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Welcome to Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Stretching for about 60 miles (97km) down Florida's southeast coast from luxurious Palm Beach in the north to Miami Beach lie a string of tropical, sunny and sandy beach resorts, collectively known as the Gold Coast. The popular strip currently attracts close on nine million holidaymakers every year. Development is proceeding apace as the natural landscape of sprawling grassland is replaced with opulent resorts and high-rise apartment blocks. The larger resort cities along the coast, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, are experiencing unprecedented building booms as the number of immigrants rises. Visitors and residents alike come to enjoy the natural attractions of the area, the laid-back atmosphere, the almost constant warm, sunny weather, the luxurious 'country-club' lifestyle and the hundreds of sophisticated shopping malls. The best way to explore it all is to take a meander by car along Florida A1A, a narrow road that winds along the coast connecting the long thin barrier islands that give the area its myriad golden sandy beaches. Alternatively, pick a resort, kick off your shoes and enjoy a summer vacation, any time of year.

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Getting Around

The attractions and places of interest among the urban sprawl of the Florida Gold Coast are spaced far apart, and visitors wishing to explore need a car. There are numerous car hire companies operating in the area and rates are extremely competitive. The Broward County Transit authority provides a public bus service serving 410 square miles (1,062 sq km) in the greater Fort Lauderdale area, covering 40 routes. Also available is the Tri-Rail 67-mile (108km) commuter line linking Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. A variety of taxis and limousine hire companies operate in the area. The myriad waterways around Fort Lauderdale are served by waterbuses. In Palm Beach the Palm Tran bus service covers 32 routes and insists on exact change. Palm Beach Transportation is an umbrella body for several taxi companies using a single telephone number: 561 689 4222. In West Palm Beach there is a free shuttle service between City Place and Clematis Street.

English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

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