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Northeast Coast Travel Guide

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Plan Your Northeast Coast Vacation

For many travelers, Florida is about fantasy, thanks in no small part to Central Florida's make-believe kingdoms. But the northeastern part of the state—you could call it "authentic Florida"—has its own allure, with unspoiled beaches and rivers, historic small towns, and urban arts and culture.

Northeastern Florida's beaches have wide, shell-strewn expanses

of soft sand and breakers just the right height for kids to jump. Thanks to the temperate climate and waters warmed by the Gulf Stream, these beaches are a year-round playground—when it's too cold to swim, you can still enjoy surf-fishing or just strolling the shoreline looking for shells and sharks’ teeth.

South of the Daytona Beach area and Canaveral National Seashore are Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the John F. Kennedy Space Center. This area is also home to the laid-back town of Cocoa Beach, which attracts visitors on weekends year-round because it's the closest beach to Orlando, 50 miles to the east.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Get out and play Beautiful beaches and a wealth of state and national parks mean swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, bird-watching, and camping opportunities are all nearby.
  2. Golfer's paradise "Above par" describes the golf scene, from award-winning courses to THE PLAYERS Championship to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
  3. Start your engines Few things get racing fans as revved up as tours of Daytona International Speedway, home of the Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, and Rolex 24 at Daytona.
  4. Be in the now Whether you want a yoga retreat or the ultimate in sybaritic pampering, the oceanfront spas at Amelia Island and Ponte Vedra Beach make this region the place to be.
  5. The rest is history The nation's oldest city, St. Augustine, is a must-see for anyone interested in history.

When To Go

When to Go

It's not 90°F and sunny here every day. In winter the weather is fair, averaging in the low 50s in Jacksonville and low 60s in Cocoa Beach, but ...

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