Information about Vacationing in Florida
Located on the southeastern tip of the United States, Florida is host to over 80 million visitors each year to the many vacation destinations in the state. Nicknamed "The Sunshine State," Florida is known for its mild winters and many miles of coast line. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Gulf Stream attract visitors for a wide variety of water sports year round. Near each of the vacation destinations in Florida, you will find an excellent selection of hotels, vacation rental homes, and condo rentals.
The Florida Panhandle
The area of Florida on the northern panhandle is frequently referred to as the Emerald Coast, getting this name from the color of the water of the Gulf of Mexico in this region. Popular destinations on the Florida Panhandle include Spring Break meccas Panama City Beach, Destin, and Fort Walton Beach. The area is known to have some of the most stunning beaches in the world, famous for their sugar-white sands and relaxing atmospheres.
Clearwater, St. Petersburg & Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay area includes the area of Florida north of the mouth of Tampa Bay, including St. Pete Beach and Clearwater Beach. The area beaches are unmatched among U.S. destinations and have accumulated numerous awards for everything from sand quality to environmental management. The city of Tampa is the location of numerous vacation attractions, such as Bush Gardens and Adventure Island.
West Florida & Sarasota
Home of the Ringling Museum, the Sarasota area is a thriving cultural center for Florida and includes a long string of barrier islands. These barrier islands include popular vacation destinations Anna Maria Island and Siesta Key, which is a frequent winner of prizes for the quality of its sand beaches. All of the Sarasota Keys are known for their laid back, relaxing atmosphere and excellent boating and fishing.
Florida's southwest coast includes the popular vacation destinations of Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Sanibel-Captiva Islands. Cape Coral has over 400 miles of canals and most vacation homes here are water front homes with canal access to the Gulf of Mexico. Further south are Naples and Marco Island, an area that is the western gateway into the Florida Everglades. Marco Island is the northernmost and largest of the 10,000 Islands Aquatic Preserve of Florida, and the start of many ecotours into the region.
St. Augustine & Northeast Florida
Located on the Atlantic Coast of Northeast Florida, the First Coast is named for the many firsts included in the local history and because it has the first beaches that a traveler come to in Florida when traveling down the Atlantic coast. The First Coast starts from Jacksonville on the Georgia border and extends south of St. Augustine, the oldest European city on the continental US.
Daytona Beach & The Space Coast
The Space Coast of Florida includes all of the region around the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Space Coast beaches are also the closest beaches to Orlando, only 35 miles away. This area is known for the great beaches on the barrier islands, as well as the inland waterways and its large wildlife refuges. Daytona Beach is justly famous for its Spring Break, Bike Week, and Speed Week.
The Treasure Coast
Located on the coastal counties of Indian River, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, and Martin, the Treasure Coast of Florida got its name from the large number of Spanish galleons carrying treasure that sank off the coast of Florida in this region. The Treasure Coast is known for its outstanding beaches which combine excellent sand quality with significant surf and tidal action.
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South Florida is frequently known as the Gold Coast, and includes Palm Beach County and Fort Lauderdale. Palm Beach is known for combining breathtaking natural beauty and an abundance of cultural activities into an excellent vacation experience. Fort Lauderdale was made famous by movies such as "Where the Boys Are," which quickly made it into a popular spring break destination. Just a little further, one can rent a beach condo on South Beach part of the Miami Beach area..
The Florida Keys
The Florida Keys are a string of about 1500 islands that start from the southeastern tip of Florida and run southwest, with the vacation rental homes and condos in Key West being just 90 miles north of Havana, Cuba. The Gulf waters off the Florida keys are filled with colorful reefs and abundant marine life. The warm Gulf Stream waters are famous for snorkeling and scuba diving to explore these natural treasures.
Orlando & Central Florida
Located in the center of the Florida Peninsula, Orlando is the vacation capital of the world, drawing over 43 million visitors each year to the theme parks and resorts located here. Orlando & Kissimmee is home of the Walt Disney World Resort, Seaworld and Universal Studios as some of the larger destinations.