Welcome to Florida
Explore Florida, the Sunshine and citrus fruits
Explore Florida – Florida is a hugely popular holiday destination for sun-starved Brits. Florida’s nickname is the Sunshine state and you’ll hopefully become sunkissed rather than sunburnt. The state flower is the orange blossom and citrus fruits are one of its main agricultural crops. Indeed, “Florida” and “orange juice” are pretty much synonymous in numerous consumer minds.
A sporting climate
Florida’s climate makes it an ideal place for golf and tennis enthusiasts to enjoy their game year-round. The state has also positioned itself as an ideal family holiday destination. There are few children who say “No thanks” to a visit to Disney World and nearby rival theme parks, Universal Studios and SeaWorld Orlando, which are also hugely popular, are all within the same area, making it easy for visitors to fit in a visit to each during a holiday.
Golfers spoilt for choice
Golf is a major attraction. The PGA list of Florida golf courses is a useful guide as it lists golf courses by area: so, whether you’re in the Naples-Fort Myers-Sarasota stretch of the Gulf Coast or on the eastern seaboard that runs from Miami up to Daytona and beyond, or in a central location like Orlando, you’ll find a golf course suitable for your expertise. The list also gives an idea of costs: some of Florida’s clubs are very snazzy and you don’t want to get caught out with an unexpectedly large bill.
Explore Florida & Marvellous Miami
Miami is a city that delivers more than it promises. The TV series of the 80s, “Miami Vice” may have colored British expectations to some extent, but Miami is much more cultured than that show made out. South Beach is a stretch of Art Deco stylishness and cruising Ocean Drive in a car, or walking it, is a must. Other areas of interest are Coconut Grove, Little Haiti and Buena Vista with its Miami Design district.
Art aficionados should visit Miami in December when the art world descends for Art Basel Miami Beach and a host of satellite art events. During the rest of the year, Miami has a wealth of museums that are worth a visit, including a children’s museum that your kids will love. You may think that kids and museums aren’t an ideal mix, but the interactive exhibits here will have your kids enthralled.
The Florida Keys
If you’re in Miami and you have a car, without doubt you should drive down the Florida Keys, preferably until you reach the very tip of Florida—and the United States-in Key West. Fans of that special movie pairing of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall should watch the 1948 John Huston film “Key Largo” before you visit the real Key Largo. It’s also home to the citrus fruit “Key lime” and yes, that’s where Key lime pie comes from. The sunsets you’ll see from the Keys are simply sublime and worth the journey.
From the Gulf coast to the Atlantic
Florida’s coast on the Gulf of Mexico is another popular holiday destination. From Tarpon Springs to Marco Island, taking in Naples, Fort Myers and Sarasota along the way, the white sand beaches, chic coastal towns and smart shopping attract an international set. The Ringling circus and the Ringlisng estate play an important role in the history of this coast, so make sure you visit one, or both. And if you are in Tarpon Springs, it’s said to have the best Greek restaurants in America. On the Atlantic coast, Palm Beach is a byword for “old money” and art collecting. Jupiter Beach is a nearby popular spot as is nearby Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding towns. This is a vibrant area that gives visitors easy access to Miami and the Florida Everglades.
From Davenport to Daytona
Visitors who want to make the most of Orlando and its family attractions may prefer to stay in nearby Davenport, which is a quieter, charming town is only a few miles from the highway that will take you straight to Disneyworld. Drive over to the coast and head north from the famous Cape Canaveral, and you’ll reach one of Florida’s other famous locations; Daytona. Not only is it an aquatic sports centre, it is more famously where the Daytona 500 rally is held. This is the most prestigious NASCAR rally and attracts crowds of around 250,000.