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Yes, you can relax. But with so much to do, who wants to? With miles of pristine beaches, golfing, birding, fishing, snorkeling, shopping, theater, and museums, you’ll want to experience it all. And then follow up all that activity with a great, fresh seafood meal.
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Family Medicine—The Florida Keys & Key West
Most people know The Florida Keys & Key West as a great getaway. By far one of the most unique places on earth. Calm. Serene. Laid back. Just the right setting to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your spirits.
But keeping family relationships healthy doesn’t just take work. It takes a large dose of play. And play there is. Boating. Fishing. Diving. Snorkeling. Or just enjoying the warmth of the sun. It’s what the family doctor ordered.
The Keys mean history. Art. Theater. Museums. Shopping. Fine dining. Entertainment. Water sports. And much more. All told, 120 miles of perfect balance between natural beauty and extra-ordinary excitement. Between relaxation and activities. Between the quaint and the classic. Between who you are and who you want to be.
And, you’ll find accommodations just as diverse as the pleasures. From some of the best camping spots in the country to luxurious hotels. From charming bed-and-breakfasts to rustic, family-owned lodgings. In other words, there’s something for the entire family.
For more information, please call 800-FLA-KEYS or visit fla-keys.com.
Find Your Island on the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Think Southwest Florida and imagine blue skies and warm Gulf waters. Think sunshine, white-sand beaches and uninhabited islands. Think of days spent spotting dolphins and searching for shells. Imagine evenings spent enjoying delicious seafood and watching sunsets.
Find your island a few hours from Miami, Orlando or Key West. Discover the perfect uninhabited white-sand beaches. No high rises. No crowds. Paddle beside manatees and dolphins. Enjoy the world’s best shelling on Captiva and Sanibel Islands. Sink into a sunset. The beach of your dreams is here.
Hundreds of uninhabited islands dot the sun-splashed coastline. Most of them are only accessible by boat or seaplane—all provide sanctuary to wildlife. Watch dolphins play in the wake of your boat. Paddle inches from manatees bobbing throughout the Great Calusa Blueway. Spot pink Roseate Spoonbill and more than 400 species of birds in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the U.S.
Only one question remains: Where to stay? To experience Florida’s most natural islands and beaches, choose from accommodations ranging from hotels and cottages to villas and private homes. Visit fortmyers-sanibel.com to start planning your vacation today and get a free Lonely Planet guidebook.
The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast
Get a little sand in your soul in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Okaloosa Island. Go snorkeling, tubing, kayaking, or parasailing. Take the kids on a dolphin or pirate cruise, or visit the Gulfarium.
Love to fish? Here you’ll find some of the best angling Florida has to offer. Of course, where there is great fishing there are usually great seafood restaurants, and the Emerald Coast is no exception. You’ll find cuisine that is inventive and fresh, brought in daily by Florida’s largest fishing fleet.
If shopping is your passion, you won’t be disappointed. Choose from traditional malls, open-air complexes, and distinctive boutiques. And when the sun goes down, it’s time to get off the boogie board and boogie the night away.
There’s something for everyone at the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Start planning today by visiting emeraldcoastfl.com
Visit South Walton and Find Your Perfect Beach
Located in Northwest Florida, South Walton boasts 26 miles of sugar-white sand, turquoise waters and 16 individual beachside neighborhoods, each with its own personality and visual style. In South Walton, luxury accommodations, challenging golf, eclectic shops, funky art galleries, and award-winning dining are part of the area’s distinctive character and relaxing atmosphere.
Adventure seekers will enjoy stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking or fishing on one of the area’s many waterways including 15 rare coastal dune lakes. Over 200 miles of trails invite nature lovers to hike through state parks and forests. From one of the nation’s largest designer outlets to an eclectic mix of funky and sophisticated boutiques and galleries, South Walton is a shopper’s paradise. Foodies relish the fusion of flavors created by award-winning chefs using fresh-from-the-Gulf and locally sourced ingredients. Create memories that will last a lifetime.
Go to visitsouthwalton.com, or call 800-822-6877.
Elevate Your Vacation Experience at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
This year, book a trip to Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Northwest Florida’s largest full-service beachfront resort hotel, located directly on the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters of Destin.
Spend the afternoon relaxing poolside along the resort’s expanded beachfront deck, strolling the sugar-white sands, playing a game of tennis, taking in a family bicycle outing, or watching the kids splash around in one of the three pools.
When it’s time to refuel, enjoy a bite at one of the six on-site dining venues—including Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant; the open-air Barefoot’s Beach Bar & Grill; Picnix Poolside Market; The Coffee Shop serving Starbucks®; and the newly transformed Sandcastles Restaurant & Lounge and Hadashi Sushi.
Guests visiting the property this summer will be some of the first to experience the newly transformed Spa Tower rooms, expanded and upgraded restaurants, refreshed Serenity by the sea Spa, redesigned indoor pool and a dramatically enhanced main lobby where arrivals are met with breathtaking views of the
For more information and to start planning your escape to Destin’s premier resort, visit hiltonsandestinbeach.com.
Have a Dream Vacation at Panama City Beach
May is the perfect time to enjoy the feel of sun on your face and sand between your toes. Panama City Beach’s inviting stretch of coastline offers the perfect vacation destination for the young, and the young at heart. Long stretches of soft, white sand await your footsteps, and restaurants famous for fresh seafood are ready to serve up the sizzling catch of the day.
In Panama City Beach, you can really have it all. Find a stretch of secluded beach to call your own, or play in the sand behind restaurants and clubs that are the places to see and be seen. Immerse yourself in nature at two pristine state parks, or take a hike in the new Panama City Beach Conservation Park. You can relax on a cruise through area waters to a barrier island, or shop your heart out at the unique boutiques and famous brand name stores within a stone’s throw of the beach.
Fun is always within reach in Panama City Beach, and the 27 miles of white sand beaches are light-years away from the stress of everyday living.
Go to visitpanamacitybeach.com for information and great vacation ideas.
Edgewater Beach Condominium, Luxurious yet Casual
World-class architecture and seaside charm. Edgewater Beach Condominium is the ultimate vacation playground in Destin. With a touch of the French Riviera, the resort rises majestically beside the sparkling emerald waters, pristine white sands and fiery sunsets of Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast.
Its unique architecture is a landmark along the Emerald Coast. The resort offers luxurious yet casual one-, two- and three-bedroom condos with private balconies overlooking lushly landscaped gardens and two shimmering pools (one heated in the winter months), children’s pool and hot tub. Enjoy nearby boutique and outlet shopping, fine dining, spectacular golf and sport fishing, beautiful sunsets or just relax in the Florida sun.
Take advantage of the resort’s many amenities, including the poolside Tiki Bar, free high-speed wireless internet, free beach set-up (not available in the winter months), free indoor and outdoor parking, free use of the state-of-the-art fitness center and children’s playground.
For additional information or to book your reservation today, please call toll free at 800-822-4929 or go to edgewaterbeach.com.
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