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Florida has long been popular for Spring Breaks and retirement to people from within the United States of America while the British started visiting in their droves thanks to cheaper airfares is the late 70s early 80s.  Another big pull was the advent of Disney World which saved the further schlep of traversing the entire continent until one reached the other shining sea. Florida has been inhabited for thousands of years by Native Americans while the French and Spanish first made inroads into Florida with the Spanish establishing the oldest continuously occupied European city and port of  St. Augustine which lies on the coast in an area known as the First Coast which is in the northern part of the state. Some places to visit in the area are: The Alligator Farm, Flagler College, part of which is the former Ponce de Leon Hotel, Gonzalez-Alvarez House (Oldest House), Lightner Museum, in the former Hotel Alcazar and the Fort Mose Historic State Park.

Miami is a huge, cosmopolitan city where many nationalities are found and enclaves can be found in the city with names such as Little Haiti, Little Havana, Little Managua, Little Brazil, Little Moscow and Little San Juan. There is a very lively music scene in Miami due to influences from nearby places such as Cuba and the West Indies and Caribbean as well as from further off Colombia. The 1970's brought Miami into the limelight especially through such names as KC and the Sunshine Band and then later, Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. Miami is also a main place for dance and techno music and is part of the main club places along with Ibiza and Mykonos. Some places you could visit whilst there are: The Actor's Playhouse, The Miami Children's Museum, The Miami Seaquarium and Parrot Jungle.

Getting away from the booming sounds of the city we turn now to the Everglades where you can visit The Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, which is home to some rare and endangered species. It has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and Wetland of International Importance. It is open 365 days a year and is located on the southern tip of Florida being accessible from different areas. The Everglades are also home to alligators, the American alligator grows up to 19 feet (3.5 m) long, and up to 600 pounds (270 kg). Another creature which lives in  Florida is the Manatee which is also known as the Sea Cow. The West Indian Manatee migrates into Florida rivers such as the Crystal River, the Homosassa River, and the Chassahowitzka River. The head springs of these rivers maintain a water temperature of 22°C (299 K; 72°F) year round. During the winter months, November to March, approximately 400 West Indian Manatees (according to the National Wildlife Refuge) congregate in the rivers in Citrus County, Florida. The Manatee is a seriously threatened endangered species.

Naples is on the coast of Southwest Florida and boasts sunny beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. The town of Naples offers world class shopping, dining and a wealth of  golf courses. Nearby are many small islands where you can escape to and enjoy peace and quiet. These islands, such as Sanibel and Marco Island have high quality accommodation and first class facilities for the visitor. The Everglades National Park is also nearby. As you enjoy the abundance of beautiful, white beaches on Florida's Gulf Coast you will be amazed by the amazing sunsets.

Orlando is one of the main cities in central Florida. The Orlando-Kissimmee MSA is Florida's third-largest metropolitan area after Miami and Tampa. The city is also home to a large university where the student population bring another dynamic into the melange. The area is known these days primarily for its many tourist attractions, namely, the Walt Disney World Resort, which is located in Lake Buena Vista about 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Orlando city limits via Interstate 4. Other notable attractions include SeaWorld and the Universal Orlando Resort. The region sees an estimated 52 million tourists a year. Orlando has the second largest number of hotel rooms in the country (after Las Vegas, Nevada), and is one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions with the Orange County Convention Centre, the country's second largest in square footage. It is also known for its wide array of golf courses, with numerous courses available for any level of golfer. The greater Orlando/Kissimmee area has a huge array of villas and private homes available for rent which are ideal bases from which the visitor can explore the wider area.

The Florida Keys became known  to the wider public through their connection with Ernest Hemmingway and through the medium of film. The Keys, which are a chain of about 1700 islands begin at the south-eastern tip of Florida about 24 km south of Miami and continue in a crescent shape until they get to Key West which is the westernmost inhabited island. Activities that are popular in the Keys are fishing, snorkelling and diving. The islands also offer a huge amount of cultural events, theatre shows and plays, tournaments and seasonal events. The keys also have a very high number of art galleries to suit all tastes. The Florida Keys offer a smorgasbord of cultures exquisite locations and accommodation and are unlike anything you could ever imagine in the rest of the United States of  America.


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