Why vacation in Florida?
The beaches are number one reason for coming to Florida. The ability to sit on The Sunshine State’s incredible beaches and enjoy the soft sand, warm water, and beautiful sunsets you will find there. Florida has thousands of miles of coastline and the beaches are many and quite varied in their type. Wherever you go, you will find a Florida beach where you can sun, swim, and enjoy the view.
The theme parks are a major reason many people choose Florida for a vacation destination. Florida theme parks are the best in the world. Making Florida the most popular family vacation destination in the world. Orlando is best known for its theme parks, with Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, and SeaWorld Orlando. Tampa’s Busch Gardens is another excellent amusement park, almost always landing on annual top 10 lists for theme parks.
Hotels & Resorts
Florida is best known for it’s vacation destinations, and as such has some of the top hotels and resorts in the world. From Amelia Island, to Orlando, to Key West, there is a resort for everyone. South Florida and the Orlando areas include many varieties of resorts. You can choose your vacation style from luxurious, pampered comfort to upscale convenience.
State and National Parks
Florida is to home many state and national parks, monuments along it’s seashores, all of which are beautiful for the visitor to behold. Scour for seashells, fish along the shore, bike, and walk along the beautiful white beaches. Looking for adventure? Then the Everglades National Park is for you. It occupies much of the southwest portion of the state. The largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S., the Everglades is home to many rare species of animals, birds, and plants, and an airboat ride to view them is a must. State Parks throughout Florida are excellent, as guests can experience a diverse natural area of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pineland.
Florida is a state that is surrounded by water and for this reason you will no doubt want to take advantage of the many outdoor activities that are available. You can take your pick, from calm water related pursuits like fishing or sailing to more exciting adventures, such as jet skiing, SCUBA diving, kite or wind surfing, wake boarding, parasailing, and more. With 8,500 miles of shoreline, 7,800 lakes, 320 springs and 35 rivers, the possibilities are endless! Many beach hotels offer free use of non-motorized watercraft and outfitters throughout the state peddle charter fishing cruises, dive lessons, and other opportunities which enable you to enjoy Florida’s beautifully warm waters.
In Florida, the shopping options are abundant and varied, ranging from upscale shops in ritzy South Beach, Miami and beautiful St. Armand’s Circle near Sarasota to popular outlets in Tampa, St. Augustine and Orlando. There are also many malls along the Florida landscape. You should also check the Farmers Markets and Flea Markets that are all around the state.
Live Sporting Events
The Tampa Bay Rays call Florida home. Many other Major League Baseball teams hold spring training in Florida. Many visitors head to The Sunshine State annually just to enjoy the sports that take place there all year round, from NFL football to NHL hockey pre-season and regular season games. Florida also has some of the nation’s top college teams in football, baseball and basketball. Make sure you plan to see some live sporting events during your trip to Florida.
Nightlife sizzles in many parts of the Sunshine State. On the east coast, the most popular nightlife spots are Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale (especially during Spring Break), West Palm Beach, and the other towns in that area. In central Florida, the Walt Disney World complex has Downtown Disney. Universal’s City Walk appeals to nighttime revelers as well, with its many restaurants and bars. On the Gulf Coast, beach towns offer a good collection of nightclubs and other popular party spots geared towards various age groups.
Florida has thousands of public, private and semiprivate courses! Florida’s nice weather makes a golfing vacation perfect, particularly in the fall, winter and spring.
Florida’s interesting history is one visitor’s can experience while exploring the region. From the Spanish style architecture of St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied European established city in the U.S., to Tampa and its ties to the cigar industry, to the rich military history of the Panhandle, Florida excites and educates visitors who enjoy gaining a little knowledge while on vacation.
Arts and Culture
Florida is filled with museums and entertainment venues both up and down both the East and West coasts and everywhere in between. Visitors can buy tickets for rock concerts, Broadway style shows, dinner theatre, and much more, in major cities like Tampa, Sarasota, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee and Jacksonville.