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Travel Guide to Florida 2017

The Travel Guide to Florida is a guide to travel in the state of Florida with editorial stories and features on travel destinations in the Sunshine State. There are detailed sections on each of Florida’s tourism regions plus editorial features on over 20 statewide tourism themes.

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Globelite Travel Marketing, Inc.
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governor’s message

RICK SCOTT GOVERNOR October 2016 Dear Friends: Florida’s beautiful beaches, world-class fishing and golf, and countless cultural events and attractions helped attract a record 105 million tourists in 2015. Our state is home to the most large freshwater springs in America and the nation’s best state parks, as well as the world famous Everglades. It’s exciting that the Sunshine State welcomed the most visitor’s in Florida’s history during the first six months of 2016, putting us on track for a sixth consecutive record year. We look forward to welcoming even more visitors to the Sunshine State to enjoy our record breaking success. Florida is sending a clear message around the world that our state is the best place for businesses and families to succeed. In Florida, the health and safety of our visitors is a…

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editor’s message

For many of us, a trip to Florida is an annual tradition. For some, it is a winter home. For others, it’s the ideal winter escape, where theme parks, beaches and attractions cater to all ages and interests. In short, Florida seems to have the uncanny knack of morphing into whatever it is we want or imagine it to be. But there’s so much more to Florida than sunshine, surf and sand. Each year introduces a bounty of new, bigger or better attractions, hotels, restaurants and events geared to keep guests entertained and hollering for more. And while we’re forever researching what’s new and exciting, we should never ignore the culture and traditions of Florida’s native inhabitants, its history and the natural beauty of its wilderness. While much of this is…

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your adventure starts here

Florida has exerted a magnetic pull on visitors for the past 500 years— beginning with Juan Ponce de León. St. Augustine, where he landed in 1513, educates visitors and residents alike through attractions, museums and festivals where re-enactors dress in historic garb and tell tales. In this charming town, it’s not unusual to have breakfast in a café seated next to a “pirate.” Ponce de León named what he saw “La Florida,” or “place of flowers,” because of the lush landscape. Indeed, Florida has 300 native plants, ranging from the thorny sweet acacia to the wild azalea. The state lists an additional 1,300-plus introduced exotics, many of them considered invasive. Others are housed in botanical gardens, such as the renowned Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden and the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. RULES…

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setting records in the sunshine state

Not only is Florida a destination rich in history and the ideal fun getaway for the entire family, the Sunshine State is a hotbed for people—and even animals—who accomplish some really amazing feats. Records ranging from the courageous to the bizarre are continuously being set by land and by sea. IN THE WATER Diana Nyad, from Fort Lauderdale, is the only person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage. It took her 53 hours to swim from Havana to Key West. Even more amazing is that she accomplished her feat at age 63 on her fifth attempt; her first try was 35 years earlier. Kelly Slater of Cocoa Beach is the most decorated professional surfer in the world, winning the World Surf League record 11 times. He is also the…

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a rich heritage

From swashbuckling tales of Spanish adventurers to Civil War battles and US astronauts’ first ventures into space, Florida’s history is an intriguing one. Visit coastal forts and lighthouses, museums, mansions and vintage hotels. Explore a variety of Native American, African American and Hispanic cultural sites that bring Florida’s past to life. Myriad historic treasures are waiting to be rediscovered throughout the state. SOUTHEAST Thousands of years before the first European explorers arrived, Florida was populated by Native Americans such as the Tequesta people, who lived near the mouth of the Miami River. After an excavation uncovered the remains of a village, the state Division of Historical Resources has preserved the site as the Miami Circle Park. Other Native American tribes survived the incursion of northern settlers in the 1800s by moving into the…

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a world of natural wonders

Diving deep into Florida’s rich natural heritage is easier than you think. The Sunshine State is also the splashdown state, with diverse aquatic activities for outdoor recreation, from swimming in springs and rivers to paddling down quiet creeks and diving offshore reefs and wrecks. Even when you’re high and dry, trails offer sweeping views of winding waterways and extensive estuaries. It’s this mix of wet and dry that makes Florida a year-round destination for ecotourism. Wade right in! SOUTHEAST Celebrating the success of marine conservation programs in the Florida Keys, REEF Fest is an annual gathering of divers, naturalists, photographers and people who care about the quality of Florida’s coral reefs. The event features seminars, snorkeling, diving andeco-adventures, with proceeds benefitting the non-profit Reef Environmental Education Foundation based in Key Largo. A mile…