Florida Cities and Regions
MiamiSprawling, sexy, sometimes unruly, and occasionally outrageous, Greater Miami has become an urban mix unlike any other in America. This beach vacation city is one part sun-splashed resort playground, one part glamorama party capital, and one part bustling, Latin-flavored sprawl. See our Miami Travel Guide.
Fort LauderdaleNo longer a rowdy spring break mecca, Fort Lauderdale charms sophisticated beach bums with luxury resorts, culinary delights, and a burgeoning cultural scene to complement the year-round outdoor activities. See our Fort Lauderdale Travel Guide.
Orlando and Walt Disney WorldTwo words: Mickey Mouse. An explosion of theme park attractions, ranging from the jaw-droppingly high-tech to cringe-worthy kitsch, makes this Central Florida city one of the most visited destinations in the world. See our Orlando Travel Guide and Walt Disney World Travel Guide.
Tampa Bay AreaWhite-sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico complement the convention amenities and Cuban flavors of Tampa, arts-oriented St. Petersburg, and the casual beauty of Clearwater. See our Tampa Travel Guide.
North America's only living coral barrier reef flanks this relaxed multi-island chain, which is largely grouped into a trio of sister sections: the Upper, Middle, and Lower Keys. Although there are a number of smaller keys and towns, Key Largo, a scuba diving oasis (in the Upper Keys), sleepy Islamorada (in the Upper Keys), and quirky Key West (the southernmost city in the continental U.S.) receive the most attention for their uniquely “Floribbean” appeal. See our Florida Keys Travel Guide.
The Space CoastSurf at Cocoa Beach, discover the history of the NASA space program at Cape Canaveral, and explore the natural wonders of the 140,000-acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge along Florida's eastern seaboard. See our Cape Canaveral Travel Guide.
Florida's PanhandleOn this strip of land jutting from the state's northwest edge, where sugary-white sands and sleepy Southern communities are the norm, spring break magnets Panama City and Pensacola Beach add lively notes to the landscape.
Northeast FloridaThe urban sprawl of Jacksonville, Florida's largest city, makes it difficult to tap into its personality, but it's an ideal jumping-off point for two northeastern gems: Amelia Island, where Victorian homes and live oaks create a flavor that is more Southern than subtropical; and St. Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the United States – complete with a 17th-century seaside fort. See our Jacksonville Travel Guide.
Daytona BeachThe sound of revving engines is synonymous with this popular spring break town on the Atlantic side of the state – it's home to the NASCAR-friendly Daytona International Speedway and Bike Week, one of the world's largest gatherings of motorcycle enthusiasts.
Sanibel and Captiva IslandsEco-friendly Sanibel and Captiva Islands, known for their casual, tropical vibe, lie just west of Fort Myers on Florida’s Gulf Coast. With seemingly endless picturesque vistas along miles of sugary sand beaches, they're a haven for seashell collectors, nature lovers, and anyone seeking a low-key getaway. See our Sanibel and Captiva Islands Travel Guide.
SarasotaA bay-front community flanked by picturesque keys, Sarasota lies just 60 miles south of Tampa and is home to the 66-acre Ringling (of circus fame) historic mansion and art museum, orchid-filled botanical gardens, and dozens of golf courses. Shoppers can indulge in everything from the antique to boutique, while foodies’ dining options run the gamut from local seafood shacks to award-winning gourmet eateries. See our Sarasota Travel Guide.
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