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For the Perfect Summer Getaway, Consider the Florida Panhandle

May 7th, 2012

White Sand Beaches of Pensacola

By Myscha Theriault – Independent Travelers Resources at Trekhound.com

While the panhandle may be a bit of a drive from southern Florida, it’s easily accessible for people in Georgia and other nearby states that border the Gulf of Mexico. Known as the Emerald Coast by locals and regional travelers, the area is beginning to bounce back from the BP disaster. From fishing rodeos to spa getaways and souvenir experiences for the serious shopper, here are a few places in northwest Florida you may want to check out.

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Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island and Destin: Florida’s Emerald Coast Boasts Beauty, Golf, Fishing and More

February 16th, 2012

Bridge over Destin Pass

By Myscha Theriault – Independent Travelers Resources at Trekhound.com

Visitors to Florida’s Panhandle find a multitude of entertainment options at their fingertips. From championship fishing and world-class golf to significant number of options suitable for the shopping and spa crowd, Choctawatchee Bay certainly caters to a fun-loving clientele. Here are just a few of the fun things to do in the greater Destin and Fort Walton Beach area.

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Biketoberfest 2011 Photos

October 17th, 2011

Biketoberfest 2011 - Bikers on Main Street

Daytona Beach, FLBiketoberfest 2011 is in the books for this year and I must say it was awesome. The weather was near perfect and the crowd was the largest we’ve seen in recent years. Dirty Harry’s rocked it once more with their wet t-shirt contests, and give a ways. The Banker and Blues club had some cool bands playin’ hot tunes; the Dog House was the place to be for heavy metal and their famous dancing on the bar, bartending girls really got the crowd going. On Main Street bikes and beer booths lined the way and the International Speedway delivered again this year with some great races, bands and deals. The food was fabulous and the merchandise was flying off the racks. Daytona Beach, as always, was a gracious host city and everyone felt welcomed.

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Beautiful Sunrise Wins Destin Area Summer Photo Contest

September 12th, 2011
Sunrise on Okaloosa Island between the Destin and FWB Bridge
Overall Winner: Scotty Lisenbe – Sunrise on Okaloosa Island between the Destin and FWB Bridge.

Destin, FL – Six years ago, the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce launched the Destin Area Summer Photo Contest to give area visitors and residents a forum to share their favorite Destin memories.

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Feeding Blue Heron in the Florida Everglades

August 28th, 2011

Feeding Blue Heron Part 1

Photographing wildlife is one of our favorite things here at PlacesAroundFlorida.com and on a recent trip to the Florida Everglades we snapped these pictures of a great blue heron feeding. Above, the heron stalking his prey.

Feeding Blue Heron Part 2

There’s the strike.

Feeding Blue Heron Part 3

Oops, missed him. More Everglades Pictures »


5 Fun Florida Summer Vacation Ideas

May 14th, 2011

Fun in the Sun at Cocoa Beach

By Myscha Theriault

While our friends up north might flock here for the winter, summer is when those of us who live here actually have time off from work to enjoy our fair state for ourselves. And for those of us with children who are out of school for the season, it’s important to know where we can squeeze in the most fun for our limited family time. Here are five fun Florida summer vacation ideas.

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo Includes Florida Wildlife and Conservation Programs

April 15th, 2011

Bald Eagle

At the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa it’s all about the animals. The zoo sits on 56 acres that are covered with the natural habitats of more than 1,700 animals, each of them are suited for our local climate and they are used to living in Florida’s heat and humidity. They have eight habitat areas that include Asia, Australia and Africa. Some have interactive exhibits where visitors can enjoy close, safe contact with many of their animals. You can feed a giraffe, string ray or rhino or take a camel ride and in their aviaries the birds fly free and may land right on you.

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2011 Bike Week Photos

March 13th, 2011

Bike Week on Main Street in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, FL – Bike Week, for this year, is in the books and we have more photos than ever before. Last years event was really cold but this year we had warm, wonderful weather, much warmer than other parts of the country which, once again, sent thousands of bikers in from all over.

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Spring Break in Daytona Beach – Tips, Ideas and Activities

March 2nd, 2011

Shrimper off Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is the classic Florida Spring Break destination. While it was very popular at one time as the college coed party capital, now many of the former party die-hards are back with their families. Daytona Beach is still a great place to be for Spring Break because one thing never changes and that is the beach.

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Best Florida Places for Spring Break: Families, Couples and College Students Alike Can Count on Having a Fun Time

March 1st, 2011

Florida Spring Break

By Myscha Theriault

Looking for the best Florida places to vacation for spring break? Well, it depends on whether you’re with the college crowd, part of a couple with kids, or an active senior looking to get out of the cold while you treat your grandchildren. Whatever your speed, we’ve got it covered with reviews of the following hot spots.

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