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Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Jacksonville is a city-county-consolidated that is located in the County of Duval, being its headquarters. It is the main city of Florida’s First Coast region. It is located just north of the former Spanish capital of Florida and the oldest city in the US. UU., San Agustín.

Jacksonville is the largest city in the United States. It is the largest city in the state and the 13th largest city in the country. The Jacksonville metropolitan area has more than one million residents (in 1996).

 


The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club

The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club

The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club

The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club (19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura) — PGA legend and World Golf Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd headed the design for both the North and South courses, and he spared no expense – Turnberry reportedly shelled out more than $100,000 per hole. The expensive fun starts at the first tee of the South Course, where guests gape at a waterfall – one of a handful that dot the course. You have to be a resort guest or a member to play, but with all the new upgrades, it’s well worth it to wangle an invitation.
Who’s there: Big money and big business. The Turnberry is not cheap but the resort invests the money into the amenities. Floyd also makes rare visits to play his masterpieces. Prices: From $290 in the winter to $125 in the summer. Off-season twilight deals (after 2:30 p.m.) run as low as $95.


The Diplomat

The Diplomat

The Diplomat

The Diplomat (501 Diplomat Parkway, Hollywood) — located just outside of Miami-Dade County in Hallandale Beach, The Diplomat is worth a special trip. The Joe Lee design features rolling hills and 50-year-old foliage that predates the course itself. With the natural beauty and the steady winds breezing in from the nearby Intracoastal Waterway, the golfing is difficult but well worth the lost balls. Like any true golf course destination, the Diplomat has an island green, located on its signature second hole. Who’s there: The legend of the Diplomat swings wide, drawing CEOs and bigwigs from both Broward and Dade.
Prices: from $109 in the high season to $59 in the summer months. Florida residents get the best deals; twilight golf $49

Sun Life Stadium

Sun Life Stadium

Sun Life Stadium

 

Sun Life Stadium (2269 NW 199th Street, Miami Gardens) – this football stadium is located in the north Miami suburb called Miami Gardens. It’s the current home of the NFL football team the Miami Dolphins, and the University of Miami football team, the Hurricanes (or just “Canes”). The teams’ popularity are reflected in this arena’s seating capacity of 76,100. Because of its size, exhibition soccer games have also been held here. Occasional musical events have also been booked here. See this venue’s website for a list of upcoming events: www.sunlifestadium.com

South Beach

South Beach

South Beach

South Beach (Miami Beach – from 1st Street North to 21st Street) – this beach is one of the reasons why many visitors come to Miami. This is not just any beach, but one within walking distance of trendy nightclubs, restaurants, boutiques and hotels. In fact, all the hotels on this strip charge premium prices for rooms that offer a view of the beach (and the ocean beyond). With the regular wave of Europeans visiting Miami Beach, it’s no wonder that there’s topless sunbathing.

Sony Open Tennis

Sony Open Tennis

Sony Open Tennis

Sony Open Tennis (Tennis Center at Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Miami) – a.k.a. the “Miami Masters”, this men’s & women’s professional tennis event is held within the upscale Key Biscayne area every March (as part of the international tennis circuit, which includes the U.S. Open in New York, Wimbledon in London, and the French Open in Paris). Among the tennis players that competed in this event were Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Martín del Potro, Kim Clijster, and Andy Murray. The event’s website is: www.sonyopentennis.com

Parasailing

Parasailing

Parasailing


Parasailing – for those with a taste for water sports, parasailing is typically conducted off of Miami Beach and Biscayne Bay areas. The following outfits provide this service: www.miamibeachparasail.com; www.aquaworldmiami.com, and www.letsgo.qpg.com

Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium (4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne) – located at the southern tip of Miami Beach and boasting panoramic views of the city skyline, the Miami Seaquarium is the place to see killer whale shows and swim with the dolphins. There are also many species of sea turtles, sharks and manatees. There are eight different marine mammal shows to see on any given day, and schoolchildren can learn about all sorts of sea creatures. The newest exhibit is a 10,000-gallon touch pool full of local stingrays.

Miami Beach Polo World Cup

Miami Beach Polo World Cup

Miami Beach Polo World Cup

Miami Beach Polo World Cup (South Beach, b/w 21st & 22nd Streets, behind the Setai Hotel) – portions of South Beach are sealed off to hold this unique sporting event, held every April and featuring seasoned men’s & women’s polo players from all over the world. The Miami area’s high rollers and socialites are among this event’s spectators. No doubt, these matches give the Miami Beach area an air of exclusivity rivaled only by similar events held in the Hamptons outside of New York City. See the event website for more details: www.miamipolo.com

Miami Beach Golf Club

Miami Beach Golf Club

Miami Beach Golf Club


 

Miami Beach Golf Club (2301 Alton Road, Miami Beach) — after 79 years, the Alton Road landmark received a $10 million face-lift in 2002. Nearly every blade of grass was replaced, every lake was drained and a new clubhouse was built – with extraordinary results. Greens that were once flat now have curves while fairways have been narrowed and bunkers added to give the course a more demanding feel. The city of Miami Beach oversaw the renewal and has turned a faded old course into a jewel on the Beach. Who’s there: Out-of-towners who want to incorporate golf into their beach trip as well as Miami business folks, who have turned the course into a favorite for company outings. Prices: Range from $95 for visitors and $45 for Miami Beach residents.


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