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Find Florida Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Florida.

About Florida

In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon came to the Sunshine State in search of the mythical fountain of youth, and named it Florida. Sometimes it seems that everyone in America over the age of sixty is searching for that fountain too.

Tallahassee is the state capital, although Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida.

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Find out more about Florida before you travel there.

Travel Map Mapping Florida

Map of Florida

Map of Florida

States neighbouring Florida:
Alabama and Georgia.

County Map of Florida

County Map of Florida.

Colourful map of Florida showing the location of all 67 counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun Count, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, Miami-Dade, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton and Washington.

Florida Maps and Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Florida (Travel Guide) South Florida (Fodors Travel Guides)

Florida Travel Guides - Florida Maps.

Florida Background

Ponce de Leon thought that he had discovered a large island, when in fact it is a narrow peninsular pointing a finger at Cuba.

Go to Key West and bold red letters tell you just how close you are to Castro's Island.

It wasn't until 1565 that Spanish forces returned, under Pedro Menendez de Aviles, to oust the French Huguenots and found St. Augustine; the oldest permanent European settlement in the United States.

It is disrespectful of Europeans to think that they found America when the Timucua, Apalachee, Calusa, and the stronger Seminole peoples were already there.

Florida changed hands again after the Seven Years' War in 1763, when Great Britain took control of the territory until after the War of Independence (1775-1783).

The Americans, the Spaniards, and the British would all continue to squabble over the glorified swamp. What must the Seminoles have thought?

Now it appears to be in the hands of Latin Americans and Disney.

Don't get me wrong, we love Little Havana, but we're grateful that we have no children crying out for fun with Mickey.

Apart from the popcorn culture of the theme-parks, and the half-naked bodies on Miami Beach, there are some other places of interest.

Spanish Landmarks

The Castillo de San Marcos, at St Augustine dates from the 1670's and is the oldest masonry fortress of the continental United States.

See Also

Fort Matanzas National Monument near St Augustine; the historic district at Pensacola; and the De Soto National Memorial near Bradenton.

Around Florida

With many lakes and a very long coastline, Florida is an excellent spot for fishing. Many head to the Keys to hire a boat and go deep-sea fishing, Hemingway style.

My Florida is the official page for the Sunshine State Government.

Florida Travel Tips

Don't be surprised if you fly into Miami International and find the fares are really high.

Before booking an airline ticket to South Florida for a cruise or a hotel in Miami consider flying into Ft. Lauderdale International Airport and benefit from its lower airport fees and taxes.

Visiting Florida

Visiting Florida can be cost effective even at times when the weather is nice. There are now two main seasons in Florida, the main expensive tourist season is January, February, March and April; where people are primarily those who are either semi-retired or those who visit as a travel destination for a second home. Many of these people stay for periods of a month to three months, which escalates the price of accommodations that are available at other times for a lesser price.

The second main season is during the Summer, when families and those wanting shorter periods generally will stay for a week to three weeks on a vacation rental type basis. The rates are generally affordable at this time, but be prepared for HOT weather!

Great times to travel, when there are vacancies and cost effective prices during times when the weather is nice, can be the last part of December, the first few weeks of January, April and October.
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Miami

Art Deco Hotels

Not all of the hotels are in the art deco style, but they are in the deco district of Miami Beach.

Miami Herald

The Miami Herald is dedicated to serving the diverse and growing South Florida region and its people as the community's most credible and dynamic source of news, information, and advertising solutions.

The newspaper has won 22 Pulitzer Prizes since its inception in 1903.

The Miami Herald also publishes Miami.com, an insider guide to Miami and South Florida entertainment.

The company's area of operations in Miami and South Florida make up a uniquely multicultural region with a large and diverse Hispanic population.

See El Nueuvo Herald.

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport (MIA), located on 3,230 acres of land near downtown Miami, is operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and is the property of Miami-Dade County government.

Founded in 1928, MIA is America's busiest airport for international passengers and international freight, offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, and boasts a lineup of over 90 air carriers.

Where to Stay in Miami

Hotels in Miami.

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale's beaches are famous, but the sandy strip is only the start.

Driving in Fort Lauderdale

Navigating Fort Lauderdale is not too hard when you know that avenues, drives and highways run north to south, and boulevards, roads, and streets traverse them - east to west.

Visit Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is a place where casual meets sophisticated. Where the experiences are as endless as the ocean and the pace is always carefree.

Take a glance at t Feel the caress of nature at Butterfly World or get your heart pounding with thoroughbred racing at Gulfstream Park.

Plan a spa day or a day cruise. And area museums invite you to explore acclaimed art, culture, science and history exhibits.

Don't forget to take advantage of LauderDeals for savings throughout your stay.

Where to Stay in Fort Lauderdale

Hotels in Fort Lauderdale.

Daytona Beach

Enjoy twenty three miles of iconic white sand beaches in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Where to Stay in Daytona Beach

Hotels in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Orlando

Orlando is a stunning combination of untouched ecosystem and artifice, where Disney's Animal Kingdom houses a gigantic man-made Banyan tree and, less than an hour away, Big Tree park is home to the oldest tree in Central Florida.

Ripley's Believe It or Not

In December 1922, Robert Ripley embarked on his first around the world trip and returned on April 7, 1923. He published his travel journal in installment form.

Robert Ripley continued to explor the uncanny and amazing mysteries of the world in search of the unbelievable and inexplicable.

The Orlando Odditorium is one of many Ripley's Believe It or Not museums world-wide, located at 8201 International Drive.

Where to Stay in Orlando

Hotels in Orlando.

Orlando Travel Tips

Orlando's busiest times are during the school holidays - Easter, Summer and Christmas - so if you are on a tight budget try to keep away from Orlando around these dates. The whole experience is best when the crowds are at their lowest and the temperature is suitable for you.

Tampa

Unlock Tampa Bay, the heart of Florida's Gulf coast. Discover active adventures, sky-high coasters, exotic wildlife, and authentic culture and cuisine… and enjoy it all at a relaxing pace.

Where to Stay in Tampa

Hotels in Tampa.

Florida Keys

Diving Florida Keys

The 125-mile Florida Keys island chain is home to the continental United States' only living-coral barrier reef.

This teeming backbone of marine life runs the length of the Keys about five miles offshore and offers Florida Keys scuba diving vacation memories that last a lifetime.

Experienced scuba divers can explore two purposely sunk Coast Guard Cutters that serve as artificial reefs.

Travel Tip - Caught in a Rip Tide

If you're caught in a rip tide while swimming in the ocean, do not fight the current. Swim parallel to the shore and soon you'll swim out of the rip tide.

Do not try to swim towards shore and do not let the tide carry you out.

Florida Sports

For sports fans who prefer to watch, the Orange Bowl, in Miami, hosts a major end of season college football game, and the Daytona 500 is held at Daytona Beach every February.

The Hard Rock Stadium is home to the Miami Dolphins, University of Miami, the Miami Open and many global events.

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