Think of Florida, and chances are you’ll think Disney World and year-round sunshine. While these two attractions, alone, are enough to get thousands of visitors from across the globe flocking to the Sunshine State each year, Florida really does have the diversity of attractions to ensure that whatever your interests, you’ll have the holiday of a lifetime.
If you’re looking for a laid-back, beach vacation with the tropical vibe offered by its Caribbean counterparts, the Florida Keys are the place to go. The Overseas Highway makes it easy to drive between the islands in this 126-mile-long chain, where turquoise waters, coral reefs, exciting fishing and a chilled out island lifestyle provide the ultimate family and couples getaway. While the Upper Keys from Key Largo to Islamorada are full of motels and souvenir shops, the further down the keys you travel the more idyllic and relaxed they become, until you reach tranquil Key West, the favorite of many.
Located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida, Miami has, over the past decade, transformed itself into a cosmopolitan and sophisticated destination for the hip and trendy. With one of America’s best urban beach scenes, upscale shopping and dining, high-end resort hotels a vibrant nightlife and plenty to keep kids occupied, Miami attracts visitors looking for a resort with something for everyone.
Further north on the Atlantic coast is charming St. Augustine, which will delight visitors looking for a quieter scene. The oldest continuously-occupied European-established city and port in the US, historic St. Augustine, with its fortress, cobblestone streets and side-variety of unique shopping and eating choices offers a quaint step back in time.
Anyone interested in space exploration will not want to miss a visit to Florida’s Space Coast, where Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center offer visitors a thrilling insight into America’s amazing space endeavors. Those with more earthly interests in motor sports will want to head further north still to Daytona Beach, home of the celebrated Daytona 500 and Daytona Speedweeks.
While there is an abundance of man-made attractions in Florida, nature lovers will also find plenty to enthrall them. Panama City is a great destination for nature enthusiasts, having, as it does, six state parks and miles of the Florida Birding Trail, the Gator Trail and kayaking opportunities in its environs. Shell Island, where thousands of beautiful shells are uncovered at low tide, lies between the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay and is home to a large population of bottle-nosed dolphins. One of Florida’s best kept secrets is the Everglades and the Ten Thousand Islands, a rare and beautiful subtropical wilderness, which is visited by relatively few visitors each year. Jet airboats take visitors deep into the swamps to view the abundance of bird and wildlife. While most visitors are keen to see the ubiquitous alligators, the parks and refuges that comprise the Everglades have far more to offer naturalists.
Whatever your idea of a dream destination, Florida can fulfill it, and Thomas Cook family holidays can make that dream come true. With plenty of special offers to take advantage of year-round, your Florida vacation is just a flight away.