Home to pristine beaches, world-class shopping and the Happiest Place on Earth, Florida is one of the most popular destinations in the United States. Young and old alike swarm to these sunny shores for a taste of southern hospitality and to discover the hidden gems waiting in the many quaint communities. Whether you are going to bask in the natural wonders, or to indulge in the lively entertainment scene, the Sunshine State has something for everyone.
Universal Orlando Resort
With its high-speed thrill rides, amazing 4-D attractions, exhilarating live entertainment and fun family attractions,Universal Orlando® Resort offers action and excitement for all ages. The best way to experience everything Universal Orlando has to offer is by staying right in the heart of it all at one of the resort’s three spectacularly themed on-site hotels.
On-site hotel guests enjoy a variety of special theme park benefits and privileges. Each hotel is conveniently located within easy walking distance of both Universal Orlando theme parks and the Universal CityWalk® nighttime entertainment complex; or, you can get around the complex via complimentary shuttle buses or water taxis which ferry guests along picturesque waterways.
For more information visit: www.universalorlando.com
This trendy yet charming one-of-a-kind destination nestled on the Southeast coast of Florida is the perfect place to spend the winter season. In this stylish Village by the Sea, you’ll find outstanding art and music festivals, over 30 fine art galleries and artist studios, and a stylish, sophisticated blend of fashionable boutiques. Dining and entertainment fill the streets, providing a vivacious nightlife brimming with delicious cuisine and live music, making this a truly sociable city for all who live and visit.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations
More room and more fun are waiting at Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort, with spacious accommodations and family friendly amenities in the heart of Central Florida’s theme parks. The resort is in a prime location next to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, close to other Walt Disney World® Theme Parks and a short distance from Universal Orlando® Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando. It’s a perfect home base for park hopping or experiencing the area’s renowned shopping, dining and entertainment. With a perfect mix of onsite comforts and area accessibility, this Orlando resort is an ideal setting for creating vacation memories.
For more information visit: www.ihg.com/holidayinnclubvacations/hotels/us/en/reservation
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As soon as you arrive in Vero Beach you will understand why USA Today named it one of the 2014 top beach destinations! Surrounded by the serene blue-green waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon, forget your worries and lose yourself in the quaint charm of this hospitable city. Located on the Central East Coast of Florida, Vero Beach offers an array of activities from water sports to professional theatre. If a unique culinary experience is on your to-do list, you won’t be disappointed. The area is known on the East Coast as being a city with a large amount of chef-owned restaurants.
For more information visit: www.indianriverchamber.com
New Smyrna Beach
For years, the savviest travellers have used a simple technique to identify the roads less traveled, the key: Follow the Locals. They more than anyone, can lead you to the places that are quiet and protected, beautiful and charming, and fun and authentic. The Greater New Smyrna Beach Area is an unspoiled jewel just 45 minutes east of Orlando International Airport. Best known for their outdoor recreation, here, you can spend your days surfing, swimming, fishing, kayaking or simply strolling along the 13 miles of pristine white sand beaches.
For more information visit: www.nsbfla.com
Beloved for its white-sand beaches, abundance of natural treasures, and unique amenities, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa on Florida’s Sanibel Island is a vacation haven for families, nature lovers, and romantics. Tucked away from the main roads underneath whispering palms sits a resort that epitomizes easy island living. Sundial Beach Resort & Spa offers the slow pace of island life with just enough unique amenities, from dining and shopping to nature walks and world-class shelling, to make it an unparalleled destination.
For more information visit: www.sundialresort.com
A mere 30 minutes jaunt from Daytona Beach International Airport, you’ll find the Greater West Volusia County region nestled along the beautiful St. Johns River. As you journey through the area, help yourself to a sampling of unique attractions and eclectic offerings and you’ll start to see what makes West Volusia truly special. Scattered throughout West Volusia, 14 distinct communities are waiting to share their hospitality and charm. Just drop off your things in one of the flagship hotels, charming B&Bs or marina resorts, and set off for an adventure you’ll never forget.
For more information visit: www.visitwestvolusia.com
Fort Myers & Sanibel
As you might guess, and certainly as the name suggests, island hopping is way of life on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Literally hundreds of islands dot the sun splashed coastline like tiny jewels – some rustic, uninhabited and accessible only by boat or seaplane, others filled with chic restaurants, galleries and other amusements that effortlessly and idyllically blend the best of Old Florida with modern comfort and luxury. If you have time to spare, and we sincerely hope you do, block a few days and explore islands like Cayo Costa, Captiva, Boca Grande and Cabbage Key. Each island holds its own personality and offers something unique like unparalleled shelling opportunities, fishing, kayaking, healthy doses of solitude and exceptional sunsets. All of it, each of these incredible experiences exist mere hours from Miami, Orlando or Key West, and mere minutes from Southwest Florida International Airport.
For more information visit: www.fortmyers-sanibel.com
While home to the University of Florida, Gainesville offers much more than a just the beautiful campus. Here, you can see and feel the Florida that first brought visitors to the state. Located just two hours north of Orlando off of I-75, Gainesville is the right place to begin your Florida adventure.
Downtown Gainesville is not just for the college kids. This vibrant district is home to some of the area’s best restaurants and entertainment opportunities. Maybe it is a delicious dinner and a professional performance at the Hippodrome Theatre that interests you. Perhaps it is reliving your youth at a standing room only club hearing the latest music. The Downtown is here waiting to deliver, come on by.
Seminole Hard Rock
Recently, Seminole Hard Rock added the pinnacle of luxury in casino spaces: A High Limit Slots Room and a separate High Limit Table Games Room which caters to the most discerning casino customer complete with butler service. Also, the electrifying new Hard Rock Girls blackjack pit features some of Florida’s most beautiful ladies as blackjack dealers and since Hard Rock is all about music, the blackjack pit is a unique blend of rock and roll and gaming.
The incredibly mild and tropical Florida weather allows some of the best sunbathing year-round at the beautiful pool complete with a Jacuzzi and private cabanas. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is an experience like no other and cannot be missed. Make your reservation for a backstage pass to Seminole Hard Rock today.
For more information visit: www.seminolehardrocktampa.com
First founded in 1565, St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra has enchanted travelers since its discovery. And 450 years later, it’s still worth exploring. In 2015, America’s oldest city will celebrate this massive birthday with a year’s worth of special events.
Here, you’ll discover unique dining, art and attractions at every turn. You’ll stroll along 42 miles of unspoiled beaches. And you’ll wind your way through living landmarks with huge stories to tell – like Castillo de San Marcos, the Colonial Quarter and the Fountain of Youth. Meanwhile, St. George Street and the downtown historic district bustle with boutique shopping and restaurants with award winning chefs. A short putt away, Ponte Vedra Beach is America’s golfing mecca, home to TPC Sawgrass and Donald Ross’ Ocean Course. The World Golf Hall of Fame, Slammer & Squire and King & Bear are nearby.
For more information visit: www.floridashistoriccoast.com/meetings
Located on the banks of St. Johns River in Northeast Florida, Clay County is rich in natural beauty and recreational activities. The County has miles of paddling trails, pine forests for horseback riding, natural preservation areas for bird and wildlife watching and some of the best bass fishing in Northeast Florida. With an average yearly temperature of 80 F you can enjoy a round of golf anytime of the year!
For history buffs, Clay County is teeming with historical treasures. Tour one of the many museums and enjoy walking tours of turn of the Century homes surrounding historic Spring Park in Green Cove Springs. Accommodations range from the elegant Club Continental overlooking St. Johns River to spending the night under the stars at Camp Chowenwaw Park in Green Cove Springs.
For more information visit: www.exploreclay.com
Located on a small barrier reef off the coastline of Florida, Cedar Key is a quaint fishing village frozen in time. The sandy shores of Cedar Key are unspoiled by nightclubs and large resorts, making them a serene spot for rest and renewal.
In this place of stunning natural beauty you’ll find one of Florida’s most famous Bed and Breakfast Inns. Built in 1859, the Island Hotel & Restaurant is a historic gem with an incredible story to tell. In keeping with the romantic era of the building, each of the hotel’s 10 rooms has been decorated in antique décor, and all common areas exude an irresistible old-world charm.
For more information visit: www.islandhotelcedarkey.com
Relax and unwind in friendly St. Pete/Clearwater. Here on Florida’s Gulf coast you’ll find 35 miles of amazing coastline from secluded stretches of sand and surf, to high-energy ‘see and be seen’ beaches to perfect spots for families to spend the day. Any of them will satisfy anyone with a pair of flip-flops and a desire to turn relaxation into an art form. But those who dare to venture beyond the shore will find a stunning collection of recreational and cultural surprises sprinkled among the area’s 26 communities, each offering a distinct charm, feel and heritage. From the picturesque Greek sponge fishing town of Tarpon Springs to the Scottish-tinged village of Dunedin, where Highland Games are an annual tradition, your itinerary can be as varied—and unpredictable—as you want it to be.
For more information visit: www.visitstpeteclearwater.com
Explore state and national forests and conservation lands by horseback or on foot for unmatched wildlife viewing. Observe and photograph birds from endangered to thriving along a prime section of the Great Florida Birding Trail. With dozens of diverse trails, waterways, golf courses, attractions and adventure sites, Hernando County warmly welcomes you to experience them all; just remember to pace yourself.
For more information visit: www.naturallyhernando.org
St. Lucie, Florida is home to the historic City of Fort Pierce, the new and vibrant City of Port St. Lucie and the beaches of Hutchinson Island. Located on the east coast of Florida about 120 miles southeast of Orlando and about 115 miles north of Miami, the area boasts fantastic year round weather and its two main communities offer Old Florida charm and new Florida style.
If you love getting away from it all and enjoying the natural beauty of Florida, then you’ll love St. Lucie and its cities
For more information visit: www.visitstluciefla.com