With theme parks, miles of beaches, quaint small towns and cosmopolitan cities, the fun in the sun is known as Florida.
It's not just theme parks though, Florida offers a diverse range of resorts to visit, with a huge amount of things to do and see.
The capital of Florida State is Tallahassee and the largest city is Jacksonville. Symbolic animals to Florida such as the American alligator, Florida panther and the manatee, can be found in the Everglades which is one of the most famous national parks in the world.
Florida otherwise known as the Sunshine State, it offers a mild, sunny climate throughout the year. Florida maintains a comfortable average annual temperature of 72ºF and a mostly dry climate from October to May.
The summer months are the rainy season, generally starting in June and lasting through to September/early October.
Florida's long coastline does put it in the hurricane belt, which may approach from either the Atlantic or the Gulf coast. Hurricane season begins 1st June and ends on 30th November, with the highest potential for storms between mid-August to mid-October. However, the daily weather during this period tends to be some of the most beautiful of the year.
Out and About
Whether it is the thrilling theme parks, exciting water parks, the beautiful beaches of the west coast, the eclectic lifestyle of the Florida Keys or the grandeur of the Everglades, there is something for everyone in Florida.
If it's theme parks you are after then this is the place to be and with most of the major theme parks located around the central belt it makes access to the parks easy whether you hire a car or use public transport. The main parks are the 4 Walt Disney parks and 2 Universal parks but there are also various waterparks, Seaworld marine park, mini golf and entertainment areas such as Disney Springs and Universal City Walk. Although there are some great rides at Disney and Universal, there are some far bigger and more thrilling rides to be found at Busch Gardens, Tampa which is around an hours drive from Walt Disney World and may be better suited to older children.
Florida is also very well known for it's golf and with hundreds of beautiful courses on offer it is clear to see why. It is possible to play golf all year round although it can become quite uncomfortable playing in the summer months and can be more enjoyable at cooler times of the year.
Shopping is another activity which is very popular here and there is such a great range from malls with all the large department stores to designer outlet villages. So if you are looking for a bargain or some designer gear then this is the place to visit. There are also many flea markets dotted about the place if you want to purchase some locally produced items at great prices.
If you want to kick back and relax, there are plenty of beautiful beaches worth a visit, such as St Petersburg and Clearwater. You may also want to visit the Everglades National Park which is home to wildlife such as manatee and crocodile. Miami is also down this neck of the woods and very lively, such a great place to party.
A trip to Florida is not complete without a trip down the east coast to Fort Lauderdale which is also known as Little Venice and the fantastic NASA Kennedy Space Centre.
Orlando is full of interesting museums and galleries so if you want to take a break from the theme parks and immerse yourself in a little culture then visit one of the many cultural attractions.
So for lots of fun in the sun, come and visit the Sunshine State.
Out for Lunch!
Florida has so much choice and variety, offering a wide range of cuisine and types of restaurants from the traditional American diner to themed restaurants and family friendly restaurants with 'all you can eat' buffets to the ultra chic and romantic gourmet restaurants. Remember, you have to be 21 years or over to be able to buy, and consume alcohol.
Florida is well known for its oranges, as well as kiwi, grapefruit, mango's and limes are grown here. A particular speciality of Florida is the Key Lime Pie, originating in Key West where the small Key limes grow.
With over 8,000 miles of coastline there is an abundance of fish and seafood on offer with one speciality the Stone Crab Claws which are caught from October to April, and the only time available. In the northeast and the Panhandle (northwest) of Florida you'll find a more Southern home-style of cooking with fried chicken and fish served with grits or hush puppies (deep-fried balls of cornbread with chopped onion). Further south in Miami there are many great restaurants, particularly in South Beach which has a number of celebrity owned restaurants. Cuban cuisine is also common in this area.
Flight Time - From London 9 hrs 10 mins, From Manchester 9 Hrs, From Glasgow 8 hrs 45 mins
Currency - US Dollar
Nightlife - Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs and Cafes - mixed and varied.
Best Time to Visit: April to November
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