of his from way back. We posed together with this walrus.

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  • Denizens of Duval

    Key West Local Customs

    duval street is home to a number of street entertainers looking for tips. you will run into "pirates" with parrots and other costumed street characters. pictured is a guy who tells dirty jokes for a dollar. i normally don't give money to street beggars but i found his pitch clever so i gave him a buck.

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  • Miscelaneous

    Miami Local Customs

    What downtown Miami lacks in warmth and welcome, it certainly makes up for in architecture. As a city, Miami captures well its reputation as a centre of design and fashion in its skyline, with a mixture of buildings that immortalize the various stages of the city’s cultural history. The downtown core has a large number of glass skyscrapers in...

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  • Christmas in Jacksonville

    Jacksonville Local Customs

    Averaging between 50 and 60 feet in height, the Jacksonville Landing Christmas tree, on the river Downtown, is the city's tallest and "official" Christmas tree. Elsewhere in the city. however, are three other landmark trees worth noting. The tree at Atlantic Beach-Neptune Beach Town Center is framed by year-round palm trees and situated just a few...

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  • Shopping

    Orlando Local Customs

    Always look out for vouchers, they can be found in leaflets and booklets almost everywhere and there are even some on the internet and can save you several dollars from virtually everything including meals and entrance fees to the theme parks and other attractions. Don`t be afraid to do it, it is second nature to the Americans. Remember...

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  • Gay and Lesbian Life

    Key West Local Customs

    downtown key west has a number of bars that cater to the gay and lesbian tourist. for the gay and lesbian tourist see the attached website. for those uncomfortable with this life style you may wish to avoid the following: duval street: 801 bourbon, la ta da, aqua. simonton street: the bottle cap lounge.

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  • Cubans/Latin Community

    Miami Local Customs

    Living in Texas, there is a large Spanish-speaking primarily Mexican population. When I arrived in Miami, it was no surprise to me that many people spoke Spanish. What did surprise me, is the fact that even though there are cultural differences within the Miami population (as well as south Florida), they were mixed. Many of the people who spoke...

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  • Sculptures, murals & public art

    Jacksonville Local Customs

    This sculpture depicts former President Andrew Jackson as a general on horseback. Jackson was an important figure in the history of Florida, so it makes sense that today the state's largest city, Jacksonville, is named in his honor. Of course, the irony is that Andrew Jackson never set foot in Jacksonville, which during his time was merely a small...

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  • FLORIDA: Facts and Figures...

    Orlando Local Customs

    Little did you know.... Semoran Boulevard was named as such because it runs between SEMinole and ORANge county.... Orlando International Airport does not have the call letters of OIA (even though the media refers to it as such).... OIA is actually MCO, the abbreviation of the McCoy Air Force base the airport was once a part of. Actually, OIA is...

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  • Cuban Influence

    Key West Local Customs

    I loved the authentic Cuban food that I tried in Key West. Be sure to stop by one of the popular Cuban restaurants here for lunch or dinner. I would recommend the El Siboney Restaurant located at 900 Catherine Street.

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  • Gardens/Parks

    Miami Local Customs

    THE DISNEY PARKS The Disney Parks in Florida are like a huge city. There are mainly 3 parks: - DisneyWorld Miami. - Epcot Center. - MGM Studios. The ticket costs 97 USD and allows you to enter any of the 3 parks during 4 days going into any of the attractions. People normally visit one of the parks each of the 3 first days, and repeat the favourite...

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  • Independence Day Fireworks

    Jacksonville Local Customs

    Jacksonville loves fireworks, especially on the 4th of July. The city goes all out with a spectacular fireworks show over the St. Johns River downtown. Here, the colorful blasts of light reflect off the glassy skyscrapers and river. Aa awesome alternative can be found at Jacksonville Beach, where fireworks are launched over teh ocean from the pier....

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  • Animals

    Orlando Local Customs

    Never feed wild alligators!!! It is illegal to feed alligators in the wild. If you feed an alligator in the wild, you are putting other people at risk and probably condemning the alligator to death. You also risk jail times and expensive fines by Florida law.

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  • House and Garden Tours

    Key West Local Customs

    When we lived in Key West, I went on a house and garden tour. There were a couple old homes and some new ones. I was particularly impressed with one house where they had painted the floor boards of the deck in graduated shades of blue. When we went back this winter, I found that they had house and garden tour about once a month. One of them...

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  • Everglades

    Miami Local Customs

    The smallest Post office in the United States is located in the Everglades at Ochopee/Rte 41-Tamiami Trail.There is a plaque and the post office is still in operation.A great photo opportunity.Speaking of photos,head a little west (towards Naples) and you will see a gallery on your left owned by Clyde Butcher.He is a renowned photographer of the...

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  • Evening strolls

    Key West Local Customs

    Look for creative headstones that read, "I Told You I Was Sick" and "Devoted Fan of Julio Iglesias." The cemetery also contains the resting place of Hemingway's friend and fishing captain, "Sloppy Joe" Russell, and sparring partner Kermit "Shine" Forbes. Another plot pays homage to the sailors killed in the explosion of the U.S.S. Maine.

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  • Old Key West

    Key West Local Customs

    When we lived in Key West in the late 60s, the commissary was in an old cigar factory in the middle of town. Now, the commissary is on the base at Sigsbee. I went in search of the old commissary, and finally found someone who remembered it and could give us directions. It is at 1100 Simonton Street, and now serves as the State of Florida Monroe...

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  • Artists

    Key West Local Customs

    In addition to the huge Renior sculpture out front, there are other realistic sculptures around outside the museum. These are free and you don't have to go in to see them. 281 Front Street, Key West, Florida 33040 Open Everyday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Closed Christmas Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children (children under 6 Free) and students...

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  • My home in Miramar

    Another nostalgic city where my kids first went to school, and we had a great time out by the everglades west of I75; lived here from about 1991 to 2003 before moving to France.many happy moments, close to the everglades on the west and the beaches of Fort lauderdale on the east.great family area that will not be forgotten.

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  • My home at Ormond Beach

    These are some pictures of the times I lived in Ormond Beach, Fl, right on the north peninsula 150 meters from the beach. Lovely times never to be forgotten, and a great place to visit with the family.I was here from about 1986 onwards to 1991 thereabouts. then move further south.

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  • the circus is famous in Florida

    from the Ringling Bros ,Barnum and Baily circus in Sarasota, they do shows all over, and they do come to Orlando at the Orlando convention center,and now at the Amway centerhttp://www.amwaycenter.com/venue-informationa wonderful evening for the whole family that mine still remembers very well,and lookout for the circus whenever we are

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  • Christmas is always special

    While passing by Hialeah Florida, we had a home not far from Miami Lakes, and Christmas was very special, so found a photo from that house and like to keep in the web for the memories.

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  • Christmas will always be remember

    many Christmas in the house, our last in the USA, so lots of memories for all of us. this was our receiving room and use for the Christmas tree.Miramar, Broward county, State of Florida, USAdivision of Silver Lakes, subdivision of Sapphire Bay!

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  • my old home pictures

    I was able to pull some more from the boxes so this is it Ormond by the Sea, Ormond Beach on the beachside, glorious years, was married in DB and my oldest son was born here.you can see on the second photo what I say about Florida, it can get cold too, 25F or about 10C it is very cold,but it happenned our crop of papaya trees were gone that year in...

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