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From the days of the Spanish conquistadors, Florida has attracted people in search of a heaven here on earth. And although Ponce de Leon may not have found his fountain of youth, Florida continues to hold an incomparable allure for all those who visit its welcoming shores. Blessed with a near-perfect climate ranging from temperate to tropical, Florida offers day after day of golden sun. The seemingly endless miles of silky-smooth beaches are the perfect take-off point for diving, boating and water fun. And whether you choose the bracing waves of the shimmering Atlantic or the serene surf of the Gulf of Mexico, you may find that you'll never want to leave.

Florida's diversity makes it a perfect destination for everyone - families, honeymooners, and those looking for a stress-free getaway. Top-rated golf courses dot the landscape. Disney attractions beckon for kids of all ages. World-class museums, cultural events and exquisite dining await you. And centuries of rich and varied history have left fascinating historic districts, imposing fortresses and remarkable architecture. From the enchanting allure of Amelia Island in the north to the tranquil tropical splendor of Key West, no holiday destination offers so much charm, so much sun and so much exhilaration in one place.

Key Places to Visit:

Daytona
The scenic beaches of Daytona stretch for miles and offer endless activities in a family-friendly atmosphere. Spend day after day frolicking in the shimmering surf with powder soft sand between your toes. The temperate waters are perfect for attractions ranging from jet skiing to body boarding, while the Oceanfront Boardwalk and Main Street Pier offer enjoyable strolling opportunities day or night.

Fort Lauderdale
With so many wonderful promenades beneath an endless sun, Ft. Lauderdale is a city meant for casual strolls and people watching. Its extensive canals and waterways are home to the world’s most exclusive yachts, not to mention seaside bistros, cafes and the popular pedestrian River walk. Away from the water, wander down celebrated Las Olas Boulevard to enjoy boutiques and galleries. Witness racing at its finest at Gulfstream Park. End the day at one of the night clubs and discos that attract visitors from across the globe.

Jacksonville and Amelia Island
Amelia Island offers more than just endless days of leisure and warmth. As the only American territory to have existed under eight different flags, there is a history of rich cultural traditions. Cruise down Center Street for a flavor of Civil War era history. Stroll past pastel-hued Victorian homes, restored colonial buildings and the Amelia Island lighthouse – the island’s oldest standing structure. At the northern tip of the island lies the picturesque town of Fernandina Beach, a charming historic port where the most stressful activity you’ll encounter is watching the crimson sunset from an outdoor cafe.

Key West
The Florida Keys stand out from the sparkling aquamarine waters at the meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. From the lush splendor of Key Largo to the serene beauty of Key West, you’ll waste no time in melting into the relaxed, beautiful ambiance that surrounds you while exploring this chain of islands.

Miami
Miami is the essence of all that’s fashionable – the incomparable shopping, the glittering nightlife and the endless golden beaches. It’s family friendly too, with the Seaquarium and Parrot Island Jungle thrilling kids of all ages. Lodging choices abound – from the luxurious to the intimate – on Miami Beach, South Beach and more. And with the shimmering lights of the nightlife as your guide, you’ll find an endless variety of mouth-watering restaurants, vibrant discos, and trendy nightclubs.

Orlando
Come to Orlando for one thing, non-stop excitement, where your family can choose from more than 95 theme parks and attractions. Start with the magic of the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks. Continue with a visit to Universal Orlando Resort® and it's rides and attractions, where visitors go behind the scenes of movies and TV. At Universal Islands of Adventure, you'll visit five amazing themed areas, with a full complement of rides and roller coasters. Thrill at the marine spectacle of SeaWorld®, its sensational Shamu show and an endless stream of rides, animal attractions and interactive programs. Dive into space exploration at the Kennedy Space Center Museum, or spend an evening enjoying jousting at Medieval Times. The charms of Orlando are not just bound to the city limits. Nearby lie many appealing excursions like the bustling towns of Kissimmee and St. Cloud. But if there's one place where families will experience the joy of discovery together, its here in Orlando.

Palm Beach
Palm Beach County is an extraordinary destination offering leisure travelers the very best of everything. With over 47 miles of white sandy beaches and over 200 hotels and resorts. Palm Beach, Florida, enjoys mild tropical temperatures all year-round. Celebrate great weather with weekly outdoor green markets, jazz concerts, nature walks and family events. Indoors or outdoors, family fun, cultural adventure, watersports, educational or purely entertainment, West Palm Beach is rich in opportunities to explore and engage in. There are plenty of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy from boating to driving, to spectator sports such as spring training baseball and equestrian sports. More than 40 cultural venues, an amazing variety of restaurants, and wealth of nightlife make this a top entertainment destination. Shopping is at a world-class level, from historical shopping districts to two-tiered glass malls.

Tampa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
You may know St. Pete/Clearwater for its palm-studded, white-sand beaches. They’re the stuff of legend—and awards. In fact, St. Pete Beach was named TripAdvisor’s #1 in the U.S. And Clearwater was voted “Florida’s Best Beach Town” by USA TODAY. The accolades have been rolling in for years. Whether you prefer a serene and secluded gem like Caladesi Island State Park, a family-friendly playground like Fort De Soto Park (Parents magazine 2011 Top Family Beach) or a high-energy, do-it-all favorite like Clearwater Beach, it’s all here.

Culture shines brightly in St. Pete/Clearwater, too. The area has become a nationally acclaimed cultural destination, thanks to a growing arts community. In fact, St. Petersburg has been named America’s #1 mid-size destination for art. Our crown jewel is the Dali Museum, housing the world’s most comprehensive collection of the Spanish surrealist’s works. We’re also home to outdoor concerts and free-spirited festivals, trendy dance clubs, microbreweries featuring the hottest local acts, and even sunset celebrations accompanied by live music. So you can keep rockin’ day and night.

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