Florida Holiday Essentials
5 Places to Visit & Why
If you or any member of your travel group or family are interested in space and/or space travel then Cape Canaveral is somewhere you must visit while in Florida. With a population of under 10,000, it is by no means a large city. However, it is home to one of America’s most popular tourist attractions, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The centre attracts around 1.7 million people annually. It’s a great place for kids (and big kids) of all ages to visit. You will get the opportunity to learn all about NASA and its operations, giving you a sneak peek behind the scenes into the technical and logistical side of space travel. Also, learn all about the Apollo Moon Landing and the astronauts who took the journey, amongst others. As this is a popular attraction, especially with day trippers from Orlando, remember to book your tickets well in advance.
If you are looking for the party capital of Florida, Miami is the place to visit. With numerous bars and nightclubs, if dancing the night away is top of your agenda then the South Beach neighbourhood is where you need to head. With world class DJs playing the music in world-class clubs there’s no wonder it is a firm favourite with celebrities and their entourages. It’s also home to stunning art deco buildings, Gianni Versace’s Mansion and a soft white sand beach. If you are looking to shop till you drop while in Florida, you have to hit the malls, outlet stores and designer boutiques in Miami. Or if food is your thing, then Miami’s eclectic mix of cuisine will pique your interest. With seafood a plenty together with many international restaurants particularly Latin American ones, we’re sure you’ll find something that whets your appetite, literally.
If chilling out is the main aim of your holiday, The Florida Keys are the place for you. “The Keys” is an archipelago located off the southern coast of Florida. Made up of approximately 1,700 islands. The most popular ones being Key Largo which is the largest and the closest to the mainland. And Key West which is Florida’s southernmost point. With breathtakingly beautiful palm tree lined beaches and relatively quiet nightlife, compared to the mainland, the islands of The Florida Keys offer relaxation like nowhere else in the State. However, if you do like a bit of adventure then there are water sports aplenty off the coast of the islands. There are many activities to try your hand at including water skiing, snorkelling and kayaking. If you like the ocean but at a more relaxed pace, why not take a catamaran trip, you may even spot a pod of dolphins.
The Everglades National Park is a 1.5-million-acre wetland preserve in Southern Florida. It is not only the largest subtropical wilderness in the state but also the whole of America. Even if the sound of it does not appeal, it really is somewhere that has to be seen to be believed. It is the perfect place to visit if you love animals, as you find them in abundance here. Including, amongst others, various breeds of birds, endangered leatherback turtle, Florida panthers, manatees, racoons, deer, wild hogs, snakes and of course, the parks most famous and notorious inhabitants – crocodiles and alligators. The park is a great place to head if you like to hike, sail, snorkel or dive. However, the best way of seeing the park in all its glory is to take a ride on an airboat with an experienced guide. Grab your camera and get ready for a ride you’ll never forget.
Located on the northeast coast of Florida, this city which was founded in September 1565 claims to be the oldest in America. As with many Floridian coastal cities, it has fantastic sandy beaches. However, St Augustine also has a lot more to offer. It is famous for its Spanish colonial architecture which can be seen and admired along the narrow streets and throughout the city. Therefore, if it is a European feel you are looking for, this really is the city for you. Check out some of St Augustine’s most famous landmarks including Castillo de San Marcos – a 17th-century Spanish stone fortress, Ponce de Leon’s “Fountain of Youth,” and the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse. You can also learn about the city’s history by visiting some of the museums in St Augustines including Father O’Reilly House Museum, Lightner Museum and the Old Jail Museum.
We hope our quick guide has helped you decide where you should visit in Florida if Disney just simply is not your thing. of course, there are so many more cities and towns in Florida that a great to explore. However, these five are not to be missed. So once you’ve booked your villa and hired your car, the next step is to enjoy what the Sunshine State has to offer.
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