What to Do in Florida

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Florida: The Bucket List

It's almost impossible to capture bioluminescence on camera, but this gives you an idea. Credit: Florida's Space Coast/Florida Today.

Kayaking in Bioluminescence on Florida’s Space Coast

The hulking, witchy-armed mangroves engulfed me in such solitude and deep darkness that I had the fleeting thought I should be apprehensive  -- out there in a solo kayak in the middle of the night with no one else in sight. But the magical liquid light show around me immersed ...
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Trompe l'Oiel in the Hall of Tapestries

Hip Hotel Zamora: St. Pete Beach gets its first new hotel in 20 years

Sexy flamenco paintings, heavy-mail fixtures, bursts of burnt orange and fine leather furnishings decorate the rooms and public areas of the newest hotel on St. Pete Beach, Hotel Zamora. Miami-based Cuba-Fernandez Design orchestrated the $20 million transformation from demolition site to Spanish hacienda, which debuted June 13, 2014. It’s top ...
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Clyde Butcher's fine art nature photography makes a meaningful souvenir.

What to Buy in Florida: Shopping for True Souvenirs from the Sunshine State

Mickey Mouse ears and crates of oranges: That is so last century when it comes to shopping for souvenirs that truly say “Florida.” Harry Potter is the new Mickey Mouse, and key lime products are much trendier in the citrus department. In Your Bucket Because... You don't need another pink flamingo ...
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Lakeside vistas around Inverness

Pedaling Florida’s Withlacoochee State Trail

One minute I was looking for gators from the sandy shore of Lake Holathlikaha; 20 minutes later I was browsing through framed photographs and paintings and sculptures by some of Florida’s most talented artists. Scenic Withlacoochee State Trail, one of Florida's longest rails-to-trails paved pathways, skirts the Withlacoochee State Forest and passes through ...
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Florida: Travel Facts

Main International Airports: Miami and Orlando. Other major airports: Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Fort Myers, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Pensacola, Panama City Beach.
Currency: U.S. dollars.
Population: 19,000,000.
Capital: Tallahassee.
Climate: Appalachian to subtropical, from northwest to south. Always humid in the peninsula.
Languages: English. Spanish is widely spoken in Miami, Orlando, and other metropolitan areas.
More facts: U.S. immigration and tourism visas are explained by the U.S. Department of State.
Time zone: Standard time for Florida UTC – 5. See World Clock for seasonal adjustments.