Florida is hard to sum up in a few words or a few weeks: expansive national parks, sickness world-renowned attractions and beaches of fine white sand on every inch of the sub-tropical coastline. There are cities to party in, ed mangroves to get lost in and some serious sunbathing opportunities. Here’s a brief guide on what you need to know before jetting off for your Florida vacation…
What to do in the day?
Take your pick from action-packed city breaks, sun-drenched beach holidays and intrepid mangrove adventures. Big kids and little kids alike will make a beeline for Orlando theme parks like Universal Studios, and Tampa Bay has some great animal attractions like Busch Gardens.
If you’re looking for cheaper holidays to Florida, the Florida Keys are a big favourite for lovers of the outdoors, whether it’s fishing and canoeing along the rivers of Long Key or diving among shipwrecks and coral reefs around Key Largo. Culture buffs might want to check the oldest city in the US, at St Augustine, or the Dali museum in St. Petersburg.
Where to go at night?
In terms of cuisine, Florida’s influences range from Cuban to Caribbean but wherever you go, the fresh seafood is unmissable. Try food shacks and local eats around places like Deerfield Beach or go upmarket in hip joints in Fort Lauderdale and along Miami’s strip.
In terms of nightlife, Key West’s famously laid-back vibe ensures long nights and even longer cocktails, as well as the chance to try Ernest Hemingway’s favourite haunts. Miami is of course lauded as a party destination, from celebrity-spotting at the clubs of South Beach to live Latino tunes downtown.
What to take
Although this depends on when you travel, it also varies from region to region, with the winter weather in the north much cooler than the southern coast, so woollen layers are needed here. Miami and the surrounds can be a little stormy during the summer months but very hot, so light waterproofs are recommended. You will need to bring plenty of sunscreen, a hat and light comfortable clothing, regardless of the season.
When to go?
Florida is blessed with a warm climate for much of the year, though the summer months can be uncomfortably humid for some. Temperatures are more pleasant between December and April in the south but this is considered high season so the prices may be high. School holidays should be avoided if possible, especially if you’re thinking about including theme parks in your visit. If you’re looking for budget deals, try the off-peak periods of May and anytime in the fall.
We hope you liked our tips for a fantastic Florida holiday, let us know if you have any other great tips!