The Insider's Guide to Florida

Florida is home to over 18 million people and has over 85 million visitors a year. Inside Florida delivers an insiders guide to everything Florida. If you are moving to Florida we have the essential information you need. If you are planning a vacation to Florida we’ll guide you to the best beaches, attractions, and many unique Florida destinations and Events.

Head to Key West


Summer in the Florida Keys means warm ocean waters perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing. It’s also the perfect time to visit Key West. The Southern Most City is packed with fantastic restaurants, history such as the home of Ernest Hemingway or the Mel Fisher Museum, and more interesting people than you can imagine. Come by Cruise Ship, Car, or Plane. However you travel to Key West you won’t be disappointed…

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Lowry Zoo

Rated the # 1 Zoo in America by both Parents magazine and Child magazine, Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa offers year round activities for kids, families, and adults. 

With more than 1,500 animals on 56 acres, Lowry Zoo has created natural habitats throughout the park for visitors of all ages to enjoy and get up close to animals from around the world.

The Zoo offers water play areas, rides, and opportunities to feed animals.  The close encounter feedings take place Lorikeet Landing, Bushland Budgies and Stingray Bay.

Bud and Mary’s Marina

Islamorada in the Upper Florida Keys has one of the largest fleet of fishing guides in the world catering to its nickname The Sportsfishing Capital of the World.”  Bud n’ Mary’s Fishing Marina has more than 40 fishing guides using its marina for back country and offshore fishing located on Islamorada.

TPC Sawgrass

The TPC Sawgrass Stadium Golf Course located in Ponte Vedra Beach is home to the annual Tournament Players Championship held in May. The Stadium course, with its picturesque and challenging #17 Island hole is considered by many to be one of the most challenging and feared Golf Courses in the world.

Mel Fisher Museum

Today is the Day - that was the mantra of Mel Fisher who discovered the Spanish Galleon Atocha loaded with treasure just 30 miles from Key West. Today you can see and touch the treasure first hand at the Mel Fisher Museum in Key West.

Daytona Speedway - Daytona Beach

The Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach Florida is home to the Daytona 500, the biggest race in America. The 2.5 mile oval is centered on a 480 acre complex that hosts racing events year round.

PGA Village

The PGA Village Golf Club is the first public golf facility owned and operated by the PGA. There are three (3) 18 hole golf courses and the first PGA learning Center.

Central Florida Community College

CFCC is a fully accredited two-year college that was originally established in 1957.  There are several campuses that serve the counties of Marion, Citrus, and Levy.

The Ocala Campus is located on State Road 200, west of downtown Ocala and east of Interstate Highway 75. There are also campuses in Chiefland, Lecanto, and West Ocala.

Jacksonville Sports and Recreation

Sports and outdoor activities are a big part of life in Jacksonville and whether you’re a big football fan, golf fanatic or love to fish Jacksonville has the perfect game, course, or spot for you.

The Tap Room

When the Inside Florida team visits Orlando, the Tap Room is one of our favorite lunch spots. Sitting on the porch is especially nice. We have tried most of the food and sandwiches, salads, burgers, and shrimp and crab cakes are all excellent.

Florida Resident Discounts

As a resident of Florida you live in one of the top vacation destinations in the world. So you should take advantage of the theme parks but you should not pay full price.  The bigger theme parks such as SeaWorld, Disney World, and Busch Gardens offer Florida Residents a discount for multi day passes.

Florida Fishing Guide

Florida is known as the Fishing Capital of the World. And one of the best ways to catch the fish Florida is famous for is to fish with a professional fishing guide. Being a fishing guide in Florida requires both being a fishing expert and having a captains license.

Florida Fishing and Hunting License

Florida is home to more than 5 million acres of the largest wildlife management area in the country. If you plan to fish or hunt in the State of Florida you must have a license and the state makes it easy.

Fishermens Hospital

A community based hospital in the Middle Keys, Fishermen’s Hospital in Marathon calls itself “The Hospital of Choice for the Florida Keys.” 

The Keys is a small community where everyone knows everyone and that’s exactly who Fishermen’s Hospital serves - neighbors, children, and friends.

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