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Savannah

Georgia's first city. This much-celebrated seaport town on Georgia's Emerald Coast has long been enticing visitors with its sultry ambiance, striking beauty and old-world charm. From the elegant Historic District to the festive River Street, visitors delight in all this coastal jewel has to offer.

Enjoy the warm hospitality and relaxed pace of the Old South on a stroll down the cobblestone streets where century-old live oaks shade magnificent homes, winsome gardens and picturesque squares.

Along the way, discover first-class restaurants, dozens of art galleries, fine antique shops and more. Have lunch at a romantic bistro overlooking the scenic Savannah River or enjoy an evening of jazz and blues at one of the many clubs in the famed City Market. Discover why so many have fallen in love with Savannah.

Our sea breezes beckon...Tybee Island is only minutes from the Savannah Historic District. Offering some of the South's best beaches and fantastic family values, Tybee is the eclectic jewel of the Georgia Coast. Enjoy boating, biking, hiking, or soaking up the rays on the beach. Combined with historic attractions, great shopping and extraordinary dining, Tybee Island is Georgia's small beach town.

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Jekyll Island

A truly wonderful experience shaped and nurtured by more than a hundred years of devotion to service. Here, on an unhurried island off Georgia’s colonial coast, awaits a world of compelling contrasts and perfect balances: Rich history and modern comforts, grand surroundings and simple pleasures, energizing sports and complete relaxation. You choose the tempo and textures of your Jekyll experience.

Select from accommodations in distinctively different settings, enjoy an array of dining venues from elegant to casual/alfresco, and delight in superb recreation from croquet to horseback rides on the beach, and from championship golf to charter fishing. At Jekyll Island, there is only one true definition of a landmark experience: yours.

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Amelia Island

A storied place where southern charm is mingled with exotic flair and live oaks hug white sandy beaches; this tiny, enchanted island welcomes you to write their next chapter. Amelia Island's Fernandina Beach brings to mind a more graceful by-gone era. Recently named one of the top 12 vacation destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it is a community that cherishes and preserves it past.

A Vibrant Historical District – Once a vibrant, Victorian seaport village, charming downtown Fernandina Beach escaped the mass commercialization of the 20th century and boasts a beautiful 50-block historic district with many original structures dating back to the late 19th century, including many Victorian-style mansions and cottages.

Eclectic Shopping Opportunities – Stroll along the postcard perfect Centre Street and enjoy the diverse shops, galleries and restaurants. The historic district downtown also boasts many charming bed and breakfast inns.

Known as Florida’s Golden Isle, Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island are just 32 miles northeast of downtown Jacksonville. It’s no understatement to say this is a world-class destination. With an undeniable special beauty and charm, just driving through the area is reason enough to visit. Forty-foot dunes and spectacular ocean vistas set against the untamed wilderness await. The array of wildlife is staggering. If you’re hiking, swimming or boating, don’t be surprised to get a glimpse of a bobcat, fox, or manatee. Meanwhile, expect to see more than 250 species of birds keeping watch from overhead. Finally, 90 holes of championship golf have been masterfully integrated into the natural environment. Fernandina Beach is the kind of place where, after visiting, you can’t wait to share your experience with sure-to-be jealous friends and neighbors. A once bustling seaport in the 1800s, downtown Fernandina Beach really hasn’t changed much since then. While the grizzled sailors and travel-worn ships are long gone, the quaint and inviting charm of the area remains.

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Jacksonville and the Beaches

Flexibility and variety are the key words to keep in mind when selecting meeting and convention space in the Jacksonville area. Choose from the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, area hotels, or interesting free-standing venues. A big city with a heart just as big, Jacksonville encompasses grand historic neighborhoods, cultural and sports entertainment, river city excitement, an important military port, and white sand beaches that are just plain fun.

Hugging the St. Johns River, Jacksonville’s historic significance dates back to prehistoric residents and early French and Spanish colonists. Near the river’s mouth, the Fort Caroline National Memorial, a recreated French fort with stimulating indoor exhibits, flashes back to the days when French Huguenots settled in with the Timucuan Indians to combat the Spanish.

The river splits downtown in half and lively riverwalks cling to both sides. Jacksonville Landing, on the north bank, pulsates with shopping and entertainment value. Nearby: a modern-art museum and theater, Kids Kampus park, and Alltel Stadium, home to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and the 2005 Super Bowl. Across the river, a trio of museums is worth the water taxi ride over.

Largest of the three museums, the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) fascinates kids and adults alike with interactive exhibits about marine mammals, the Civil War and more. Next door, the Jacksonville Historical Center delves more seriously into the city’s military past and the Jacksonville Maritime Museum displays models of World War II ships built in Jacksonville.

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens takes residence in one of the town’s loveliest neighborhoods, the Riverside Avondale National Register District. The art museum, besides an enviable collection of masterpieces, boasts one of the nation’s best hands-on art experiences for children. Around the museum, explore lovely vintage homes and shop along St. Johns Avenue.

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Ponte Vedra

Stretched along the sparkling blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, just 20 miles southeast of Jacksonville, Florida, lies the charming seaside village of Ponte Vedra Beach. Featured here are some of the finest oceanfront resorts under the Florida sun.

The luxurious city boasts its own individual and unique style. From world class golf, including the famed Players Championship, the combined resources of resorts create the finest collection of recreational and social amenities found anywhere. Whether for family vacation, romantic retreat or a conference event, guests have come to appreciate Ponte Vedra’s complete spectrum of glittering beaches.

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St Augustine

The unique views found only in St. Augustine tell the story of nearly 450 years of history. The famed Bridge of Lions spanning Matanzas Bay…. a charming waterfront reflecting the glories of Imperial Spain…the Victorian grandeur of Henry Flagler's hotels….ancient narrow streets that still echo to the clip-clop passage of America's history.

As they have for centuries, St Augustine’s sparkling beaches continue to beckon visitors to relax to the sounds of the gentle surf. Free from urban intrusions and the shadows of towering condos, 42 miles of beaches await for those who seek both solitude and seaside fun.

From the whispered promises of Juan and Maria to the wedding vows of John and Mary, romance is timeless in this setting of Old World charm and New World pampering on the shores of a moonlit sea. Romantic inns, cozy restaurants and memorable vistas offer the perfect setting for love.

The Garden of Eden isn't the only place where giant alligators and newly-hatched birds live in total harmony - see it for yourself in St. Augustine. Frolicking dolphins, gentle manatees, and a world of outdoor adventures await in the blue-green lushness of the original Florida.

The heroes of golf, both past and present, aspire to enshrinement in the World Golf Hall of Fame while even casual players dream of the perfect drive or putt on a legendary course. Here, the entire spectrum of the game is available for the enjoyment and inspiration of players at every level of expertise.

Step back in time to St. Augustine , America’s oldest continually settled municipality, and feel as if you are caught in a time warp. The town dates back to the Spanish conquistadores of the sixteenth century. Ponce de Leon himself landed here, looking for a sip of youth, they say, and by 1565, soldiers, their families and merchants were busily building a community of coquina rock, mortar and cypress wood. The Colonial Spanish Quarter recreates the time, circa 1740. Costumed re-enactors authentically demonstrate cooking techniques, blacksmithing, candle-making and other crafts.

At Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth park, you can see the excavation of the actual stone cross Ponce de Leon and his men laid out in the sand upon reaching Florida shores. Have a sip of “youth” while you’re at it. Can’t hurt – look what it’s done for preserving this town. Nearby, Nombre de Dios marks the first Spanish Catholic Mass and mission on American soil. Massive Castillo de San Marcos fort has warded off enemies for 300-plus years. Spanish soldier re-enactors still shoot off its cannons.

Despite fires and hurricanes, much of the original walled city remains in the restoration district. “Old” is highly revered here, where you can visit The Oldest House (1720), The Oldest Wooden School House in the USA (1763), and the Old Jail (1891), mostly within the Old Gates of the Old City. Narrow, uneven streets in the 144-block Restoration Area lead to colonial architectural treasures holding gift boutiques, restaurants, pubs, ice cream shops, antiques shops, bed and breakfast inns and historic attractions. To tour it all, hop on a horse-drawn carriage, trolley or miniature train. Or walk the streets at night to experience the ghostly side of this spirited city. Other specialized tours explain St. Augustine’s rich architectural heritage. It reflects the town’s eras of occupation by later the British and colonial America. Railroad mogul Henry Flagler exerted the strongest architectural influence when he built magnificent hotels for his passengers to paradise.

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Palm Coast

One of Florida’s new “hot” destinations, this 20-mile stretch of coastline and its natural sportsmen’s haven inland are just being discovered by visitors and relocators who value its proximity to resort and culture centers, yet its removal from the stress and fast pace of metropolises.

A1A Ocean Shore Scenic Highway spans a seven-mile stretch of Flagler County’s beach between quiet Flagler Beach and Beverly Beach . A bicycle/pedestrian path parallels the scenic corridor and provides recreation for the cyclist, jogger and peace-loving stroller. The A1A River & Sea Trail Scenic Highway takes in Palm Coast and the historic town of Marineland , site of the world’s first “oceanarium,” opened in 1938 and fed by waters from the Atlantic Ocean.

Mammoth sea turtles nest along this traffic-free, all-natural coastline. Anglers catch fish from Flagler Beach Pier and surfers catch waves. Two state parks line the beach. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area is cradled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway for the pleasure of campers, picnickers, swimmers and shorebirds. Huge coquina boulders and peaceful ornamental gardens distinguish the beach and Matanzas riverfront at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Once a plantation, its pedigree can be traced back to our first president’s family.

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Daytona Beach

Think Daytona Beach and cars and beach come immediately to mind. Here the two meet to create a reputation for speed and good times. The reputation began more than a century ago when car manufacturers tested and raced their horseless carriages on the hard-packed sands of Daytona Beach and neighboring Ormond Beach . In time, racing moved to Daytona International Speedway, home to the Daytona 500 each February.

The famous speedway also hosts other headline events such as the Pepsi 400 in July and the Rolex 24 in February. Even between races, fans can “feel the thunder” and excitement of racing on a tour of the track and by visiting DAYTONA USA. At this interactive attraction, surround-sound movies and other simulation lets visitors in on the racing sensation.

It seems no matter where you go in Daytona Beach, it’s about the speed. The town is filled with go-kart tracks, one with Nitro Alley, where you reach speeds of up to 75 mph. Downtown Daytona Beach, which is turning a historic area into a smart, attractive shopping and dining district, the Halifax Historical Museum traces the history of auto racing and Daytona. And although there’s no racing on the wide beach today, Daytona Beach is one of the few places left in Florida where you can still drive on the beach. The pace is quite a bit slower these days, and portions are designated pedestrian-only. Upscale hotels are bringing Daytona Beach into the 21st century, but the scene is purely boardwalk-beach classic, with carnival rides around the Main Street Pier, watersports and golf cart rentals, and surfing waves that would make Gidget swoon.

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Destin

Sand just doesn’t get much whiter than this, and that’s only the beginning of what’s so special about this well-loved band of Gulf of Mexico beachfront dubbed the Emerald Coast. The water is bright green, the dunes are lofty, the fish are plentiful, and the excitement doesn’t quit. For families, for lovers, for anyone, this is the superlative in Florida beach vacationing. Book a room in a beachfront bed and breakfast, a marina motel, a rental condo, or a name-brand hotel. Then grab your fishing pole.

Destin earns its name as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” by virtue of its famed Emerald Gulf shore – deep and inshore waters that hold enough sailfish, grouper, mackerel, cobia, tarpon and wahoo to inspire an extensive fleet of fishing charters, a bevy of tournaments (including the October-long Fishing Rodeo), and a glorious selection of seafood restaurants. With the speediest deep-water access to the Gulf, Destin claims more billfish catches annually than any other Gulf port and up to four times more fish species than most other destinations.

In addition to fishing, tour and glass-bottom boats take you sightseeing, snorkeling, diving, sailing, spotting dolphins and more. You will find them lined up along the harbor in front of seafood restaurants heavy on character, light on the budget.

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Panama City Beach

Life is a beach and an amusement park ride in Panama City Beach . Two of life’s greatest pleasures come together in one big playground. A favorite for families, especially in spring and summer, Panama City Beach lays out a dizzying selection of parks offering kiddy rides, go-kart tracks, batting cages, paintball, laser tag, a maze, water attractions and miniature golf. Equal in number and variety, its watersports concessions and charters accommodate with glass-bottom boat tours, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, parasailing, kayaking, waverunning and anything else water-bound you can fantasize. Choose from a high-speed powerboat ride to a leisurely sail aboard a pirate ship or dinner cruise yacht. Divers take advantage of Panama City Beach’s reputation for shipwrecks dating back to World War II. Fishermen cast for billfish, especially during July’s Bay Point Invitational Billfish Tournament, as well as cobia, mackerel, redfish, pompano and ladyfish.

Some boating excursions take you to un-bridged Shell Island for shelling, beaching and snorkeling totally away from it all. The island is part of St. Andrews State Park, and a shuttle departs from its docks for the short ride across the pass, rich with fish and other marine life. Snorkel equipment is available for rent. The park also offers beaching, fishing piers gulfside and bayside, camping, a historic turpentine still exhibit, and nature trails.

Other popular beach accesses are the expanding Aaron Bessant Park, across from Dan Russell Pier, and M.B. Miller County Pier, where the fishing is fine. The town’s beaches consistently rank high for their fishing, cleanliness, surfing waves, and pure vacation value. The beach’s best attractions lie along Front Beach Road, including Coconut Creek Family Fun Park, Museum of Man and the Sea and Gulf World Marine Park, which does educational shows and dolphin encounters.

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Orlando

Orlando needs no introduction. Its fame as a family destination for theme parks resounds around the world and draws visitors from every corner of said world. But this larger-than-life playground has more to offer than what lies behind turnstile gates. Visitors of all ages find shopping on scale with its other attractions as well as museums, sports, performance arts, green oases and outlying towns and neighborhoods with their own distinct personality.

Walt Disney World created the town of Lake Buena Vista , where its empire of fantasy continually grows. From Magic Kingdom in the beginning, the wonderful world has expanded to include futuristic Epcot, entertainment world’s Disney-MGM Studios, and nature’s Animal Kingdom. Throw in a couple of water parks, some miniature golf, a high-tech video arcade, golf and a huge sports complex with a Richard Petty racecar driving experience, and you have just about every entertainment base covered. Downtown Disney complexes provide the ultimate in shopping, nightlife and dining, using the same special effects and gimmicks as the parks. Resorts have kept up with the growth and many have themes spanning motifs from Caribbean to western lodge and from sports to music.

The propensity for over-the-top entertainment has infected the environs with a love for fun, faux, goofy and imagination. Disney spawned more and more theme parks small and magnificent and contributed to the old cattle and citrus town a show-biz, grand-scale sense of proportion. Universal Orlando Resort, with its two-part theme parks, furthered the reputation for state-of-the-art showmanship and thrills. It takes movie entertainment from the big screen to first-hand experience in a way that inspires tears and screams. CityWalk, a recreated downtown club and dine scene, and a medley of theme resorts, grew up to accommodate guests and expand the appeal of the parks to adult playtime.

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