Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, Floridahttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:LWNWR_View01.jpg
is a state on the southeastern part of the United States. It shares a border with Alabama to the northwest, and Georgia to the north. Florida covers an area of 65,758 square miles (170,306 sq km) and has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States of 1,200 miles. Also, Florida is a great travel destination port.
Sailors of the US Navy at the 2005 Christmas Day Parade at Disney World, Floridahttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_050412-N-6645H-103_Sailors_from_various_U.S._Navy_commands_throughout_Navy%27s_Southeast_Region_march_before_Cinderella%27s_Castle_before_entering_onto_Main_St._inside_Walt_Disney_World%27s_Magic_Kingdom.jpg
Adam J. Herrada, US Navy Photo
With a population of 18,500,000, Florida is the fourth most populous state in the country. The capital of Florida is Tallahassee. Jacksonville is the largest city while the Miami Metropolitan Area is the largest metropolitan area in Florida.
The Florida area has been inhabited by various Native American tribes for thousands of years before the arrival of the first Europeans. It was discovered by Juan Ponce de León, a Spanish conquistador, on 2 April, 1513, six days after Easter but still during the Pascua Florida, or "Flowery Easter" season. The land became known as "La Florida" except between 1630 and the 1700's, when it was also known as Tegesta, after the Tequesta tribe living there.
Anne's Beach, Lower Matecumbe Key, Floridahttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Annesbeach1.jpg
Southernmost House, Key West, Floridahttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Southernmost_House_from_Ocean.jpg
The British gained control of Florida through the Peace of Paris treaty on 1763, but lost it back to Spain through the Treaty of Versailles in 1783. Spain ceded it to the United States through the Adams-Onís Treaty of 1819. Florida became the 27th state of the United States of America on 3 March, 1845.
Florida experiences balmy weather that makes it attractive to retirees. The summers are long and hot while the winters are mild. Summer temperature averages around 80.5°F (26.9°C) while winter temperature is around 68.5°F (20.3°C). There is a rainy season between mid June to September, when thunderstorms are a typical occurrence. There is also a hurricane season from 1 June to 30 November.
Cocoa Beach, Floridahttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CocoaBeachFL.jpg
Dennis Adams, Federal Highways Administration
Mangrove near Everglades City, Floridahttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mangrove_Everglades.jpg
Travel to Florida
The four main international airports in Florida are those in Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood.
Travel within Florida
To get from city to city, you can take the Greyhound buses. Within each city, it is most convenient to drive. Car rental agencies can be found at major airports.
Cruises from Florida
Florida is a major destination for cruises. There are a number of cruises from Florida that you can choose from, each with its own set of facilities and packages.
Cities in Florida
The biggest city in Florida is Jacksonville. However, the most populous metropolitan area in Florida is the South Florida Metropolitan Area centered on Miami, with 5.5 million people, followed by Tampa Bay Metropolitan Area, centered on Tampa, with 2.7 million, and Orlando Metropolitan Area, with 2 million people.
- Jacksonville (814,000)
Largest city but not the within the largest metropolitan area.
- Miami (433,000)
Second largest city located within the largest metropolitan area in Florida and southeastern US.
- Tampa (344,000)
Third largest city in Florida, within the 2nd largest metropolitan area.
- St. Petersburg (244,300)
Fourth largest city within the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Area.
- Orlando (236,000)
Fifth largest city within the 3rd largest metropolitan area.
- Hialeah (219,000)
Sixth largest city within the South Florida Metropolitan Area.
- Fort Lauderdale (185,000)
Seventh largest city within the South Florida Metropolitan Area.
- Tallahassee (173,000)
Capital of Florida and 8th largest city.
Places of Interest in Florida
- Big Cypress Swamp
- Boca Raton
- Canaveral National Seashore & Merritt Island
- Cocoa Beach
- Daytona Beach
- Everglades National Park
- Fernandina Beach
- Florida Keys
- Kennedy Space Center
- Key West
- Lee Island Coast
- Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
- Ocala National Forest
- Palm Beach
- SeaWorld Orlando & Discovery Cove
- St Augustine
- Universal Orlando
- Walt Disney World
National Parks of Florida
National Monuments in Florida
World Heritage Sites of Florida
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