Bespoke holidays & honeymoons to Florida – family villas, Gulf Coast, fly drive holidays and more.
The Sunshine State of the USA has long been a favourite holiday spot for Brits and Americans alike, and welcomes around 80 million visitors a year. There are 825 miles of award winning beaches in Florida along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico and some gorgeous honeymoon and wedding destinations.
The theme parks such as SeaWorld, Universal Studios and DisneyWorld are found in the Orlando region and are popular with families, where there are lots of hotels and villas in this part of the state. If you are taking the family to Orlando it’s a good idea to pre-book flexible theme park tickets to hop between the parks with ease.
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The Gulf Coast works well with Orlando as a twin centre and is a great place to relax and unwind. Blue skies, warm seas and plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. Clearwater Beach is furthest north in the Gulf, near to Tampa airport and has lovely sandy beaches and good restaurants. Art lovers should head to this region for the various museums including The Salvador Dali Museum in St Petersburg. For some party on the beach head to Sunset Beach and meet locals at Caddy’s Waterfront. To the south of the Gulf Coast beaches is Sanibel island with it’s seashell filled shores and Fort Myers along the estuary. Naples is the place for fabulous shopping including good deals on tennis and golf equipment. Sarasota is a gorgeous part of the Gulf Coast often known as the ‘hidden county’ of Florida, with miles and miles of gorgeous beaches including Venice Beach and pure white sands …
On the Atlantic Coast is the hip and trendy capital of Florida – Miami. Here you will find boutiques, fine dining, 15 miles of beach and clear seas mixed with a diverse latin inspired culture and fashion. Just north of here on is Hollywood Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Miami is also a port for cruise ships and is a popular twin destination holiday for Caribbean ‘cruise and stay’ itineraries.
For the natural Florida and adventure, head to the Everglades and Florida Keys. Spanning the southern tip of Florida between Fort Lauderdale in the east and Naples in the west is the Everglades National Park and the Big Cypress National Reserve.The Everglades is a World Heritage Site and fills the largest wilderness in the States east of the Rocky Mountains. It is sub-tropical and is made up of mangroves, swamps and woodlands, having marine and estuarine habitats. There is plenty of bird life here, numbers of Manatees and plenty of alligators and crocodiles, the only place in the world where the two species are found together. As you drive through the park you can see the alligators sunning themselves or lurking in the water, their prehistoric eyes blinking giving the only hint they are there sometimes! The best time to visit the Everglades is November to March.
The road down through the Everglades ends at Key Largo and on the seven mile bridge on the Overseas Highway, down to Key West. The Florida Keys are a beautiful part of the states sitting deep in the Caribbean sea with a range of good quality hotels. The Florida Keys comprises of about 1700 islands on a sub tropical archipelago, the southern tip is only 90 miles from Cuba. They are not volcanic like the Caribbean islands though as they are made up of large coral reefs exposed and fossilized or of sandy limestone. There are some wildlife species here including the Key Deer and the American crocodile plus dolphins, porpoises and manatees. Key West is the best known of the islands and has stunning sunsets, especially from the pier, explore the old town architecture and wander along the prom here with it’s range of bars, cafes and wide palm fringed streets. Try the traditional foods of Conch fritters and Key lime pie. There are also some great gardens and pockets of rainforest here. Key West is also a seaport for cruise ships. Again the best time of year here is November to May, the summers are hot and humid.
Photos courtesy of VISITFLORIDA.com