"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!"
"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!"
"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"
"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!"
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:
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.