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Top American resorts

Most top American resorts have lots to see and do which are well documented in the travel guides and brochures. We offer a very personal view below of the features which we think are the most stunning, unique or typical of the resorts listed. If there was limited time to spend at these resorts, the sites below would be our choice.

Carlsbad, California

Carlsbad is a coastal city and resort 35 miles north of San Diego. It is a thriving area with high average living standards. Historically it gained its name from the good quality water discovered in wells in the area. It was named after the famous Carlsbad spa in the Czech Republic. It is nicknamed the Village by the Sea, as it really is a resort city with wonderful beaches and varied outdoor activities. There is a lively nightlife with a selection of concerts for all ages, and of course - Legoland! The attractive environment has attracted a large collection of top companies like: Life Technologies; Taylor Made - Adidas; Callaway; Titleist; and many more. If you need further attractions, San Diego can offer the Zoo, Balboa Park, and the Wild Animal Park. Of course there are also Disneyland and Universal Studios within a two hour drive.

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Oceanside, California

Oceanside is one of three large cities (Carlsbad and Vista) north of San Diego, just south of Marine Corps Camp Pendleton. Its population of 190k has quadrupled over the last 40 years with the expansion of housing and commercial and industrial development. The city has six miles of beaches which are popular for water sports like surfing and are host to many professional and amateur contest during the year. There is a 2000 foot long pier with a range of entertainment and ideal for fishing. It has a large Day of the Dead celebration on November 1 with the usual carnival attractions which reveals its Spanish historical links.
The Harbour Beach hosts one of the world`s largest beach soccer festivals, the Southern California beach soccer champsionships. Various films have been produced in the area including Top Gun and To Save a Life.

 

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Naples, Florida

Naples was founded in the 1880s and acquired its name because of the mild climate and great fishing around its bay like the original Italian city. Although fairly small at 21000 residents, this number is swelled considerably by the many tourists who annually visit to enjoy its warm temperatures and six wonderful beaches and. Other attractions like Marco Island and the Everglades National Park also act as a magnet to the ever growing tourist numbers. If golf is your game, you are totally spoiled for choice with the 80 championship courses in the area, making it the deserving Golf Capital of the World.

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Key West, Florida

Key West Florida is the southernmost city in the USA and only just over 90 miles north of Cuba. A well developed resort with an immense number of attraction, facilities and varied beaches. One of the most interesting is Fort Zachary Taylor. From a pre-Civil War fort watch wonderful sunsets from the beach or from your BBQ. There is and admission charge, but there are good facilities. If you`re not too concerned with facilities, join the locals at the sandy South Beach at the end of Duval Street. Smathers Beach is a half mile stretch of sandy beach ideal for parasailing and other watersports and activities. You can rent a cycle and zip around all the sights like the Old Town, or take a leisurely stroll through the Duval Street district of bars and restaurants. You will see some famous names like: Sloppy Joe`s; Dirty Harry`s; or Jimmy Buffett`s Margaritaville, named after the popular singer who had ties with the city. Many visitors disembark from cruise ships as Key West is a popular seaport stop over.

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