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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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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5 highlights in and around Tampa

Pixabay   Florida's third largest city (pop. just over 307,000), Tampa, its bay, and its surrounding areas including St. Petersburg have a lot to offer visitors. To get the most out of it all, rent a car from Alamo upon flying into Tampa Airport. And here are top of the five destinations/landmarks you won't want to miss:  read post    

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Panama City's 'Oyster Trail' cited in our post on themed itineraries in the USA

  "Nature's Grace" along the Maine Sculpture Trail. Photo by Alan Stubbs   Some people are traipsing through lovely landscapes as others explore history from days of North America's earliest tribal peoples to the present. Avid birders use binoculars to spot colorful feathered friends in flight while canoers and kayakers dip paddles into the water. At the end of the day, many of these visitors to Panama City, Florida, belly up to an oyster bar to enjoy freshly shucked bivalves prepared in a…

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  • I think you're right, Brian. Tony, I saw it on eTurboNews, but the original source was
  • just contact them Tony and they'll tell you what you need to do.
  • Hey, Ed where did you hear about VisitFlorida's offering free listings - doesn't seem to be on their website.
  • check out the travel bloggers show in Orlando this september!
  • A new Tripatino is looking for a specific kind of Key West lodging... can you help?
  • from eTurboNews: "Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing organization, has launched a new initiative offering all Florida tourism businesses the opportunity to be listed for free on its website." I wonder if business that have paid already for their listings feel gypped.
  • Oil on beaches, dead fish, and now, oil-spill scams. Be careful!
    Avoiding Gulf Coast Oil Spill Charity Frauds and Job Scams
    The good guys are volunteering and working overtime to undo the damage of the BP oil spill, the worst environmental disaster US history. Beware of fr…
  • Now on the Tripatini blog: great stuff to do on and around the Florida Panhandle coast even if....
  • Hi David, Indeed an interesting fenomenom. I like to get Cuban sandwiches and other goodies from some of those trucks. Good price and "with all the trimmings." On a different subject, the national press has suggested that the beaches in the Florida Keys and the Florida Southeast (Atlantic Coast) are contaminated by the BP oil fiasco. That is not true. We were in Miami Beach today and the water was a pristine as ever. Come and see for yourself. Enjoy the balmy weather and the low season hotel prices.
  • Interesting piece by local food writer Victoria Pesce Elliott in the Miami Herald a couple of days ago about food trucks finally reaching Miami in a big way. You'll find them in locations including South Beach, downtown, the Design District, Biscayne Boulevard, with updates via Web and Twitter. Top contenders include Gastropod (, international bistro fare) and Latin Burger ( - gourmet tacos, latinized burgers/fries). About time!
    Gastropod Miami – Star Chef Food Truck
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