Florida: The Sunshine State

 

Last week, we posted an Instagram story where we asked people where they would like to go this Eid and Florida was one of the most frequent answers that we received. So here’s an ultimate travel guide for you to the sunshine state of Florida.

Welcome to the sunshine state (virtually unless you’ve already booked your tickets)! It offers a unique blend of Caribbean charm and southern hospitality. Florida is mainly known for its beaches, but it has much more to offer than just beaches. Read more to find out why it should be on your bucket list.

 

Best Things to Do in Florida For All Kinds of Travellers

All Hail to Thee, O Beach Lovers

There are numerous beaches in Florida for you to enjoy a perfect beach vacation. With both the crowded as well as not-so-crowded beaches, it’s truly a beach lover’s paradise.

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Beautiful beaches for people who don’t mind a little crowd:

  • Cocoa Beach
  • Clearwater Beach
  • Sanibel Beach
  • Miami Beach
  • Daytona Beach
  • West Palm Beach
  • Siesta Keys

Lovely beaches away from the crowd:

  • St Pete Beach
  • Delray Beach
  • Pass-A-Grille Beach
  • Atlantic Beach

If you’re someone who loves swimming, then check out the beaches on Florida’s western half on the Gulf of Mexico as they have warmer waters compared to the beaches on the eastern Atlantic side.

 

Hello, Adrenaline Junkies

Most of the beaches in Florida offer all water activities that an adventurer can think of: sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, tubing, parasailing, and so forth. Florida Keys, Key Largo, and West Palm Beach have the best tours, but all these activities are available on most beaches.

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Kayaking & Paddleboarding: The best place for this in Florida is Key West. The calm waters and mangrove trees make it a gorgeous place for kayaking and paddleboarding.

Fishing: Literally anywhere in Florida. You can either fish on the shore or by a boat and be sure to catch a variety of fish.

Hiking: Though water activities make up for most of the sunshine state’s tourism, there are a few hiking options as well. Florida Caverns State Park, Fire Prairie Trail, Big Cypress National Preserve or Snake Bight Trail, and Everglades National Park are some of the most sought after hikes.

Cycling: Florida has well-maintained biking trails where you can enjoy cycling for as long as you want. Pinellas Trail in St Petersburg Florida is one of the best. It used to a railroad that was later turned into a cemented cycling route running for more than 38 miles.

Everglades National Park: This 1.5 million acres national park is one of the largest in Florida. Exploring it by boat tours is fun.

Skydiving: There are many options available to skydive while looking down at the unforgettable coastline. Sky Dive Space Center offers an 18,000-foot jump which is the world’s highest skydive. Miami Sky Diving Center is also popular among tourists.

 

Crazy about Theme Parks?

Florida is hands down the best place for theme park lovers. You must visit Orlando for a heavenly experience.

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Disney World: Although Disney has many parks across the world, Orlando Disney World is the largest as well as one of the best parks in the world. It includes:

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Epcot Park
  • Disney Springs

Universal Studios: One of the best experiences that you’ll have in Florida. Live your Harry Potter Fantasy, enjoy with minions, and a lot more is waiting for you in the Universal Studios.

 

Did Someone Just Say Food?

Florida has so much to offer when it comes to food that you will have to visit the sunshine state several times to have a taste of all that is pleasant to your taste buds. Here’s a list of where to go in which cities to have delicious food:

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St Petersburg

  • Noble Crust: Blueberry and lemon ricotta pancakes are a must try.
  • Bodega: Cuban food is their specialty.
  • La V: Don’t forget to try their lavender boba tea and pho.

Miami

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill: It’s difficult to point out one dish as everything here tastes amazing.

Key West

  • La Crêperie French Café; Head over here to tantalize your taste buds with yummy French cuisine.
  • The Stoned Crab: Lip-smacking stone crab and seafood. Period.

Sarasota

Owen’s Fishcamp: Enjoy your food with live music.

 

For The Love of Architecture

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Miami

Miami is full of the finest architectural nuances. While the stretch from Little Havana to Little Haiti boasts of Caribbean architecture, you won’t be able to differentiate between walls and art in Wynwood Walls. Art Deco District in Miami Beach will take you back to 1920s. Head over to Edgewood to enjoy a modern take on architecture.

St Augustine

Due to Spanish colonization, this oldest town in the USA has buildings dating back to 1565. Take a little trip to history in St Augustine while looking at the architecture here.

 

And In the End, How Can We Leave Art Behind

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St Petersburg

The city has seven art districts and various art tours where you get to visit people’s houses, art galleries, fashion wall art and so on. Don’t miss the chance to appreciate art if you ever find yourself in St Petersburg.

Miami

Wynwood Walls is simply stunning. The graffiti on the walls and painted sidewalks are sure to take your breath away.

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