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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  • Hey Ann! Try the Seaside Amelia Inn (, you can get rooms around $100 I think, I stayed there last year and it's clean and nice and right in front of the beach tho not as cheap as staying in the trunk of your car (WHAT are you doing in that car girl???) LOL
  • Any suggestions for good budget digs in the Tampa/St. Pete area? Thinking of an impromptu trip up there tomorrow.
  • Anybody recommend a nice but not too expensive place to stay on Amelia Island? It doesn't have to be a Victorian-type place, though of course that would be nice. Any ideas?
  • Check out this new, retro, themed property The Palms Retro -- This is what one of the rooms looks like, and it's on Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Fl. The great thing is the new owner restored this iconic 50's hotel into a modern-day themed property -- sustainability at its finest.
  • Hey, if anybody's planning on being in South Florida in early August, there's a cool event, free to the public, on Fort Lauderdale beach the 6th through the 8th: the National Lifeguard Championships. Should be like "Baywatch" on steroids!!
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