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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.