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Florida Facts and Trivia

There is a museum in Sanibel that is devoted entirely to mollusks. It is a specialized natural history museum with over two million shells. Sanibel is located in Lee County and, with many more shells than people, possesses a population just over 6000 residents.

Sun tan lotion was invented in Florida by a pharmacist named Benjamin Green who lived in Miami Beach. In 1944, he made this concoction by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot. This became known as Coppertone Suntan Cream.

Key West has the highest average temperature in all of the US with a medium of 77.8 degrees. The average low is just 74 degrees, making Key West an ideal place for lovers of heat and seekers of sun...read more »


Florida Tropical Fruits

Warm oceans surround the southern tip of Florida, producing a tropical climate ideal for the growth of nutritious tropical fruits. Many of these fruits are not grown anywhere else in the continental United States. Tropical fruits available "Fresh from Florida" include: Banana
Available year round
Florida grows over 50 varieties of banana that range from 3 inches to 16 inches in length. The fruit turns from deep green to yellow or red when ripened, and the fruitís texture can be firm or soft when ripe. After the peel is removed to expose the white or yellowish fragrant flesh, it is ready to be eaten. Bananas are a versatile fruit that can be eaten fresh, with ice cream, fried as a side dish, and pureed for breads, pies, custards, and milkshakes...read more »


Fort Myers and Naples

After all said and done as much as I enjoy the "buzz" of Orlando with it's theme parks and attractions there comes a time when you just want to unwind and chill out. Or maybe it is not your type of thing to mix it up with the mouse.

Then the ideal place is South Florida and Fort Myers or Naples in particular. I love these places they are so far removed from the hustle and bustle of Orlando with an almost "Caribbean" laid back way of life.

Around a 3 hour drive from Orlando brings you to these Gulf Coast treasures. Fort Myers Beach is basically on a peninsula called Estero Island. It has a population of around 6,000 locals. It is quite close to the Airport too. The accommodation here is mainly Condo's but there are hotels too. A large proportion the Condo's can be rented and most of these are privately owned. With a price tag of around $750,000 for one on the beach with an ocean view! They are all well equipped and the ones I have stayed in were fantastic. We had an ocean view with 2 bedrooms and all the things we needed to make us feel at home. Every Condo had a jacuzzi and it was enormous, without any exaggeration you could get 4 people in it easily. I am 6ft 2in and I could lay out flat and neither my head nor my feet would touch the ends....read more »