By Chelle Walton
From the Tampa Bay region to Naples and the Everglades, this advisor covers all of Florida's coastal towns, cities, nature preserves, desolate tract parts, and shorelines at the state's western shore. details on watersports is given, plus info on eco-treks into gator territory, sizzling air balloon rides, airboat tours, cycling trails, biking routes and historical jogging excursions.
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Giants from the industrial world followed, often buying up land to insure the exclusivity of the region. They left behind a standard for nature appreciation and beautiful architecture. Others, such as Henry Plant and Barron Collier, saw the opportunity to develop the land, and so built railroads, roads, ports, resorts, and hotels. Once the word got out, another sort of adventurer, known then as the Tin Can Tourist, arrived in motor homes. They precursed Floridas reputation as RV heaven. Much of Southwest Floridas population in the past three decades came from the Midwest, bringing along their meat-and-potatoes cuisine and steady work ethics.
The largest airport is in Tampa; others are in St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Bradenton, and Fort Myers. Major domestic airlines serve all four. International flights arrive principally from Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Each chapter gives specific airport and airline information. Motorists make inroads on Interstate 75, the coasts zippy north-south artery, and Interstate 4, which hits Tampa from the east. Tamiami Trail, Highway 41, is the more leisurely way to explore the coast. In winters high-season, traffic can get a bit frustrating as The Trail makes its way through towns that seem to grow together at the seams.
At the other end of the scale, fine restaurants create masterpieces in the art of cultural mix-and-match. Most au courant is the Floribbean style that stews together Florida and West Indian cookery, and Mediterranean cuisine, mixing local fresh produce with exotic preparations. Ethnic eateries from northern Italian to Thai demonstrate the cultural influences that make up the West Coasts melting pot. The chapters dining sections give a quick overview of that areas restaurant scene, then short descriptions of a few favorites in different categories.