Well, Susan & I just return from our first little vacation of 2015 - spent 5 days on Ft. Lauderdale Beach along the South Florida east coast on the Atlantic Ocean. South Florida consists of the east Atlantic coast starting around Cocoa Beach (just below the Kennedy Space Center) and extending to Miami and then to the Florida Keys; the west coast south starts around Everglades City, up through Naples, Ft. Meyers and into the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area - Orlando is central (see first map below). We have been to all of these towns & cities multiple times over the decades - Susan's parents use to live in Delray Beach (blue arrow on the map but not labeled), which is between Boca Raton & West Palm Beach - thus, the most common placed we have visited in Florida. Ft. Lauderdale is labeled and is between Boca Raton and Miami - we left North Carolina in the rain and a temperature of 42 F degrees, and arrived in Lauderdale w/ sunny skies and temp in the low 80s F - was like that during our entire stay, so these south Florida towns are great getaways from the winter and early spring weather even in the mid-Atlantic area where we live. The city is nicknamed the 'Venice of America' because of the extensive man-made canals (pics later) - about 165 miles w/i the city limits (a boat ride is a MUST - and one will be described in a future post). This is a popular resort destination (especially for college kids on spring breaks) - quote below outlining the numbers of hotels, restaurants, etc. - Port Everglades is busy w/ huge cruise ships (Wiki Article for those interested in more details). We stayed at the Atlantic Hotel on Ft. Lauderdale Beach, which is separated from the main town by the intracoastal waterway - see second schematic map (blue arrow the location of our hotel; red arrow is the site of the Bonnet House & Gardens - another upcoming post). I'll stop here - next post will be more on the hotel and the beach. Dave P.S. There seems to be an error on my first map, i.e. Palm Beach is mis-labeled and should be Cocoa Beach near the Kennedy Space Center - Palm Beach is located on the ocean across the intracoastal waterway from the city of West Palm Beach - the cartographer of this map should be subjected to a whipping! .