Best Florida Vacation
World Famous Florida Beaches | Fabulous Hotels
Enjoy Florida's world famous beaches from Destin, FL to the Key West. Drive on the beaches in Daytona Beach, or horseback ride on the beaches of Amelia Island. The surfs up at Cocoa Beach home of world famous Ron Jon's giant surf shop and annual surf contests.
Be sure to visit the historic Kennedy Space Center, and stay to watch a rocket launch from the beach. There is nothing on earth like watching a rocket launch from a Space Coast beach.
Florida has hundreds of miles of the finest beaches in the world. Enjoying the crystal clear water and permanent sunshine are only two of thousands of reasons to vacation in the Sunshine State.
Nicknames for Coastal Areas of Florida
Florida has nicknames for its sections of coastline. For example, the Jacksonville - St. Augustine area is known as the First Coast. Brevard County, home of Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, and Palm Bay, is known as the Space Coast. Further south is the Treasure Coast with Vero Beach, Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce and Stuart. Then comes the Gold Coast consisting of Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Miami Beach. Key West and the Florida Keys are known as the Florida Keys.
The Florida Panhandle is sometimes called the Emerald Coast and includes Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Destin and Panama City. The Tampa Bay Area is sometimes called, the Suncoast and includes Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. Southwest Florida which encompasses Cape Coral, Naples, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, and Venice, is also known as well, Southwest Florida. The coast north of Tampa up to the Florida Panhandle may be identified as the Nature Coast.
Orlando Florida | Disney World | Universal Studios | Sea World
Orlando Florida is the home of Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, LEGOLAND, and world class hotels and resorts including Disney World Hotels and things to do in Orlando.
Orlando is a very busy place during all seasons so be sure to book your reservations well in advance and be sure to check out vacation houses for rent that might suit you better than a traditional hotel room.
Disney Springs | Shopping | Restaurants
This huge shopping and restaurant venue is in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and named for its beautiful lakeside vistas.
Featuring hundreds of shops and restaurants it is definitely a must see Orlando destination. Parking and admission is free.
Disney Springs Restaurants
Featured restaurants at Disney Springs include the House of Blues for food and music plus Planet Hollywood, Rainforest Cafe, Gloria Estefan's Bongos Cuban Cafe, the Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe. New restaurants are the Boat House, Fulton's Crab House, Jack Lindsey's Hanger Bar, Morimoto Asia, Paradiso 37, and STK Steakhouse.
Additionally, there are numerous fast food, ice cream, and snack restaurants throughout Disney Springs.
Disney Springs Shopping
Disney Springs hosts hundreds of exciting shops to browse and bring home memories of your fabulous Orlando vacation. You can find souvenirs, designer dresses, and all kinds of great vacation stuff.
City Walk Orlando
Universal Studios City Walk touts Jimmy Buffet's Margaretville, The Hard Rock Cafe and Emeril's Restaurant Orlando. Nightclubs like the Red Coconut Club, Velvet Bar and Jake's American bar keep things hopping well into the early morning. Parking is free after 6.00 pm.
Downtown Orlando is the adult entertainment hub of Central Florida. Listen to the hottest bands, take in the crowds from a sidewalk table, or dance the night away in lavish style. A great place for young singles to meet up and spend a memorable evening.
Concerts in Orlando
Orlando is a main stop on the concert circuit featuring big name shows at the Amway Center and House of Blues. Check here for the schedule of concerts.
Sports in Orlando
The Orlando Magic basketball team makes its home at the Amway Center in Downtown Orlando, providing excitement during the winter season. Exciting players and a team that is always in playoff contention make this a must do during your Orlando stay.
The newest professional team to enliven the Orlando sports scene is the Orlando City soccer team that plays at the aptly named Orlando City Stadium.
Down Kissimmee way, a little east of Disney's main gate, is the home of the Silver Spurs Rodeo, always fun and fast moving. Real cowboys and cowgirls compete in thrilling barrel races and traditional rodeo events.
You will also find numerous bargain priced hotels in this area along with every fast food restaurant you can imagine plus many, many, souvenir stores.
Like horses? Horseback riding is available in and around Orlando. Rent a horse by the hour of enjoy a guided trail ride through some of the finest trails in the eastern United States. Florida is winter horse show capital of the United States with rated shows in Ocala and South Florida. Check out Clarcona Horse Park for local horse shows all year around.
Kennedy Space Center Tour | Hotels Near the Space Center
You are standing on the beach near the Kennedy Space Center, waiting in the twilight for a rocket to hurl itself into the evening sky. First you see the glow on the horizon, then the roar of the engines catches up with the rockets red glare, and you watch in awe as the thousands of tons of space craft lifts slowly, then faster, as those powerful rocket engines take over from earth's gravity.
You realize what you are watching history in the making with every launch of new satellites or a trip to the space station to bring vital supplies. SpaceX has made the launches even more exciting with its safe return of the first rocket stages for future use.
In 2019 as many as 100 launches are being scheduled at the Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center so hotel rooms will be in even more demand.
Tampa Florida | Busch Gardens
Tampa, FL is one of the fast growing cities in Florida and the Tampa Bay area includes St. Petersburg, Bradenton, and Clearwater. Tampa features many fine beaches, boating, and outstanding fishing from piers or charter boats. And of course, as with all areas of Florida, quality golf courses abound.
Tampa is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL team and the Tampa Rays MLB team.
Miami | South Beach | Key West
And don't forget the fishing, diving, and fabulous sunsets at Mallory Square in Key West. You will also want to wander down Duval Street and sip a few brews at one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite haunts including Sloppy Joe's Bar.
Enjoy people watching and be part of the night life in South Beach. Who knows, you might even run into some celebrities or hot, hot, hot models taking in the sun. Experience the exciting late night life of Miami and South Beach and don't miss New Year's Eve in South Florida.
In 2020, the South Florida area will host the LIV Super Bowl in Miami which of course attracts fans from all over the world.
Florida Gambling Casinos
Florida has numerous gambling casinos that are associated with horse racing tracks, greyhound racing, Jai Alai frontons, and the Seminole Indian Tribe. You will find poker rooms, thousands of slots, and other games at all the casinos. Greyhound racing will end in Florida on December 31, 2020 and but the greyhound tracks will be able to continue poker rooms that include several different poker games.
The most popular casino destinations in Florida are the Hardrock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida and the Hardrock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Florida. Both of these casinos are similar to Las Vegas type casinos and offer thousands of slots, over 100 table games including blackjack, high stakes poker, Baccarat, and various Asian card games.
Additionally, the Seminole Indian Tribe operates five other casinos throughout Florida.
Florida's Great Outdoors
The Sunshine State hosts world famous national parks such as Everglades National Park, Canaveral National Seashore, and Ocala National Forest. And who would want to miss snorkeling the beautiful reefs at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. Here is a guide to Florida's State Parks.
Florida has a series of delicate ecosystems from the River
of Grass that flows south from Lake Ockechobee to the fragile coral reefs along both coast. Florida
wildlife such as the Florida
Panther face extension and are a protected species. During the migration season
, Florida plays host to most bird species in the United States and of course is
a famous destination for birders.
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