This guest post is from Joe Schembri who has enjoyed the Florida lifestyle since 1990. He’s a huge fan of kayaking, spending time at the beach and traveling around the state. All photos are his own.
Florida has so much to offer any traveler, from families looking for fun, couples looking for romance and friends looking for adventure. There is so much to see and do that every moment of your Florida vacation will be packed to the brim. The reasons to come to the Sunshine State are endless, but here are some of the things on the top of the list.
Florida is known for its wonderful climate. People from up north flock to Florida every winter to luxuriate in the warm weather. When others are shoveling snow off of their driveways, Floridians are still able to hit the beach for tanning, relaxing and even kayaking. Here is a list of many areas around the state your family can enjoy a day of kayaking.
Florida is not just lovely in the wintertime. The entire year is bathed in sunshine, which makes it easy to enjoy all of the fun that your trip has to offer. Whether you are heading to the beach or hitting up some theme parks, the warm weather will follow you all over the state.
Spending time on the water can be soothing or thrilling. In Florida, you’re never far from the shore. Between the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean or the thousands of lakes throughout the state, a trip to Florida allows you to spend as much time as you’d like on the water.
The different bodies of water each offer their own form of entertainment. You can take a glass-bottomed boat through the swampy waters of the Everglades. You can sail above the Gulf of Mexico in a parasail or catch a few waves in the Atlantic Ocean. If getting into the water isn’t your thing, sitting on the shore watching the sun glint off of the waves is a fantastic way to pass a day.
There are so many gorgeous sights to take in during your trip to Florida. There are some of the best beaches in the country. For early risers, the sunrise on Florida’s east coast, like Cocoa Beach, is stunning. If you are more of a night person, head to the west coast and watch an amazing sunset over the Gulf of Mexico in Clearwater.
The natural scenery isn’t the only pleasant sight for your eyes. Gorgeous homes are sprinkled throughout the entire state. For example, if you’re on the Suncoast side of the state these luxury homes are a must see. Gazing upon these houses and imagining what it would be like to live there is a fun way to experience the area after letting the family relax after a meal.
Tasty local food
Like America, Florida is a melting pot of cultures. This means that no matter where you travel in the state, you will find delicious local food to reflect the vibe of the city’s inhabitants. With all of the water surrounding Florida, it is a great place to find tasty seafood. There are even restaurants in the Florida Keys that allow you to bring in your family’s catch of the day for them to clean and cook up for your dinner.
Different regions of the state have their own local flavor. Miami and Tampa are both home to delicious Cuban food. Tarpon Springs has a thriving Greek community with plenty of dining options to reflect their heritage. There are casual family-owned dining options as well as modern cuisine that would please the most discerning foodies.
Variety of attractions
Florida is home to some of the world’s most popular attractions. Theme park enthusiasts have their pick of top notch options. Families can check out Disney, LEGOLAND or Universal Studios. Adrenaline junkies can hit the rollercoasters of Busch Gardens. There are the calming mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs to dazzle visitors. Every area of the state has an attraction to offer.
The shopping in Florida is also a huge draw. There are plenty of souvenir shops for picking up trinkets for friends. There are also luxury stores, outlet malls and countless unique small businesses to explore. You are sure to find the perfect purchase to remember your trip by.
For a vacation that your family will never forget, Florida is the place to be. From the scenery to the attractions, there is so much to enjoy. No matter what time of the year you visit, you are certain to have a wonderful time.