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    Don't eat on the beach

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jun 11, 2006

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    Where ever people gather in numbers seagulls can become a problem. We saw these fearsome seagulls swoop & take food from inches near people's mouths. The gulls are very aggresive so don't leave leftovers lying around bag & bin or take them home with youl
    Prefer my sandwiches sandless anyway

    Hungry Birds
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    SLAP ON THAT SUNSCREEN

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jun 9, 2006

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    BUY YOUR SUNSCREEN IN LOCATION DON'T TRUST YOUR LOCAL BRAND TO PROTECT YOU IT IS PROBABLY MEANT FOR YOUR HOME LOCATION
    SUB TROPICAL CLIMATE IS VERY HOT & HUMID.
    DON'T DO WHAT I DID AT ST.PETE'S - TOOK A LONG WALK & ENDED UP WITH A HUGE BLISTER ON MY LIP - YUK - MAYBE THE TOWEL TRICK WAS A GOOD IDEA

    COVER UP IN THE SUN
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    Swimming Pools are a Must in Florida, BUT...

    by deecat Updated Feb 25, 2005

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    The seven or eight times that we've vacationed in Florida, we've always enjoyed a pool, whether we stayed in a hotel, a rental house, a villa, or a condo. Pools are just a way of life in Florida. Most homeowners have pools and most of those pools have elaborate screened areas so that swimming is comfortable even in the evenings when the mosquitos are ever-present.
    We always make sure that we wear at least 30 Sunscreenb, and that we DO NOT swim or stay out in the sun between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.! Also, we always wear solar protective sunglasses.

    Although pools are almost necessary in Florida, they should not be taken lightly; children should NEVER be left alone near a pool.

    Even though these warnings seem to be obvious common sense in nature, they are necessary because so many people ignore them and suffer because of it.

    Swimming Pools in Florida
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    Man-O-War Danger

    by tpangelinan Written Mar 1, 2004

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    Not comforting, and the ocean is very grassy, which had me doing Daffy Ducks at all times, most embarrassing for Mike.
    If you really must swim here, take the Adolph's Meat Tenderizer, I hear that takes the sting out on the way to the hospital. We only saw them on the Atlantic side, never on the Gulf side, but that does mean they are not over there.

    Man-O-War Danger
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    American Alligators

    by traveldave Updated Jul 17, 2007

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    American alligators are one of only two species of alligator in the world (the other is the Chinese alligator). They are native to the southeastern United States, as well as along the Gulf Coast to Texas. Alligators live in wetlands and swamps throughout their range, but recently have started to appear in irrigation canals and ponds in parks, golf courses, and other places close to human habitation.

    The average size of adult alligators is between 13 and 18 feet (four and five meters), although one attained the length of 19 feet (six meters). And the average weight of adults is between 400 and 600 pounds (181 and 272 kilograms). Because of their size, they are very powerful and can inflict serious injury or death.

    Most alligators fear and avoid humans. However, alligator attacks are frequent enough so that visitors to Florida and other states within the range of alligators should exercize caution while in or near water. Most alligator attacks are not fatal, but injuries are usually severe due to the alligator's sharp teeth and strong jaws. Their jaws can exert 1,000 pounds of pressure per square inch (70 kilograms per square centimeter). There were only nine fatal alligator attacks from the 1970s through the 1990s, but the number of fatalities has been increasing substantially recently due to the alligators encroaching into human-populated areas.

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    Snakes

    by Florida999 Written Nov 30, 2006

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    If you hike in Florida, watch out for snakes. Most of them are not poisonous , but a lot are.
    Certain Water Moccasines for example....

    Coral snakes are also poisonous , but they are easy to spot, very colorful red, yellow and black ( in that order)

    Plus of course rattle snakes

    water moccasin

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    Be planned and prepared.

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Oct 31, 2002

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    For exploring Central Florida attractions, read information and be prepared beforehand on what to do and what to avoid. We found that in places that we read about least, we were unprepared the most. For example, we read very little on Disney-Mgm and when we got there, we did not know where to go at all. It was Ifrah who took the belated lead after noticing that her parents were just too unplanned, got hold of a brochure and took 10 minutes to mark all the attractions and the best route to see them. And yes, I admit that we missed several good attractions at Disney-MGM.

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    Bad weather - Hurricane

    by csordila Updated Oct 7, 2011

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    We saw this atmospheric phenomenon on flying into Florida from the plane. We could not decide, whether it was only a thunderstorm, or already a hurricane. Finaly the Captain told us it was thunderstorm.
    The hurricane season in Florida is from June 1 - November 30. The hurricanes are strong tropical thunderstorms with a surface circulation and winds of 74 mph or higher. If you get into a situation like this, you should decide to leave for a safer location in order to be there during the storm.
    Some tips if you decide to leave:
    - Keep the gas tank filled in your vehicle.
    - Be sure to have a road map with the evacuation routes clearly marked, so that you won’t spend valuable time and fuel in searching for the right way to go.
    - Buy bottled water and ice.
    - Get out of the area as early as you can, in daylight. Give yourself enough time to leave so that you can drive calmly and allow for traffic congestion; avoid putting yourself in a panic situation.

    Only a thunderstorm!
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    Avoid July, August & September

    by andrewwhite Written Aug 22, 2004

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    If you can, avoid the summer months - the parks are far too busy to enjoy properly & the weather can be most unsettled.
    October, November are probably the best. Weather still great without the queues.

    YOU'VE BEEN WARNED

    Best to avoid Hurricane Charley as well

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    Taking pictures

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Jun 3, 2004

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    When you take pictures on the beach look around yourself first, if there is anyone walking toward you or near you because it can happen so that after you developed your films you saw some lady running in front of the object you took a pic of :-)
    Moreover it can be happened that stranger will want to take a picture with you just for fun...
    Frankly speaking I like it :-))

    Stranger in front of photographer
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    Hurricanes

    by nepalgoods Updated Nov 5, 2005

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    Rain and storm are not unusual to me but the hurricane I experienced in Miami was not very nice. I think, the hurricane itself was far away, but we could not go outside for while as the storm was too strong. This photo is taken from my hotel window.

    Anyway, I think now, that compared with hurrocanes like Katrina and others in this years season, my "hurricane" was just a minor storm.

    Miami
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    Price Check Deals Before Purchasing

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Mar 17, 2008

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    Be careful when purchasing theme park tickets in the Orlando area. Compare deals carefully. The problem lies in the fact that often park-hopper passes list too many parks to be visited in too few days. With this type of an offer, it is really impossible to see all the parks on your purchased list before the time period expires. If you do not go to most, if not all of the parks on the list, you may actually loose money. So it is important to decide which parks you plan on visiting, then do a careful price comparison before purchasing tickets for each park, or purchasing a package deal. You may find that the deal turns out to be no deal at all. If you have not been to the parks in the past, you will probably want to spend at least one full day in each that you visit. So if you have two or three days, and purchase a pass to get you into five parks, this may not be a savings. The people that this type of pass is best for, are those who have been to Orlando a number of times, and want to pop in and out of various parks.

    Disney World, A Fun Place To Visit
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    Key Deer Refuge

    by Astrobuck Updated Aug 13, 2007

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    In the United States, mostly in Florida, the key deer is an endangered species. Years of hurricanes and development have reduced the number of key deer drastically enough to put them on the endangered species list. While driving through the keys, you will see signs like this posted advising that you are driving through a key deer sanctuary/refuge. As you drive along, you will see a black chain-linked fence alongside US-1 to help prevent the key deer from going into the road. This along with other efforts have helped to somewhat bring the population up. Still, please be careful driving in these areas.

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    Warning and Danger Flags

    by Astrobuck Written Mar 21, 2011

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    At Pensacola Beach, you will find signs such as these located along the beach accesses. The Green, Yellow, and Red are universal for most locations on the coastlines of the U.S. However, the purple flag for Marine Life was a new one that I have never seen before.

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    Rip Currents

    by Astrobuck Written Mar 21, 2011

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    You have probably read about rip currents on my North Carolina page, but here is a sign I found at Pensacola Beach that actually illustrates what to do if you are caught in a rip current. This is an effective technique and it really works well.

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