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Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Jacksonville, perfectly positioned along the Atlantic Ocean in northeast Florida, is a natural paradise for visitors looking for a...

Miami

Miami

Miami is a sunny, brash metropolis with very d...

Orlando

Orlando

The most tourist-swarmed city in Florida, Orlando is a relatively new, upstart of a city. After Disney World was opened in 1971, a...

Tampa

Tampa

Divided into numerous regions like - Cultural district, Downtown, Waterfront and the Hyde Park Historic neighborhood, Tampa is ...

Facts

When to visit:
Florida has two tourist seasons. The peak season is the winter season, when visitors escape the cold and snow of the northern climes for Florida’s sun and warmth. Christmas and Thanksgiving are the busiest times of the year, when crowds are extra thick and prices go through the roof. The secondary season is in the summer from June to late August, when families brave the heat, humidity and thunderstorms to enjoy their summer vacations on Florida’s beaches. The exception to this rule is the Florida Keyes, which consider summer their off-season, which lowers prices there considerably.

Needless to say, visiting in the transitional off-seasons, spring and fall, is cheaper and less crowded. The weather is generally mild all year so most activities are possible year-round.

Florida Facts:

State Abbreviation: FL

State Capital: Tallahassee

Largest City: Jacksonville

Area: 65,758 square miles (22nd biggest state in the USA)

Florida Population: 17,397,161 (as of 2004)

Major Industries: tourism, agriculture, electronics

Florida Rivers: St. Johns River, St. Marys River, Suwannee River

Florida Lakes: Lake Okeechobee, Lake George

Highest Point: A hill in Walton County - 345 feet above sea level

Origin of the Name: Originally named the "Pascua de Florida," meaning "Feast of Flowers".

State Nickname: The Sunshine State

State Motto: "In God we trust."

State Song: "Swanee River"