Attractions

This US state receives from Dr. med. Beach an extraob. Dolphins in front of you, turtles and palm trees in the back, white, fine sand under your feet:

n Florida vacationers are spoiled for choice on which of the many dream beaches they want to relax. Orientation offers the hit list of Dr. med. Beach, which annually awards the best US beaches. And there Florida is often represented.

After being ranked second in the ranking last year, Siesta Key has been topping the list of Top 10 Beaches this year. Beach. In fourth place is the Grayton Beach State Park in the Florida Panhandle, the 7th place occupies the Caladesi Iceland State Park north of Clearwater Beach in the community Dunedin. In his justification writes Stephen Leatherman, who under the pseudonym Dr. Beach has created a top list of American beaches every year since 1991 on the basis of 50 criteria, Siesta Beach has the finest, whitest sand in the world and its clear and clean waters on gently sloping shores are ideal for swimming. Compared to Time, the avid beach expert and university professor who heads the Coastal Research Laboratory at Florida International University in Miami said he feels compelled to take home a pocket filled with quartz sand each time he visits. It is almost a sacrilege to enter this sand with shoes.

As the beach has a width of 60 to 90 meters, there is no overcrowding there as on many other Florida beaches, and visitors have space to spread without getting in each other’s way. The water is shallow and mostly calm, in addition, the entire beach is monitored by lifeguards – a point that also flowed into the rating. A special feature of Siesta Beach are the relatively rare in Florida natural dunes. Other pluses are a large number of parking near the beach and a bus connection. As Leatherman explains to Time, in assessing the beaches, he also strives to balance nature and infrastructure with visitors. The safety of the swimmers is just as important as the environmental management. What makes Siesta Beach so special is, next to the sand and the water, the fact that it is a fabulous place to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

Grayton Beach State Park occupies 4th place in the list. Beach by its “sugar white sand” and its “emerald green water” and a restrained development of the landscape, which is still dominated by large sand dunes. At the same time give a good infrastructure to “great restaurants” and other facilities in the nearby towns of Grayton Beach and Seaside. At Caladesi Island State Park, at 7th, which can be reached by private ferry, private boat or at low tide on foot from Clearwater Beach, Dr. Beach next to the soft quartz sand and the clear water the hiking and especially the waterways through the mangroves. While kayaking or canoeing, you can see herons and other birds in this “wonderful natural landscape”.

Discover Florida’s small towns via online tool With the “Florida Attractions Finder” every Florida visitor will find the perfect holiday experience. Visit Florida’s popular online offering has now been expanded to include charming small towns. Florida is much more than just sun, sea and beach. The Sunshine State has an infinite number of attractions to suit all tastes. In order to give visitors an easier overview, the tourism agency Visit Florida has the online tool last spring

Florida Attractions Finder

provided on his website. If you are looking for inspiration for your next trip or a trip on the weekend, you can set four regulators, which makes sense to him. Exciting or calm? Insider tip or popular attraction? Hi-tech or nature? A whole day or just a few hours? For example, if you want to spend a day with something exciting in nature, we recommend the “TreeUmph” high rope park in Bradenton. Alternatively, various boat or kayak tours, the visit of a Zipline or a safari are offered to these search criteria. Now, the “Attractions Finder” has been expanded to include attractive small towns that may be a bit off the beaten tourist track, but worth a visit. The cities are all part of the so-called “Florida Main Street Program”, which aims to revive the inner cities and preserve the historical heritage of the communities. Too often Florida’s downtowns have been neglected in the past – in favor of malls and restaurants outside the center. However, the mistake was recognized several years ago and gradually began to revitalize the inner cities.

This is particularly well done in the small towns of Ormond, DeLand, St. Cloud, Vilano Beach, Venice, Apalachicola, Stuart and New Port Richey. All of them have now been added to the Attraction Finder. Here you can stroll through the historic main streets, browse in pretty little shops and galleries for souvenirs, eat ice cream or in one of the restaurants. By the way, the attention should also be drawn to other attractions of the respective region. For example, after a stroll through Venice Avenue, Venice invites you to a kayak trip on the Myakka River or to search for fossilized shark teeth on one of the beaches of the small town on the Gulf. In Stuart on the Atlantic coast, for example, a visit to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center can be combined with a walk through downtown and along the River Walk. Each of the eight small towns has its own charm and different sights. More of the 47 Florida Main Street communities are to be found gradually via the “Attractions Finder”.

No less than two festivals will be dedicated to the culture of Native Americans in November At the annual American Indian Arts Celebration in the Everglades’ Big Cypress Seminole Reserve, visitors can expect traditional and contemporary music, dances, arts and crafts from indigenous peoples across the country. Further information about the festival and the musicians coming up with music examples below

nativerhythmsfestival.com.

Diving and admiring works of art: First US Underwater Museum opened in Florida With its fascinating reefs off the coasts and its vast museum landscape in the cities, Florida has plenty to offer snorkelers and divers as well as art lovers. The new underwater museum at South Walton now combines both. The Underwater Museum of Art (UMA), officially inaugurated just off the shores of Grayton Beach State Park, features seven sculptures by different artists at an altitude of more than 4,000 square meters at depths of between 15 and 18 meters, according to Orlando Weekly. Entrance is not charged, but the diver or diver needs to have the necessary equipment and equipment. With this unique attraction in the US, South Walton is in line with Cancún, Mexico and the Spanish island of Lanzarote, whose underwater museums have already gained some international fame. The Underwater Museum of Art is located approximately 1100 meters off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park. For more information, see

umafl.org.

Florida scores with low particulate matter. Although the sun is shining almost all year round in the Sunshine State, the current season is probably one of the nicest for outdoor activities of all kinds. Warm temperatures without the midsummer heat and a gentle breeze drive many Florida residents and visitors into the fresh air. According to the recent “State of the Air” report, it has actually become a bit fresher in Florida.

Adventure holiday with the whole family in Sarasota The summer holidays are just over – what could be better than planning for the autumn or winter holidays. For example, a trip to Sarasota, where there is plenty to discover for all ages. Attention, snappy! in the

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

The trainers in the “shark zone” feed the sharks in the more than 500,000-liter pool every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 o’clock. They explain to the visitors how they train and feed their protégés and why they do not devour the other fish with which they share their habitat with a Happs. The Mote is also an important center for research on sharks. The aim of the facility is to protect various species of sharks and to understand why sharks are so rarely affected by cancer and how to use the knowledge gained for the treatment of humans. Only a few steps away from the shark tank, children can caress non-dangerous rays. Also popular – not only in children – is a visit to the new Ottergeheges, where you can watch the cute animals underwater and ashore.

High in the adventure park

TreeUmph!

Here kids from the age of seven swing like monkeys through the trees. Climbing climbs, zip lines, crab kettles and obstacle course are at a dizzy height. Adults can also get their adrenalin kick on challenging courses or on a zip line through the treetops. A real insider tip is a visit to the restaurant

Bob’s Train,

because here you feed in a real train wagon. But not in any way, but in a decommissioned circus dynasty Ringling. Until a few years ago circus people were chugging back and forth across the nation. Four of these cars have now reached their last stop in Sarasota, not just like their winter quarters, but with Koch Bob Horne. Here you will not only find American cuisine and German beer, but also numerous circus memorabilia – and even real circus people come by regularly. On the same site is the towing vehicle “Jomar”, the private wagon of John and Mable Ringling, which is currently being extensively restored.

A visit to the Children’s Rainforest Gardens in the

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Speaks real jungle feeling for the little ones. Kids can climb around on a 100-year-old banyan tree, feed koi, walk among waterfalls and discover tons of unusual plants. The big ones, meanwhile, marvel at the huge variety of orchids and bromeliads for which the botanical garden is famous. Another highlight of Sarasota is the

Myakka River State Park

in the west of the city. Here you can not only climb the treetop path and the observation tower, but also hike or paddle through real Floridian jungle and watch the alligators sunbathe. Children can come here as part of the

Florida State Parks’ junior ranger programs to the Parkranger “educate” leave – real ranger badge included! In doing so, they not only get to know the typical area of ​​responsibility of a forester, but also take a closer look at the wild nature of the park. In this way they get to know the flora and fauna of the region and learn which measures are essential for nature conservation.

For the 50th anniversary in 2021, two expansions have been announced for the Magic Kingdom: The Tron rollercoaster, which has been running very successfully at Disneyland in Shanghai since last summer, will soon be taking its drivers on motorbike-like companions in Florida at almost 100 kilometers per hour Send curves. The “Tron Lightcycle Power Run” is the fastest of all roller coasters in the Disney Parks and is to be built near the Space Mountain. In addition, a new theater in the style of the 20s with 2000 seats is to emerge on Main Street. For the later built Epcot, where there was no significant new features for some time, a new ride was announced, which is based on the movie “Ratatouille” and will bring a touch of Paris to Orlando. Another highlight at Epcot Park, which will be 35 this fall, will be the new attraction “Guardians of the Galaxy,” inspired by the popular eponymous Marvel superhero saga. At the Disney Hollywood Studios, the “Great Movie Ride” is replaced by “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway,” the first 3D ride that revolves around the famous mice. In the new Star Wars Park “Galaxy’s Edge” Star Wars fans will feel like in another universe. And the new Star Wars Hotel is all about the “dark side of power”. “The hotel will offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in a different world for several days and is the most experimental design that Disney has ever produced,” he quotes

Orlando Sentinel

Bob Chapek, CEO of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “I feel like this is the beginning of something very, very big,” Chapek continued. An exact location and an intended opening date for the hotel were not mentioned. The Star Wars Park is scheduled to open in 2019. The same applies to a second new hotel, the Disney Riviera Resort. The resort will offer 300 rooms and suites and a rooftop restaurant with views of Epcot and Hollywood Studios. A new Toy Story Land is already under construction at Hollywood Studios and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018.

The long-standing rumors of a new transit system connecting Epcot, Caribbean Beach, Hollywood Studios and other parking areas have also been confirmed. The so-called “Disney Skyliner” is modeled on the existing Skyway system. “Nothing at Walt Disney World Resort will remain untouched,” quotes

Orlando Weekly

Bob Chapek. We are curious and of course keep you up to date.

The Universal Orlando Resort in the heart of the Sunshine State has been a popular destination for years with its two theme parks, Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. But next year, the fun will also be wet and cheerful: With Universal’s Volcano Bay, new standards are set in terms of water park. Again, the whole family – no matter how young or how old the members may be – will have fun. The theme of the park is, as the name suggests – “Volcano Bay” – a tropical volcanic island as if from a picture book – or from a holiday postcard … just a bit more perfect. Because here was not the unpredictable nature at work, but the ingenuity of the smart minds of Universal, the visitors of the Universal Orlando Resort in recent years have repeatedly amazed and delighted with new attractions. Universal’s Volcano Bay will be located just south of the recently opened Cabana Bay Beach Resort and boast 18 unique attractions – from exciting to relaxing. The construction has already begun. More details about the park will be announced in the next few months.

Discover Florida from the water Hardly any other resort is more apt to be discovered by boat than Florida. With 2,900 kilometers of coastline and approximately 19,300 kilometers of waterways, the Sunshine State is a paradise for paddlers and boaters. If you do not want to take the helm yourself, you do not have to go dry, but you can choose between numerous boat tours. We present five tours that you should not miss.

Tarzan on the trail: Wakulla Springs Do you remember the old Tarzan movies? Here they were filmed, here Johnny Weissmuller swung from Liane to Liane. But the Wakulla Springs at Tallahassee have not only written film history. At the bottom of the river, mastodon bones were found, bones of the American mammoth migrant. Along the shore you can see the archaeological sites between the ancient cypress trees. Look out for wild animals on the shore. And when the water clears, usually in late winter and early spring, you can see from Glassbottom boat to the bottom of the river.

 www.floridastateparks.org/park-activities/Wakulla-Springs#Boat-Tours

With manatees and alligators on the St. Johns River Especially in the winter months, they gather at the warm spring. The Blue Spring State Park is one of the best places to watch manatees, in the great outdoors. If the weather is cool, the manatees often come here for hundreds. On a cruise that starts from the park, you can see alligators, bald eagles, osprey, herons, cranes, ibises and many other bird and animal species in addition to manatees. During the two-hour tour, the boat meanders across the shallower stretches of the river, through the pristine natural paradise. You’ll also learn a lot about the history of the region in northeast Florida.

http://sjrivercruises.com

Speed ​​& fun in the Everglades: Airboat tours Ear plugs unpacked: With the turbine-operated hovercraft you glide out into the so-called sea of ​​grass, but to actually spy on a free-living alligator, you must already be lucky. The loud drive often drives the wildlife away, even though the airboat captains throttle the engine at several stops. Nevertheless, it is incredibly fun to whiz through the wilderness with the wind in the face at top speed. Already since the 20s, the airboats bring tourists out into the swamp. Especially along the Tamiami Trail there are numerous providers, such as

Coopertown Airboats

(in operation since 1945) right next to the Shark Valley entrance to Everglades National Park, which you should definitely visit if you really want to see alligators. There are no airboat tours in the National Parks themselves, but you get closer to the Everglades.

Excursion to the most beautiful state parks in Central Florida Who travels to central Florida, mostly because of the theme parks. The region also has so much to offer beyond Universal, Disney & Co. Especially a visit to the “Springs”, the springs, offers especially in the summer a welcome cooling off. But cowboys and cyclists come here at their expense. We introduce you to five state parks that you should not miss.

Wekiwa Springs

Just over an hour from most major attractions and theme parks in Central Florida, Wekiwa Springs State Park offers a unique natural idyll. It must have looked like that when the Timucuan Indians were still hunting and fishing here. The park can be discovered on more than 20 kilometers of cycling and hiking trails or on horseback. Kayaks and canoes can be rented at the concession in the park. From the headwaters, paddle along the Wekiwa River or Rock Springs Run. Especially at the weekends, the park is very busy and the parking lots are fast. It is therefore best to come early in the morning.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Paynes Prairie was expelled in 1971 as the first State Preserve in Florida. When hiking or riding real cowboy feeling comes on, because through the pristine steppe of the State Park still wild horses and bisons. Also alligators are at home here and over 270 different bird species were counted. From the 15 meter high observation tower you have a great panoramic view over the protected area.

Blue Spring State Park

Especially in the cooler months hundreds of manatees often splash around in the gloriously blue-green iridescent water in Blue Spring. In the summer months bathers seek cooling in the all-year around 22 degrees warm spring water. Snorkelling is allowed and cave divers can be seen from time to time.

Withlacoochee State Trail

With a length of 74 kilometers, this so-called “rail trail” is the longest cycle path in Florida. Trains used to travel on this route, but today cyclists in particular enjoy the beautiful route through the small villages, past farms and natural biotopes. Of course you can also hike or jet on inline skates. The paved trail leads through Citrus, Hernado and Pasco counties and borders the Withlacoochee State Forest, the Withlacoochee River (South) Canoe Trail and Fort Cooper State Park.

Silver Springs

Three entrances lead into the beautiful natural oasis of Silver Springs State Park. From the main entrance, off State Road 40, you will reach the viewing deck. You can walk along the river on well-developed paths, admire the gardens and enjoy lunch in the panoramic restaurant. In addition to kayak and canoe rentals, glass bottom boat tours are also available. If you want to explore the park from the back of the horse, you should follow the State Road from the main entrance for about two kilometers to the east. Trail rides can be booked through Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides at 352-266-9326 (minimum age 6 years). Since the park area is partly swampy, you have to reckon with stagnant water, mud and mosquitoes. A good Mosquito Repellent, sunscreen and sufficient water should always bring you, especially during a visit in the summer, or get in the State Park Shop.

If you’re a car lover, this museum is worth the trip from your Cape Coral vacation rental! There is a fantastic collection of classic cars and makes the hearts of car fans beat faster. Also for the physical well-being is ensured, the restaurant offers a very good meal. Every last Sunday of the month, an auto market takes place here. Here, automotive enthusiasts sell and buy their goods, such as car accessories, etc. The adult day pass is $ 12.50 and $ 6.00 for the child pass. Children under 2 years are free. Enjoy a day full of fun and great music. Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City Museum 3811 Tamiami Trail Punta Gorda, FL 33950 941.575.5959 Museum Hours of Operation: 9am to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday Diner Hours of Operation: 8am to 4pm Tuesday – Sunday

Naples Botanical Garden reopening after remodeling The Botanical Garden in Naples is known for its incredible variety of plants. After extensive expansion work this summer, the popular park has reopened its doors. The Botanical Garden has cost 15 million dollars for the extension and the new visitor center. Because of the renovations he was closed during the summer, now the Botanical Garden in Naples has reopened and with him his new visitor center. The final phase of the $ 15 million expansion is finally complete. Seven new buildings, three additional gardens and another café were opened to the public at the end of October. The focus is on the 2,300-square-foot Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center and new gardens designed by Miami-based, renowned landscape architect Raymond Jungles. Covering a total of almost 700,000 square meters, the Botanical Garden offers its visitors a unique variety of tropical and subtropical plants. Many plants spread a breathtaking aroma. The impressive buildings are made of dead cypress trees, which have been salvaged from the bottom of nearby lakes and rivers. Main attractions are not only the diverse plants and trees, but also the butterfly garden, playgrounds and areas for children and various events such as concerts to attract more visitors. About 150,000 visitors are expected each year.

4820 Bayshore Dr. Naples 34112

Variety for dinner or lunch is now available to Naples travelers By water taxi visitors can now reach various destinations along the Naples Bay and enjoy a “multi-course meal” in various restaurants. A maximum of 24 guests can be accommodated on board the “Blue Pelican”, which connects water taxi service with a sightseeing tour on the water. Provided there is enough space on board, whoever wants to spend the entire 45-minute round can stay on board and possibly even enjoy the sunset over the bay to the fullest. The shuttle service runs from 11.45 am to 9.30 pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 11.45 am to 5 pm on Sundays. While there may be some waiting times on Fridays and Saturdays, a relaxed passage at the desired time and place is usually not a problem on weekdays. More information about the new shuttle service in Naples Bay can be found here.

http://www.naplesbaywatershuttle.com/

Bright white sand and turquoise water. Elegant resorts and hotels. Award winning restaurants. Get carried away this summer by Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades on Florida’s Paradise Coast. On the immaculate beaches of Naples and Marco Island, the recovery comes naturally. Enjoy lounging on uncrowded, miles of beaches on the sparkling waters of the Gulf. Spend the day collecting shells or adventure on jet skis or paddle boards, kayaking or other water sports. It has long been no secret that Florida’s Paradise Coast is home to some of the best beaches in the world, which regularly rank top in rankings. After sunbathing, retreat to sophisticated resorts or individual boutique hotels, quaint bed and breakfasts or cozy apartments. The best thing about it: Thanks to seasonally changing special offers you will always find the perfect accommodation at the perfect price. Discover your paradise! Book your vacation on Floridas Paradise Coast.

Captiva Island is a beautiful and tranquil tropical palm island just off Sanibel Island. On the island there is the beautiful South Seas Resort & Yacht Harbor. The resort even has its own golf course. If you want to get to Captiva Island by rental car then this island can only be reached via the Sanibel Causeway and the Sanibel-Captiva Road. Captiva Island was hit hard by Hurricane Charley in August 2004. Many buildings and also the South Seas Resort were badly damaged and had to be rebuilt. Meanwhile, the island shines in new splendor and is highly recommended for a day trip.

Cycling on Sanibel Island

 

The island of Sanibel is very cyclist-friendly. 25 miles of bike paths from one end of the island to the other await you. The island of Captiva (does not have official bike paths) While most bike paths run parallel to the two main roads, it is worth exploring the island by bike. Because there are areas that can not be reached by car. These areas provide a more intense sense of nature and you can admire the flora and fauna of the island.

On Sanibel’s main street there are several bike hire stations such as Billy’s Rentals (1470 Periwinkle Way) and Finnimore’s Cycle Shop (2353 Periwinkle Way at the Winds Beach Shop). Bicycles can be rented by the hour, day or week. Simple bicycles and accessories are available for rent at the following prices: $ 5.00 for 2 hours, and $ 15.00 for a day, 2 days $ 20.00, 1 week $ 40.00. The bike rental Finnimore is a little cheaper.

For cycling here are two tips:

1.) Rabbit Road:

This tour takes you parallel to one of the freshwater channels on the island. As the name promises, you can also see the gray island rabbits on this mule early in the morning. But beware! Alligators and the rare Bobcat have their home in this area.

2.) Wildlife Drive:

Can be explored by car as well as by bike. The tour route of the “Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge Park” is four miles long. Along the way, there are plenty of opportunities to stop and explore the park on foot on additional walking trails. You can get to know flora and fauna better. In the park you will find a bird observation tower. From up there you can observe a great variety of bird species. A little tip: do not forget the mosquito spray on the tour through the Wild-Life Nature Park! As I said, exploring the island by bike is made easy. Whether small tours or larger, the length and the paths you can vary depending on your mood. The cyclist is king here and has priority over driving. In case of disregard even fines can threaten.

Tourists visiting Cape Coral should not miss the subtropical island of Pine Island. There are very large citrus orchards where mainly pineapples, mangoes and palm trees are grown. Drive the rental car miles by this plantation over. One might think that they do not stop because they are very big. Maybe you have booked a holiday home in the north of Cape Coral then you have only a few minutes to the Pine Island Road. Then you drive to Matlacha where there are many colorful buildings and restaurants. It looks like you are in the Caribbean and not in Florida. There are also many fishermen fishing at the bridge. The center of Pine Island is right in the middle and is called Pine Island Center. There are also a few shops, restaurants and a gas station. Then you can drive miles to the north or south. It is best to drive once in both directions and enjoy the tropical landscape. In the north there is the small fishing village Bokeelia where there is a restaurant and a pier where you can run out. To the south is the largest town of Pine Island St. James City. A popular destination for tourists who can dock with a boat at a restaurant to eat or have a cool drink. Pine Island is interesting for Florida tourists who are not on mass tourism and seek peace. You get this on Pine Island and you can enjoy the pleasant warm climate there.

The natural beauty of Florida is unchallenged. But here and there our favorite state must help nature a bit too. Because even Florida’s beaches are not spared by erosion. Two of the beaches on the southwest coast are now being filled up with new sand. Just in time for the high season in Southwest Florida, the beaches are back in top condition. At Bonita Beach as well as at Lovers Key Beach beach visitors can currently watch as the beach is replenished with large quantities of new sand. Lee County is stabilizing the two beaches that have been severely affected during the tropical storm, Debby, in June 2012 with this major project, which has been in the planning phase for two years. At that time, both the dunes and the beach were severely eroded by a flood. At about 1.3 kilometers in length, the beach was first filled in Bonita Beach, by mid-November Lovers Key to get about 1.8 kilometers of new sand. More than 300,000 cubic meters of sand are needed for the more than 3 kilometers of new beach. This comes from two nearby dredge sites near the Big Carlos Pass. Most recently, the beaches had been filled in 2004. Similar projects have already been carried out on individual beaches in southwest Florida in the past. Fort Myers Beach got new sand in 2011, and last December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stuffed the beach in Boca Grande. The next beach facelift in Southwest Florida is planned on Estero Island.

On the west coast of Florida, just off the tourist areas around Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Naples, Immokalee and its surroundings invite to a unique nature experience.

Einst von den Calusa Indianern und Jahrhunderte später von den aus dem Norden Floridas kommenden Seminolen besiedelt, ist Immokalee heute stark landwirtschaftlich geprägt.

Hier am Oberlauf der Everglades am Lake Trafford sind Alligatoren und zahlreiche Vogelarten in ihrer natürlichen Umgebung zu sehen. Lake Trafford gilt als beliebter Angelsee, bekannt für seine zahlreichen Barscharten und Welse. Wenig überlaufen, dafür aber umso erlebnisreicher, ist eine Airboat Tour auf dem Lake Trafford. Von der Lake Trafford Marina aus führt die mehr als einstündige Tour durch die natürlichen Lebensräume und Nistplätze der im Süßwasser heimischen Alligatoren und anderer Sumpfbewohner.

Zu Fuß lässt sich die Natur am besten im Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary entdecken. Das 1954 gegründete Naturschutzgebiet erstreckt sich über rund 5,5 Hektar und beherbergt viele Sumpf-Zypressen und verschiedenste Tierarten. Im Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary befindet sich, neben der typischen Fauna und Flora des Sunshine States, der größte Bestand von 400 bis 700 Jahre alten Zypressen in den USA.

Those looking for peace and relaxation, is in good hands on the 12 km long island. The island can be reached via 2 bridges from Bradenton and is often abbreviated as AMI.

Hier findet man keine Hotelbunker die sich am Strand aneinander reihen, sondern kleine gemütliche Hotel Anlagen, Motels oder Apartments. Kein Gebäude auf der Insel ist höher als 20,5 m, da es per Gesetzt so erlassen wurde und vor allem das die Insel architektonisch authentisch und idyllisch bleibt. Für einen längeren Aufenthalt gibt es auch genügend kleine oder auch größere Ferienhäuser. Egal wo man übernachtet, der Kilometer lange Sandstrand ist nie weit entfernt.

Wer nicht mit dem Auto fahren möchte, kann mit dem kostenlosen Manatee Trolley (weitere Infos) die Insel erkunden. Auch leckere Restaurants mit einer tollen maritimen Küche laden zum Essen ein.

Die Insel hat aber noch mehr zu bieten als den wunderschönen Strand und die gute Küche, viele Tiere haben hier ihre Heimat. z.B. die bekannten Manatees, Seeadler, Pelikane u.v.m. Jedes Jahr ab Mai kommen die Wasserschildkröten um ihre Eier abzulegen. Ca. 60 Tage später schlüpft der Nachwuchs und begibt sich vom Strand ins Wasser. Ein Besuch auf dem 1911 errichteten City Pier sollte auch mit eingeplant werden. Wer Lust hat, kann die Flora und Fauna auch vom Wasser aus bestaunen. Mit dem Kajak durch die Mangroven, vorbei an Würgefeigen und Gumbo Limbo Bäumen (auch Touristenbäume genannt).

Wer einmal auf Anna Maria Island war, wird immer wieder kommen, da man die weißen, Menschen leeren Strände nicht vergessen kann.

The approximately 16 kilometers long and in some places very narrow island is the city of Bradenton and Sarasota upstream. Longboat Key is very close to the southern tip of Anna Maria Island. Longboat Key is only two miles from Bishops Point’s widest point. About 7,000 locals live on LBK, 22,000 are with guests in the season. The island can be reached via two bridges, a real center does not exist on LBK, but there are some appealing small hotels, restaurants, boutiques and cafes. The plots on the Bay all have the typical jetty, because a boat trip is one of many everyday life here.

Bradenton is a charming small town and much more than just the gateway to the two islands of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key .. Bradenton offers an authentic South Florida style and is beyond the hordes of tourists. The city’s and county’s origins date back to the mid-19th century, and Bradenton is the administrative seat of Manatee County, with a total of 350,000 inhabitants. Highlights of Bradenton include the cozy Old Main Street, the attractive new Riverwalk, or the South Florida Museum. Downtown, there are several cafes and pubs waiting for you. to a martini with live music or a cigar invite. In the historic Village of the Arts, cafes, galleries and shops invite you to linger and browse. Fans of golf can also enjoy their sport at around 40 public golf courses in and around Bradenton. Who would like to explore the waters can buy tickets for fishing trips or excursions at various providers. There are also boat charters and rental of kayaks or stand up paddle boards (SUP boards). Bradenton Beach’s Bridge Street Pier and the Theater on the Riverwalk open-air stage are well worth a visit.

The three main beaches of the island are Siesta Key Public Beach, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach. In recent years, Siesta Key Beach has repeatedly been voted the best beach in the US – including one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world by National Geographic Magazine and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute for “World’s Finest, Whitest Sand”. Crescent Beach is also well-known for its white sand. The slightly outlying Turtle Beach at the southern end of the island, however, consists of coarse shell sand. It drops steeply into the sea and is particularly well suited for water sports or long lonely beach walks. If you are looking for beautiful shells, you are in the right place. If you like snorkeling, you can explore the underwater world of the island at the point-of-rock. Siesta Key reminds with its many small pubs, a little at Key West, but is not overcrowded touristy, but rather contemplative. If you are looking for a bit of fun after a long day at the beach, a bar or a good restaurant, then Siesta Key Village – in the northern part of the island – is in good hands. Numerous pubs offer live music. The next morning you can start the day slowly in one of the many breakfast restaurants (the most traditional is the family-run Village Cafe). The small boutiques, shops and souvenir shops invite you to shop. The second “center” of the island is located above the Stickney Point Road in the southern part of the island. Also here you can find bars and restaurants (highly recommended is “Captain Curt’s Crab & Oyster Bar” in the Old Florida style – here are the best clam chowder and very good ribs). Boutiques, souvenir shops and small shops invite you to browse. There is also a small supermarket. If you have a lodging in this part of the island, you can reach in just 5 minutes drive numerous large supermarkets, drugstores, steakhouses, and other restaurants. Both centers are well connected to the SCAT bus, so when leaving for nightlife, so you can calm down the car and get a ride on one of the free shuttles or the public bus. Downtown Sarasota can be reached from Siesta Key in about 20 minutes by car and offers a great cultural offer. Whether a visit to the theater, opera, concert, cinema, museum (especially the Ringling Museum) or in the magnificent botanical garden Marie Selby, here is something for everyone.