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Traverse this state from its Alabama-nuzzling panhandle to the island chain dangling at its southernmost toe and you'll be startled by the diversity of Florida. Along its northern border, a pretension-free Southern sensibility dominates. Head to the southeast for an international urban mix, or dip into the Florida Keys for relaxed charm. In Central Florida cities and regions, Orlando is ground zero for family fun, while on the west coast, the Tampa Bay area combines arts-centric energy with white-sand beaches and a booming convention business.

Florida Cities and Regions

Miami

Sprawling, 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 Lauderdale

No 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 World

Two 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 Area

White-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.

Florida Keys

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 Coast

Surf 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 Panhandle

On 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.

Naples

Favorable word of mouth has served Naples well since its founding in the late 1800s. The first settlers compared the area's subtropical climate, beautiful bay, and top-notch fishing to an Italian paradise, giving the southwestern Florida city on the Gulf of Mexico not only its name, but also the chic resort reputation that continues to this day. See our Naples Travel Guide.

Palm Beach

Ever since Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway arrived in Palm Beach in 1894, this barrier isle north of Miami on the state’s eastern coast has basked in its reputation as a winter resort for the wealthy. Also worth exploring: the 37 surrounding municipalities of Palm Beach County, a mixture of cool urban sophistication and vintage Florida beach-town charm. See our Palm Beach Travel Guide.

Northeast Florida

The 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 Beach

The 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 Islands

Eco-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.

Sarasota

A 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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