Treasure Coast, so named because of the treasure ships sunk in stormy weather along its shores centuries ago, has retained some of the old Florida charm. Hutchinson Island, Stuart and Jensen Beach are small friendly towns with golden sand beaches. Lake Okeechobee is the state's largest lake, famous for bass fishing. Surrounded by fish camps and resorts, "The Lake" hosts a number of fishing tournaments that bring sportsfishermen from all over the world.
Palm Beach County offers 145 golf courses, more than any other county in the USA. A busy cultural calendar that includes ballet, opera, theater, music and modern dance. Palm Beach is a sunny spot with palm-lined streets, oceanfront estates, elite shopping, and sleek Rolls Royces carrying the privileged about town. Boynton Beach , Delray Beach , Boca Raton are quieter.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Some of the developments in place or expected by 2000 are: a $56 million New World Aquarium; renovated historic properties and cultural activities in "Old Fort Lauderdale"; the $12 million African-American Research Library and Cultural Center; the Las Olas Riverfront entertaiment and retail complex; Dania's new Outdoor World attraction; and a major expansion at Sawgrass Mills, the world's largest outlet mall. Besides its new attractions, visitors also enjoy excellent diving and golfing here. Shoppers will want to explore the unique boutiques of Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale and Dania's thriving antiques district.
Miami Although this sophisticated destination boasts miles of wide, white sand beaches, Miami offers much more. Visitors can explore "artsy," trendy Coconut Grove; visit attractions such as the Miami Seaquarium and the Miami Metrozoo, or take a cruise from the "Cruise Capital of the World." After sundown, you'll find entertainment so varied you'd have to live here year-round to see it all.
You can combine a trip to the Everglades National Park, the only preserve of its type in the world.
South of Miami you can visit the legendary Florida Keys. These tiny islands, strung together first by nature, next by Henry Flagler's railroad and more recently by The Overseas Highway, seem to be a time zone and attitude all their own.
The most commonly referred to regions in The Keys include Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, the Lower Keys and Key West. Main attractions are John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the adjacent Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary. These two refuges, part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, feature 55 varieties of delicate corals and nearly 500 different species of fish.
Throughout the islands, water activities top the list of things to do, though Key Largo and Looe Key (off the Lower Keys) are best known for diving and snorkeling; Islamorada and Marathon are most famous for fishing. The Lower Keys are the least developed in the island chain. Most visitors top off their Keys holiday with a trip to Key West, the eclectic end of the continent. This southernmost point of the United States embraces a fascinating mix of history, eccentricity and lush island charm. Civil War-era forts, famous writers' homes, sidewalk cafes and outrageous folks add to the unique atmosphere of Key West.