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You want Florida, you want it all, and you only want to unpack once. No problem! You want Tampa Bay.
There’s a sunny side to this West Coast community that makes this a true hot spot among the world’s destinations. Naturally there’s lots of water and sunshine. But you’ll also discover an area that’s full of rich arts, professional sports, sights to see and things to do you won’t find anywhere else. Whatever your pleasure, you'll find it in Tampa Bay!
Here, a single day's itinerary might include breakfast at a waterside cafe, a visit to Busch Gardens Africa, The Florida Aquarium, a streetcar ride to Channelside for shopping, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, or Lightning game, topped off with a stay in one of our luxury hotels or resorts. Then on to historic Ybor City where the Cuban sandwiches are hot and crisp, the cigars are hand-rolled, and the colorful streets are lined with fun.
Busch Gardens Tampa (www.buschgardens.com/Bgt/)
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a 335-acre 19th century African-themed park located in Tampa, Florida. It opened on March 31, 1959 as an admission-free hospitality facility for the Tampa Anheuser-Busch brewery on the grounds of the manufacturing plant. Visitors could watch animal acts in a tropical setting and before leaving the grounds enter a beer garden offering free Busch beer to drink.
Amelia Island (www.ameliaisland.com)
Resting just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island welcomes you to experience its rich, colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. With 13-miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike. In fact, Amelia was recently voted #4 among Top 10 North American Islands by Conde Nast Traveler's 2009 Reader's Choice Awards, making it the highest ranked island destination in Florida for two consecutive years.
Saint Augustin (www.oldcity.com)
St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city, also holds the distinction of being one of the nation's most charming. Known as the "Ancient City," Saint Augustine is located between North East and Central East Florida and is convenient to Jacksonville, Orlando, and Daytona airports. North Florida boasts a year-round mild climate perfect for strolling Saint Augustine's delightful historic district, with its cobblestone streets, quaint cafes, bars, unique shops and bed-and-breakfast inns. Experience the beauty of an early morning that slowly comes alive with locals and tourists setting out on foot to explore significant landmarks.
Daytona Beach (www.daytonabeach.com)
Daytona Beach is a year-round family-friendly resort area, but could also accurately be called a seasonal town, with large groups of out-of-towners descending upon the city for various events, most notably Speedweeks in early February when over 200,000 NASCAR fans come to attend the season-opening Daytona 500. Other events include the NASCAR Coke Zero 400 race in July, Bike Week in early March, Biketoberfest in mid October, and the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race in January. In the past Daytona Beach catered to spring breakers, but in recent years most of the vacationers have migrated to other sites, like Panama City Beach.
Know as the "Cruise Capital of the World" and ranked 8th among the nation's leading seaports, the famous Port of Miami is home to just about every cruise line you can think of. Every year, about 18 cruise ships and 4 million passengers leave from the Port of Miami. The Port of Miami is able to berth the largest passenger vessels with exciting itineraries and on-board entertainment, which make cruising among the best and most economical vacation experiences.http://184.108.40.206/eprise/main/SiteGen/Globecom_2010/Content/UnplacedPages/Thur_tech.html