July 12th, 2012
By Kirby Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com
In 1745, A Spanish officer and around six soldiers would be sent to defend St. Augustine’s southernmost access nearly 15 miles south at Matanzas Inlet. They’d spend 30-day stints protecting Castillo de San Marcos from the British and pirate ships. These solders had to endure all that nature could throw at them, strong storms, extreme heat and swarms of mosquitoes. Their outpost was Fort Matanzas, it offered them shelter from the elements as well as protection from cannon fire.
After being built by the Spanish from 1740-42, Florida and the fort were traded to the British in 1763 in exchange for Cuba. Fort Matanzas was then reoccupied by the Spanish and eventually the US and Union Army before being decommissioned in 1900 after the Spanish-American War.
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March 21st, 2012
By Myscha Theriault – Independent Travelers Resources at Trekhound.com
Regarding places to shop in Florida, the venue list borders on completely overwhelming. There are a few scenes however, that stand out. First time visitors will definitely want to consider bumping these Florida shopping experiences to the top of their travel itinerary.
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May 14th, 2011
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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February 7th, 2011
Valentine’s Day is the time of year when we do something special for the one we love. Whether your sweetie likes to be pampered in luxury or head into the great outdoors for a little adventure, Florida has just what you’re looking for and if you’re inclined to do the most romantic thing on Valentine’s Day and make if official, Florida has some great places to get married and then enjoy a romantic honeymoon.
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August 3rd, 2010
The summer is almost at an end; soon the kids will be bogged down with all sorts of homework projects and looking forward to Christmas break. Before all that happens though there is still time to get in one last summer trip. We here in Florida have many water and amusement parks, tons of islands to play on and around, many historical places to visit with forts to explore and even the Panhandle beaches are much better, places like Panama City Beach have been free of oil for the last two weeks.
St. Augustine, a Family Getaway for Everyone
The historic district of St. Augustine is full of small shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Peek into doorways to find craftsmen who are knowledgeable in the trades of times past. The Spanish fort Castillo de San Marcos is a “must not miss” St. Augustine attraction. The National Park Service maintains the Fort on 20.5 acres and keeps it open every day except Christmas. Two major trolleys serve downtown St. Augustine, so getting around is easy for everyone!
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Cocoa Beach, Sun and Fun at the Beach
The beach is just the beginning in Cocoa Beach, there are many other things to see nearby such as Cape Canaveral, Port Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center where you can also watch a Space Shuttle or Rocket Launch. Another great place to visit is Jetty Park where you can fish, go camping, watch the cruise ships or just hang at the beach.
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Daytona Beach, Plenty of Things to Do
When someone says Daytona, one of three things may spring to mind. If it’s cars it’s the Daytona International Speedway or maybe that you can drive on the beach. Daytona Beach’s vibrant shoreline, lined with hotels, motels, condominiums and houses, attracts over 8 million tourists each year. Hotel and motel rooms in all price ranges and are plentiful through the end of summer.
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Beat the Heat at a Water Park
Few places in America get hotter than Florida in the summer. Fortunately no matter where you’re planning to vacation, there’s a water park close by cool off and refresh yourself.
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Aquatica the South Seas-inspired waterpark features attractions from serene to extreme. Aquatica joins sister parks SeaWorld and Discovery Cove to create a trio of immersive marine life adventures found nowhere else in the world.
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Tourist and locals alike head to Places in Orlando for some of the coolest water parks in the world. Many theme parks offer discounts to affiliated water parks when you purchase a ticket. Also during the summer there are always promotions with coupons from merchants, fast food restaurants and soft drink manufacturers making your water park adventure a bargain.
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July 19th, 2010
PlacesAroundFlorida.com announces our new Northeast Florida Beaches section. Florida has over 1250 miles of beautiful coastline and more than 90% of our beaches are oil free. And now has never been a better time to visit Florida beaches with many offering lodging discounts and other promotions. The beaches of Northeast Florida have always been popular with visitors from Georgia, North and South Carolina, but with the oil from the BP-Deepwater Horizon disaster impacting the Florida Panhandle, PlacesAroundFlorida.com has recently visited and added new popular beach destinations for Florida visitors.
Northeast Florida Beaches Have Not Been Affected by the BP Oil Spill
The beaches of Northeast Florida are over a thousand miles from the oil spill and are located just off Florida’s I-95. Whether you’re looking for an unspoiled natural beach at one of Florida’s State Parks or the resort lifestyle with all of the amenities, you’ll find it in Northeast Florida. Here are just a few.
Amelia Island – Fernandina Beach
Amelia Island is a lush beautiful island, with many miles of beaches and several state parks that have trails great for hiking, biking and nature watching. Fernandina Beach is the northern most east coast beach in Florida and has been an important seaport from early on, which is evident in its Victorian-era architecture and charming historic district. One of the most popular resorts is Amelia Island Plantation. This 1350 acre AAA Four Diamond resort on Amelia Island overlooks the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west.
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Jacksonville Beach is a great place to spend a few days, as it will take you that long to see it all. The beaches are nice and wide so I guess that’s why they made the pier’s boardwalk so nice and wide. Along with the hanging out on the fishing pier, you can browse the shops at the boardwalk, ride your bike or rollerblade along, but be sure to watch for people, because this place is always crowded, day or night.
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Ponte Vedra Beach
Ponte Vedra Beach is known for two things, posh resorts and pristine golf courses, but they do have great beaches as well. The beach there is wide and sandy, great for laying out getting a tan or looking for shells, as lifeguards watch over all guests. Just south of Jacksonville, this world class resort is a favorite east coast beach.
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Anastasia State Park
Anastasia State Park is near St. Augustine and welcomes thousands visitors from all over the world every year to enjoy its many natural wonders. Anastasia’s four miles of beautiful beaches attract walkers, joggers, fishermen, surfers, kayakers, bicyclists and water sports enthusiasts.
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Along Florida’s east coast tucked in north of Daytona Beach you’ll find Flagler Beach; once a sleepy little fishing village Flagler Beach has flourished in to a vibrant seaside community while maintaining much of its original charm. The big ‘Flagler Beach’ emblazoned across the roof of the Flagler Beach Municipal Pier Restaurant is and has been a draw to the pier for a long time and is arguably the most familiar sign on the beach.
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Of course there are many other Beaches in Florida to visit and there’s no better way to cool off this summer than a visit to the beach.
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February 7th, 2010
Florida is a great place for a Valentine weekend getaway with your Sweetie. There are many romantic cities that offer carriage rides through them, day or night, many have very romantic Bed and Breakfast Inns or five star resort spas where you can enough a nice couples massage or other pampering treatment. There are also many islands dotted along both of Florida’s coasts, some very secluded and private. No matter what you’re looking for or what you have in mind as quality time you’ll find it here in warm, sunny Florida.
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August 6th, 2008
Summer break is almost over and you want to take one last trip before the kids head back to school, so what to do? This is Florida, there’s not much you can’t do that doesn’t involve snow. But just in case you’re looking for ideas here’s a few you’ll enjoy.
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November 12th, 2007
By Kirby Collins
St. Augustine, FL – We recently traveled to St. Augustine to gather new content for PlacesAroundFlorida.com and took pictures galore. After an afternoon of wandering through the St. Augustine Historic District surrounded by many fine restaurants, we were starving.
We decided to try Scarlett O’Hare’s Bar and Restaurant. It was a great choice and with a unique decor and menu. We shared a Slab of Ribs and Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich, both were very tasty. For dessert we split a Key Lime Pie, it too was delicious.
They have a full liquor bar and we enjoyed cocktails named “The Scarlett O’Hare” in their “Ghost Bar”, which is listed in the National Directory of Haunted Places and is said to be haunted by the man who built the house. Visit their website at www.scarlettoharas.net.