If you love sun and sand, of course you could go to Bahamas or Hawaii, but many of the top beaches of the world are in Florida. Florida has a lot to offer from Walt Disney World in Orlando for the kids/family to crazy parties in South Beach, Miami and Panama City Beach (one of the hot spots for Spring Break every year, photo on left).
Florida also boasts some of the best golf courses and cruises (to Bahamas, Bermuda, Jamaica, St. Martin, St. Lucia, Panama Canal, and various Mexican hot-spots too). Strongly recommend St. Lucia (photo on right).
The Beaches of Florida:
Here are some of the top beaches of Florida and what they are famous for:
- Best Sand - Fort Walton Beach
- Best Family Beach - Siesta Key
- Best Sunset - Clearwater Beach
- Most Romantic Beach - Lovers Key
- Best Party Beach (Spring Break) - Panama City Beach
- Best Party Beach (Year Round) - South Beach, Miami
- Florida's Longest Beach - Canaveral National Seashore
For animal lovers, Florida has allocated a 140,000 acres of land for National wildlife array. This encloses around 17 diverse habitations, 900+ varieties of plant-life, 117 types of fish, 68 varieties of reptiles/amphibians, 330+ different kinds of birds, and 31 mammals. Some of the interesting activities here are Wildlife Photography, Hiking, Boating, Bird Watching, and Fishing.
There are numerous lighthouses in Florida. The tallest lighthouse in Florida is the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. It is a 175 feet building made up of red brick and quite recognizable. The St. Augustine lighthouse has a nautical archaeology program that educates and helps preserve many of the lighthouses up and down the coastline. The second highest lighthouse is the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse which stands 145 feet tall. Here's an informative site about Florida Lighthouses.
More cruises leave the Florida coastline than any other state. The top six ports are Miami, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Canaveral, Everglades, and Key West and the top destinations are the Caribbean and Mexico. If you’re looking for a party, try Celebrity or Discovery Cruise Lines. For something a bit more sophisticated, try Royal Caribbean or Norwegian Cruise Lines.
No matter what you enjoy, there’s definitely something for everyone in Florida… family fun in Orlando, all kinds of cruises to the Caribbean and Mexico (among other places), to relaxing and sunbathing on the beautiful white sand beaches to partying on Ocean Drive in Miami.
Quick Travel Tip:
If you want to avoid the crowds and lines, avoid Spring Break (between mid March and early April) and if you’re looking for great deals, avoid peak season (i.e. Memorial Day through mid-August, Thanksgiving through New Year’s, and Spring Break / two weeks surrounding Easter). Happy travels! ;-)