Travelers hungry for a change of pace but who prefer to stay within the United States will find Florida to be a natural choice. With 1,100 miles of coastline and a peninsula filled to the brim with theme parks, natural wonders, and night life, the sunshine state is a treasure trove of vacation delights.
Beginning with the obvious, the beaches in Florida are a major attraction. They range from remote and isolated to popular and packed with sun-seekers, and many offer diversions such as surfing, shelling, and celebrity-seeking. Rugged stretches of sand are great for exploring and picking up sand dollars, while more manicured areas offer the best sun tanning around. No matter which area of the state you plan to visit, there will certainly be a place to kick of your shoes and wade into the nearby surf.
While you’re near the water, be sure to save some time to squeeze in some fishing. Florida boasts that it has the best fishing in the world, so pack up the tackle box and see if the title is deserved. Or, if you prefer to observe rather than catch, put on your diving or snorkeling gear and head to the nearest reef...read more »
Florida is one of the most popular states for people to visit year round. With its gorgeous warm weather, people can enjoy the white sandy beaches, theme parks and so much more. In this article we will highlight a few of the top areas to visit.
Orlando is one of the top cities for Florida vacationers because it has something for everyone. It has many large theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World. There is a large assortment of hotels here catering the thrifty vacationers to those who want to indulge and getaway from it all. You will also find many retail and outlet stores, dinner shows and entertainment as well as the Orlando Magic Basketball team. Another popular attraction is the Cirque de Soleil show. Located at Downtown Disney, this theatrical show will thrill and mesmerize audiences.
Tampa, FL has also become a popular destination due to its growing city and attractions. Busch Gardens and Adventure Island are two large Anheiser Busch theme parks that thrill visitors of all ages. The Lowry Park Zoo and the Florida Aquarium both have a focus on animals, but also offer fun family activities so you can play while you are learning about your natural surroundings. Tampa is also surrounded by great water such as the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Both are great for watersports, sight seeing adventures and fishing. Charter a boat and collect snook, grouper and many other great fish in these waters. Or you can just relax on one of the beautiful beaches. There are many hotels to choose from with two of the most historic being The Vinoy Resort and Don Cesar on St. Petersburg Beach. Both are world renown and have tantalizing restaurants and all inclusive spa services....read more »
10 Reasons to Visit Sarasota Florida
Sarasota Florida attracts an abundance of visitors from around the world each year who love the water and the beach. Sarasota's warm climate attracts "snowbirds" down for its high season from January through March each year. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the city's cultural amenities matching those of the nation's largest cities. A world-class destination city, Sarasota, Florida has many reasons to live, work and play in this gorgeous coastal setting.
1. Sarasota's Barrier Islands
Sarasota is home to four tropical keys, each with its own unique personality. Siesta, Key, Longboat Key and Lido Key contain miles of beautiful beaches lined with luxury resort-style condos, quaint cottages and inns, numerous hotels, lavish and immaculate estates. There are no high-rise condos on ultra-exclusive Casey Key. The island is comprised almost entirely of single family homes. Private and public beaches are available on all of the keys for residents and visitors who love the water....read more »
Florida's Emerald Coast
I've lived on the east coast of Florida for many years but it wasn't until recently that I spent a few days in the Panhandle. I was so surprised at how different it was from all the other places I had been in Florida, and I have been all over Florida. For one thing the water is a beautiful shade of emerald green and the beaches are white sand where as the water along the east coast are a beautiful clear blue and the beaches are a lovely oatmeal color, quite a contrast. One of the other things I noticed was how the area, especially around Destin, was so beautiful and peaceful. There were tree lined streets, small pastel painted houses, outdoor malls that were cleverly disguised as quaint wood framed buildings which held all the designer brands and labels and at least a dozen well manicured golf courses....read more »
The north central area of Florida's Gulf Coast, known as the 'Big Bend' region, is a nature lover's paradise. Here you will find small coastal villages, such as Apalachicola, the center of Florida's oyster industry. The barrier island, St. George Island is a 28 mile stretch of uncrowded beaches perfect for sunning, swimming, fishing, and shelling. Another 30 miles is Tallahassee, Florida's capital since 1824. Along its oak-lined roads are the city's 145 properties on the National Register of Historic Places, including the restored Old Capitol (850-487-1902), with its candy strip awning and stained glass dome. The current Capitol (850-488-6167) is one of five tower capitals in America. Be sure to head to the 22nd floor for a panoramic view of the city. The Museum of Florida History (850-245-6400) documents the state from the very beginning....read more »