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Florida Beaches and Hotels

Visitors | Residents | Snow Birds

florida beachWorld Famous Florida Beaches

Enjoy Florida's beaches and hotels from Destin, FL to the Key West. Drive on the beaches in Daytona Beach, or horseback ride on the beaches of Amelia Island. And, the surfs up at Cocoa Beach home of world famous Ron Jon's giant surf shop and annual surf contests.

Be sure to visit the historic Kennedy Space Center, and stay to watch a rocket launch from the beach. Because, there is nothing on earth like watching and feeling a rocket launch from a Space Coast beach.

Florida has hundreds of miles of the finest beaches in the world. Enjoying the crystal clear water and permanent sunshine are only two of thousands of reasons to vacation in the Sunshine State.

Orlando Florida | Disney World | Universal Studios | Sea World

Orlando Florida is the home of Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, LEGOLAND, and world class hotels and resorts including Disney World Hotels and things to do in Orlando.

Orlando is a very busy place during all seasons so be sure to book your reservations well in advance and be sure to check out vacation houses for rent that might suit you better than a traditional hotel room.

Kennedy Space Center Tour | Hotels on the Space Coast

Just 45 minutes directly east of Orlando on the Atlantic Ocean sits Florida's Space Coast where space starts.

You realize what you are watching history in the making with every launch of new satellites or a trip to the space station to bring vital supplies. SpaceX has made the launches even more exciting with its safe return of the first rocket stages for future use.

The Space Coast is also home to Port Canaveral, the world's second busiest and highest rated cruise port, and Disney Cruise Lines latest and greatest cruise ships. You will also find the Victory Casino Cruise ship here, with twice daily casino cruises that feature Florida's only live roulette and craps tables.

Tampa, FL

Tampa, FL is one of the fast growing cities in Florida and the Tampa Bay area includes St. Petersburg, Bradenton, and Clearwater. Tampa features many fine beaches, boating, and outstandng fishing from piers or charter boats. And of course, as with all areas of Florida, quality golf courses abound.

Tampa is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL team, the Tampa Rays MLB team, and the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Team. Tampa is also home to one of Florida's two thoroughbred horse racing tracks, Tampa Bay Downs.

Miami | South Beach | Key West

girl snorkelingMiami, truly an international city, is one of the fastest growing areas in the the Southeast United States and hosts many multinational companies as an entry to Latin America. Miami hosts the Miaimi Dolphins (NFL), Miami Marlins (MLB), Miami Heat (NBA), and the Florida Panthers (NHL).

And don't forget the fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and fabulous sunsets at Mallory Square in Key West. You will also want to wander down Duval Street and sip a few brews at one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite haunts including Sloppy Joe's Bar.

Enjoy people watching and be part of the night life in South Beach. Who knows, you might even run into some celebrities or hot, hot, hot models taking in the sun. Experience the exciting late night life of Miami and South Beach and don't miss New Year's Eve in South Florida.

Florida Casinos and Poker Rooms

Florida Casinos

Florida has gambling casinos that are associated with horse racing tracks and the Seminole Indian Tribe. You will find poker rooms, thousands of slots, and other table games at all the casinos. The best Florida casinos are concentrated in the South Florida area with the exception of the Seminole Hardrock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, FL. By the way, the Tampa casino is the closest casino to Orlando. South Florida in this instance means Miami-Dade County and Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale.)

Florida Poker Rooms

Florida hosts 27 poker rooms throughout the state. Several are incorporated into a Florida casino, but there a many more that operate independently. For the most part, these poker rooms were formerly associated with dog tracks that have since been banned in Florida. Several of the poker rooms operate in junction with Florida Jai Alai frontons that offer seasonal live play. All the poker rooms also offer simulcast racing and off track betting.

Florida Equestrian Life

Florida Horse Racing

Florida's premier horse race track, Gulfstream Park, is located midway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, in Hallandale, Florida. And, live thoroughbred racing is featured throughout the year. The Florida Derby, at Gulfstream Park, is considered an important qualifying race for the Kentucky Derby. This year's Kentucky Derby winner, Mage, was runner-up in the 2023 Florida Derby.

Florida has many thoroughbred breeding farms with over 35,000 thoroughbred horses located in the Ocala area. Triple crown winner Affirmed was an Ocala bred thoroughbred.

Tampa Bay Downs is the other Florida thoroughbred horse track, and of course is located in Tampa. Additionally, live races are held December - May of each year, but simulcast and a card room keep the facility open year around.

Florida Horseback Riding

Like horses? Horseback riding is available in every area of Florida. Rent a horse by the hour of enjoy a guided trail ride through some of the finest trails in the eastern United States.

Florida Horseback Riding on the Beach

Horseback riding o the beach should be on everyone's bucket list, and you won't find more places to ride on the beach than in Florida.

Florida Horse Shows

Florida is winter horse show capital of the United States with FEI rated shows at Wellington International, World Equestrian Center Ocala, Florida Horse Park, HITS Ocala, Fox Lea Farm, and TerraNova Equestrian Center. While many shows are featured in the winter season, there are numerous horse shows throughout the year.

Florida Rodeos

Florida hosts numerous professional rodeos throughout the year in including the iconic Homestead Rodeo and the Ocala Shrine Rodeo. Barrel racing in Florida, a fan favorite, can be witnessed throughout Florida with prize money attracting both female and male riders to these weekly events.

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