Monday, January 16, 2012

Florida Dreams

We will be heading down to Florida soon to get away from cold weather here in New Jersey for a little while. Our destination as usual is North Florida south of St. Augustine. It is more like Spring at this time of year. South Florida, of course, would be closer to a Summer climate.  Florida is quite an interesting state.  It is a peninsula with the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.  Many, many beautiful stretches of coastline so it is a water lovers paradise.  The southern portion of the state is tropical and you could live in the North and wear a winter coat (although it's not really very cold) and then drive South 3 or 4 hours and be able to walk around in t-shirt and shorts. I really like that idea!
There is a lot to see and do even if you don't go to Disney World. Major sports teams train there, there is the Kennedy Space Center, lots of places to go scuba diving, as much boating as you could want, golfing, a lot of tourist sites such as St. Augustine, plenty of cruise ships and so on and on. The first restaurant I visited in Florida served conch chowder, something I had never had before (it was good.) We will possibly be visiting my husband's relatives in "The Villages" a retirement phenomenon situated a little north of Orlando. Seems like every taste is catered to there, from golf to entertainment. It is well done and very clean and spreads over a large area.  I've heard it called "Disneyworld for Adults." You certainly don't have to be bored if you live in Florida. I don't much like the idea of meeting an alligator (possible), snakes (also possible) or the huge size of bugs but it is such a beautiful state, I think I can make allowances!

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