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Sarasota & Bradenton • • Lake Okeechobee •


Springs • Beach •


Venice • • Naples & Marco Island •


Port St. Lucie •


Fort Myers & Sanibel Palm Beach Gardens


Fort Lauderdale & Hollywood • Everglades •


Boynton Beach & Coral Florida Keys & Key West


Miami & South


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Where do you imagine you get a true taste of South Florida? Miami, the Everglades, Florida Keys or Lake Okeechobee? The answer is every one of these amazing places plus a whole lot more


Starting in the north of the region, the 730-square mile (1,175-square km) Lake Okeechobee, or the Big O, is known as Florida’s inland sea, as it is the largest freshwater lake in the state and the second-largest in America.


The lake is a magnet for fishing, boating and trails. Fishermen looking for its famous largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill should head for Clewiston on the southern shore. From here, visitors can also take to the 110-mile (177 km) Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. Be sure to have binoculars handy, for hikers and bikers on the 35ft-high (10m) dyke overlooking the Big O may spot wild hogs, osprey, kites, deer, alligators and other fascinating creatures. From the Big O, visitors are torn between moving west to Sarasota or east to Palm Beach. So why not do both? Sarasota County includes


romantic-sounding attractions such as Siesta Key, Longboat Key and Venice. Besides its world-famous beaches, it is also a cultural hotspot renowned for its arts, galleries, museums, and ballet and opera companies. Sarasota Opera, Orchestra and Ballet are just three of the cultural attractions bringing pleasure every year to thousands in the city. Visitors also flock to the Sarasota Music Festival in June and the Sarasota Blues Fest in September.


Nearby Longboat Key, divided between Sarasota and Manatee counties, has 12 miles (19km) of


white beaches, a championship golf course and many great dining experiences.


And just down the coast, the cool, white, powdery sands of Siesta Key Beach have been voted the best in America. Some would disagree…they say they are the best in the world! Venice prides itself as a more non-commercial city than its neighbours and has the unusual distinction of being dubbed the Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World! It even hosts an


Hollywood Beach, Fort Lauderdale and polo in Palm Beach with (facing page) Fort Myers/Sanibel and Key West


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