Everything You Need To Know About Visiting Florida, The Sunshine State


*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Featured photo is from Pixabay

We all know why Florida is such a popular destination, on the surface. Brilliant white beaches, world class theme parks, fantastic shopping, and a lively nightlife - it’s perfect for families, couples, and everyone else. But what about the secret side of Florida? 

It’s not all bright lights, and adrenaline fueled fun. The wetlands are a must visit for anyone with a love of nature, and the outdoor pursuits such as kayaking, fishing and golf are very popular too. So, if you’re trying to decide on your next vacation, Florida should definitely be high on your list. Here’s everything you’ll need to know for your trip.

Things to see

It’s a huge state, with an incredibly varied landscape, making it the most incredible holiday destination. If you’re a fan of the beach, Panama City Beach is to die for. Miles and miles of white beach, spas, hotels, and bars - but just a word of advice, avoid visiting during Spring Break as it’s a popular destination for the country’s students for letting their hair down. 

For a modern town with a beautiful waterfront, head to Jacksonville in the north-east of the state. Nearby at St Augustine, fans of golf can visit the World Golf Hall of Fame in beautiful colonialist architecture. If you want absolute luxury, head to the Florida Keys - even Ernest Hemingway loved it. If you’re keen on scuba diving, there are some great centers and schools around the Keys, and down the Gulf Coast. 

When to go

You might not be surprised when thinking about the Sunshine State, that it gets really quite hot. If you’re not a fan of the heat, avoid the state between May and September, when it’s not unusual to hit temperatures of 95F. Even in winter, the more southern tip of the state can hit 75F, but the northern areas have been known to dip below freezing at night. 

The optimal time for warm, but not ridiculously hot weather, is March to May, or October and November. If you’re interested in visiting the theme parks, they can get very busy in the summer, but also around Easter and winter holidays too.

Getting around

If you’re not hiring a car on your trip, Florida is a great place to visit. Their public transportation system is great, especially on the road. If you’re traveling with a large group, remember that there is always the option to charter a bus in Florida, which would make travel much easier and more comfortable. 

If you choose to hire a car, there are a few things to remember. Most importantly, you can turn right on a red light, but only after you’ve come to a complete stop first, and make sure you’re always carrying your driving license and car rental contract, just in case you’re stopped by police.

There’s a very good reason that Florida is known as one of the friendliest states. When people ask how you are, they actually mean it. It’s a brilliant destination, with so much to explore even outside of the beaches and theme parks. This is what makes Florida an absolute must visit.

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