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St. Augustine

St. Augustine is centered around the Plaza de la Constitucion, which anchors the Lightner Museum / City Hall, Casa Monica and Flagler College, three stunningly beautiful structures. Located in the former Alcazar Hotel, the Lightner Museum houses collections of legendary hobbyist and antiques collector Otis Lightner.

St. Augustine has a wealth of other historic and architecturally interesting structures. The most historically significant structure in St. Augustine is the Castillo de San Marcos, built by the Spanish between 1672 and 1695. The 19th century Lighthouse Museum is located in the St. Augustine Lighthouse on Anastasia Island east of town across the Bridge of Lions. St. Augustine also houses the oldest store in town dating to the turn of the last century. Talking about old buildings, St. Augustine is home to the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, dating back to 1727, known as the "Oldest House Complex", a National Historic Landmark.

The Mission of Nombre de Dios is located on the west bank of Matanzas Bay, and it is said to have been the site of the first Catholic Mass in what is today the United States. The Spanish Quarter Village is a living history museum composed of a collection of colonial period houses where guides recreate the dress and lifestyle as seen in 1740.

Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth National Archaeological Park exhibits foundations and artifacts of the first St. Augustine mission and colony. It also houses the Landmark Spring, Explorers Globe and Navigators' Planetarium. St. Augustine also houses the Oldest Drug Store and the nation's Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, built more than 200 years ago while Florida was under Spain's rule....read more about St. Augustine Florida


Amelia Island:

Amelia is thirteen miles long and two miles wide bordering on the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. In other words, it would be very difficult to get lost!

Its rich history can boast that it is the only territory in the United States to have been under eight different flags -France, Spain, England, the Patriots of Amelia Island, the Green Cross of Florida, Mexico, the Confederacy and the United States.

No folks, it is not located in Georgia, although it is minutes away from the state line of Georgia driving south along I-95.... read more about Amelia Island Florida »


Ft. Myers Beach:

Situated off the I-75 approximately 13 miles South of Fort Myers city, 28 miles North of Naples and 12 miles East of Sanibel Island, Fort Myers Beach was once known as San Carlos and Estero Islands. Once part of the mainland, erosion and storms found it necessary to build a bridge to provide access from Bonita Beach and today is primarily connected to the mainland in the south by Hurricane Pass Bridge and in the north by San Carlos Boulevard.

The island is alive with and is very proud of its history and heritage and has gained a reputation as the World's Safest Beach because of its shallow, warm water and no undertow. You can walk the entire 7-mile length of the island along its sandy shores.

You get out of Fort Myers Beach what you want from it. For relaxation lazing around the pool or on the beach and dolphin watching is all you will need....read more about Ft. Myers Beach Florida »


Gulfport:

If you ever wondered what a Florida town looked like in the early part of the twentieth century, check out Gulfport.

Located nine miles from St. Petersburg and about a half hour drive from Tampa, this charming town is known as the Gateway to the Gulf, as it faces Boca Ciega Bay that leads to the Gulf of Mexico.

Although, it may be quite close to Tampa, it feels as if you are thousand of miles away from the traffic and congestion. The history of the town dates back to 1867, when the first settlers, James and Rebecca Barnett, as well as Mrs. Barnett's three children from a former marriage settled in an area now known as Gulfport....read more about Gulfport »


Palm Harbor, Florida:

Recreation is very popular in the Palm Harbor area. Innisbrook Golf Course is a beautiful, five-time award winning club where the PGA Tour is held every fall. It has four courses with different difficulty and terrain. If you love to golf, this is the place to live. For the boating and fishing enthusiasts, John Chestnut Park is a beautiful park located on Lake Tarpon. It is a great place to have holiday picnics, birthday parties, or just relax. It offers boat docks, many picnic areas and pavilions, playgrounds, a softball field, and a large dog park. With its lush surroundings and lakeside benches, it is a great place to visit.

Palm Harbor is only a 15 to 30 minute drive to one of the top 10 beaches in the world, Clearwater Beach. Many restaurants are located along the beach, as well as volleyball nets, a playground, blown up water slide, bungee trampoline, and a beautiful pier. Other beaches around Palm Harbor include Dunedin Causeway, Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island State Park, Indian Rocks Beach, and Fred Howard Park. Sun worshipers will love these beaches covered with beautiful white sand.....read more about Palm Harbor »


Pinellas County Beaches:

Just west of Tampa in Pinellas County you will find Florida's West Coast Barrier Islands. These islands have some of the most electric communities to be found among beach communities world-wide. They include Clearwater Beach, Island Estates, Sand Key, Belleair Beach, Belleair Shores, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Redington Shores, North Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach.

These areas are blessed with sandy beaches and natural unspoiled landscapes with clear, sparkling Gulf waters, a subtropical climate, and an abundance of glorious Florida sunshine -- 365 days a year!

Pinellas County's barrier islands are accessed via causeways and bridges and each community has its own unique flavor. Because of the mix of many different cultures, foods, music, and entertainment, life on these islands varies from one island to the next. You can find everything from a relaxed escape from the usual rat race of everyday life, to the exhilarating hip-grinding beats of the live music being played at the clubs.

The island of Sand Key is just one of the many different communities you will find here. Sand Key is mostly a residential location of townhouses, homes, and luxury high rise condominiums. This island community does offer shopping and restaurants as well, housing two major hotels on its north end. This is a place to slow down and take the time to truly enjoy the simpler things in life. For the more adventurous, there is the Sand Key County Park, and nearby Clearwater Sailing center that provides for various recreational activities.

Clearwater Beach is another of Florida's Barrier Islands. Clearwater Beach is 4 miles of pristine sandy beach, and supplies visitors and residents with plenty of water and beach activities including parasailing, fishing, swimming, jet-skiing and volleyball to name just a few. Clearwater's infamous "Pier 60" has music, arts and crafts, and a daily celebration of the spectacular sunsets viewed from the pier. This community is alive with activity. They have hotels, shopping, and fine dining. Waterfront homes and condominiums are what residents can find for quality housing. A trolley is used to transport people between Clearwater beach and the mainland and also for trips to nearby Sand Key. You will find plenty of venues providing live music and you are only a short-trolley trip away from the city of Clearwater's many music and dance nightclubs.....read more about Pinellas County Beaches »

 

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