The sunshine state is a haven of sun and culture and has long been a popular winter escape for those from colder climates. From skyscraper-clad Miami to quaint little towns like Apalachicola. You can spend your evenings filling up on fresh seafood and your days working it off by cycling, swimming and golfing.
There are thousands of acres of wilderness to explore - from the Everglades National Park to Naples and the state’s southern tip. You’ll find tonnes of modernity mingling effortlessly with old-style American charm. In-between all this you’ll stumble into some of the worlds best theme parks: Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld.
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Of course Florida, America’s most southern state, is perhaps best known for its beaches - providing sunshine all year round. Ensuring you a perfect sun-filled holiday whether you take a holiday to Florida in the summer or the winter.
The coastline is first-class with a stunning collection of beaches, sandy bays and estuaries to choose from. For those on a family holiday to Florida - you should try the beaches on the Sanibel and Captiva Islands.
In fact you could spend an entire holiday exploring Florida’s pristine beaches along the Atlantic coast. Taking in Daytona all the way to Miami and onwards to the islands of the Florida Keys. There’s nothing better than sipping a colourful cocktail under a pineapple grove.
Once you’re in South Florida then you should spend a little time exploring the Everglades if only to spot an alligator on the trail from Homestead to Flamingo. Another popular spot for families is Fort Lauderdale - this American Venice is a haven for sports and has a lovely collection of attractions. Don’t miss the Flamingo Gardens and Butterfly World which are both great for families.
Something you mustn’t overlook on your holiday to Florida is the cuisine. Highly regarded for the sheer quantity of influences and styles. Florida cuisine borrows from Spanish, African and Southern American cuisines and is famous for its exemplary seafood.
Try the barbecue shacks in the region though don’t be misled by the prices as dishes under the $15 mark are generally better than more expensive options. When you’re in Miami - try the Cuban food and if you see it - and don’t mind something a little different - try alligator meat - which is said to taste just a little like Chicken.
Mild during the winter months and reaching the high 20's and early 30's in the summer period, Florida makes for a great holiday destination all year round. July being the best month to visit for sun seekers.
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If you’re looking for a fun-packed holiday with plenty of beach options lots of family attractions, then a holiday to Florida will be perfect. We have a great selection of cheap Florida holidays for 2014, including budget all inclusive Florida holiday deals and last minute deals for Florida and the USA. Perfect for groups, families and couples alike.
When it comes time to start exploring the mainland - then you should pay a visit to Orlando - the theme park capital of the world. It’s fair to say that most people think of the themed attractions on offer here more than anything else - but there is so much more to it than that.
If you want to play a round or two of golf while in Florida then there’s probably no better option than Orlando. There are a nice collection of malls, an eco-park and the Downtown area is fabulous and a good spot for a late night drink.
Miami makes up the largest metropolitan area in Florida and can be divided easily into 3 districts - Downtown, North and West & South. Downtown is the commercial centre and the home of most of the city’s major museums and parks as well as the oldest buildings in the city.
North is home to the design district while the West & South districts are home to little Havana and Coconut Grove. You’ll no doubt want to hit the beaches while in Miami. Though take note - it’s a popular misconception that Miami Beach is in Miami. It’s actually on a barrier reef between Miami and Biscayne bay.
The beach stretches all the way from party central South Beach to the north along the coast of Florida. If you feel in the mood to go topless then you should hold out and head to Haulover Beach Park in North Beach.