There are countless reasons why you should consider traveling to Florida, at least once in your lifetime. The Sunshine State has so much to offer in terms of wildlife, nature, history, beaches, and amazing attractions. Even though this state is world-famous, it’s still possible to go off the beaten track and explore some more hidden gems. Read on to see where to go in Florida.
The majority of first time visitors go to Florida to see Miami Beach and visit Disney World in Orlando. If you’re a child at heart or looking for perhaps the best family destination in the world, well Orlando is the place to go. Known as the theme park capital of the world, you are guaranteed you and the kids won’t be bored. But if you’re looking for a trip with more diversity, there are many other exciting places too. One thing Florida is also well-known for is the cozy and colorful villages in many places. Whether you prefer a vibrant city or a sleepy little town on an island, you have plenty of options.
Exciting accommodation options
In Florida, you’ll find all sorts of accommodation types. From amazing Orlando resorts, which have a long list of facilities and activities, to rental places on the beach, huts, bed and breakfast places, and many more. ‘Unique stays’ are also an option if you’re after a different, but once-in-a-lifetime accommodation experience.
Check out Destin – World’s Luckiest Fishing Village
Destin is a quiet fisherman’s village, which is in the northwest of the state, facing the Gulf of Mexico. The beaches there are perfectly white and ideal for some fun in the sun. If you’re looking for a more quiet beach spot, head to ‘Norriego Point’, at the end of Holiday Isle. In Destin, you can explore the colorful city, eat fresh seafood, pay a visit to ‘Gator Beach’, spot dolphins, or try out some of the many other fun water activities there.
St. George Island
In the Florida Panhandle, you’ll find this unspoiled island. St. George Island has glorious emerald waters, amazing beaches, and awesome accommodation options. You won’t find a proper “downtown,” but the barrier island will still give you a feeling of being in a small town. This island was one of the last inhabited places in the Sunshine State. If you want a more unspoiled experience, you should check out St. George.
Another island to consider when visiting Florida, is Caladesi. The island is located near Clearwater on the Gulf coast. This barrier island came from a hurricane, which passed in 1921 and remains very untouched. The beach here is ranked as being one of the very best ones in the US. You can expect pure white sand and beautiful warm blue water to soak in, perfect for a 1-day getaway. To reach Caladesi Island you will have to take a ferry or a private boat.
Must-eats when visiting Florida
For the foodies, Florida is the perfect state to visit. As the state is surrounded by coastline, fresh seafood is a must-try. In Key West, there are many things to try, such as the ‘Key West Pink Shrimp’. The color of this special shrimp has this rosy color and is widely available from November to June. These delicious shrimp are often eaten in a shrimp cocktail or as an appetizer.
If you have a sweet tooth, you cannot miss out on a piece of the key lime pie. This might just be the most heavenly dessert you have ever tried. The pie is believed to originate from the Florida Keys and is made with key limes, which are a smaller version of normal limes and are yellow, not green. You should go for the key lime pies which will look more yellow not green.
Florida Stone Crabs are one seafood dish, not to miss out on. Especially if you love crab meat. You can try this amazing dish if you’re going to Florida between mid-October to mid-April, as this is the season for Florida Stone Crabs. These crabs are a delicacy and they are under high regulations, which also makes them quite pricey.
For sandwich lovers, a Cuban Sandwich is a must-try. The sandwich came with the Cuban immigrants who came to Florida and is also known as Cubano. The sandwich is a sort of fancier ham and cheese sandwich and is quite world-famous. It has different layers, consisting of Swiss cheese, pickles, roasted pork, and mustard on a very tasty, cuban-style bread.
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