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Florida consists of the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Panhandle as a share of the mainland and is located in the southeast of the USA. The state has an area of 170,000 km² and with its approximately 20 million inhabitants is the third largest state in the USA after California and Texas. The largest cities are Jacksonville and Miami. The capital of Florida is the somewhat smaller Tallahassee. Florida owes its name to the discovery of a Spaniard at Easter time in 1513 – Easter is called “Pascua Florida” in Spanish. All in all, Florida is about 260 kilometres wide and 800 kilometres long and is also known as the “Sunshine State”.

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Everglades Alligator Farm – An Airboat Tour in South Florida (USA)

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If you are in South Florida, an airboat tour through the Everglades National Park is not to be missed. We both knew the airboat tours along the Tamiami Trail between Miami and Naples. And together we did such a tour a few years ago in Orlando. Since this is always very funny and there is a lot of nature to see, we really wanted to repeat it again 🙂

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Miami – Miami Beach, Ocean Drive & the Art Deco District (USA)

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One of the most important points of contact in the Miami metropolitan area is certainly Miami Beach and Ocean Drive in the Art Deco district. The many colourful houses, the palm trees, the wide beach with its colourful Lifeguard cottages, the many restaurants, bars and nightclubs and many hotels in all price ranges – there is always something to discover here 🙂

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Miami – Villa Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Coconut Grove (USA)

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Today, a visit to Villa Vizcaya, located on Biscayne Bay, was on our agenda. The villa used to be the residence of an industrialist, today it is a museum with a beautiful adjoining garden. In 1970, Villa Vizcaya was listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been a National Historic Landmark since 1994.

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Miami – Street Art & colorful Murals in the Wynwood Art District (USA)

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After our week-long stay in the Bahamas we added a few more days of vacation in Florida, as these are two destinations that can be combined very well. From the absolute tranquility of Long Island in the Bahamas, we took a plane via Nassau to the vibrant Miami metropolitan area with its more than 5 million inhabitants and the Wynwood Art District.

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Orlando & Swimming with Manatees in Crystal River (USA)

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Since our flight from Reykjavik took off rather late, we only had one hour to get to the US in Boston before our connecting flight continued to Orlando. As every time, immigration officials asked a number of questions, including when we will return to Germany. When we answered that we were going on a 6-month world tour, we were told with big eyes and the statement “You must be a millionaire. I’m jealous.” looked at. Then there was a “Have …

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Crystal River – Swimming with Manatees in Kings Bay (USA)

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One of our absolute highlights in Florida is to swim with the Manatees in Crytal River. Manattes, or round-tailed sea cows, manatees or dugongs, are absolutely peaceful creatures that may look a bit weird, but are simply worth 🙂 Unfortunately, they are endangered species, and they enjoy special protection in Florida and it is forbidden to swim or interact with manatees almost everywhere. However, there is one place where swimming with the Manatees is officially allowed: Kings Bay on the …

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Orlando – Wild Willys Airboat Tours at Lake Tohopekaliga (USA)

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If you are in Florida, a ride on an airboat must not be missing. These airboat tours can be done in many places in Florida, also here near Orlando. At Lake Tohopekaliga you can make a great trip to the lake with “Wild Willys Airboat Tours” and watch aligators, bald eagles, turtles, birds and many other animals. And in the end you even have the opportunity to hold one of the little baby 🙂

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Orlando – Sea World amusement park with Dolphin Cove (USA)

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As the first amusement park in Orlando, we wanted to visit Sea World. Opened in 1973, Sea World Orlando is one of the city’s most famous attractions. The park is a mix of dolphinarium (with sea lions, polar bears, manatees, penguins, dolphins and whales) and amusement park with rides & shows. Our detailed travel report to the Sea World theme park will follow. But we have already uploaded some pictures of this trip.

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