Whilst Florida is known for its roller coasters and rides, the Sunshine state also has plenty of options for relaxation, whether you want to spend your holiday lazing on the beach or soaking up the culture as well as the sunshine.
Florida is known as the theme park capital of the world and a trip to the Sunshine State wouldn’t be complete without spending a few days in the amazing, world-famous theme parks in Orlando. With Disney World Resort, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort, which includes the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there is plenty to do for everyone, whether you’re travelling with friends or family. But holidays to Florida are not just about theme parks, and once you’ve exhausted yourselves on the rides there are so many other activities for you to fill your holiday with.
Florida’s soft sandy beaches are the first place to go. There’s the option of snorkeling or surfing or even fishing off many of the beaches, or you can simply put your feet up and spend the day relaxing on a lounger, soaking up the Florida sunshine. Panama City Beach is perfect for families, while Naples beach is the place to go for a bit of celebrity spotting, plus fishing off Naples pier.
If you want a taste of the tropics during your holiday, head down to the Florida Keys, a chain of islands just south of Miami. Here you can find fabulous snorkeling and diving locations, water sports and water parks. The Florida Keys are also home to several spas and health retreats so you can really let all your cares drift away and allow yourself to be pampered from head to toe. Check out Isle Style, universally acclaimed salon and spa with excellent treatments and wonderful hospitality. Before leaving, make sure to try the Official Pie of the State of Florida – key lime pie – it’s delicious!
There are so many great restaurants and outdoor cafes in Florida serving fresh and healthy food, as well as delicious seafood. After a day spent on the roller coasters at Universal Studios in Orlando, you can also head to the largest Hard Rock Cafe in the world, which boasts more pieces of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia than any other location.
Florida’s nightlife is constantly thriving, no matter which part of the state you are in, so you can dance the night away in downtown Miami, take a trip to the theatre in Gainesville or sip a cocktail and watch the sunset at Clearwater Beach.
So a holiday in Florida really doesn’t mean spending all your time screaming on roller coasters. Check out a Florida holiday guide from Cosmos and prepare to enjoy your time in the Sunshine State.