Travel — 25 August 2012
Florida travel, things to do

Thomas Swick
started traveling in high school – a trip to Italy with the Latin Clubs of New Jersey  – and he subsequently lived in four countries and learned the languages of two. Travel turned into a career in 1989 when he became the travel editor of the Sun Sentinel, a job that took him around the world, the country and his new home state. He has written two books: a travel memoir, Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland; and a collection of travel stories, A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler. His work has appeared in four editions of The Best American Travel Writing. His blog is linked at www.cityandshore.com.

Florida

 

Gasparilla Island
www.bocagrandechamber.com; www.floridastateparks.org/gasparillaisland

This Gulf Coast barrier island has the best of both worlds: a smart small town (Boca Grande) and an unspoiled state park. So after a day of fishing you can sip a martini. And then get up in the morning for some serious shelling.

 

Islamorada
www.fla-keys.com/islamorada

Perhaps the quintessential Keys, a place for fishing and boating or, if you prefer, loafing and eating (at some of the best restaurants between Miami and Key West).

 

Winter Park
www.visitflorida.com/Winter_Park

Sometimes forgotten in the busyness of Orlando, this lovely town has a Park Avenue – lined with interesting shops and restaurants – and a collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art).

 

Seaside
www.seasidefl.com

The planned town in the Panhandle celebrated its 30th birthday last year, and it now has the lived-in look that its creators had envisioned from the start (even though it’s used more for vacations than for year-round living). The beach, of course, is as spectacular as always.

 

Palm Beach
www.visitflorida.com/Palm_Beach

In winter this town comes alive, after its summer slumber, and the impeccably landscaped estates and immaculate streets are once again adorned with expensive cars and well-heeled citizens. Take a Saturday stroll along Worth Avenue and all will appear to be well with the world.

 

 

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