Curiosities of Florida, USA !!

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my electronic camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of Florida, USA !!

Boca Raton Mizner park as per picture, Mizner Park is a high-end shopping, residential, and entertainment district located in the affluent downtown neighborhood of Boca Raton .The district consists of a collection of high-end shops and restaurants with luxury apartments built in a Mediterranean Revival architectural style. It is named for architect Addison Mizner, founder of Boca Raton. The site of Mizner Park was previously a conventional enclosed shopping center called Boca Mall, which opened in 1974 In 1989, Levitz relocated and Jefferson Ward closed The closure of these anchors led to the mall’s demolition and redevelopment Mizner Park opened in 1989, expanding in 1996.

Boca Raton mizner park

Mizner Park is an open-air venue. The design is inspired by a setting reminiscent of a charming European City, beautifully landscaped with gazebos, fountains and lush tropical gardens. Guests are invited to stroll the park like streets; tour the fine art exhibits at the Boca Raton Museum of Art; take in a special showing at the Cultural Arts Center; and listen to a concert at the Count de Hoernle Amphitheter featuring a diverse line up of concerts and entertainment. The retail component is the heartbeat of Mizner Park, offering discriminating clientele a high level of luxury choices. Dine in or al fresco at an amazing collection of restaurants for every taste. Nice memories coming up to browse ,shop, and eat. Still friends lives there!

The city of Boca Raton on Mizner Park :

The Palm beaches tourist office on Boca Raton

The official Mizner Park shopping mall

Palm Beach Royal Poinciana Way (A1A road) as per picture, The Royal Poinciana Way Historic District is a historic commerce and residential district in Palm Beach, Florida. Formerly known as Main Street, the Royal Poinciana Way Historic District served as the primary location for commerce and civic activity in the early history of Palm Beach. This was because Royal Poinciana Way is the location of where a pedestrian and rail bridge would be constructed in 1901, providing a direct route (and the only bridge to Palm Beach until 1911 for travelers to Henry Flagler’s hotels in Palm Beach, The Breakers (b.1896) and the Royal Poinciana Hotel (b. 1894), both located just south of where the Royal Poinciana Way Historic District stands today. Now moving up with the joneses this is ultra chic area, but nice to visit!

Palm Beach Royal Poinciana Way

The Royal Poinciana Plaza mall :

Just off of it you have the Breakers

The Palm Beach County tourist board on Palm Beach

Sanibel Island lighthouse as picture, Sanibel Island is located off the coast of southwest Florida, just west of Fort Myers ; it is a sub-tropical barrier island located in the Gulf of Mexico. Considered one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the world, Sanibel Island offers 15 miles of pristine shoreline and 25 miles of paved trails to explore. Enjoy shelling, spotting wildlife at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and lively dining as the sun sets over the Gulf.

Sanibel island lighthouse

You can’t climb the 130-year-old lighthouse, but the grounds are always open for walks along the boardwalk and nature trails. The City of Sanibel now owns the Point Ybel tract and structures, although the tower is still operational under U.S. Coast Guard control. The historic Sanibel Lighthouse was built in 1884, it was one of the first lighthouses on the Gulf Coast  at 98 feet high (about 30 meters), iron structure was complete. This area call Punta Rassa became an important port in the 1830s and remained so up to the Spanish–American War (1898). It was primarily used to ship cattle from Florida to Cuba. Until the railroads reached the area in the 1880s, ranchers drove their cattle from open ranges in central Florida to Punta Rassa for shipment to Cuba.

The official Sanibel Island lighthouse :

The Ft Myers and the beaches tourist office on the lighthouse

Saint Petersburg Beach as per picture,and one of my favorites in Florida. You can start your day with a practice of the windsurfing , jet ski, or parasailing on St. Pete Beach.  To do your shopping or eat out head for Central Avenue renowned for its crazy side and its artistic and relaxed atmosphere . Also, take a look at St. Pete Beach’s two other nice streets, Corey Avenue and historic 8th Avenue, in Pass-a-Grille.

Saint Petersburg beach

St Pete Beach officially had its name changed in 1994 to lessen the confusion with the City of St Petersburg, located on the mainland. This barrier island has been drawing celebrities and savvy travelers in search of tranquil seas and soft shores for generations. You’ll find the posh, historic Don CeSar – aka the Pink Palace , and other popular resorts  and  Old Florida motels offering a dose of nostalgia along with modern-day amenities. Beach shacks serve surprisingly tasty food at very affordable prices and water sports equipment can be rented along the various beaches. Sublime!!

.The city of St Petersburg Beach on its beaches

The St Pete/Clearwater tourist office on St Petersburg Beach

And last but not least, Hollywood Beach as per picture. This was the closest beach to my last former home in Florida as going all out east on Hollywood Blvd which becomes Pines Boulevard you could have reach my house in 35 minutes by car! Hollywood is a city in Broward county, and many times confused with that other famous town out west…In 1920, Joseph Young arrived in South Florida to create his own dream city in Florida. His vision included the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean stretching westward with man-made lakes, infrastructure, roads, and the Intracoastal Waterway. He wanted to include large parks, schools, churches, and golf courses; these were all industries and activities that were very important to Young’s life. He almost did exactly that with the help of many others.

Hollywood beach

The one-of-a-kind Hollywood Beach Broadwalk is a promenade that stretches nearly 2.5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. Named one of America’s Best Beach Boardwalks by Travel + Leisure magazine, this brick-paved thoroughfare hosts pedestrians, joggers, bicyclists, rollerbladers, and millions of visitors every year. The promenade also features the Hollywood Beach Theatre, a children’s water playground at Charnow Park, public art displays, and many other attractions. Hollywood Beach also offers dozens of luxury hotels and condominiums. A newly reconstructed path for walkers, bicycle lane and jogging path. Outdoor cafes from organic farmers market and juice bar, to gourmet meals and ice cream cones, you name it is here.  Parking is available on side streets or in parking garages for a fee, and public trolleys run through the day. Awesome, and lots of nice family memories forever!

 The city of Hollywood Florida on the beach

The Hollywood city tourist office on beach and boardwalk 

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier life and later visits to my Florida. The wonders of the Sunshine State of Florida that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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4 Comments to “Curiosities of Florida, USA !!”

  1. Te diré Pedro que todo lo bello de la Florida se ha desaparecido… para mi, lo mejor que existe es el aeropuerto internacional de Miami! Un abrazo.

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  2. Aqui te pongo un viejo escrito que quizàs no lo vistes de mi estancia en Florida.
    18 bellos años y me fui a tiempo lol!


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