Known as ‘the Sunshine State’, Florida has long been a popular place to visit and vacation thanks to its beautiful beaches, warm, sunny climes and wealth of great things to see and do. With everything from world-class cities and theme parks to untouched nature, tropical islands and fun watersports on offer; it is no wonder that visitors flock to the picturesque peninsula year-round.
The southeasternmost state in the US, Florida borders both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico with Georgia and Alabama lying to the north. Strung out along the Florida Straits is the idyllic coral cay archipelago of the Florida Keys which is located not too far from both The Bahamas and Cuba.
A very popular destination with retirees and snowbirds, the country’s third-most populous state has lots of fantastic cities to visit that boast a unique blend of cultures and communities. The metropolis of Miami for instance is an important center of Caribbean and Latin American culture, renowned not only for its incredible Art Deco architecture but its beaches and nightclubs too.
Although Tallahassee is the state capital, the most-visited city is Orlando as the ‘theme park capital of the world’ is home to Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, with the Kennedy Space Center also lying nearby. Pensacola is also a popular draw for its stunning white sand beaches while Fort Lauderdale – the ‘Venice of America’ – attracts just as many visitors due to its brilliant beaches, canals and boating.
Aside from its enthralling cities, Florida also has the unique and enormous ecosystem of Everglades National Park to explore which is full of mangroves and wetlands home to alligators, manatees and panthers. Also well worth checking out are the gorgeous Florida Keys which are famous for their stupendous scenery, laidback lifestyle and magnificent watersports.