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While the east coast of Florida might have big crashing waves and stylish South Beach, the Gulf Coast is quiet, laid back and has a nightly show of stunning sunsets. The east coast might get all the press, but the Gulf Coast gets all my love.
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15001 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924, USA
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After roaming around the nature preserve on Captiva Island, stop at this quirky restaurant. The outside is riot of colors and the inside is just as wild, with a mass of vintage toys, movie memorabilia and Christmas decorations lining the walls....
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14790 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924, USA
Sugar sands, shallow waters, and consistently smooth seas are just a few factors that make Captiva Beach a Southwest Florida favorite. The shelling is great here, especially after storms, but it’s the sunsets that make it famous—and...
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501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
There's something extremely romantic about staying in a historic hotel, especially when that hotel has been beautifully taken care of an renovated. A badly needed escape from city life brought us to my hometown of Tampa, Florida, across the bay to...
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10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA
As of mid-2013 the local tourism board likes to promote Clearwater Beach as the "Best Beach Town in Florida" though I recall previous "Best Beach in America" and "Top X Beaches in the World" titles having been used while researching a visit....
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311 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral, FL 33990, USA
Pete's Fish 'n' Chips in Cape Coral, serves traditional English fare, including traditional north Atlantic cod with fresh cut potato chips (fries). menu items include flavorful crispy, fresh fish & chips, pasties, meat pies, ale, and the like. The...
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2525 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA
Located on seven-mile-long Estero Island, Fort Myers Beach is precisely the sugar-sand playground you come to Florida’s Gulf Coast to enjoy. Named among the best in America, the beach is long and wide, making it perfect for a stroll or bike...
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Gasparilla Island, Florida, USA
In Florida, Gasparilla Island is where you find pedestrian streets, golf carts, white sand and not your typical Florida-ness.
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Naples, FL, USA
Naples Florida is a great place to go during the early Months of the year. The weather is typically anywhere from 60-80. If you are coming from a snowy region then even 60 feels like beach weather. In addition to golf courses and beaches, Naples...
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1215 Bald Eagle Dr, Marco Island, FL 34145, USA
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Sunset on Marco Island is a celebration of the beauty of nature. Normally people head for the beach to view the sunset, but it is equally lovely when viewed along the canals that crisscross the island. I love the reflection captured in this shot...