When people hear the name Florida they think of several things. Disney World. Miami Beach. Key West. Universal Studios Florida. South Beach. The Everglades. Oranges. And the best part about Florida is that every single one of these things is true. The state is literally jam-packed with things to do all year round, from some of the best beaches on the planet to some of the most amazing fruits and climate. Regardless if you hit the forested sub-tropical northern section of the state, or the beach-lined coastal regions of the Florida panhandle, be prepared to be amazed.
While it's true that Florida is a popular tourist destination, especially due to places like Disney World, Sea World, The Kennedy Space Center, and Daytona International Speedway, it's not just about the tourist traps. There are several national parks and plenty of backwoods areas that tourists never see, which gives you the opportunity to either experience the Florida that every other tourist explores on a yearly basis, or the chance to have your own personal experience within the state. With places like Miami and Orlando to start off in if you dig the tourist vibe, The Everglades National Park or the Ocala National Forest offer visitors a chance to see a different side of the state than the movies and television shows always show you.
Florida is a unique blend of American, Caribbean, and Cuban culture. The mixture is intoxicating, and absolutely breathtaking. From the cuisine to the nightclubs, the sandy beaches and the surfing or the utter luxury of an island adventure, there is plenty for the sightseer to catch a glimpse of in Florida. However, knowing when the hurricane season is will determine whether or not you get to see any beach time or not, so plan around it. Bring your appetite and a sense of adventure because The Sunshine State is waiting for you.
When someone mentions Orlando, you probably already have Mickey and Minnie Mouse wandering through your head, and an undulating rollercoaster shooting in one ear and out the other. This sunny…
Technically a barrier island connected to the mainland by a series of bridges, Miami Beach is nevertheless a city all by itself. It has stood as one of the premier beach resorts in the United…
The palm-strewn streets of the South Florida city of Miami are hardly the American norm. Miami, with its large Hispanic influences is a refreshing alternative and at times bizarre take on lif…
Kissimmee is a rural community located to the southwest of downtown Orlando.
Until recently, Kissimmee was a rather residential community that bordered on St. Cloud, another rural central …
Once renowned as the definitive party capital for students on spring break (at least for those not off to Mexico), Fort Lauderdale has shaken off its beer-swilling image and graduated into a …
The southernmost tip of the United States (okay, so we’re choosing to excuse islands such as Hawaii, but you get the point), Key West is pointedly quirky, full of the kind of characters tha…
As one of America’s biggest draws when it comes to beach holidays, Tampa Bay is a massive vacation hotspot, with plenty of sun and a party atmosphere that prevails throughout the year and k…
Jacksonville, Florida is located on Florida's First Coast and is the largest city by area not only in northeast Florida, but in the entire continental United States. Jacksonville has a wealt…
A small city on the coast of Northern Florida, just a short distance outside of Jacksonville, Saint Augustine stands apart as one of those coastal destinations in the US which has a decidedly…
When you hear the words Daytona Beach, three things probably come to mind right away...Spring Break, Bike Week and NASCAR auto racing. Daytona Beach is so much more! Daytona Beach is the per…
Lake Buena Vista is the city where Walt Disney World Resort is actually located. Not Orlando or Kissimmee. It is currently being run by the Walt Disney Company.
When going around the Disne…
Destin is well known for it's amazingly beautiful white sand beaches located right on the Emerald Coast.
The beaches aren't only a fabulous place to sunbathe, swim, snorkel, and fish, but …
The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Clearwater, is the beach! The sparkling white sand and the crystal clear water makes this one of the most visited beaches in the area.To a…
Fort Myers, population 48,000 plus as of 2000, is the county seat of Lee County, Florida. Established in 1886, it is the gateway to the Southwest Florida region, which is a major tourist des…
Panama City Beach is a popular destination for beach-goers from around the Southeast US. Known as the "Redneck Riviera" to some, PCB offers all ranges of accommodation, restaurants, clubs and…
Pensacola is proud of its rich heritage, historically significant events, and landmarks.
We recently marked our 450th anniversary. In celebration, we hosted the king and queen of Spain, th…
Characterized by quaint sidewalk cafés, bricklined walks and six blocks of unique boutiques, shops, art galleries and dozens of excellent restaurants along Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison S…
Sarasota is a beautiful beach-front city, laid-back and chock full of elderly retirees. But don't let that fool you. There are plenty of things to do for the younger crowd.
Vacations in …
Saint Petersburg, locally known as St. Pete, is the largest city in Florida's Pinellas County and makes up a significant component of the Tampa Bay Area, sitting at the entrance of the Bay an…
West Palm Beach is the largest city in Palm Beach County, the northernmost of the tri-county area that makes up South Florida (the other two being Broward County and Miami-Dade County). It's …
Davenport is a small community in Polk County, Florida. It has recently seen new developments such as a golf course, residental housing, leisure park, shops, restaurants and bars as the area …
Gainesville is a small city that lives and dies with the University of Florida, which is its centerpiece. The vast majority of people who live in Gainesville are inseparable from the univers…
Melbourne is the place to stay when you prefer to stay away from the hussle and bussle of the big city. Minutes from the beach. Melbourne is located 30 minutes south of Kennedy Space center. …
Cocoa Beach is a city in Florida. It is a favorite vacation spot for American and International travelers. The city is famous as the setting of the popular 1960s TV show I Dream of Jeannie.
Key Largo is an island in the upper Florida Keys archipelago and, at 33 miles (53 km) long, the largest of the Keys. It is also the northernmost of the Florida Keys in Monroe County, and the …
A great place for lovers of water sports and abounds with things to do. Located in the Florida pan handle by the Gulf of Mexico, Panama city is blessed with tons of sun, turquoise water, and …
Fort Walton Beach is located Northwest Florida. It is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida.
It houses the major airport to it's neighboring towns such as Destin and Navarre.
It is defini…
Ocala is a city in Marion County, Florida. As of 2006, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 52,488. It is the county seat of Marion County, and the Primary City of the Ocala,…
Located in the heart of Florida's Gold Coast the City of Pompano Beach is the year round home to 104,402 residents. During season (September through March) the number swells to nearly 150,00…
Boca Raton is a peaceful, affluent community on the southeast coast of Florida, about half an hour from Ft. Lauderdale and a little over an hour from Miami. It is famous for its pink and yell…
South Beach is the section of Miami Beach, Florida that encompasses the southernmost 23 blocks of an island separating the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay.
Today, the South Beach section o…
Titusville is a small city in Central Florida along the 'Space Coast' of Brevard County. Titusville is the closest city and probably best base for Kennedy Space Center. It is home to the Spac…
The largest recreational resort in the entire world, and the most visited as well, Walt Disney World Resort is located near Orlando, Florida, and is generally known simply as Disney World. In…
Welcome to the friendly city, Bradenton Florida. Enjoy the gorgeous sunshine as it beats down upon your shoulders. Let your eyes wander to the beautiful Manatee River. Watch as the sun sets a…
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