Florida, the Sunshine State, offers something for every traveler, from nature buff, thrill seeker, families and luxury alike, all while enjoying beautiful sunny weather year round. With average year round temperatures in the mid-80’s, nights in winter can occasionally reach freezing, especially in the northern panhandle. Summers are hot and humid, so head to the beach for the cooler ocean breezes. The rainy season runs from June to November, although rains typically last less than an hour. Hurricane season is during this timeframe so be sure to plan ahead.
Florida beaches are plentiful and varied, with over 600 to choose from. Siesta Key, an hour south of Tampa, is continually named one of the best beaches in Florida. Warm Gulf waters, soft sand, quaint beachside town and plenty of amenities, Siesta Key is the perfect island getaway. Further south along the Gulf Coast you’ll find the twin islands of Sanibel and Captiva. Sanibel’s location makes it the ideal spot for an abundance of shells to wash ashore from the Gulf of Mexico. Captiva’s exclusivity combined with stunning sunsets is a perfect romantic escape. The Naples and Ft. Myers areas offer upscale yet casual luxury. Miami’s South Beach is the place for an all-out good time. Sunbathe and people watch on the beach during the day, maybe catch a glimpse of a celebrity. Socialize and party the night away in the art-deco district’s hottest nightclubs.
Nature doesn’t stop at Florida’s beaches. The Florida Everglades National Park offers the chance to see undisturbed and rare wildlife in this semi-aquatic environment. Catch glimpses of alligators, crocodiles, pelicans, wood storks to name just a few of the thousand species that inhabit the Everglades. Drive, paddle, airboat or take a guided hike through this massive ecosystem.
The Florida Keys offers a true island experience without ever leaving the lower 48. Popular for fishing, diving and “Margaritaville” atmosphere, the Keys offer a 90-mile stretch of island retreats. Be sure to stop at Mile 0 in Key West and visit the southern most point in the Continental US.
History buffs will enjoy a trip to the oldest city in America, St. Augustine. Midway on the Atlantic coast of Florida, St. Augustine maintains much of it’s old world charm with historic inns, cobbled streets, Spanish missions and of course, the Fountain of Youth. Anyone who has ever witnessed a space shuttle lift off on TV will not want to miss a trip to Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. Take a guided tour behind the scenes or try the interactive flight simulator.
No mention of Florida would be complete without the Orlando area attractions. Central Florida is home to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World theme parks. This area alone offers everything from thrill rides, family adventures, animal encounters, luxury resorts, fine dining designed by celebrity chefs and more. Chances are, you name it, you can find it in Orlando.
The best time to visit Florida is late fall when the chances of hurricanes have diminished, temperatures are still warm, and families are back to school, keeping crowd levels low. For exclusive Luxe specials, check out Little Palm Island Resort in Little Torch Key, The Setai in Miami Beach, or the Ritz-Carlton Naples.
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