Why Florida Is An Absolute Must-visit Destination
For those who have never been to Florida, this state is so vast that one would be forgiven for considering it to be a country of its own. Its tourist attractions, cultural diversity, spoken languages, and fun outdoor activities are too many that you would need a whole year or more to go through them all. Its cities and beaches are clearly on a level of their own: big, long, and tranquil.
If you are a foreign tourist looking for fun places to visit, either as an individual or as a group, I definitely recommend Florida to you. Even if you are a person who worries about every detail, in particular about accommodation, there are numerous vacation rentals which you can book at very affordable fees. Maybe you don’t have an entire year to go through every little detail in the Sunshine State, but you can always sample a few. Here are five absolute must-visit destinations within Florida.
Though not as big as Orlando or Miami, this city has earned its place among the must-see places not only in Florida but the entire world. Providing a mixture of ancient architecture and modern monuments, and also vibrant and dynamic city life, Tampa is definitely a place for all tastes and likes. It is the liveliest place you will ever see at night and day. Starting from a walk down the Tampa Riverwalk up to a night walk across Hillsborough River under the moon will leave you hungrier for more. While you enjoy a tequila at margarita festival or try local and international delicacies in the many restaurants or decide to watch a Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game here, you will understand why this city is worth visiting. The locals here have a crazy love for these games and their local team and watching them watching the games will literally blow your mind off. If you still have time for more nightlife, the historic Ybor City is a great place to check out.
Along Florida’s Atlantic Coast, about 50 miles south of Jacksonville, lies this beautiful and very eventful white sand beach. “Eventful” because it has hosted more games and concerts than any other beach of its size in the world. Here, you will get to see the legendary Daytona International Speedway, the driving lane that has hosted numerous races including the Daytona 500 NASCAR. You will also see the Daytona Beach Bandshell stages on which numerous summer concerts have gone down for years. If your time allows, you can learn a little more of Florida’s history at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach. Better still, visit the Daytona Lagoon Waterpark and have a good time in the amusing mini golf, mind-blowing full waterpark, and not forgetting the laser tag to go-karts.
Biscayne National Park – Miami
Indulge your adventurous inner self by visiting the greatest national reserves in Florida. Flourished with numerous aquamarine waters, reefs and islands, Biscayne National Park is home for people who love snorkeling, riding glass-bottom canoes, camp, enjoy the wildlife and learn your history while under water. You will have fun riding a boat to the park’s protected coral reefs and islands as you sightsee the greatest shoreline mangrove forest that you will ever see in your life. What’s more, a visit to the Biscayne Bay Lagoon presents you with the chance of interacting with aquatic life firsthand, including turtles and dolphins.
The Florida Keys
To the southern region of Florida are these islands which combine to form the amazing Florida Keys archipelago. It is very accessible from Miami and you can always cross over to the Gulf of Mexico or to the Dry Tortugas National Park. While in the archipelago, you get to move from island to island using a boat or a kayak. These vessels can also be used for fishing, mangrove exploration, diving, and snorkeling. Starting from Key Largo, the first undersea water in the country, down to Key West, where you can have a quick visit at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and continue the walk by witnessing the six-toed cats and finally finish the day at the Mallory Square to celebrate the sunset. Here, you will see jugglers, sword swallowers and many other creative and fun characters who try to put out a show and entertain the people present.
Besides the natural beauty that the Florida Keys effortlessly exhibit, it has a unique touch of color that comes from its well-lit streets, happy and beautiful people, and the beautifully painted buildings on Duval. Even better, the city is affordable for all. You can drink quality beer and eat delicious foods at any budget.
Tallahassee is home to beautiful yet perfectly shaped hills, plantation houses, oak-canopied roads, and authentic hospitality. Nevertheless, while sightseeing, at the center of the city, you will see the New Capitol building where being on top of the 22-floor building, provides a wonderful scenery of the whole city and beautifully lined tree-decorated- streets. If you want to witness the city as a local, there is 10- block district full of old houses and historic inn, with numerous bars and restaurants that are mostly frequented by all kinds of people.