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Florida - The Sunshine State
Florida - The Sunshine State is a place of stunning extremes - a place where the sun shines brighter, the water runs bluer, the slash pines reach higher, the sands feel softer. Strange creatures inhabit the water, the land and the air. Manatees ply the waters of coastal waterways and placid springs. Garish roseate spoonbills, grace shorelines once dotted with flocks of flamingos. Dog-size Key deer skirt the brush on Big Pine Key. Exotic plants enliven the landscape with splashes of vivid color.
Florida City Highlights
Fort Lauderdale Nearly every enjoyable activity in Fort Lauderdale takes place al fresco and on, in, under or beside water. This might be true of most coastal destinations, but what sets Fort Lauderdale apart is its extensive network of residential waterways—300 miles of rivers, canals and interior arteries—and the sophisticated, casual lifestyle this water culture fosters. Downtown is a bastion of sophistication, and nowhere is this more evident than Las Olas Boulevard, arguably one of South Florida’s most fashionable shopping, dining and people-watching thoroughfares. Las Olas anchors a vibrant cultural district featuring multiple art and entertainment venues and top-notch attractions.
Hialeah The City of Hialeah is by population the fifth largest city in the State of Florida. Hialeah reflects the diversity of the northwest Dade area, and points proudly to the many facets of this growing multi-cultural community. Predominantly Hispanic, Hialeah residents have assimilated their cultural heritage and traditions into a hard-working, diverse community proud of its ethnicity, as well as its family oriented neighborhoods.
Jacksonville Jacksonville has something to offer everyone. From miles of uncrowded beaches to ecological and nature based excursions, world-class golf courses and unique shopping and dining, you're sure to find just what you're looking for in a vacation destination! Download our Visitor Magazine for your inside look. Spend a short time in Jacksonville and the Beaches, and you'll see what a great place this is to play, work and live. You may never want to leave! Explore Jacksonville's Neighborhoods and all the city has to offer!
Miami s appeal goes beyond sun-soaked beaches and a world-renowned climate. The young metropolis also has diverse neighborhoods and a cultural richness suggestive of older, more established American cities. Surprisingly, this popular destination may require some geographic orientation: Few realize that Miami located on the mainland, and Miami Beach are separate cities. The former, while still a vacation spot, is more business-oriented, with a skyline of imposing bank towers; the latter's casual environment is almost entirely geared to tourism and its silhouette lined with high-rise hotels and condominiums.
Naples Naples is the crown jewel of Southwest Florida -- nestled on the sun drenched beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Naples is known for world class shopping, dining and abundant, challenging golf courses. It is also, only steps away from island seclusion or the untamed tropical wilderness of The Everglades. Boasting one of the nation's best sandboxes and calmest seas, Naples makes a splash with water lovers and recreationists. Friendly parks beckon sports enthusiasts and picnickers with lovely green spaces and recreational facilities. Naples is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida.
Orlando Walt Disney World ® Resort opened in the Orlando area in 1971, setting into motion a Florida tourism boom of grand proportions. With a clone of the West Coast’s Disneyland in their back yards, devotees of all things Mickey Mouse east of the Mississippi no longer had to trek across country to tap into the magic. As Disney’s East Coast kingdom grew exponentially, so, too, did the competition that eventually transformed Orlando into one big theme park of a destination. Beyond Orlando's man-made wonders are sparkling lakes, lovely gardens, relaxing state parks and, within shouting distance, a string of Atlantic Coast beaches.
Sarasota The beauty of Sarasota will get your attention on your first visit. If you see Sarasota first from the window of an airplane, the colors of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, contrasting with the brilliant white sand of Longboat, Lido, and Siesta beaches, will make you anxious to see more. A rainbow of colors comes from the tall condominiums shining in the sun, the warm tile on the roof and patio of the mansion built by circus magnate John Ringling, the various green hues from the lush jungle-like vegetation, the flowers that are blooming any month of the year, and the lavender seashell-design Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Tampa You want Florida, you want it all, and you only want to unpack once. No problem! You want Tampa Bay. There’s a sunny side to this West Coast community that makes this a true hot spot among the world’s destinations. Naturally there’s lots of water and sunshine. But you’ll also discover an area that’s full of rich arts, professional sports, sights to see and things to do you won’t find anywhere else. Whatever your pleasure, you'll find it in Tampa Bay!
Florida State Facts
The Sunshine State
Named on Easter, 1513 by Ponce de Leon for Pascua Florida, meaning "Flowery Easter"
3/3/1845 12:00:00 AM
In God We Trust
Total: 65758 sq.mi., Land: 53997 sq.mi., Water: 11761 sq.mi.