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Florida's Gold Coast history and attractions

Date Added: June 16, 2009 11:10:37 AM
Author: Dave Tug
Category: Travel
The 'Gold Coast' name comes from the times when people used to steal gold from Spanish Galleons wrecked along the coast, which apparently carried large amounts of gold and silver coins. This stunning shoreline of about 60 miles on the Atlantic features a string of sandy beaches running from Jupiter in Palm Beach County to Fort Lauderdale, and including also Miami and Miami Beach. Wealthy cities compromised the South Florida metropolitan area, such as: West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale, and are linked by the 'Intercoastal Waterway' or U.S 1. Stunning beaches and fantastic sunsets are just part of the attraction, which also lies in the wide variety of high standard resorts, a lively culture scene, cuisine entertainment, and fascinating cities. Each beach is different from the other, but all are marked on cleanliness by the Clean Beach Council. The Gold Coast is also a great location to spot turtles and colourful birds, swim with dolphins and visit seaside secret bays. Partying in South Beach is one of world's best experiences, and do is clubbing in Palm Beach. For those into sports, playing golf in one of the high standard courses is a must, or taking tennis lessons in the world's famous tennis schools. When it comes to attractions, there is an endless list of places to see: Art Deco District, walk along the restored and new building with electric facades. Bass Museum of Art, featuring works by Italian classics, such as Rubens, Ghirlandaio and Botticelli. Fairchild Tropical Garden, another massive botanical garden. Jupiter Lighthouse, the oldest structure in Palm Beach County. Lion Country Safari, drive through a cageless zoo, which lodges lions, elephants, rhinoceroses, giraffes, zebras, among others. Metrozoo, a giant zoo with loads of live shows and animal exhibits. Miami Seaquarium, South Florida's largest marine aquarium. Miccosukee Indian Village, one of the few places where is possible to see alligator wrestling. Monkey Jungle, a colony of monkeys living in their natural environment. Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium, featuring the astonishing coral reefs and Everglades exhibits, plus many other science related shows. Palm Beach Polo & Country Club, home of world-class polo, which also hosts the U.S. Open Polo Championships. Parrot Jungle and Gardens, the ultimate bird sanctuary and botanical garden. The American Orchid Society, featuring a wide variety of orchids. The Last Galleon, featuring artifacts recovered from the oldest Spanish Galleon found in Florida waters. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, a replica of an authentic Italian villa with fountains and gardens. And many, many more! Find more information about Florida attractions, holidays, flights and packages at Ocean Florida
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