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Commonly referred to as the Sunshine State, Florida is located at the south eastern tip of the continental United States. As the nickname would suggest, Florida has sunshine and a warm climate year round. With over a thousand miles of coastline, Florida offers everything a sun, sea and sand seeker could want while on holiday.
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Miami has a world famous reputation for glamour, art-deco architecture, trendy beaches and a Latin feel. Miami is comprised of a variety of districts each with their own feel. Little Havana, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, Little Haiti, Coral Gables and South Beach.

Little Havana is the best known cuban neighborhood in Miami. Enjoy the Latin charm.

Key Biscayne is just off the coast of Miami and accessible via the Rickenbacher Causeway. While there you can visit the Miami Seaquarium. An excellent day out for the kids, the Miami seaquarium is among the best in the world with a huge variety of sea creatures and excellent shows. Find out more at www.miamiseaquarium.com

In addition to the Seaquarium above, Key Biscayne has excellent beaches and the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area.

Miami also plays host to some of the biggest sporting events in the country including the NASDAQ-100 and FedEx Orange Bowl.

Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale is a bit lower key than the bustling city of Miami, but still popular among holiday makers, retirees and locals alike. Blessed with beautiful beaches and miles of canals and rivers, Fort Lauderdale is referred to as the "Venice of America".

Things to do around Fort Lauderdale include a visit to the Everglades, snorkelling, fishing off the many piers that line the coast, tennis, sun bathing and of course shopping in the vast array of malls and strip malls.

Visit Palm Beach for an idea of how the rich enjoy themselves while in Florida.

The Everglades National Park
The Everglades National Park is probably one of the most famous swamps in the world. Covering almost all of the southern tip of Florida, the Everglades are home to the endangered Florida panther, alligators, snakes, fish and a variety of colorful birds. You can enjoy boating, canoeing, walking, camping, kayaking, fishing and hydro foiling while in the Everglades.

There are several visitor centers in the area to make your visit as pleasant as possible. For more information visit www.nps.gov

Boca Raton
If golf, tennis, wealth and nice beaches are your idea of a good time, head to Boca Raton.

Florida Keys
An extremely popular destination with visitors to Florida, the Florida Keys are a collection of islands with a Caribbean feel south of the mainland.

Stop off in Key Largo for the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park if you want to dive and snorkel on part of the only coral reef in the United States. You can take a boat ride out to the park, rent snorkel and dive gear to swim with the fish.

Further south still and distinctly Caribbean is one of the oldest towns in the US, Key West. A popular destination on the gay circuit, Key West was once home to Ernest Hemingway. Visit both the Old and New towns for a good feel of the place.

Orlando is most commonly visited for the one and only Walt Disney World. Enter the Magic Kingdom, visit the Epcot Center, go through Space Mountain, play with animals at Disney's Animal Kingdom and just let loose and have some fun. Take a peek at what's in store for you by visiting Disney. Because it's such a popular destination, hotels in Orlando range from luxury resorts to bargain motels to fit any family's budget.

Daytona Beach
Beaches, restaurants and a good time on the central east coast. If you don't like rowdy college students, don't go during "Spring Break". Daytona Speedway is also a good point of interest and home to one of the most famous NASCAR races, the Daytona 500.

Sanibel and Captiva Islands
Just off the south-western coast near Fort Mayers are the small but quaint islands of Sanibel and Captiva. Enjoy the beaches, walking, restaurants and quiet neighborhoods of these two islands. Stroll along the long beaches and collect some sea shells for souvenirs.

Orlando airport is one of the largest in Florida and takes in around 80,000 passengers per day. See www.orlandoairports.net for more information.

Cape Canaveral
If you want to see what NASA gets up to off the Florida coast, make your way to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center.

Outdoor Activities
Florida has a huge variety of outdoor and sports activities. With it's excellent climate, these activities can be practiced almost year round. You can play golf, tennis and shuffle board or go fishing, diving, snorkelling, swimming, surfing and sailing. Don't forget camping, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, whatever your pleasure, you can probably do it somewhere in Florida.

Getting there
Florida has main airport hubs in Miami and Orlando. Look around online for good deals and for flights to Florida.

Getting Around
We recommend renting a car in Florida to get around and visit the state and everything it has to offer. The roads are good and are the best way to get to the various points of interest in the state.

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