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Welcome! Get settled in and ready for a fun-filled Florida vacation filled with beautiful beaches and adventure!
A full day at leisure to discover what inspires this city built on imagination.
Drive east to the Space Coast of Florida and land in Cocoa Beach, home of the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame. You may want to explore the universe at NASA's Kennedy Space Center or walk the famous Cocoa Beach pier and enjoy the shops, food and ocean air.
Cruising down A1A with the beach on your left and orange groves on your right you will understand why Floridians call this "The Land of Good Living". Continue to explore Florida's east coast moving though the tranquil beaches of Vero and the lavish estates of Palm Beach, home to such American iconic families as the Kennedy's, Vanderbilt's and Trumps. Moving down to the tip of the Florida peninsula bordered by emerald waters and white sand beaches you will find the jewel of the Atlantic Ocean - Miami Beach. Experience Miami's outdoor lifestyle and art deco architecture. Combined with its cultural food and contagious nightlife, it's easy to see why some never leave. This is the place where celebrities from around the world come to play. Kick back on a patio cafe, lay on the beach or window shop the world-famous boutiques of the Lincoln Street corridor - this is the place to see and be seen!
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Visit South Beach, head to Key Biscayne for an immersion into tropical life or explore one of the hidden beaches tucked away in this sunny paradise.
It's time to load up the troops and take them on an island adventure. Head south and arrive in the first Key of 34 total Keys. Surrounded by 1700 islands, Key Largo is the largest of all the Florida Keys which is indicated by its Spanish name "Cayo Largo" meaning "Long Key". Key Largo is a popular tourist destination and calls itself "The Diving Capital of the World". An easy way to experience its underwater magic is to rent snorkeling equipment and hold hands while you float over sea life and beautiful coral reefs. Driving across the Florida Keys it seems like the road almost floats because of the extensive bridges spanning 100 miles to Key West. Surrounded by crystal clear water and riddled with tiny islands and boats, keep your eyes open for sharks and pirate ships!
Key West is rich with history from being the home of Hemingway and the place where he wrote his most popular books, to the different festivals on Duval Street. May we suggest a visit to the Key West Shipwreck Museum (optional) which offers a birds-eye view of the island, a ride on the Conch Train (optional), a walk to the most Southern point of the US or enjoy the nightly sunset celebration at Mallory Square dock.
Keep your fingers inside the car and prepare for a ride through the wild coast of Everglades National Park, known as "Alligator Alley" due to the overwhelming number of fresh water alligators. The good thing on this single stretch of road is that it's very difficult to get lost! Everglades National Park is a diverse series of habitats that shelter a wide variety of plants and animals. While crossing the Everglades, stop and visit the Miccosukee Indian Village, then continue on your journey to Naples. Founded in the 1880s, the name caught on when promoters described the bay as "surpassing the bay of Naples, Italy". This is a great place to enjoy the beach, stroll through the historic town center with lots of shops and admire the Spanish architecture. End your day arriving into Fort Myers.
An area with more than 100 barrier islands and more than 50 miles of white sand beaches, Fort Myers shelters some of the world's best seashells. Enjoy your day playing on the beach and collecting your own souvenirs.
Head north along the Gulf Coast to beautiful Sarasota, a popular beach resort with lots of quaint shops and a great place to pick up an ice-cream cone to cool you from the Florida heat! Sarasota is also the hometown of Ringling Brothers, "The Greatest Show on Earth." Perhaps visit their museum to learn more about the history of circus life.
Search for shells on the beach, work on your tan or read your favorite book; Sarasota is the perfect place to do it all or relax and do nothing!
Drive east on I-4 through one of the agricultural areas of central Florida arriving in Orlando for one more day of Magic!
Finish your trip off with a splash by visiting one of the waterparks or relaxing by the pool before your flight home. (optional, fees apply)