Pine Avenue

Southwest Gulf Coast

Headed up by former Florida governor Lawton Chiles' son Ed, the restoration of Anna Maria's 'historic boutique business district' has the island abuzz. The renovated, brightly colored homes, boutiques, restaurants and galleries are delightful enough, but tourists will flip for the edible teaching garden out front, with 30 planter boxes filled with stuff like Ethopian kale and Chinese spinach. Delicious.

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5. Longboat Key


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6. Pass-a-Grille Beach

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7. St Pete Beach

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8. Ringling Museum Complex

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