North Floridian Hospitality

Interested in taking a trip to Florida? Consider North Florida for the next vacation

destination. Although most of Florida’s most famous attractions are in the south,

the northern part of the state, extending from Pensacola to Jacksonville, offers

travelers plenty of what they expect from Florida with a twist of Southern Charm.The area surrounding the bustling metropolis and unofficial capital of South Georgia

of Jacksonville is full of fun activities and sights for the whole family. Amelia Island,

home to the Ritz Carlton and the Bausch & Lomb ATP tournament, is a resort

community set within beautiful natural beauty. Between hundred year-old live oaks,

the marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean is a nature-lovers

paradise, a tennis players dream, and the perfect place to get pampered. Travel

south to Ponte Vedra Beach, home of the Tournament Players Championship at

Sawgrass. Golf lovers will find a plethora of the most prestigious and world-

renowned golf courses while the family will enjoy its beautiful beaches and tranquil

lifestyle. Following the coastline will take visitors to St. Augustine, the nations

oldest city, and home to great shopping and beaches. Take a stroll down St. George

Street for old city charm and shopping and stop for a bite to eat at Opus 39, 95

Cordova St, Fiddlers Green, or Saltwater Cowboys, all St. Augustine favorites.

Jacksonville itself is home to great attractions, including Alltel Stadium, home to the

Jacksonville Jaguars professional football team, the Florida Theatre where you can

see concerts, plays, and shows year round, and the beautiful St. John’s River.Traveling west on 1-70 takes you through Florida’s plantation region and

Tallahassee, the state capital. This is not the home of palm trees and famous

beaches, but antique live oaks, sprawling plantation homes, and freshwater springs.

With beaches within a 30-minute drive and plenty of lakes, there are plenty of areas

to play and with two state universities in town there is plenty of arts and cultural

events to enjoy. This area of Florida is so different from the rest, yet many visitors

to the state are not aware of all that the area has to offer. Preservation of the past

and respect for its natural beauty is what keeps the Tallahassee area ready for more

generations to enjoy.The Florida Panhandle is situated between the southern borders of Georgia and

Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico, making it culturally and historically more similar to

the Deep South than the rest of the state. The Gulf Coast beaches, known as the

Redneck Riviera, are renowned for white sand beaches and warm waters. The

emerald color water extends from Pensacola Bay to Panama City, including beaches

such as Gulf Breeze, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Seaside, Perdido Key, Navarre,

Sandestin, Grayton Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, and Seagrove. Deep-sea fishing is the

activity of choice with Destin known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”; of

course, eating the catch of the day may be more popular. There are seafood and

oyster houses on every corner catering to families, couples, or large parties.

Seaside, made famous by the movie “The Truman Show”, is known for its quaint

pastel-colored homes and is the perfect place for a family summer vacation.

Panama City is the Spring Break capitol and was named “The Best Beach in America”

by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Enjoy great beachfront restaurants and exiting

nightclubs at night while basking in the sun during the day. Families will love both

its warm temperatures and warm personalities of the locals.Gorgeous beaches, natural beauty, world-class golf and tennis, southern hospitality,

superb vacation rentals, and warm Florida sunshine make North Florida

the perfect spot for any vacation.

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