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Discover Florida, USA

From any point in Florida, a beach is no more than 60 miles away -- no wonder people love the Sunshine State. From the vast Disney playground in Orlando to the posh resorts of Palm Beach, Florida literally has something for everyone, which explains why tourism is the state's number one industry. And Florida is also known for its great golf, having more courses than any other state in the U.S. (over 1,250). 

With so many major cities, including Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Tallahassee, Florida is also a huge business destination. What's so great about doing business in Florida is that there are such a wide array of places to stay! You can find high-rise hotels, comfortable (and many pricey) resorts and of course numerous charming B&Bs.  

And if you're in Florida on business, why not tack on a few days to go beachcombing, shopping or to relive your youth at Disney World? Who says only kids can wear those great mouse ears?

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What's New in Florida? VISIT FLORIDA offers a variety of hotels, resorts, and activities in a wide range of cities. Major city newspapers provide additional information on local activities and fine restaurants.

At 13 miles long and two miles wide, Amelia Island is roughly the same size as Manhattan, but is worlds away from the hectic pace of city life. Visitors to this island on Florida's northern Atlantic coast can enjoy golf, tennis, kayaking as well as a horseback ride on the beach. For a virtual tour of the island, visit www.ameliaisland.org.

One of Florida's finest resort areas, Bal Harbour attracts the rich and famous from around the world. Still, it has never lost its small-town charm. Bal Harbour is the perfect pearl within the oyster of Greater Miami. Balmy days, sunny beaches, a peaceful atmosphere - these are but a few of its many attractions. www.balharbourflorida.com.

Citrus County is a step back into time, before Florida become overdeveloped and overcommercialized. Snorkel with manatees (read about our experience here), take an eco-tour, go antiquing, enjoy a taste of "Old Florida." www.visitcitrus.com

Clay County is one of the safest and rapidly growing counties in Florida, boasting southern hospitality and beautiful surroundings. Clay County is known for its golf, canoeing, fishing, boating, skiing, hiking and much more.  Discover Clay County by visiting www.claychamber.org.

Clearwater is known for its miles of white sand beaches, accommodations, shopping, casual dining and breathtaking sunsets. www.floridasbeach.com

The official Daytona Beach area visitor information website, www.daytonabeach.com, now includes a new section specifically designed to assist business travelers. The "Business Travel" section contains up-to-date information on air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, golf courses, and dining and entertainment.

Fort Lauderdale is a positively posh, year round destination with world-class cultural events and festivals, family recreation, boating, golf, and major meetings and conventions. It offers more than 30,000 guest accommodations in 600 properties. Visit www.broward.org.

Jacksonville and the Beaches offers four-diamond hotels downtown, 20 miles of pristine beaches, fresh drool-worthy seafood, and a host of outdoor activities, from fishing to wind surfing! www.visitjacksonville.com.

The Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau offers vacation planning brochures and money-saving information on area accommodations, restaurants and attractions. For details, visit Orlando's official Web site: www.orlandoinfo.com

Pasco County is the perfect destination for vacationers interested in the theme park alternative. Outdoor escapes and adventures abound, including fishing, canoeing, scuba diving and skydiving...along with Gulf beaches! There are also thousands of acres of pristine wilderness to explore as well as eclectic small towns with unique histories all their own. visitpasco.net

Discover Pensacola: a jewel on the coast. Framed by sugar-white sand beaches and emerald waters, explore the area's rich military history, diverse culture and historic background, naturally preserved parks and trails and of course, its picturesque beaches. Discover all Pensacola has to offer by visiting its Web site:  www.visitpensacola.com.

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Offers information for Orlando visitors, including hotels, attractions and nightlife.
Historical Note: Britain gained control of Florida in 1763 in exchange for Havana, Cuba, which the British had captured from Spain during the Seven Years’ War (1756–63). Spain evacuated Florida after the exchange, leaving the province virtually empty. At that time, St. Augustine was still a garrison community with fewer than five hundred houses, and Pensacola also was a small military town.
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