Highlights of Florida

April 13, 2014 by Elle Croft

Nicknamed ‘The Sunshine State’ for good reason, Florida boasts sunshine almost every day of the year. There is rain, too, but it’s warm, tropical rain. The kind that creates the perfect excuse to head to the closest bar for refreshment before the sun comes out again. But the sunshine and warm temperatures aren’t the only reason to visit this American destination; here are some of the other highlights of Florida:

Beaches

Florida Highlights: Beach

With 360 days of sunshine each year, St Petersburg/Clearwater in Florida boasts some of the most pristine beaches in the country. The waters are brilliant turquoise from a distance and crystal clear from beneath, meaning the snorkelling opportunities are fantastic. Add to this the spectacular sunsets, dolphin-spotting, beach-front restaurants and the tropical temperatures and you have a recipe for the ideal holiday. And that’s just one beach! There are plenty more to choose from, all with great weather and picturesque surrounds.

Amusement Parks

Florida Highlights: Amusement Parks

The Orlando area attracts more visitors than any other amusement park destination in the United States, and not without reason. With parks and rides to suit both young and old, adventurous and more reserved, there really is an amusement park for everyone. Choose from Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort (including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter), SeaWorld Orlando, LEGOLAND Florida…or one of the many other parks in the area. We don’t know about you, but we can’t narrow it down to just one!

Amelia Island

Off the northeast coast of Florida lies Amelia Island, just 13 miles in length and the perfect getaway within easy reach of some of the state’s biggest cities. Rated as one of the top 10 islands in the USA, it’s the kind of place where your days will be spent reading, taking in the views, walking along unspoiled beaches and maybe even horse riding. If relaxation is a priority for you, Amelia Island is the place to do it.

Miami

Florida Highlights: Miami

Not only is Miami the only major American city founded by a woman, it also boasts amazing beaches, Art Deco architecture, cosmopolitan restaurants and bars and some incredible surrounding areas. The Everglades, just outside of the city, is the largest subtropical wetland ecosystem in the USA. It contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere and is home to wildlife such as alligators and flamingos. A fun way to see this region is to take a thrilling air-boat tour!

Florida Highlights: Miami

Golf

Florida boasts more golf courses than any other state in the U.S., with over 1,300 dotting the region. It’s a golfer’s paradise and – crucially – the state is also a non-golfer’s paradise, meaning you never have to choose between a golf holiday and a beach holiday again!


 

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About Elle Croft

When Elle is not travelling, she's blogging about it over at A Bird in the Hand Travel. She believes that you don't have to look like a backpacker to travel, and writes about the stylish side of wanderlust, from stylish destinations to packing tips.