The Sunshine State: Who goes where

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[CC BY-AS 2.0] Kim Seng

All year round numerous of tourists are searching for a nice sunny vacation. Top of the list is Florida. Florida is known mainly for its warm welcoming beaches, over towering palm trees, and chillaxed locals. Around these active beaches are multiple hotels, restaurants, and fun activities in the sun. Florida does have its occasional elderly person lying around. For better understanding of which beach is more suited for specific types of vacation. Florida could be the relaxation destination, party city, or/and a family friend zone.

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West Palm Beach is a smaller family oriented beach. It is located on one Florida’s multiple islands. You can find homes of the rich and some famous residents on this island such as Donald Trump. Most of them don’t come down until the wintertime. Drive by the houses and see the beautiful architecture of these beach houses. Along side the beach are several small food establishments: Benny’s on the Beach ($), John G’s ($$), and Mamma Mia’s Pizzeria on the beach ($) and more. On the beach and beyond is William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier ($). Give salt water fishing a try and be amazed by the sites out on the pier.

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Over the high bridge on Lake Avenue are more attractions and restaurants. With the intense heat most locals visit Kilwin’s for great ice cream. When cooled off splurge in the Island Water Sports store. Buy a surfboard and hit the shore. Pizza on a beach day in Florida is common. Downtown Pizza ($) on Lake Avenue has some of the cheesiest deliciousness all stuffed on top of a single large pizza slice. Besides food and shops, over the bridge has a large stage space outdoors where many concerts and festivals are held. Imagine visiting during the gay pride festival with bright rainbow flags flaring in the air, over exaggerated costumes, outrageous pieces of artwork, and friendly faces. The Reggae Festival also resides here. Come listen to some of Jamaica’s classic and popular reggae artist’s songs and march the streets with a Jamaican hat that has dreads on your head, Jamaican flag in on hand and Jamaican beef patty in the other. Watch the colors of yellow, green, black, and red fly around.

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(CC BY-AS 3.0) Donnamper

Warm smiles and hot bodies, mothers and fathers, tourists and locals they all come to Fort Lauderdale beach. Fort Lauderdale beach is very versatile locations. It offers many activities for different people. Be prepared, Thursday through Sunday this long beach is packed. Many locals come to this beach with their huge coolers and loud stereos. Further down the beach you’ll enjoy the site of dogs running around and playing in the water. Not all of Fort Lauderdale Beach allows dogs. Come meet new folks and swim with the fishes that wander around in schools near the shore. Any one can drive along A1A, also known as S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd to get here. “There are 76 public beach access points in the “wave wall” form Fort Lauderdale Beach Park to Oakland park” (visitflorida.com).

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(CC BY-AS 3.0) Xanxz

Fort Lauderdale beach is located on Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. The beach will be on your right and restaurants and bars on your left. Parking is inexpensive, yet hard to find if you show up to late on the weekend. When you visit, Fort Lauderdale beach can create two different feels for a vacation, either relaxing and calming or adventurous and thrilling. You can spend the morning eating on your porch at the Courtyard hotel or perhaps the Hilton Resort with an amazing 360 view, then go tanning for the rest of the afternoon in a nice secluded space and eventually end the day with drunks as the notorious Sky Thai Sushi restaurant or Tsukuro Oceanside grill serving Pan-Asian eats. On the other hand you can be on a banana boat holding on with all your might and splashing in the ocean, speed boating, or jet skiing on the waters for the entire day. In between breaks you can grab a quick slice of pizza or frozen yogurt, then go back at it again. At night hit up the bar that sits on the corner of the street that plays live rock music, or wonder the side walk of restaurants with some of the craziest people you’ll ever meet. * Doesn’t really have anything to do with why people should go there.

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(CC-BY-AS 3.0) Matt H. Wade

South Miami Beach is what you see about. You are capturing a glimpse of it from way back by about 5th street. South Miami Beach is commonly called South Beach. South Beach has a large gay community, top fashion stores, and some of the hotels you’ll ever stay in. If you ever wanted to go to a nudist beach you can say South Beach comes close. Coming from experience spending day after day on this beach, I had a couple encounters sitting next to a couple of woman topless trying to get there tan on. If you never come across top-less girls, then you’ll certainly see a man in a speedo. Most of these men are foreigners. South Beach welcomes all cultures; many tourists who stop by are usually from the other side of the world. I used to work on South Beach and had various conversations with folk from Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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(CC BY-AS 3.0) World redeye (Story Nightclub)

If you thought of coming to South Beach for a relaxing vacation, think again. Enjoy the multiple high-end nightclubs all along Ocean Avenue and Washington Avenue. Visit Mansion Nightclub on Washington Avenue and 13th street. Tons of popular artists DJ and perform their every other weekend. Once the sun goes down the heels come on. There are multiple restaurants open until 3 am because of all the clubs open at night. Try Insomnia Cookies right next door, they have the ultimate cookies and open until 3 am. The cookies just melt in your mouth and become a wonderland of sweet flavor. Down for a long night of drinking go club hoping. You can visit Cameo (rap and R&B), Set (mix of genres), Eleven (more electro) and more.

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