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Florida Travel Guide
Sunset in Everglades National Park © Esther Lee
Florida Travel Guide
The Sunshine State is aptly named; a summery destination all year round, offering visitors incredible culture, great food, and endless entetainment. Whether you're a theme park thrill seeker or a nature nut there is always something to see and do in Florida. Temperatures are almost always comfortable, the locals endlessly friendly, and the air abuzz with activity. Home to some of the most marvellous beaches and resorts in the US, those in search of a memorable summer holiday know that Florida is the place to be.
For most, a holiday in Florida is not complete without a trip to the world famous Walt Disney World. The ultimate amusement park, adults and children alike can delight in exploring the four parks which are home to incredible rides and facilities. Universal Studios Florida also offers a unique experience with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the Islands of Adventure, and the Wet 'n Wild Waterpark to name a few, each with their own unique appeal.
Florida's world-renowned beaches are perfect for taking a break from the parks, where visitors can lie on the beach, listen to the waves, and bronze in the sun. Restaurants line the coast as do hotels that cater to a range of budgets, so there's no reason not to enjoy lcal delicacies like fried blue crab.
Make sure to explore Florida's rich history in the Florida State Parks which give visitors insight into the historical significance of the state. Miami's Biscayne National Park as well as the Everglades National Park are popular stops for those looking for something a little more outdoorsy.
There is certainly something for everyone in this bustling state of activity, flare, and culture.
The weather in Florida is famously pleasant. Summers in the Sunshine State are long and warm, often humid, with frequent thunderstorms. Winters are mild and cool. Taking a trip in April or May is ideal, conditions not too hot or humid, but comfortable. Coastal areas across the state do not get too cold in winter and experience a welcomed breeze in summer, making for pleasant temperatures all year round. Read more on Florida's Climate and Weather.
What to see in Florida
-Admire the varied works in the Tampa Museum of Art.
-Marvel at the sea life at Sea World Orlando.
-Explore the unusual Coral Castle.
-See wild animals in the Busch Gardens of Tampa.
What to do in Florida
-Catch a ride at the Walt Disney World amusement park.
-Relax and catch a tan on the beautiful Miami Beach.
-Explore the Biscayne National Park and its natural beauty.
-Enjoy the unique and picturesque Florida Keys.
Getting to Florida
There are direct flights to Florida from London and most major UK cities, with a flight duration from London of roughly 10-11 hours. Orlando International Airport is the major airport in Florida, and there are flights to Florida available from practically anywhere. Get more information on Florida Airports.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Rabbit at Rest by John Updike, and Continental Drift by Russell Banks.
Big Trouble (2002), Wild Things (1998), Scarface (1983), Recount (2008).
The Mojito, the Cuba Libre and other Cuban drinks are very popular at bars across Florida.
'Pink Gold': the delicious shellfish of the Sunshine State, is a must-have when visiting Florida.
What to buy
Walt Disney souvenirs, Miami t-shirts, and Florida State Parks guides.
What to pack
Plenty of sunscreen, a swimming costume and towel, and a comfortable pair of walking shoes for sightseeing.
What's on in Florida?
The charming village of Coconut Grove hosts the Coconut Grove Arts Festival in February. Calle Ocho is also held in Florida, giving visitors a chance to share in one of the biggest street parties in the world. For serious party-goers the Ultra Music Festival is one not to miss. For more information about what's on in Florida check out Florida Events.
Did you know?
-In Florida it is illegal to sing whilst wearing swimwear in public.
-Florida is the flattest state in the US.
-Wherever you are in Florida, you are never more than 60 miles away from the ocean.
A final word
From the magic that is Walt Disney World, to the magnificence and natural beauty of the National State Parks and Miami beaches; the Sunshine State certainly has something for everyone.
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