Florida Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by cjg1
  • Local Customs
    by cjg1
  • Local Customs
    by cjg1

Florida Local Customs

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Chickens

    Key West Local Customs

    According to the Key West Trolley tour guide, chickens were brought over in the 1950s by people fleeing Cuba to be used for eggs and food. Once on Key West, the chickens either escaped or were released (once here, they realized food was available quite conveniently in stores). Since there are very few natural predators (hawks and feral cats), the...

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  • Theme Parks

    Orlando Local Customs

    Walt Disney World began FastPass+ in 2013. Disney resort guests can select three FastPass+ attractions and/or entertainment experiences per day (all in the same park) through the My Disney Experience website and mobile app. This can be done before leaving home, or after you've arrived at Walt Disney World; you can make changes and adjustments while...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Christmas in Jacksonville

    Jacksonville Local Customs

    If you are visiting Jacksonville during the Christmas season be sure to check out the windows of the large Kuhn Flowers store on Beach Blvd. Every year the store decorates its large, two-story tall windows with a variety of Christmas scenes including a nativity, carolers, tin soldiers, Christmas trees, and their central attraction--Santa's Workshop...

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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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  • Disney Characters

    Orlando Local Customs

    During our last visit to Disney in february 2015; they had started to put out some Disney themed Easter merchandise. We found an Easter Mickey stuffed animal we just had to buy for our nephew; he loves Mickey. It was a cute stuffed animal with Mickey in a Blue easter suit and Bunny ears.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Festivals and Celebrations

    Key West Local Customs

    Hemingway Days events includes a Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest, readings and book signings, annual Lorian Hemingway (Ernest's grand daughter) Short Story Competition, a commemoration of the anniversary of Hemingway's July 21 birth, a one-man play exploring the legendary author's life and motivations, a museum exhibit of rare Hemingway...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    Walking around some of Key West's side streets will allow you to discover a type of architecture that is practically unique to the island, usually referred to as "conch architecture". This particular style of wooden houses was developped in the 19th century when immigrants from the Bahamas first came to Key West. Due to the relative lack of...

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  • Cuban Food

    It's amazing the quality and comparability of the Cuban style food available in Hialeah. Although they appear the same the quality of the ingrediants is vastly superior to what is available to the ordinary Cuban.

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  • Family in Small Towns

    Social life in many small towns in Florida like Middleburg revolves around family. Omega Park (run by the Middleburg Athletic Association) is the central point to go to. Omega Park has tennis courts, athletic fields, a playground etc. There are a number of youth football, baseball, and soccer teams. When there is a game lots of people show up to...

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  • Patriotism in Small Towns

    In many of the small towns in Florida, the important things are God, country and family. One such town is Middleburg. According to the Internet, there are around 10,000 people in the Middleburg area. I think they are exaggerating. When they have the 4th of July Parade, however, it looks like around 15,000 people attend and or march in the parade....

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  • Tip on tipping

    I found that tipping was expected for almost every service in Florida and between 15 - 20% was standard. This is usually okay as service is generally very good - those "Have a nice day" cliches are actually a genuine wish on behalf of your waitress or whoever that you enjoy your meal, experience or just your day.On the rare occasion when service...

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