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South Florida

Welcome to beautiful South Florida, a paradise that stretches southward from sunny Palm Beach County to eclectic Key West. With some of Florida's finest beaches, unique shopping districts and a vast array of cultural opportunities, there's something for every vacationer here.

Explore the elegant stores and Mediterranean Revival architecture of Palm Beach and the trendy cafés and sleek boutiques of Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Delight in the fascinating South Beach section of Miami and chic shops and restaurants in Coconut Grove. Relax by the shining waters of the Florida Keys and revel in that funky, far-out jewel of the south, Key West.

Greater Miami & the Beaches
Glitzy, glamorous South Beach, with its trendy restaurants and fast-paced nightlife, appeals to the sophisticated traveler, while Miami also boasts some of the best family attractions in the state. The Miami Seaquarium, located near Key Biscayne, is a comprehensive aquarium with a dolphin tank, shark area and turtle nesting exhibits. The Seaquarium, Parrot Jungle and Coral Castle are on every visiting family's attractions list.

Explore exciting theme parks, embark on scenic excursions, and marvel at first-rate museums, performing arts and evening entertainment. No visit to South Florida would be complete without a visit to the Everglades. The world-famous ecosystem borders the western half of South Florida, so just a short side trip will get you into this wonderland. You'll marvel at its vast saw grass prairies, home to an abundance of birds, wildlife, plants and trees.

Greater Fort Lauderdale Area
Broward County, with its 23 miles of golden sands, is another popular vacation spot. The spectacular beachfront promenade, ringed with palm trees, draws locals and visitors to rollerblade, cycle or stroll beside the sparkling Atlantic.

With more than 300 miles of inland waterways to explore, the water taxi provides a terrific mode of transportation, as well as a relaxing way to see the sights and sounds of this prime resort city. Whether it's time for a leisurely lunch or a stint of boutique shopping, charming Las Olas Boulevard is the place to be, with its great variety of restaurants, cafés and clubs.

Martin County
Beautiful Martin County makes up the southern portion of what's called the Treasure Coast section of Florida's Atlantic Ocean shoreline. It rests north of Palm Beach, beginning at Ocean Breeze Park, stretching along historic Hutchinson Island and winding on south to Jonathan Dickinson State Park below Hobe Sound. Its westward limits extend to Lake Okeechobee.

Wide-open stretches mark a county that enjoys all the natural beauty Florida has to offer. Uncrowded beaches, the Intracoastal Waterway, and a network of inlets, rivers and streams - they all add up to a watersports enthusiasts' dream. Fishing, boating, extreme sports ... it's like an endless playground with every option available. And its cities bring out the all the best attributes of "smalltown, hometown" Florida. Charming shops and boutiques mingle with distinct restaurants and bistros. Enjoy it all.

Palm Beach County
Situated along Florida's famous "Gold Coast," extending from Jupiter south to Boca Raton, Palm Beach County boasts near perfect temperatures year-round, breathtaking natural beauty and an abundance of cultural activities. In addition to world-class shopping, the county has several outlet malls for bargain shoppers.

Area beaches showcase nature at its loveliest, and options for outdoor recreation abound. Spend a morning at an orange grove, taste homemade chocolates at a real chocolate factory or count alligators while skimming across the saw grass prairie on an airboat ride.

Shop at internationally famous designer stores along Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Dine in casual comfort or black-tie elegance at one of many fine restaurants, then take in a show, visit trendy Clematis Street in West Palm Beach or stroll Delray Beach's Atlantic Avenue.

The Florida Keys & Key West
The Keys are small islands of coral and limestone perched precariously in the endless aquamarine of the Straits of Florida and Florida Bay. Take time to appreciate the Keys' beautiful parks (above and below the water), along with some of the best sport fishing, scuba diving, boating, swimming and snorkeling in the world.

The one and only road in and out of the Keys is US 1. This highway is dotted with green and white mile markers (MM) on the right shoulder. They begin with MM 127 one mile past Florida City and end with MM 0 in Key West. As you travel US 1, admiring the sparkling waters and the beautiful scenery, you'll find that the Keys live up to their glamorous reputation. Dine at a dockside restaurant, take a glassbottom boat out to the reef, relax and enjoy the tropical sun. As you travel down the Keys you'll become more relaxed, your pace will get slower, you'll linger a while.

At the end of the continent -- the end of the line - is fabulous, funky Key West. Spend a night at one of Key West's charming bed and breakfast inns, watch the renowned Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square, and take a day trip on an historic schooner. Whatever your vacation dreams, they're sure to come true in Key West!