The Jazz Age lives on at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, aka the Pink Palace, on St. Pete Beach. Opened in 1928, the resort features 277 rooms, including 40 luxurious suites. Notable guests through the years include author F. Scott Fitzgerald and wife Zelda, baseball great Lou Gehrig and mobster Al Capone.
If you didn’t know it was here, you’d drive right past the beautiful, secluded beach at Gulfstream Park in southern Palm Beach County, which features 600 feet of guarded beach, a playground and picnic areas with grills and benches.
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Everglades National Park
A flats boat cuts a white wake on the Joe River heading north into panoramic Whitewater Bay in Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. The park has been declared a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and Wetland of International Importance.
Float through a dreamy Old Florida landscape on the spring-fed Ichetucknee River northwest of Gainesville. Ichetucknee Springs State Park offers several tubing options for a no-frills, easygoing adventure. The river remains crystal-clear because park operators allow only a limited number of people on the river each day.
Marineland in Flagler Beach is noted as “the world’s first oceanarium.” It offers small, interactive educational experiences with dolphins, including Dolphin Immersion programs, Touch & Feed, Discover Dolphins, a Behind the Seas tour, summer camps and more. Marineland is a leader in marine conservation, animal care and education.
No visit to Florida’s Space Coast is complete without a stop to explore the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the retired Space Shuttle Atlantis, displayed as if it’s in a mid-flight mission.
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Tucked against the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida, Destin is famed for its sugar-white sands and emerald waters. Named for founder Leonard Destin, a Connecticut fisherman who came south fleeing hard times and cold weather, the port’s charter fishing industry draws anglers from around the world.
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Paddleboarding in New Smyrna Beach
New Smyrna Beach on Florida’s Atlantic coast offers a laid-back alternative to its northern neighbor Daytona Beach. It’s one of the Sunshine State’s surfing and paddleboarding hotspots, and to really get away from it all, head for Smyrna Dunes Park, 73 acres of pristine land on the northern tip of the peninsula.
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Dominos Calle Ocho Little Havana
The heart of Miami’s Little Havana is Calle Ocho, a world-renowned stretch of shops and restaurants lining 8th Street. Take a stroll and check out the exotic fruit stands and Cuban bakeries, order a café con leche at the Versailles Restaurant’s outdoor window, and watch a lively game of dominoes.
Dry Tortugas National Park is a 70-mile ferry ride from Key West and contains a cluster of seven islands composed of coral reefs and white sand. The park is a birding, fishing and snorkeling paradise. Make time to explore Fort Jefferson, the largest of the 19th-century American coastal forts.