Florida, America’s Sunshine State, is a place where dreams come true and the sun always seems to shine. This undisputed theme park capital of the world is somewhere you can get your thrills but also take life at a slower pace - if you wish to do so.
The main reason visitors flock to this beautiful state is to visit Mickey and Co. at Walt Disney World. Ride with on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or if you’re brave, take on Splash Mountain! For those that want to get their adrenaline pumping, there’s also Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld Orlando and many more! Even if you’re not interested in the rides, a holiday at the theme parks with family and friends will create memories to last a lifetime.
If you want to explore Florida’s scenic side, head to the coast to see the Sunshine State’s beautiful beaches. From Cocoa Beach to South Beach in Miami there’s plenty of beaches to see in the Sunshine State! Another of Florida’s natural treasures are the Everglades which are home to the largest subtropical wilderness. You might even spot an alligator or a manatee in the landscape! With everything there is to see and do in Florida, a two week holiday will be chock-a-block full of fun.
Things to Do
There’s no denying that Orlando is a theme park enthusiast’s dream. With several Disney parks including Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Animal Kingdom alongside Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, you will have a hard decision deciding where to go first! For thrill seekers that want to cool down in the Florida heat, waterparks Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach and Wet ‘n’ Wild, don’t disappoint with their white knuckle slides. There’s always the lazy rivers though, if you fancy taking it easy!
If you’re staying around Orlando’s parks and want to visit the coast, the closest beach is Cocoa Beach - around a one hour drive away from the theme parks. If you’re travelling further than Orlando, you can take advantage of Florida’s vast coastline which is the longest in the USA. Key West, Sanibel Beach, South Beach, Fort Myers and Clearwater Beach are just a few places where you can walk barefoot with the sand beneath your feet.
For the party animals out there that want to have fun, Miami is the place to be. A vibrant and exciting metropolitan city that not only comes alive when the sun goes down but has world famous beaches to relax on during the day. Take a wander through the art-deco influenced streets, indulge in some retail therapy down Lincoln Road and when the evening comes, put you dancing shoes and party the night away on Ocean Drive.
To get in touch with nature, head to Florida’s swamplands of The Everglades. This National Park is an interesting and unique place to spot some of Florida’s most famous residents – the alligator and manatee. Explore the Everglades by foot, airboat or even hot air balloon and is an easy day trip if you are staying in the Miami area.
Food and Drink
America works off the idea that “bigger is better” and Florida is no exception – whatever you choose, expect it to be supersize. You’ll be able to find typical American food in Florida, the usual burgers, fries and BBQ’d everything will appear on most menus.
Florida though, is a state which is lucky to have a diverse range of food, thanks to the people that live here. You’ll find food with influences from South America and the Caribbean are common in a lot of restaurants and there are a few Floridian specials to try out. Sample some Key Lime Pie, Conch Fritters or a Cubano Sandwich with slow cooked pork. Sounds delicious to us!
Just as the food is influenced by the people that live in the Sunshine State, so are the drinks. A classic mojito gets a fruity twist with added raspberry and sparkling wine along with many other run based drinks. To refresh during the day there’s mouth-watering orange juice made from Floridian oranges and it wouldn’t be America without the usual fizzy drinks. A good old glass of water though, is never a bad idea if you need to rehydrate in the tropical heat.