9 must see places in Florida that everyone should visit

Florida is a big state with a lot to see and do. It has a warm tropical climate that in the southern part of the state means endless summer. And of course some of the best beaches in the world are found in Florida.

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This list with must see places in Florida help you to identify and narrow down the places you want to visit on your next trip to Florida.

A Key West sunset is a must see in Florida
Sunset in Key West, Florida.

1. Everglades and the must see home of the alligators

The alligators of Florida came long before any human came around. Still today they have their sanctuary in the Florida Everglades. See them from the window of you car, or even better take an airboat ride out in the swamp.

Alligator in the Florida Everglades
A Florida gator in the Everglades.

Read more: The best way to see alligators in the Everglades, Florida >>

2. Go to the beach of Clearwater in Florida

Clearwater Beach is constantly mentioned as one of the best beaches in the world. And it’s easy to fall in love with the white sand and that beautiful sound it makes when you step on the beach.

White sand on Clearwater Beach
Clearwater Beach with white sand and blue sky.

Read more: A wonderful beachy escape to Clearwater Beach, Florida >>

3. The end of the road in Key West

Key West is literally the end of the road. Pass by Ernest Hemingway’s beautiful old house and continue south until the road ends. There it is, the Southernmost Point of the continental US. Grasp that as you enjoy the endless summer and laid-back living that you only find in Key West.

Southernmost Point monument
Southernmost Point of the continental US.

Read more: A trip to Key West, a place like no other >>

4. Sanibel Island where man meets nature

To get to Sanibel Island you drive across the bridge from the mainland. It’s only a few minutes to cross, but the short ride takes you to a totally different mindset.

You find no high rises on Sanibel Island, and outside lights are strongly discouraged at night. If lights are visible from the beach, they could disturb the navigation of the sea turtles. Here man adjusts to nature and not the other way around.

The lighthouse on Sanibel Island
The lighthouse on Sanibel Island.

Read more: Fun things to do on Sanibel Island, Florida >>

5. The one and only capital of theme parks

Orlando is Orlando. Maybe you’re a fan of theme parks, maybe you aren’t. But even if the latter, if there is one time you should go, it’s in Orlando. Here you have plenty of theme parks to choose between, with Disney of course being the most famous. But don’t despair if you really don’t want to go to a theme park, among other things you find great shopping and dining in Orlando as well.

Walt Disney World in Orlando
Disney World in Orlando.

6. Swim in the cool Florida springs

Florida is very known for it beaches, but a little bit less so for its beautiful springs. There you can enjoy the cool freshwater when the heat gets the best off you. For example in Ichetucknee Springs, the temperature remains at a constant of 72 degrees F (22 degrees C) throughout the year.

Ichetucknee Springs in Florida.
Ichetucknee Springs cool you down a hot and humid day.

Read more: Ichetucknee Springs is the perfect cool Florida adventure >>

7. Relax in the Florida sun in Naples

Naples is another beautiful Florida beach town. It is quieter than Clearwater Beach, but not as quiet as Sanibel. And the beach is just gorgeous with the palm trees lining up next to the white sand.

The beautiful beach in Naples
Naples Beach.

Read more: A dreamy vacation in Naples, Florida >>

8. Welcome to Miami

Miami is the big city with everything you could ask for when you go on vacation. Beaches, restaurants, bars, shopping malls and of course culture. If you want a break from hanging around at the beach, Little Havana and Wynwood are great day activities.

Miami Beach
Miami Beach.

9. Stunning must see beaches on the Florida Panhandle

Clearwater Beach, Sanibel Island, Naples and Miami are all destinations in South Florida. However, some of the best beaches are found in the Florida Panhandle. Pensacola Beach and Panama City Beach are two such must see places in Florida that are too good to miss out on.

First Florida stop on southern road trip itinerary
White as snow on Pensacola Beach.

Read more: Sugar-white beaches in Pensacola Beach, Florida >>

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