Florida , the 27th State of the United States , is located on the east coast and is the southernmost state in the continental United States. It is bordered to the north Georgia, northwest of Alabama and is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico . Thanks to the climatic and geographical location is Florida (also called the Sunshine State), ideal for beach holidays and water sports of all kinds. The capital of Florida is Tallahassee.
In Florida there are 6 regions: Florida Panhandle, North, Center, South, Florida Keys, and Gold Coast around Miami. The most important cities in Florida are: Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, and West Palm Beach. Other important cities are Daytona Beach, Hollywood, Key West, Naples, Saint Augustine, Saint Petersburg, and, Sarasota.
Of course, Florida is also spoken in English. In southern Florida, especially Miami, but we hear a lot of Spanish, after all, is now one in six Floridians Spanish native speakers. In the major tourist attractions such as Magic Kingdom, there are always plenty of staff to a multi-lingual to assist you. Most communication problems solved by the willingness of Americans to forgive mistakes like English or bumpy. Spanish skills are recommended at least for a trip in a little less known regions in South Florida.
Immigration and customs forms are filled out on the plane. The necessary forms are provided by the flight crew available. The passport must have at least 3 months validity. The residence permit is granted for 90 days, who wants to stay longer require a visa which is issued by the U.S. Consulate.
Contrary to common belief, there would be in the U.S. only burgers and fries, are found in many places very high-quality restaurants with French, Spanish and Italian influences. Even the Chinese around the corner is not missing, just like the Thai or Indian. Seafood lovers can enjoy themselves in Florida at their expense: Lobster (lobster), prawns (shrimp), crubs (crayfish) and many more are on the menus of seafood restaurants. Also there is a large selection of fresh vegetables and fruits. So, you can certainly eat healthy.
Of course, the fast-food restaurants found in every city. People know a lot more chains than we do in Germany. There would be other than the famous McDonald’s, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken or Pizza Hut or Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Arby’s etc.
But you do not have to go into a fast food restaurant in order to get relatively quick delicious meal. For example, at TGI Friday’s, Applebee’s, or you can take Chilie’s very good and very pleasant surroundings in his food to him.
Then there are the family restaurants, most of them are open 24 hours. You can get here from breakfast to midnight snack all. The best known are Denny’s, IHOP and Perkins.
For all restaurants, except for the fast-food chains, is: “Please wait to be seated” at the entrance to wait until a nice employee comes and brings to the table. Tipping is expected in the range of 15-20%. This is common in the United States, because the tips an integral part of the wages of the waiters are. If you have not quite done eating, you can let themselves be a DoggieBag (no, not the dog). Happy to take the remains in plastic containers are packed.
Who wants to take care of themselves, to ensure that no problems: The supermarkets have a wide range. The two biggest (unfortunately also the most expensive) supermarket chains Publix and Winn-Dixie. You enter the store and feel like in paradise. Everything is very neatly presented and tastefully decorated. Not quite as clearly established and more Diskountstil in contrast, are as FoodLion and Kash’n'Karry. But you get the same brand products are often cheaper than in supermarkets.