America's top vaycay state is best known for its beach resorts and theme parks. But besides the ersatz thrills of Orlando, the nightlife of South Beach, and the well-marketed Victoriana of Key West and Amelia Island, quiet hideaways abound as well.

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The spooky ghost tours of St. Augustine

  Victor Block   At age 458 - founded during the Spanish empire by Admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés - St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the United States. There’s a lot to recommend a city that old, including charming colonial architecture and a lot of history - not just stretching back centuries but also including its beginnings as a tourism mecca during the Victorian era, the early 20th century, and even the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.  And of course…

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12 of Florida's best resorts

  Beachcomber Resort & Club Attracting more than 120 million holidaymakers annually, the Sunshine State is famously home to many beautiful beaches on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, and is known for its bright sunshine, tall palm trees, crystal clear turquoise waters, expansive beaches, theme parks; and resorts. And here's our list of picks (obviously by no means exhaustive) of a dozen of the best resorts - from very affordable to very exclusive, and intimate to enormous -…

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Luscious Lee County in the wake of last fall's Hurricane Ian

Visit Florida   Walking along the Fort Myers Yacht Basin in the center of the city, you would never know that three months ago it was littered with boats and destruction, havoc wreaked by Hurricane Ian in late September 2022 - the worst storm to hit Florida since 1935 and the world's third costliest on record. The feeling of calm felt almost eerie as I remembered the horrific TV images of months past. Nonetheless, this Lee County city along with nearby Bonita Springs are beach towns, bastions…

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Miami's Ultra included in "The USA's Top 10 Music Festivals"

  Since debuting here in 1989, one of the world's premier electronic dance music festivals has been held in many cities across the globe, but this March event is still the biggest and most famous, with as many as 155,000 attending over two to three days in the city's Bayfront Park. with acts appearing over the years including Diplo, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Moby, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, and Paul Van Dyk. For more, read post  

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  • Too bad this a-hole governor DeSaster is determined to strangle the goose that lays the golden egg in the Sunshine State with all his fascist culture war bullshit - which isn´t even doing him any good, since he´s tanking in the GQP primary race anyway. Between the radical abortion stuff and the anti-gay jihad, the convention business is taking a major hit and a number of tourists are staying away as well. And now just comes word that friendly Canada has issued an advisory for its LGBTQ folks about travel to the USA - and while plenty of other yahoo states also give it reason to do so, we all know Floriduh is number one on the list. Sheesh, you can´t make this stuff up!
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