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Florida is one of the most sought after locations in the USA; an area people flock to not only for the extremely beautiful beaches and sunshine, but also for its fascinating and ecological diversity. Florida, aptly named ‘The Sunshine State’ because of its splendid year-round weather, means ‘full of flowers’. The name was given to the region by explorer Ponce de Leon who landed on its shores in 1513.
Florida‘s major industry – and this should not come as a surprise to anybody – is tourism. This extraordinary State has a coastline More...
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West Palm Beach is in South Florida. Get in
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West Palm Beach is served by Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), a small, yet highly adequate airport. While both the Miami and the Ft. Lauderdale airports are busy, PBI is easy to get in and out of, and is about 5 minutes from downtown West Palm Beach. Travelers flying into South Florida or the Bahamas should strongly consider PBI.
The city of Tampa in Hillsborough county is the largest city in the Tampa Bay region of Florida.Attractions
• University of Tampa. Formerly the Tampa Bay Hotel built at the turn of the 20th century by railroad magnate H.B.Plant, the beautiful old building is now used as the administration building and classrooms for the University of Tampa. It has been lovingly restored to most of its prior glory; the ballroom is a showpiece with its domed ceiling under brilliant silver minarets. There is a small, but very interesting museum in the More...
St. Petersburg is located at the base of the Tampa Bay peninsula in Pinellas County, Florida, and enjoys a more subdued social atmosphere than its larger cousin, Tampa. With water on three sides of the city, St. Pete is a superb location for fishing, sailing, and wandering beaches. St. Petersburg was founded by John C. Williams from Detroit, Michigan, who purchased the land in 1876. The town began with the help of Peter Demens, who was instrumental in bringing a railroad connection there in 1888. St. Petersburg was named after the Saint Petersburg in Russia, the More...
St. Augustine is in Florida.Get around
Walking will allow you to see most of the historical buildings and shops with relative ease. There are also horse drawn coaches and tourist trains (trams) that give (frequently embellished) narrated tours of parts of the city.
• Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine 167 San Marco Ave. (located in the Old Jail More...
Sarasota is a popular city in Florida. Attractions
• Sarasota Jungle Gardens. There are 5 shows at the gardens in addition to the grounds themselves which are filled with many interesting plants. As with most early attractions, they offer some animals shows and a chance to see some rare plants, many of which are of extraordinary size. This attraction is a rare opportunity to see what Florida was like in the tourist boom of the early 1900's.
• Ringling Museum
• Ringling Mansion (Ca d'Zan)