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About Florida

Florida World-renown as the “The Sunshine State”. Florida has superb year-round weather attracting millions of visitors from all over the globe. World-class theme parks in Orlando are one of the major attractions of Florida including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and many more. 
 
Just an hour from Orlando is Busch Gardens in Tampa offering an amazing day out including thrilling rollercoaster rides, water rides and animal adventures. Orlando is a dream holiday destination with outstanding resorts and hotels, shopping for every budget - from premium outlet malls to exclusive designer stores, all-season award-winning golf courses and incredible restaurants and evening entertainment venues. Also, with cultural opportunities, arts and theatre, Orlando has an incredible amount of attractions to offer visitors of all ages.
 
Surrounded by the sparkling, calm waters of the Gulf Coast on one side, the Atlantic Ocean on the other and the Florida Straits in the South, Florida boasts some of the world’s best beach resorts and the only living barrier reef in the United States. Perfect for water sports of every kind including snorkelling, fishing, diving or simply passing the hours watching the incredible spectacle of dolphins enjoying life in their natural environment. Miles and miles of white, sandy beaches line each side of Florida with relaxing resorts on the Gulf Coast including Clearwater, Sarasota and Naples and vibrant resorts on the Atlantic Coast or Gold Coast as it is known, Miami, West Palm Beach and Ft Lauderdale being the most popular.
 
Travel to the Southernmost point in the United States, Key West and watch in awe the serene golden sunset celebrated daily by locals and visitors alike. With a Caribbean vibe and laid back ambience, the Florida Keys are a real treat for total relaxation and well worth a visit. A series of small coral islands, the Florida Keys are home to fine dining, exciting water sports, unique boutique shopping and miles of soft, perfect beaches to lie back and soak up the sun. Take a trip to the Everglades National Park, teeming with exquisite Florida wildlife and birdlife including alligators, manatee and pelicans. Explore by canoe, kayak, hiking and hot-air ballooning, all popular ways to experience the national parks and dense forests. An airboat ride across the marshlands is a trip never forgotten providing outstanding memories lasting a lifetime.
 
Internationally known for golf, tennis auto racing and water sports, Florida is a haven for sporting events of various inds. From PGA golf tournaments to auto racing at Daytona, Florida has a fantastic range of places to go and things to see. Drive over to the east coast and visit the jaw-dropping Kennedy Space Centre, examine the history of space flight and find out what the future holds for mankind’s exploration of space.
 
With some of the world’s best cruising departing from Florida, an ideal holiday is a cruise and stay combining the hectic hustle and bustle of Orlando followed by an enchanted tour of Caribbean islands. Try a two centre holiday with Orlando and the Gulf Coast or a three centre holiday adding on Miami or the Florida Keys. The options are endless when you choose to visit this heavenly destination, where one visit turns into many return trips to revisit attractions a second or third time or to explore more of this idyllic landscape.

Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH

Visitors are discovering a new Daytona Beach - an exciting chapter in the destination’s history showcasing its racing heritage, idyllic East Coast oceanfront location and impressive arts affiliation. The area is in the midst of investing nearly $2 billion in renovations and construction, all of which make for an even more exciting vacation stay. The $400 million renovation project at Daytona International Speedway was completed in January of 2016. In the planning stage are a new Hard Rock Hotel & Café and an upscale Westin. 

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Daytona Beach

1.  Daytona International Speedway
This mecca of motorsports is getting even bigger with the Speedway’s newest expansion project - Daytona Rising. Race fans will rejoice over the $400 million overhaul creating a world-class facility with premium amenities and unparalleled conveniences and experiences by 2016.

2.  Festival Capital of Florida  
Daytona Beach takes claim to the title of Festival Capital of Florida for good reason with festivals and events taking place year round. Make the pilgrimage for one of our large legendary events like Biketoberfest®, or visit one of the 50 smaller cultural festivals put on throughout the year. 

3.  Rich History    
Daytona Beach is full of history beginning with our native ancestors the Timucuan Indians, Spanish and French settlements, sugar mill plantations and the man who put Florida on the map as a tourist destination, Henry Flagler.

4.  Ponce Inlet  
This southern part of our beach destination is full of activities and dining options for all to enjoy. More than just an inlet, this area is home to the tallest lighthouse in Florida, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, and the Marine Science Center.

5.  Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier  
There’s something nostalgic about a boardwalk beach experience. The boardwalk and pier is focused on two important parts of every vacation – fun and food! 

6.  "Original American Beach"  
A beach trip isn’t complete without one day or five spent at the beach. Choose your place in the sand along 23 miles of beach featuring easy access points for driving on in select areas or parking nearby. 

7.  Thrill Rides  
Visitors can choose from a surprising list of attractions including a high-speed ocean view ride on the Sand Blaster roller coaster at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier, a race around Daytona International Speedway with the Richard Petty Driving Experience, a zip lining adventure at ZoomAir Adventure Park or an up-close encounter with marine life while paddle boarding in the Halifax River.

8.  Golfing  
Visitors can soften their spikes at several Daytona Beach area courses popular with pros, experienced players and those still learning the links. Boasting two, four-star courses as rated by Golf Digest, LPGA International leads the pack. 

9.  Scenic Cruising Opportunities
Cruising is a tradition in Daytona Beach. At just over 30 miles long, 'The Loop' has the most diverse natural scenery remaining in northeast Florida with unobstructed views of two rivers, creeks, marshes, beach and the pristine hardwood hammock forest that canopies the road.

10.  Spectacular Accommodations
You’re sure to find the perfect place in Daytona Beach to rest your head after a day of fun in the sun. We have a little bit of everything with a myriad of beachfront and mainland accommodations varying from trusted name brand resorts and hotels to quaint, independently-owned small inns and B&Bs.

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Florida Events

SOUTH FLORIDA

August 10th - 13th:
KEY WEST LOBSTER FEST - Various locations in Key West

It’s the 21st celebration of all things crustacean and signals the start of the Florida Keys lobster season. Highlights: Thursday night lobster boil, Friday night Duval Crawl, lots of live music, Saturday street fair with lobster-inspired culinary creations and a luscious lobster brunch Sunday.

August 19th:
CRAFT BEER BASH - PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm beach Gardens

Imagine an entire festival featuring unlimited sampling of 150 first-rate craft brew and cider selections. Combine that with great live music, yummy food stations, all set at a luxury resort in cool air-conditioned comfort and it’s a great way to spend a hot summer day.

August 19th - 20th:
INAUGURAL ISLAMORADA GRAND PRIX OF THE SEA - Islamorada

Experience non-stop, pulsing action as Powerboat P1 brings Aquax and Superstock offshore races to the Keys. Yamaha and Kawasaki personal watercraft racers along with P1 Panther race boats compete at speeds averaging 75 miles per hour.

August 19th & September 16th:
SUMMER JAZZ ON THE GULF - Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

This is the 32nd consecutive year for this popular and free Southwest Florida tradition. An appealing and diverse selection of Jazz acts will be presented in a series of four concerts amid a hotel setting that has beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, stunning sunsets and cool breezes. The Betty Fox Band is the headliner for the first show. Note: Events are open to the general public, not just hotel guests.

August 25th - 27th:
FISHERMAN'S VILLAGE PIRATE FEST - Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda

All are welcome but ye best prepare to get wet, maties and wenches! There is a mock pirate invasion and anyone standing dockside will be sprayed with water guns by a flotilla of attacking boats encircling the fun-infested waters of Charlotte Harbor. Bring your water weapons and do your best to keep the invaders at bay. Also included: a pirate parade, pirate costume contests and a kid’s pirate treasure hunt.

Through September 4th:
THE LOST WORLD OF DINOSAURS - Flamingo Gardens, Davie

This exhibit that features 27 realistic, life-size dinosaurs has toured botanical gardens through the United States, but it is appearing in SoFla for the first time. If you haven’t been to beautiful Flamingo Gardens, this would be the perfect reason to go. Discover some of the largest creatures that ever lived, unearth bones in the Dino Dig, touch real fossils and see a real fossilized dinosaur egg.

Through September 5th:
BIRDS OF PARADISE - Museum of Science & Discovery, Fort Lauderdale

Developed over eight years by “National Geographic” and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this exhibit captures all 39 known species of birds-of-paradise. The exhibit encompasses sound bites, videos, photographs and artifacts gathered in 18 expeditions. The hands-on, multi-media components and mechanical digital mini-stations allow you to better understand these beautiful creatures.

CENTRAL FLORIDA

August 12th:
THE INCREDIBLE DUCK RACE - Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa

Adopt one of more than 5,000 rubber ducks dumped into downtown Tampa’s Hillsborough River and watch them all “race” to the finish line. Proceeds from the adoptions benefit children’s programs and charities via the Tampa Kiwanis Foundation, and there will be lots of fun activities, food, games and other shenanigans at the park leading up to the big race.

August 19th:
STRAWBERRY CLASSIC CAR SHOW - Union Station Depot, Plant City

Classic cars, classic music and classic street food vendors bring you back to a simpler time of shiny Firebirds and ’57 Chevys. Plant City’s monthly community car show will feature classic and antique trucks in August, as well as the usual BBQ, raffles, DJ, kids’ activities and shops and restaurants staying open until the event ends.

August 26th:
9TH ANNUAL GECKO BALL - Gulfport Casino Ballroom, Gulfport

You know summer is winding down when you start to hear about GeckoFest in Gulfport, and the Gecko Ball kicks off the festivities with a wild dance party, “geckotinis” and hors d’oeuvres. This year’s theme is Geckostock, paying homage to the free-spirited hippie culture of the 1960s, so guests will come dressed head to toe in Woodstock-era costumes and enjoy throwback music while bidding on a well-stocked silent auction.

August 26th - 27th:
MOUNT DORA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL - Elizabeth Evans Park, Mount Dora

One of Mount Dora’s most delicious annual events, the Seafood Fest is a great way to try all of the region’s best fresh fish and seafood dishes, including fish and chips, lobster mac and cheese, crab cakes, shrimp kebobs and more. Kick off this year’s fest with a Friday night wine and pub crawl wearing your best pirate or wench attire for prizes.

NORTH FLORIDA

August 19th:
PADDLE AT THE PORCH - Back Porch Seafood & Oyster Bar, Destin

Forget running on the beach. Thanks to our gorgeous Florida coastline, paddle boarding events are becoming a thing. Pick your distance based on experience from the 1-mile beginner ride to the 3-mile recreational race and the 6-mile elite race. Awards will be presented to the first three finishers in each category.

August 19th:
FESTIVAL OF THE CHARIOT - Jacksonville Beach

Festival of the Chariots, or Ratha Yatra, originated in India as a celebration of the invitation to the Lord of the Universe to enter festival goers’ hearts. The Jax Beach festival features a Bhakti Yoga Festival centered on love and devotion, plus a 25-foot tall chariot, live music, vendors, workshops and more.

August 19th - 20th:
PENSACOLA COMIC CONVENTION - Pensacola Interstate Fair Grounds Expo Hall

This convention proves geeky, sci-fi love has no borders as fanboys and fangirls of seemingly diverse genres can coexist under one roof. Top celebrities scheduled this year include pro wrestling legend Scott Steiner (Big Bad Booty Daddy), actor Rick Cosnett (“Vampire Diaries” and “The Flash”) and paranormal investigators The Ghost Brothers (Dalen, Markus and Juwan). Also includes a live ghost investigation at the haunted Victorian Inn with the Ghost Brothers. Of course, no comic con would be complete without a costume competition, so start planning your duds now.

August 20th:
PICKIN' IN THE PARK - Silver Springs State Park

Celebrate the end of “summer” — the season, not the weather — with an evening of acoustic jams on the banks of the spring at the state park. The musicians and instruments vary each month but usually include banjo, upright bass, guitar and fiddle. Foot tapping and cheering is a must.

August 25th:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE - Castillo San Marcos, St. Augustine

It’s never too late to “find your park.” Coming off the National Parks Service’s centennial celebration in 2016, love for our nation’s historical and natural treasures is still at an all-time high. Although many parks always feature free admission, this is your chance to visit St. Augustine’s historic fort at no charge.
 

Florida Keys

 
The Florida Keys and Key West is a 150 mile long string of Islands connected to South Florida by the scenic Overseas Highway; a road that suspends the traveler in a place that bridges the gap between sea and sky. In the Florida Keys you are a world away from the theme parks of central Florida, in a place that envelopes you with its warmth and beauty and grants you permission to shed the worries of the real world you just left behind!
 
The turquoise blue waters that surrounds Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West is a treasure trove both above and below. Divers and snorkeler’s splash down into the only living coral reef in North America to discover nature’s idea of an aquarium, while fishermen anticipate the challenge of catching their dinner and kite surfers await the caress of the light trade winds.
 

10 must do’s in the Florida Keys and Key West
 
1. Key Largo: Dive/Snorkel at John Pennekamp State Park – the crown jewel of the state park system and the first undersea park in the U.S., John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles and the coral reefs and their associated marine life are a divers and/or snorkelers dream!
 
2. Key Largo: Kayak and explore Everglades National Park- it is the only eco-system of its type in the world with the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, it boasts rare and endangered species. It has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and a wetland of international importance.  Key Largo is considered to be the Gateway to the Everglades.
 
3. Islamorada: Fishing – Sport Fishing Capital of the World – Take a charter boat out to one of the only place on Earth where it is possible to catch a sailfish in the morning, and then venture into the backcountry in pursuit of bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish in just inches of water. 
 
4. Islamorada: Robbie’s Marina - A nostalgic destination reminiscent of why some of the most talented artists, writers, fishermen and presidents have called the Florida Keys home. Robbie’s rests peacefully among coconut palms with shimmering views of the nearby islands where the unspoiled Florida Bay and the exquisite Atlantic Ocean converge. With free entry, a private sandy beach, fabulous restaurant serving fresh local food and quaint art and craft pavilions one cannot help but understand why so many artists have chosen this place to immortalize in paintings. The kids will also love feeding the enormous tarpon!
 
5. Marathon: Dolphin Research Centre - Bring your family to meet with the family of dolphins and sea lions. Spend an hour or stay all day learning about these incredible marine mammals. Dolphin Research Centre, a not-for-profit research and educational facility offers several exciting daily presentations demonstrating the dolphins’ high flying athletics, dolphin education fun facts, dolphin research, new behaviour training, medical behaviours, and much more. Enjoy dolphin swims and other encounters, as well as other fun chances to touch a dolphin. 
 
6. Marathon: Turtle Hospital – visit the Turtle Hospital and see how they rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, learn how they conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles and work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.
 
7. Big Pine Key: Visit Bahia Honda State Park and Recreation Area at mile marker 37. With its white sandy beaches and abundant wildlife, Bahia Honda Key frequently makes the list of most beautiful beaches in America.
 
8. Big Pine and the Lower Keys:  spending a half day or full day exploring the backcountry waters off the lower Florida Keys.  Encounter key deer, sea turtles and dolphins in their natural habitat as well as explore the Great White Heron National Sanctuary.  
 
9. Key West: Sunset at Mallory Square – celebrate the end of the day at Mallory Square where every evening you can enjoy free live music and street entertainers, art and craft stores and enjoy a cocktail as the sun goes down.
 
10. Key West: Day trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park - Explore a 19th Century Fort and snorkel crystal clear water with incredible marine life. Almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of bird life that frequent the area.
 
 
Upcoming Events & Festivals:
 
Key West | 31st December 2016
New Year's Eve Shoe Drop Celebration - The Southernmost City celebrates with a descending 6-foot red high heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi at the Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval St. Seconds before midnight, the high heel bearing a lavishly gowned and coiffed Sushi is to be lowered from the second-story balcony of the complex toward the cheering crowds below. As midnight strikes and the New Year officially begins, she will land and gleefully pop the cork on a ceremonial bottle of champagne.
 


 

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Fort Laurderdale


Say Hello Sunny in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Blue skies, golden sands, swaying green palms and turquoise waters - year round. Greater Fort Lauderdale, located in the ‘Subtropical’ South East Florida, specialises in warm, sunny days with an average temperature of 25’C year round and 3,000 hours of sunshine annually.
 
Relax and enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches and 300 miles of navigable inland waterways – giving Greater Fort Lauderdale the nickname the Venice of America. Visitors can also try something new on their next holiday – paddle boarding along the Intracoastal, kayaking by moonlight and exploration of the exotic Everglades. Choose to dine in one of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s thousands of restaurants or shop till you drop at Sawgrass Mills, North America’s largest designer outlet mall.

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB launched Hello Sunny TV at the beginning of this year which is an exciting new way to view the destination with live streaming from various locations and events and destination videos on demand. https://www.sunny.org/tv/
 
Top 10 must do’s section
 
1. Hit the beach
 
Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts 23 miles of Blue Wave Beaches - some of the cleanest, safest and most beautiful beaches in the US - from Deerfield Beach in the north to Hollywood in the south.
 
2. Go shopping
 
Visit the Galleria Mall, Sawgrass Mills designer outlets and the boutiques along Las Olas Boulevard. 
 
3. Dine out
 
Fort Lauderdale lays claim to more than 4,000 restaurants ranging from intimate cafes to al fresco waterfront dining spots to quaint bistros, ethnic eateries and world-renowned steakhouses. 
 
4. Cruise
 
The Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, the world's largest two cruise ships operate out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. 
 
5. Get on the water
 
See the Venice of America aboard a sightseeing cruise. Greater Fort Lauderdale is also a haven for yachting, with thousands of yachts of every size moored in the Marina
 
6. Get in the water
 
Greater Fort Lauderdale is paradise for water sports enthusiasts with paddle boarding, jet-skiing, parasailing, boating, fishing and diving as just a few of the options on offer.
 
7. Nature
 
Explore the exotic Everglades, the river of grass, home to the unconquered Seminole Indian tribe. Take an airboat tour and see the alligators in their native habitat.
 
8. Golf
 
With over 20 golf courses in Greater Fort Lauderdale, it is a perfect destination for a golfing holiday. 
 
9. Entertainment
 
Greater Fort Lauderdale is a hub for world renowned performers, many of which perform at The BBT Centre and Hard Rock Live. 
 
10. Culture
 
With more than 20 museums, Greater Fort Lauderdale is fun for the culture vulture. With museums ranging from the Museum of Discovery and Science to the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum, Antique Car Museum and the Young at Art Museum, there is certainly a museum for all.

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Miami


 
With its fine dining, exotic nightlife and rich culture, Miami has everything you need for the perfect vacation, sun soaked and glamorous!
 
Miami has a tropical climate with extremely hot summers. Temperatures can reach 90°F during the summer months.
 
From the exotic wildlife of the Everglades to the exciting nightlife of South Beach, from deep blue oceans to shallow emerald bay, Greater Miami offers visitors the best of all worlds - a destination where the cutting edge of urban chic coexists with the beauty and splendour of a tropical paradise. 
 
Great year-round weather, relaxed atmosphere and some of the best hotels in the world are the backdrop for a vibrant cosmopolitan metropolis.  Boasting a vibrant arts and cultural landscape, renowned nightlife scene and world-class dining and entertainment, Miami draws an eclectic mix of visitors from sizzling celebrities to frolicking families seeking fun in the sun.
 
Mention “Miami” and the first thing that will come to mind is the beach. Mile after mile of sparkling waters, golden sands, tanned tourists… the images are glamorous but they are surpassed only by the reality.  Miami Beach – from Cape Florida down south to Golden Beach up north – is a legendary  resort destination, setting the gold standard for hospitality and constantly reinventing and renovating itself to catch the latest waves of visitor expectations.  
 
To the south and west, Everglades National Park, the third largest in the U.S. National Park System, is a unique 1.5 million-acre eco-system of sawgrass prairies, mangrove swamps, subtropical jungle and the warm waters of Florida Bay.  Nearby, the primarily underwater Biscayne National Park is teeming with sea life and plants, and features living coral reefs as well as the longest stretch of mangrove forest left on Florida's east coast within its 173,000 acres. With an unparalleled mix of ethnic and cultural groups spread throughout the city's environs, Miami has “a live and let live” philosophy.  Visitors instantly pick up on the local laid-back mood; and stress melts away upon arrival.

Top 10 things to do
  1. Art Deco District: Miami’s South Beach includes more than 800 historic buildings erected in different architectural styles during the 1920s, 30s & 40s.   Walking food tours around Lincoln Road include the architecture and history of Miami’s development
  2. Miami Seaquarium: book one of the VIP experiences and take a walk along the sea bed on the Sea Trek Diving Experience or choose to swim with a dolphin or a seal. 
  3. Everglades National Park: A World UNESCO Heritage site, it is the largest designated sub-tropical wilderness reserve on the North American continent. Explore some of it on an airboat tour to spot the alligators and learn about the ecosystem of this area. 
  4. Zoo Miami: This 750-acre zoo showcases more than 3,000 animals (500 different species) in large open-air exhibits. The zoo (the only tropical zoo in USA)  and its botanical gardens are the oldest in Florida and maintain numerous conservation projects.
  5. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: visit the National Historic Landmark and museum of this beautiful waterfront villa in Coconut Grove, a quaint waterfront village.
  6. Wynwood Walls: World famous street artists showing off their skills on the largest collection of murals in this vibrant neighbourhood of street art and art galleries.  Enjoy and afternoon or evening here with lunch or dinner at one of the local restaurants.   To learn more take a guided walking tour or for the more adventurous a moped tour.
  7. Little Havana: head to Calle Ocho (8th Street), Miami’s famous Cuban district for Latin flavours around Domino Park.  Try Cuban cuisine, coffee and hand-rolled cigars and enjoyed the lively ambiance of this neighbourhood.
  8. See Miami off shore:  To see Miami from the water gives you a different perspective,  and is a delightful way to see the city.  For adrenalin junkies should try the Thriller speedboat tour or for a more leisurely trip take the Island Queen or a catamaran tour.  Explore the man-made islands (Star Island, Hibiscus Island, Fisher Island) and check out the millionaires’ mansions in and around Biscayne Bay. 
  9. Arts and Culture: Miami has a dynamic performing arts scene year round and a vast array of museums for art, history and science such as Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum and Museum of Science. Sports and sports arenas abound in Miami where you cheer on the local team.
  10. Shopping: Retail therapy is possible throughout the city with numerous boutiques and malls, from Lincoln Road in South Beach or the Miracle Mile of Coral Gables to shop ‘til you drop at Aventura Mall or grab a bargain at Dolphin Outlet  Mall.  Those who wants designer labels then Bal Harbour Shops are for you and vintage stores around the Design District offer retro chic.

Palm Beach

Discover The Palm Beaches, an exciting collection of luxury resorts, boutique and trusted-brand hotels, an innovative culinary landscape, trendy shops and boutiques of world-wide fame, and a nightlife that thrives year-round.

With 15 distinct dining and entertainment districts, 47 miles of pristine beaches, and a staggering collection of attractions and cultural venues, it is no surprise the destination has ranked among the world’s best in both the Luxury and Summer Vacations categories by US News & World Report. With so much to offer, The Palm Beaches truly is the best way to experience Florida. Following is a sampling of destination claims, story ideas, and new announcements and celebrations for the destination.
 
The Palm Beaches bring together 15 distinct districts- 12 emphasizing shopping and dining, two focused on eco-adventures, and one containing the Convention Center and surrounding entertainment. Located along the coast and west out to Lake Okeechobee, each district offers unique experiences, culture, and collection of events for visitors to enjoy. These districts include: Palm Beach and Worth Avenue, Clematis Street, CityPlace and Convention & Entertainment District in West Palm Beach, Northwood Village, Antique Row, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter/Juno Beach Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Downtown Boca Raton, Boca Town Center and Glades Road, Wellington, and Lake Okeechobee. 
 
America’s First Resort Destination
In 1893, Henry M. Flagler declared Palm Beach as a “veritable paradise.” That year, Flagler set about building the largest wooden structure in the world – The Royal Poinciana Hotel – in Palm Beach, and connected his railroad from the northern United States to South Florida. In 1896, Flagler opened the Palm Beach Inn, which soon became known as The Breakers Palm Beach – now a legendary, five-star resort. Just 18 years later, the town of Palm Beach was incorporated. Since then, everyone from Hollywood stars to heads of state, from literary and artistic icons to Old Money and international business magnates have come to enjoy this lush island as a vacation destination. Take an in-depth look at some of our time-honored resorts, explore our history at the Flagler Museum, learn about our past on a walking tour down Worth Avenue, and appreciate the architecture from one of the county’s first developers, Addison Mizner, along Mizner Park.
 
Thriving Culinary Landscape
A well-balanced fusion of celebrity chefs, cutting-edge newcomers and classic masters give The Palm Beaches a true advantage among travelers seeking the ultimate palatable experience. The vast array of independent, provincial restaurants, five-star resort dining, and eclectic, avant-garde eateries come together to give The Palm Beaches its global reputation as a true melting pot for culinary exploration. Cuisine from every corner of the world in every imaginable gastronomical style can be found throughout the 15 dining and entertainment districts within The Palm Beaches. World-renowned chefs including Masaharu Morimoto, Daniel Boulud, Clay Conley and Lindsay Autry have all contributed to the destination’s diverse culinary landscape. In addition, numerous chefs have earned prestigious accolades, including the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chefs of the South” list. In 2013, Emeril Lagassee featured five Palm Beach restaurants on his latest television show, “Emeril’s Florida”, which aired nationally on the Cooking Channel. The destination is also home to some of the most anticipated annual food events in Florida, including Boca Bacchanal, Savor the Avenue, Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, and Taste of Palm Beach, to name just a few.
 
World-Class Shopping
Internationally known as a hot spot for avant-garde designers, trendy and chic style, and world-class shopping, The Palm Beaches is like a runway for today’s top fashions. Dubbed the “Rodeo Drive of the East Coast,” Worth Avenue Avenue is the preeminent designer shopping destination in Florida. Strolling along the popular Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach is a great way to peruse quaint shops and boutiques, while downtown Boca Raton’s Mizner Park and Royal Palm Place offer upscale shopping venues with Mediterranean-style courtyards. Ideally located in downtown West Palm Beach, CityPlace is an open-air shopping and entertainment district inspired by the pedestrian-friendly piazzas of Italy. Just a few blocks away is the Downtown Waterfront District, with ample space for ongoing events and programs. If antiquing is your passion, you will love the six blocks of shopping along Antique Row in West Palm Beach offering a treasure trove of collectibles, timeless furnishings, and special home and garden accessories. The Gardens Mall, Town Center at Boca Raton, and The Mall at Wellington Green will impress every shopper with their large collections of global fashion retailers.
 
Beach, Waterway, Marine
With more than 47 miles of Atlantic coastline and countless waterways, there is no shortage of liquid assets to enjoy in The Palm Beaches. From fishing, diving and snorkeling to sailing, boating and yachting, the range of on- or in-the-water experiences are endless.With an average annual temperature of 75 degrees and ample Florida sunshine, the area’s enviable weather creates an ideal environment for year-round outdoor fun. Close proximity to the Gulf Stream means comfortable ocean temperatures as well, making our Atlantic waters warm for bathers and extra clear for divers. For a day on the water, an abundance of marinas up and down the Intracoastal Waterway makes docking a yacht or chartering a boat a simple task.
 
Florida’s Golf Capital® 
Visitors at all skill levels can play on the more than 160 public and private golf courses, including the Boca Raton Resort & Club, The Breakers Palm Beach, and PGA National Resort & Spa, to name just a few. In addition to some of the best courses in the world, Florida’s Golf Capital® is also home to numerous pro shops, teaching facilities and driving ranges, as well as the Junior Golf Academy. The Palm Beaches is also home to The PGA of America and two of its most highly anticipated tournaments, The Allianz Championship and Honda Classic.
 
Spas & Wellness
A wealth of luxurious spas recognized internationally for their rejuvenating treatments abound in Palm Beach. From mineral pools and Dead Sea salts to exclusive product lines and lavish treatments, soothing experiences for the mind, body and soul are available at a variety of spa and wellness centers. Some of the most renowned include The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort, The Spa at PGA National Resort & Spa, The Spa at The Breakers, Spa Palazzo at the Boca Raton Resort & Club and Eau Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach.
 
Florida’s Cultural Capital®
More than 200 theaters, museums, arts centers, indoor and outdoor performance stages, and other cultural venues are located throughout the county. From the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, the Norton Museum of Art, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Maltz Jupiter Theater, and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, The Palm Beaches bring together a variety of thriving art districts, nationally recognized performers and dozens of internationally renowned annual events. Some of the most notable events include Art Palm Beach, the American International Fine Art Fair, SunFest, Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, and Delray Affair, all of which are great ways to experience art and culture in the area. 
 
Family Friendly 
With more than 100 family-friendly attractions, families of all sizes and on any budget can enjoy a variety of active, educational and cultural experiences, including a climb up the historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, a visit to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s special sea turtle rehab facility, a giraffe-feeding at Lion Country Safari, a discovery in the South Florida Science Museum, or an afternoon canoeing the waterways or hiking footpaths through Florida’s Natural Scenic Trail.
 
World Famous for Big Bass – and other fish too
Lake Okeechobee, which borders the county to the west, is world famous for its big bass. Anglers from all over drop their lines in what is the second largest freshwater lake in the United States, anxious to catch their “trophy fish.” To the east, nowhere does the warm northward current of the Gulf Stream come closer to the continental U.S. than off The Palm Beaches’ coastline. In between these famous fishing waters lie uncounted miles of productive fishing canals, estuaries, and the Intracoastal Waterway. The fishing season is virtually year-round, but specific species of fish are more prolific certain times of the year. While the winter is peak for bass and ladyfish, the transition into spring means snook and blue marlin. Under the summer sun, fishermen can find concentrations of dolphin (the fish), wahoo, sailfish and an occasional tuna. In the fall, black and silver mullet travel south along coastal beaches, as do bluefish, snook, tarpon, barracuda, kingfish and jack crevalle, to name just a few. And year-round, water-bound travelers enjoy free boat and kayak docking along any of the ports on along The Palm Beaches’ Intracoastal.
 
Unique Experiences
The Palm Beaches offers more than just a visit to pristine beaches. Travelers can enjoy a variety of unique and one-of-a-kind experiences on any budget. Here’s a sampling: full-moon bike rides along some of Riverbend Park’s 15 miles of trails, up-close animal encounter at Lion Country Safari, spring training for two teams – St. Louis Cardinals and the Florida Marlins, a dive with the country’s only private S.C.U.B.A. Country Club, and interaction with the turtles at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s special rehabilitation facility.
 
Unexpected ‘Wild Side’ of The Palm Beaches
As the gateway to The Florida Everglades, The Palm Beaches offer a number of opportunities to explore this natural treasure. The Arthur R. Marshall Loxhatchee National Wildlife Refuge comprises more than 221 square miles of The Everglades, and is surrounded by a 57-mile canal and levee system. Area visitors can enjoy the unique experience of an airboat tour along what are often regarded as Florida’s most serene and scenic waterways in the destination’s western region. Kayaking and canoeing are also popular ways to explore the awe-inspiring surroundings and spot the captivating wildlife. The area’s close proximity to the Gulf Stream – keeping comfortable ocean temperatures year-round – and more than 20 reefs, also make this area a hot spot for divers and snorkelers.
 
Polo & Equestrian Season
The Palm Beaches’ west-central community of Wellington is one of the top three places for polo and equestrian activity in the world. The International Polo Club Palm Beach features the world’s top Polo players and is the epicenter of social activity among Palm Beaches’ elite from January through April. Designed for novice to experienced players, Polo School, is available for kids and adults interested in learning the sport. Just down the road at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Saturday nights “in season” bring thousands out to witness internationally recognized equestrians compete in high-intensity competition, followed by a nightlife with an energy to match.
 
Year-Round Nightlife
Once the sun goes down in The Palm Beaches, the night comes to life with a variety of fun and exciting activities for all ages. From the hottest dance clubs and rooftop bars, to waterfront family movie nights and evening street festivals, the area’s various districts light up with entertainment options. Some of the more popular areas for nighttime play include: Downtown West Palm Beach, with Clematis Street, the Waterfront Commons, and CityPlace, which showcase free live music, outdoor events and street parties throughout the week, all connected by a free trolley; Atlantic Avenue and Pineapple Grove in vibrant Downtown Delray Beach, which brings together more than 100 bars and restaurants to appeal to every lifestyle; and the eclectic and artsy Lake Worth, known for its music venues and colorful vibe. In Palm Beach Gardens, the newly emerged Downtown at The Gardens features everything from swanky jazz clubs to boisterous breweries, located right beside the upscale Gardens Mall. Just off of Worth Avenue on the island of Palm Beach, visitors might spot a celebrity or two at late-night hot spots and the hottest new restaurants, as well as legendary locales, such as The Chesterfield Palm Beach’s famous Leopard Lounge and The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room, featuring a Cabaret Series and Motown Fridays. Ongoing and annual events, such as Clematis by Night, Saturday Evenings on the Avenue in Lake Worth, On the Avenue in Delray Beach, and the Art & Wine Promenade in Northwood Village, and SunFest, Southwest Florida’s largest outdoor music festival, all ensure non-stop, after-hour fun. 
 
About Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Palm Beach County, Fla., with a mission to increase visitation, deliver a one of a kind visitor experience, and contribute to the overall economic development in Palm Beach County. Operating as a non-profit organization, the CVB executes marketing and sales strategies to support Palm Beach County's very critical tourism industry, which annually welcomes approximately five million visitors, supports 45,000 industry jobs, and generates an economic impact of $5 billion in the local economy, and whose contributions on a state level help keep Floridians unburdened by a state income tax.
 

 

Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach, Florida offers 27 miles of stunning white sand and emerald green waters along the Gulf of Mexico and has an average year-round temperature of 23 degrees Celsius and an average of 320 days of sunshine annually.

Fun in the sun for all of the family is a guarantee in Panama City Beach; with great attractions, top-notch restaurants, beach activities, amazing accommodation and world-class events, you'll never forget your Panama City Beach holiday.

Panama City Beach offers a wide range of accommodation options for every budget, suiting all types of travellers, from family groups to couples and singles.  

Getting to Panama City Beach is now a breeze, thanks to the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), serviced by Delta Airlines located just 10 minutes away from the famous sugar-white sandy beaches.

Top 10 Must Do’s
 
1. Stroll on the super white sand beaches and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

2. Take a morning dolphin cruise on a 50 foot catamaran to Shell Island and spend the afternoon snorkelling, swimming and relaxing.

3. Meet Roux, a rescued baby bottle-nosed dolphin, at Gulf World Marine Park and learn about their rehabilitation programme of Gulf marine life.

4. Bike through the winding paths of Panama City Beach's Conservation Park and enjoy a scenic picnic overlooking the protected wetlands.

5. Shop the boutiques at Pier Park and reward the kids with an ice cream.

6. Make a splash at Shipwreck Island Water Park on its Pirates Plunge attraction or the 65 foot Tree Drop and then relax and take in the sunshine on the Lazy River.

7. Cast a line off the Russel Fields Pier or its twin M.B. Miller Pier for Spanish mackerel or flounder.

8. Dive for treasure in Panama City Beach's natural or artificial reefs.

9. Visit Heron Pond nature trail at St. Andrews State Park to bird watch for Snowy Edgrets, Great Edgrets, Blue Herons and Little Blue Herons and spot White Tailed derr or the occasional alligator.

10. Check out the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheatre, located in the heart of Panama City Beach, where you can enjoy the sounds of many local and international bands.

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Tampa Bay


Treasure awaits in Tampa Bay! With first-class hotels, distinct heritage, authentic culture, thrilling attractions, delicious cuisine and premier shopping, there is no better place to discover Florida’s riches. The award-winning Tampa International Airport, located just seven miles from downtown, as well as a first-rate cruise port, makes it easy for you to conquer Tampa Bay with ease. Home to a vibrant waterfront district, culturally engaging venues and museums, and countless activities that offer unique experiences for you and your crew, Tampa Bay is just waiting for your takeover. 

Top Things to do in Tampa Bay

Tampa Riverwalk
The Tampa Riverwalk runs for 2.4 miles along the Hillsborough River and Garrison Channel, linking downtown’s favorite attractions like gems on a string. 

Coast Bike Share
With a smart phone and a credit card, you can see Tampa Bay on two wheels. 


Top Things to Do in Tampa Bay

Tampa Riverwalk 
The Tampa Riverwalk runs for 2.4 miles along the Hillsborough River and Garrison Channel, linking downtown’s favorite attractions like gems on a string.

Coast Bike Share
With a smart phone and a credit card, you can see Tampa Bay on two wheels.

Tampa Theatre
Built in 1926, the movie palace was Tampa Bay’s first air-conditioned building. Today, the theatre is operated as a non-profit company and has a repertoire focused on art-house films and classics.

Tampa Bay History Center
Tampa Bay History Center houses 12,000 years of local history, starting with the Tocobaga Indians who first called the waters of Tampa Bay home. Interactive exhibits, including a café version of Tampa Bay’s iconic Columbia Restaurant, give visitors a deep understanding of the forces that created today’s Tampa Bay region.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo’s collection of more than 2,000 animals spans the globe, with species from every continent. The zoo is certified as a rehabilitation site for injured West Indian manatees and has treated hundreds of the gentle sea cows, returning most of them to the sea.

TECO Historic Streetcar Line
Tampa Bay’s TECO Historic Streetcar Line links downtown, the Channel District and the Ybor City National Landmark District with nine distinctive electric streetcars that run along a dedicated rail line.

Ybor City National Historic Landmark District
Named for its founder, 19th Century cigar magnate Vicente Martinez-Ybor, this Tampa Bay community was the entry point and melting pot for generations of immigrants from Cuban, Spain, Sicily, Germany and Eastern Europe.

The Florida Aquarium
Swim with the sharks -  if you dare. The Florida Aquarium helps visitors discover the intricate nature of Florida’s aquatic ecosystems. Visitors follow the water from inland springs and swamps downstream to the Gulf of Mexico. 

Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens Tampa has been a part of Tampa Bay’s landscape since the 1950s. Today is combines an African wildlife preserve and breeding program and a theme park filled with pulse-pounding roller coasters. Busch Gardens Tampa’s newest addition is Falcon’s Fury.
 
 

Tampa Premium Outlets® 
Tampa Premium Outlets® is located 20 miles north of downtown Tampa. Shop more than 110 designer and name-brand outlet stores at savings of 25% to 65% every day in a relaxed, contemporary “Key West”-style complete with palm trees throughout common area and water features to enhance the outdoor shopping experience. Relax and enjoy lunch in the Food Pavilion offering multiple dining options. 
 
Area Attractions include Adventure Island, Busch Gardens, Glazer Children’s Museum, Lowry Park Zoo and MOSI - Museum of Science & Industry. 

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