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T+L traveled from coast to shimmering coast to reveal the best of Florida, old and new.

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At first glance, Siesta Beach, on Florida’s Gulf Coast, looks like the standard picture-perfect shore. It has clear blue water, exceptionally white sand, and is so pristine that Dr. Leatherman rated it the number one beach in America. But once you kick off your flip-flops, your feet will experience what makes this beach so unique. The powdery sand is 99.9 percent quartz crystal and so fine and uniform in size that it squeaks when you walk on it. Plus, its composition allows it to stay cool even with the hot summer sun blazing down.

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Tampa’s warm climate encourages lingering outside for those Gulf of Mexico sunsets. Bayshore Boulevard, with its nearly 4.5-mile sidewalk, has long been the see-and-be-seen waterfront promenade in Tampa. Elsewhere, the nearly complete Tampa Riverwalk—along 2.5 miles of the Hillsborough River—is bringing new life to downtown. A mile away, the Ybor City neighborhood, with its Cuban and Spanish past, is the place to go for lively nighttime cafés and bars.

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Love may be blind, but it doesn’t hurt to look, according to T+L readers, who rated Miami residents No. 1 for attractiveness and No. 3 for stylishness. In addition, the city took the top spot for its singles scene and nightclubs, making the Miami one of the hottest metropolises for kindling romance.

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View from the Thompson Miami Beach. Photo courtesy of veetravels on Instagram.

Pastel skies in Fort Lauderdale. Photo courtesy of irinastamate on Instagram.

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This 1940 Midcentury masterpiece is turning heads again in Magic City, thanks to Wyndham’s $90 million renovation. Original details by celebrated Miami Modern architect Morris Lapidus have been respectfully preserved, including the pool’s monumental double-decker diving board, while Art Deco armoires and shiny finishes in the 200 guest rooms channel a bygone era.

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Amid the high-octane scene along Collins Avenue, the low-key Thompson is a respite from Miami's in-your-face, all-night-long hyperactivity. Even so, the 380-room property is a place to see and be seen.

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Disney’s first five-star resort delivers fairy-tale whimsy while appealing to even the most Mickey Mouse-averse among us. Four Seasons offers the requisite on-site character breakfasts and princess encounters, but not at the expense of grown-up indulgences. There’s a 13,000-square-foot spa, a championship golf course, an adults-only pool, and top-notch steaks and Riojas at the Basque-inspired rooftop restaurant, which has unrivaled views of the park’s nightly firework display.

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In any other hotel lobby, you probably wouldn’t be caught dead shooting pool on an all-white billiards table mere steps from the front door. But at the Miami Beach Edition, Ian Schrager and Marriott’s latest love child, showing off is compulsory. Open gathering spaces ripple through the white-and-gold Yabu Pushelberg lobby, a potted-palm-shaded lounge opening to a glassy cocktail bar that gives way to a market-style café. Downstairs there’s a nightclub, a bowling alley, and a pint-size skating rink. Even the round dining room of Jean-Georges’ Matador Room restaurant encourages gawking. If some of the 294 rooms seem simple to the point of afterthought, it’s hardly a deterrent for Miami’s cool crowd, which is flocking to what is hands down the city’s hottest address.

South Beach scene. Photo courtesy of theworld_andthings on Instagram.

New Miami Hotels for Your Next Stay in South Beach

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Gorgeous locals, a wealth of nightclubs, and a wild streak as long as the beach, Miami is America's #1 city for singles.

America's Best Cities for Singles

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Poolside lounging at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Photo courtesy of girlaboutcolumbus on Instagram.

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Bridge to nowhere in the Florida Keys. Photo courtesy of leftytravels on Instagram.

America's Favorite Beach Towns

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Instagram's rgd3 enjoys some shade at the St. Regis Bal Harbor Resort in Miami.

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The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

Best Family Beach Hotels

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Step onto the balcony of your one- or two-bedroom suite at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort for a view of the manicured garden terraces or the extensive Gulf of Mexico.

Best Family Beach Hotels

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Just south of the South Beach crowds, the tropical-inspired Ritz counts two heated swimming pools, four restaurants, and a wealth of water recreation activities on Biscayne Bay. This is the Miami area’s best full-service resort, complete with tropical gardens, a tennis center, a 20,000-square-foot spa, kids’ programs, and a pristine beach.

Best Family Beach Hotels

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The David Rockwell–designed WaterColor Inn & Resort has an enviable setting on nearly 500 acres of white-sand beaches and secluded pine forests. Its 60 cottage-chic rooms are fresh off a renovation; first-floor units have outdoor showers. Guests can rent YOLO Boards, kayaks, and canoes at the BoatHouse to paddle along the nearby coastal dune lake. Beach bonfire services and big-screen movie nights are held after hours.

Best Family Beach Hotels

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At Sandpearl Resort’s Camp Ridley, kids can join sand-castle-building contests and stargaze through solar scopes. Beachgoers enjoy 700 feet of Gulf Coast sand, with chair and water sport rentals and daily enrichment programs that range from kayaking to sailing to cooking. Accommodations are sophisticated and sustainable—this is Florida’s first LEED-certified resort—with your choice of citrus-hued rooms or suites with full kitchens and deep soaking tubs.

Best Family Beach Hotels

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Ten minutes’ north of downtown, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort delivers access to one of Naples’s few secluded beaches.

Best Family Beach Hotels

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The Beach Club Resort has a variety of water features—lagoons, lakes, tricked-out swimming pools, and a killer waterslide that starts from the crow’s nest of a ship’s mast—designed to make pint-size visitors squeal with delight. It’s a few minutes’ walk from the Epcot side entrance and has a marina with ferries bound for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. After dark, bring the kids down to Crescent Lake Beach for a night of campfire songs, s’mores, and Disney movie screenings under the stars.

Best Family Beach Hotels

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Search for pink shells along the beach at this pastel-colored resort near St. Augustine. Then give in to the kids’ eagerness to splash around the 91,000-square-foot water park, with its lazy river, water flume, and multilevel pool complex. Pictured: Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast, Florida.

Best Family Beach Hotels

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Instagram's s.westgate shares this unbelievable shot of Kew West at sunset.

America's Most Beautiful Coastal Views

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Charming courtyard in Palm Beach, Florida. Photo courtesy of eachapman4 on Instagram.

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Bahia Honda Bridge, Florida Keys. Photo courtesy of eachapman4 on Instagram.

World's Most Romantic Islands

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W Fort Lauderdale. Photo courtesy of kellygurl64 on Instagram.

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Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys. Photo courtesy of billnes on Instagram.

World's Most Romantic Islands

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America's Caribbean: Key West. Photo courtesy of Instagram's eachapman4 at Blue Heaven.

America's Most Scenic Waterside Drives

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Think of this as destination spa–lite: the Miami Beach outpost of the venerable Canyon Ranch brand is an all-suite boutique hotel that offers short, targeted wellness programs, plus flexible à la carte options so you can work wellness into your schedule.

Destination Spas to Jump-Start Your Year

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Tropical colors in Key West. Photo courtesy of eachapman4 on Instagram.

America's Most Beautiful Coastal Views

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Key Largo sunset. Photo courtesy of getlostwithjackie on Instagram.

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On the beach in Boca Raton. Photo courtesy of laetitiabrock on Instagram.

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Sunset, Marco Island, Florida. Photo courtesy of mrees1428 on Instagram.

America's Best Coastal Hotels

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Discover Miami's new food scene.

Miami's New Food Scene

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Sky on fire above Florida's Seven Mile Bridge. Photo courtesy of eachapman4 on Instagram.

World's Scariest Bridges

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Picturesque Palm Beach. Photo courtesy of eachapman4 on Instagram.

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After a stroll on Worth Avenue, Renato’s is the ultimate place for a romantic dinner. Make sure you request a table in the courtyard.--Michael Kors

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Total relaxation. That’s what you feel when you step into The Breakers. Time and time again, this place lives up to expectations. It’s classic Palm Beach—elegant, laid-back, and luxe.--Michael Kors

Michael Kors’s Winter Travel Diary

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Poolside at the Four Seasons Orlando. Photo courtesy of siennacharlestravel on Instagram.

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Wishing we were lounging by the pool at the Mandarin Oriental Miami like Instagram's misssmartflyer.

Best Places to Travel in 2015

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Miami, which gets more worldly with each passing year, made our list of places for 2014—and that momentum continues to grow, notably in Mid-Beach. A new batch of luxury hotels is burnishing this corridor just north of South Beach, between 23rd Street and the iconic Fontainebleau.

Best Places to Travel in 2015

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With Disney World a rite of passage for most families, Orlando is a perennial top destination. In 2015, however, some of the coolest new attractions will lure visitors downtown. In November 2014, the state-of-the-art Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors, offering an open-air arts plaza, a 2,700-seat main theater, and a world-class lineup of shows including the Tony Award–winning Pippin and Newsies.

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On the beach in St. Augustine. Photo courtesy of vagabond3 on Instagram.

America's Favorite Towns

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For the second year in a row, Miami tops our list of best places to visit. Photo courtesy of forkandroad on Instagram.

Best Places to Travel in 2015

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Voters agree that St. Augustine boasts impressive architecture and a vibrant "Floribbean" food scene.

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With some of the world's best nightlife, it's not surprising Miami ranks high on our list of best cities for night owls. Photo courtesy of marcauxvisual on Instagram.

America's Best Cities for Night Owls

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South Beach hues courtesy of marcauxvisual on Instagram.

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With such a beautiful coastline, Miami is home to hundreds of great beach hotels. Photo courtesy of luizaterpins on Instagram.

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On a journey through the Sunshine State, T+L discovers edgy art spaces, an innovative food scene, and plenty of cool cachet.

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These days, you can see some of the Orlando’s ambient beauty at Lake Eola Park, or at Winter Park’s chic Alfond Inn.

America’s Most and Least Attractive People

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A city this good looking must have attractive residents! Photo courtesy of Instagram's odettehm in Miami.

America’s Most and Least Attractive People

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Because all the beautiful Floridians are living in Miami and Tampa, Orlando fell to the wayside in this year's survey.

America’s Most and Least Attractive People

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Ranking high for being snobby AND pretty, apparently T+L readers find Tampa residents to be a bit vain.

America’s Most and Least Attractive People

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After a down year in 2013, the Florida city is tanned, rested, and suitably blinged-out to recapture the Most Attractive title. Since Miami was also voted the No. 3 city for style and No. 1 for nightclubs—including 24-hour-party options like E11even—looking good at all hours is essential.

America’s Most and Least Attractive People

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It’s worth the three-minute detour from the Disney property to visit Gaylord Palms, which mounts ICE!, a spectacular over-the-top display that turns 2 million pounds of ice into hand-carved sculptures, walk-through fortresses, a crystalline nativity scene, and slides. In 2014, its master sculptors are crafting their chilly extravaganza along a Nutcracker theme.

Disney Christmas Travel Tips

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America's Best Family Hotels: WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

America's Best Family Hotels

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You can entertain the whole gang at Reunion, a sprawling resort six miles from Disney World but with its own bona fide attractions, from the on-site water park to the 10 pools. Activities at the kids’ club include scavenger hunts. Did we mention the three Signature golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson?

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Two hours from the crowds of Orlando’s Disney World, Disney's Vero Beach Resort shares its slice of Atlantic coastline with nesting loggerhead sea turtles. And there’s plenty more wildlife to discover at the nearby state park and river preserve. At the resort, you can join a treasure hunt or an alfresco cooking class, or just hang out at the heated, Mickey Mouse–shaped pool. Accommodations range from guest rooms to three-bedroom cottages.

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America's Best Family Hotels: Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast, FL.

America's Best Family Hotels

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South Beach, Miami--home of one of the best beaches on earth. Photo courtesy of life_images13 on Instagram.

Best Beaches on Earth

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If you can't make it all the way to Portofino, Italy this year, Orlando has an awfully nice copycat. Photo courtesy of melanyc84 on Instagram.

Best Hotels in Orlando

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You + The Beach + A Great Hotel = Happiness. Photo courtesy of Instagram's themodernvoyager in Florida.

America's Best Coastal Hotels

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For Lauderdale is becoming one of Florida's new hotspots, and already boasts one of America's best beach hotels. Photo courtesy of dpnieves on Instagram.

America's Best Beach Hotels

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Palm fronds sway in the breeze in South Beach, Miami. Photo courtesy of hautetravelgirl on Instagram.

Best Beaches on Earth

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An oldie but a goodie, St. Augustine, FL is one of America's oldest (and most favorite) towns.

America's Favorite Towns

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A peaceful, family-oriented place, Santa Rosa Beach is one of America's favorite towns.

America's Favorite Towns

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Stars sparkle over Blue Cypress Lake, Fellsmere, Florida. Photo courtesy of paulmarcellini via beautifuldestinations on Instagram.

Hottest New Beach Hotels: Birchwood Inn, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Hottest New Beach Hotels

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Hottest New Beach Hotels: James Royal Palm, Miami, Florida.

Hottest New Beach Hotels

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America’s Snobbiest Cities: Tampa. Would you have ever expected this one? See what gives Tampa a little air of snobbery.

America's Snobbiest Cities

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America’s Snobbiest Cities: Miami. These Floridians are known for their good lucks and their trendsetting styles.

America's Snobbiest Cities

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Sunrise on the beach in Fort Lauderdale. Photo courtesy of agemini_inwanderlust on Instagram.

America's Best Warm Weather Resorts

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These Floridians won the survey yet again for being good-looking, and ranked near the top for their velvet-rope-transcending style.

America's Snobbiest Cities

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There's a bunch of hip new hotels in colorful South Beach. Photo courtesy of erinkate25 on Instagram.

Hottest New Beach Hotels

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The freshwaters of the Apalachicola River mingle with the warm Gulf to produce some of the finest and plumpest oysters in the country.

Best Oyster Bars in America

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Adventure in the Florida Everglades. Photo courtesy of erinkate25 on Instagram.

World's Greatest Dream Trips

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Sunset in South Beach, Miami.

Best Romantic Summer Getaways

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Under the dock in at Deerfield Beach in Florida. Photo courtesy of jenntormo on Instagram.

Best Beach Weekend Getaways

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View from Palm Valley Fish Camp in Florida. Photo courtesy of kellyelena11 on Instagram.

America's Most Beautiful Lakes

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Hang out on a sandbar in #Florida

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Planning a trip to #Miami? T+L has the tips on everything to do in this incredible city!

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A series of parking lots, loading docks, and rundown factory buildings were transformed in 2009 into the dazzling Wynwood Walls art project in #Miami

America's Coolest Street Art

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When white rhino Kidogo gave birth last October in #Tampa, her calf was given the African name Khari, which can be interpreted to mean “king-like.”

Cute Baby Animals You Have to See This Year

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Originally a stand at Chicago’s Green City Market, Floriole is now a buzzy café in Lincoln Park #Florida.

America's Best Bakeries

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Winter Park, Florida also scored in the top 10 for bakeries and ice cream parlors.

America's Most Romantic Towns

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Juvia in #Miami has a menu by chefs from royal culinary houses, and it’s the sleek aesthetic earned this quintessential SoBe spot a James Beard Award.

America’s Coolest Rooftop Bars

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What could make a five-acre private island in the Florida Keys that’s only accessible by boat or seaplane more exclusive? Your own bamboo outdoor shower.

Coolest Outdoor Hotel Showers

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EDGE Steak and Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel #Miami serves grilled-to-order meat and ribs alongside a taco station, a raw bar, and a dessert spread of cortadito crème brûlée and rum tres leches cake.

Best Brunch Buffets in America

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Cruising along the #Miami coastline. Photo courtesy of shootershane on Instagram.

Family-Friendly Vacation Ideas for South Beach, Miami

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A marvelously quiet day in South Beach, #Miami. Photo courtesy of shootershane on Instagram.

Family-Friendly Vacation Ideas for South Beach, Miami

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Beautiful details in #Miami -- also one of the country's best cities for night owls. Photo courtesy of shootershane on Instagram.

America's Best Cities for Night Owls

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Surf and sky in Key West, #Florida, which has some of the country's best coastal views. Photo courtesy of eachapman4 on Instagram.

America's Most Beautiful Coastal Views

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Disney World, looking especially magical. Photo courtesy of xsnapshots88 on Instagram.

25 Things You Didn't Know About Disney Parks

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The Mansion at Tuckahoe, built in 1938, is a beautiful wedding location. Photo courtesy of creatricemondial on Instagram.

Florida Travel Guide | Travel + Leisure

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The Florida Keys does #sunset right. Photo courtesy of fortheloveofsun on Instagram.

T+L's Ultimate Guide to Florida

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Nothing beats the #beach. Photo courtesy of fortheloveofsun on Instagram.

T+L's Ultimate Guide to Florida

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A calm moment in #Miami Beach. Photo courtesy of shootershane on Instagram.

Best Places to Travel in 2014

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Escape to the perfect #Miami beaches. Photo courtesy of kathleendixon on Instagram.

Miami Travel Guide | Travel + Leisure

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Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park—originally built to guard the Gulf Coast—is now a gorgeous spot to view #Florida marine life. Photo courtesy of eachapman4 on Instagram.

America's Most Beautiful Landmarks

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