By Chelle Walton

From the Tampa Bay quarter to Naples and the Everglades, this consultant covers all of Florida's coastal towns, cities, nature preserves, desolate tract components, and seashores at the state's western shore. details on watersports is given, plus information on eco-treks into gator territory, sizzling air balloon rides, airboat tours, cycling trails, biking routes and ancient jogging excursions.

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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.

From November through February, definitely pack your swimsuit (Gulf temperatures rarely dip below 60°), but dont forget a warm jacket, long-sleeved shirts, and slacks. If youll be traveling by water, mittens, hats, and scarves may prove valuable. Summer comes early to the Gulf Coast. Those who dont know better believe the weather skips right over spring, but residents have learned otherwise. In spring, as in fall, changes are subtle. No spring showers here, generally; a torrent of flower blossoms is more indicative of the season.

Colcord. Historic Fort Myers. Virginia Beach: The Donning Publishers, 1992. 96 pp, photos, index. Brown, Loren B. Totch. Totch: A Life in the Everglades. University Press of Florida, 1993. 269 pp, photos. Captiva Civic Association. True Tales of Old Captiva. 1984. 353 pp, photos. Dormer, Elinore M. The Sea Shell Islands: A History of Sanibel and Captiva. , 1987. 273 pp, illustrations, index. Fritz, Florence. Unknown Florida. Coral Gables: University of Miami Press, 1963. 213 pp, photos, index. Jordan, Elaine Blohm.

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