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Space Coast to Miami

Orlando's closest shore also boasts three of "Florida's 10 Best Beaches", as declared by Southern Living, and is home to the largest sea turtle nesting area in the country with more endangered species than any other American refuge.

 

It may not be an established city or jurisdiction, but many people have heard of Hutchinson Island in Florida. Hutchinson Island is a barrier island on the coast of St. Lucie County as well as to southern Martin County. The northern two-thirds of the island are part of Fort Pierce or St. Lucie County and boasts 21 miles of beautiful beaches. It is bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by the Indian River Lagoon, and on the north by Fort Pierce Inlet. It's important to note that of the 21 miles of beaches along Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County, nearly half are nature preserves - that means it's not completely covered with high rise buildings and overdeveloped concrete communities - just Old Florida at its finest.

 

Indian River County is an ideal escape for a weekend or a week. The slower pace and natural surroundings provide an attractive vacation spot for visitors who enjoy world-class amenities in a quaint, small-town setting where both cultural and natural resources are treasured and preserved. Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere are three diverse communities located here.

Eco-adventurers enjoy the pristine Atlantic beaches, exploring the bountiful inland waterways and observing nature's hidden wonders. Bass fishermen make the journey to drop a line in Blue Cypress Blue Cypress Lake and Stick Marsh 13. Sailing, kayaking, boating and fishing enthusiasts find adventure along the Indian River Lagoon Intracoastal Waterway. Surfers hang ten at the Sebastian Inlet. And, nature enthusiasts observe rare marine and bird species that inhabit Pelican Island National Wildlife Preserve.

 

With more than 47 miles of Atlantic coastline and countless waterways, there is no shortage of liquid assets to enjoy in The Palm Beaches. From fishing, diving and snorkeling to sailing, boating and yachting, the range of on- or in-the-water experiences are endless. Close proximity to the Gulf Stream means comfortable ocean temperatures as well, making these Atlantic waters warm for bathers and extra clear for divers. For a day on the water, an abundance of marinas up and down the Intracoastal Waterway makes docking a yacht or chartering a boat a simple task.

 

West Palm Beach, renowned for its privileged residents and tropical atmosphere offers family fun at the Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park, the South Florida Science Museum or at nearby world-class beaches. SunFest, Florida's largest waterfront music and art festival, takes place in West Palm Beach each May.

Those who prefer theater, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is the premier location in West Palm Beach to spend an evening. The Norton Museum of Art houses a world-renowned collection of European, American, Chinese and contemporary art, along with rotating exhibitions.

West Palm Beach's Downtown retail and entertainment district is a vibrant area lined with fashionable martini bars, trendy nightclubs, elite boutiques and fine restaurants. When the sun sets, locals and visitors savor fine dining by candlelight at one of the many area restaurants

 

In Greater Fort Lauderdale, they brag about their beaches - and for good reason. With 23 miles of Atlantic coastline, eight cities have a unique stretch of beach to call their own. Each has its own personality and quaint surrounding communities with restaurants, four-star hotels or mom-and-pop lodging, attractions, and one-of-a-kind shopping - or plenty of space to sit and do nothing at all.

 

South Beach has been called the American Riviera and an Art Deco Playground. Yet there's more than fine white sand and colorful buildings to South Beach's fantasyland of exuberant Deco architecture. Miami Beach is the Miami of postcards; the skyline of Ocean Drive has been featured on television what must be millions of times, and yes, the people are as beautiful and as they look on the tube. Miami Beach may be a world class partying hotspot, and that's not to be overlooked, but the daytime destinations on the island are as notable, and perhaps, more memorable, than the nightlife. The clear blue water and the white sand beaches are a must-see for any Miami visitor; even for locals, the beautiful beach just doesn't get old. If you're taking a break from the sun, check out one of the many museums, shops or historic buildings in the area.