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Area Tips

Katie Cohen

“From the time when railroad tycoons first lured their distinguished guests down the coast to fine hotels and sandy beaches, Florida has beckoned travelers looking to get away to the tropics. These days, it’s easy to fly in to any number of the state’s major airports and take a short drive to wherever you want to go.

Beachgoers have their pick from over 1,000 miles of coastline, from the gently lapping shores of the Gulf of Mexico, all the way around to th...

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Food

Katie Cohen

"You’re going to find a lot of great seafood in Florida, caught fresh off the coast. Snapper, mahi mahi, and grouper are particularly tasty, and Florida stone crabs are the stuff of legend. If you’re feeling truly adventurous, you can even try alligator.
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Food

Lyn Henderson

"Grouper Sandwich! Stop at a local place (preferably alongside the road) on the Gulf Coast, and try one of these delightfully delicious sandwiches! You will want to bring this taste home with you, but no State does them quite as good as Florida."

Neighborhood

Lyn Henderson

"Check out the areas in the Upper Gulf Coast, such as Panama City or Pensacola. You will find more true Floridians in this area who know how to use their bountiful coast to provide local cuisine and activities. Check out the Gulf Islands National Seashore and Santa Rosa Island!"

Nightlife

Lyn Henderson

"If you want exciting nightlife, visit Miami! Enough said. However if you want to feel like a hippie back in the 60s, then head up the Gulf Coast to Siesta Key or down near Rotonda for a drum circle at dusk right on the beach!"

Family

Lyn Henderson

"Visit a Spring! Florida has dozens of natural springs that offer something different for families to do rather than the usual theme parks or coastal locations. Check out Rock Springs Run at Kelly Park! Rent a tube on the way in and enjoy hours of crystal cool water; a nice break from the hot Florida sun! More springs can be found here: http://www.floridasprings.org"

Adventure

Lyn Henderson

"Bahia Honda in the Florida Keys! Swim, Snorkel, hike or just sit along this sandy beach. Another cool spot is Kennedy Space Center. If you or your children love space, then this place is a must see!"

Arts & Music

Lyn Henderson

"Key West of course. I can't think of a better area for Arts, Music and culture! Must go to Key West."

About Florida

One visit to Florida and you'll enjoy enough sunshine to quash any winter blues you may be having. To top it off, Florida is home to many major cities and iconic attractions, which dot the state from north to south and east to west. From the family-friendly Walt Disney World to cosmopolitan Fort Lauderdale and the pristine gulf shores of Clearwater, Florida is a consistent piece of paradise. As a fabulous setting for any and all outdoor activities that have to do with sunshine, the opportunities for fun are infinite. Given the area's year-round nice weather, Camping in Florida is also popular and Florida campgrounds are available throughout the state.

Some of Florida's major attractions include:

  • Miami: With its eclectic mix of Latino culture, Caribbean influences, and a dominant American mentality, Miami is one of the most enticing cities in Florida.
  • Sun, surf and sand: There are near-endless options for beaches in Florida, including Clearwater, West Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, Panama City Beach. With snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, water skiing, windsurfing, Florida has it all.
  • Family fun in Orlando: Orlando, the capital of Florida theme parks, is home to Walt Disney World and Epcot Center, with Kennedy Space Center nearby. The Orlando area is one of the top family destinations in the United States as Florida's Disney Park alone attracts millions of visitors every year.
  • Everglades National Park: This park offers some of the most unique nature experiences in the U.S with airboat rides, spectacular scenery and raw, unspoiled nature like you've never seen before.
  • Cruise adventures: Whether you want a spot on a fishing charter or a tour of the Gulf Coast, there are endless possibilities for cruises, with major departure ports including Miami, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale.

Regardless of when you're visiting, a vacation rental like a condo or villa makes an excellent alternative to staying in a hotel. In coastal areas, panoramic beach views are available, and vacation rentals are perfect for couples, families and group vacations alike.

There's plenty more to explore in the Gulf region, including the Florida Keys and neighboring Georgia and Alabama. Florida is also a popular jumping-off point for Caribbean travel, with Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Bermuda and the Bahamas all a short flight or boat ride away.