Florida – Beaches & BeyondPost is written by admin on : 2017-03-27
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You’ll find on infinite number of perfect days to enjoy in the Sunshine State. Start with the obvious: 1,325 kilometres of sunrises and sunsets, water colours and sand castles, curling waves and gentle surf.
Next, increase the thrill level at some of the world,s greatest theme parks: ride inside down through a loop, get shot from a cannon and make friends with characters dreamed up in an imaginary universe.
Explore natural wonders too: hike, paddle or cruise along thousands of kilometers of trails and waterways. Spot alligators, manatees and 500 species of birds. Visit the one-and-only Everglades.
Sophisticated cities beckon to you as well. Discover world-class museums and performing arts venues, as well as vibrant streets pulsing with global flavours, festive hang-outs and friendly people.
FIND YOUR PATH TO HOLIDAY PARADISE
Florida is a place where you can tailor your holiday to whatever your soul seeks. Start your day snorkeling among colourful fish and end it by savouring a five-star meal. Come for theme parks and beaches, and live with memories of salsa dancing and space exploration. There are endless opportunities to mark your trip unforgettable. So, pick your starting point and build your Florida dream holiday.
SOUTH FLORIDA ICONS
Key Largo, the gateway to the tropical wonderland of the Florida Keys, also serves as a gateway to Everglades National Park. Boat tours will lead you over coral reefs and into twisting mangrove tunnels, possibly spotting dolphins and manatees along the way. From Miami or Naples, you can zip in an airboat across the ‘River of Grass’, keeping an eye out for alligators, crocodiles and rare birds: you’re likely to see abundant wildlife along the way.
Spend another day wandering among South Beach’s collection of Art Deco buildings. Later, as the neon lights glow, enjoy an al fresco dinner and balmy ocean breezes before heading out for a night on the dance floor.
GULF COAST GEMS
What’s a holiday without the perfect souvenir? Along the pristine, white-sand shores of southwest Florida’s Sanibel Island, you’ll have your pick from thousands of multi-coloured seashells. An underwater shelf allows these gems to drift gently to share, often in near-perfect conditions, making Sanibel and nearby Captiva Island Renowned among the best shell collecting spots in the world.
Just a short drive north, you’ll encounter treasures of the art world in charmingly cultured Sarasota. Spend the day among international art, antiquities and circus history at the Ringling, John and Marble Ringling’s estate-turned-museum. In the evening, take in an opera, ballet or theatre performance by one the city’s celebrated companies.
FAMILY FUN CORRIDOR
From Busch Gardens in Tampa and Winter Haven’s LEGOLAND to Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and Seaworld Orlando, Central Florida welcomes families with endless thrills and memory-making moments.
Head mortheast to Florida’s golden Atlantic coast to discover charming New Smyrna Beach, then head to the barrier island paradise of Canaveral National Seashore, home to wildlife such as shorebirds and nesting sea turtles. After relaxing an quiet beaches, take time to marvel at humankund’s forays into space at the kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex.
Start your visit to northeast Florida in the riverfront city of Jacksonville, exploring art museums, trendy restautrants and a growing craft beer scene. To the northeast, Amelia Island is home to mass-draped oak trees, winding waterways and a 50 –block historic district full of Victorian Architecture and charm in downtown Fernandina Beach.
No tour of Florida’s history is complete without a trip of St. Augustine, where brick-lined streets are a sign of the city’s 16th century roots. Here, attractions, shopping and entertainment options complete your holiday. And when you’re ready for a beach day, each of these areas is home to welcoming stretches og golden Atlantic shore.
Spend some time with your toes in powder soft sand. The cruise along scenic Highway 30A through the charming beach towns of South Walton. Along the way stop at restautrants offering fresh, delicious seafood, shopping districts packed with local artisans and accommodations ranging from cosy cottages to luxurious holiday rentals.
Next, plan to visit another northwest Florida beach destination. Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach, Destin/Fort Walton Beach and Panama City Beach offer white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, as well as resorts with excellent restaurants, high-end spas and other amenties to enjoy when you’re not at beach.
SUNNY SIDE TRIPS
Make time on your holiday to discover something new in the sunshine state.
Florida is justly famous for beaches, but there is nothing quite like tubing, paddling, snorkeling or diving at one of the state’s 700 crystalline freshwater springs. These natural fountains bubble up from underground at a refreshing 22 degrees.
Manatees love Florida’s waterways almost as much as humans do. Book a tour in crystal river, the only place where you can swim with these incredible creatures in the wild, or take your pick from parks and sanctuaries around the state with easy-to-access observation areas.
Tucked among rolling hills and mass-draped oak trees, Ocala is home to more than 600 thoroughbred farms and an abundance of trails. Book a tour to see idyllic pastures, meet champion horses or ride the trails yourself.
Lighthouses and piers dot Florida’s shore, offering must-see vantage points and a look at maritime culture. Climb giants like the ponce Inlet and Jupiter Lights, or stroll out on a pier in cities such as Flagler Beach. Naples or Venice.
You can enjoy a fishing adventure from just about any marina in Florida, but some are truly special: haul in trophy bass from Lake Okeechobee, dive for bay scallops in Homosassa ans Steinhatchee, or enjoy succulent oysters in charming Apalachicola.
See colourful water birds, gentle manatees and other wildlife species along Levy Country’s 88 kilometres of coastal shoreline. Head to the Gulf of Mexico of historic Suwannee River for great saltwater and freshwater fishing. The region is famous for its large concentration of freshwater springs. Dive, snorkel, kayak or flat on an inflatable tube in crystal-clear prings and spring-fed rivers. In th quaint fishing village of Cedar Key, dine on fresh seafood, explore historic sites, enjoy lively festivals and kayak past uninhabited islands.
Swim or snorkel with gentle manatees in the pristine rivers and clear springs of Florida’s citrus Country, the only place in North America where such tours are offered. Or stay dry while whatching manatees from the underwater observatory at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, which also showcases other native Florida Wildlife including black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, alligators and American crocodiles. In summer, snorkel or dive to catch scallops. Local waters are also perfect for canoeing, kayaking and fishing.
UNFORGWTTABLE FAMILY FUN
Orlando is a destination where both children and grown-ups can let their imaginations soar. It’s the perfect place to enjoy memorable experiences and reconnect with family and friends. Begin in Orlando’s legendary theme parks, where children can greet a favourite character, and visitors of all ages can enjoy thrill rides and exciting water adventures. For a change of pace, tee off an championship golf courses, indulges in world-class shopping and explore tranquil nature adventures. Relax at a luxurious spa, then discover Orlando’s vibrant dining scene featuring the latest from celebrity chefs and rising culinary stors.
With more places to go, more things to see and more characters to meet. It’s a great time to unforgettable holiday at tour thrilling theme parks and two water parks. At Disney Springs, savour the day as you enter this eclectic mix of boutiques. One-of-a-kind eateries and jaw-dropping entertainment. Stay right in the middle of the magic at a Disney Resort hotel to take advantage of special benefits such as complimentary airport transportations, complimentary
Resort transportation and parking extended theme park hours and more.
DESTIN, FORT WALTON BEACH AND OKALOOSA ISLAND
In the heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast, discover nearly 40 kilometers of sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters. Relax on powder-soft beaches, play golf, take a dolphin-watching cruise and see shows at the Gulfarium. Enjoy world-class fishing in Destin, dubbed the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village. Explore the shops at Harbarwalk Village. Destin Commons and downtown Fort Walton Beach, Savour fresh, delicious local seafood.
It’s white sugar sands, emerald waters and colourful history point Pensacola with a vividness and charm that’s unparalleled. Enjoy its award-winning beaches and electric shopping, dinning and nightlife on downtown’s palafox Street, Pensacola has been beloved by travelers since its founding in 1559. climb the cockpit of a blue angles jet at the National Naval Aviation Museum, explore a pre-civil War Fort or take a sightseeing tour by boat.
PANAMA CITY BEACH
Panama City Beach has long been known across the Southeastern USA for its 143 kilometres of pristine, white-sand beaches and clear waters, but the addition of a new international airport means that the world is beginning to discover this Florida destination. With several nature preserves, 100 public beach access points and countless accommodation options with views of the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach is a great spot for a seaside holiday. Beyond the beach, discover family-friendly festivals and concerts, great shopping and dinning, and huge conversation areas perfect for kayaking and paddleboarding. Play golf an championship courses, go deep-sea fishing or build sandcastles on gorgeous beaches.
CULTURE & SUNSHINE
Adventures will find year-round sunshine-perfect for exploring thgis bayside destination. Discover affordable hotels, family-friendly entertainment and exciting nightlife. Take a family to Busch Gardens Tampa. The Florida Aquarium and Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for fun-packed days. Enjoy a round of gold or get out on the water of golf or get out on the water on a kayak or paddleboard. Take a cruise from the port of Tampa. Shop at chic boutiques and upscale alls, the savour world-class cuisine. Ride in a strettcar from the downtown waterfront to experience the rich history and nightlife of Ybor City, once famous for its cigar brewing has flourished in Tampa Bay – taste some of the award-winning beers at dozens of breweries and pubs around the area. Enjoy live music at intimate clubs and larger venues.
St. Pete/Clearwater was named one of the world’s top places to go ‘by The New York Times’. Delight in sunny weather, award-wining beaches, including perennial hotspat Clearwater beach and invigoration culture in this warm, laid-back destination. A string of small, charming beach communities is within easy reach of St. Petersburg, a vibrant, cultural city. Also enjoy entertaining festivals that take place year’round In the area’s 24 unique communities, from the Greek enclave of Tarpon Springs to Pass-a-Grille, a quite and quirky beach town.
With its soft white sand and gentle coastle breezes, Bradenton’s Gulf islands area is favoured by beach lovers. Beyond the coast, visitors can kayak through mangrove tunnels at Rabinson Preserve or climb the observation tower at Emerson Point Preserve to watch snowy Egrts and glossy ibis roost at sunset. Head downtown to check out the farmers market or go to a festival that celebrates local history, seafood or the blues. Take the family to watch a rowing regatta, polo match or other sporting event. In spring, watch a baseball spring training game, and in autumn enjoy a harvest festival. Discover great shopping at a high-end upscale ,all, a vast outlet mall and waterfront boutiques. Afterwards, dine an Anna Maria Island with your toes in the sand, enjoying fresh-from-the-gulf seafood and local produce as the sun sets over the water.
CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND THE GULF ISLANDS
Explore Englewood, an authentic Florida beach town, and enjoy swimming, picnicking and sunbathing at two state parks. Kayak or canoe along miles of marked waterway trails and cycle along a converted railway line. Pedal through beautiful, small-town Punta Gorda and stop for Lunch in its charming historic district. Take the family to Florida Tracks and Trails where you can ride ATVs, experence Dream Traxx-designed motocross tracks, play on seven paintball fields and enjoy a freshwater beach.
Known for its welcoming white-sand beaches, outstanding parks and breathtaking sunsets. Sarasota County also features charming restautrants and boutiques, excellent museums, world-renowned music programmes and theatre and dance performances.
NATHAN BENDERSON PARK
Sarasota’s newest attraction is Nathan Benderson Park, where you can picnic in the sunshine, pedal or paddle around the shimmering lake or watch a regatta or a triathlon. Also an elite rowing venue, the park will host the 2017 World Rowing Championships.