Florida Keys fishing boats in turquoise tropical blue waterway

The Ultimate Guide to The Best Places to Visit in Florida

Sun-soaked Florida, where the open highways lead to white sandy beaches and wild adventures

Discover the Best Places in Florida. Embark on a sunshine-soaked road trip to Florida, where the open highways lead to white sandy beaches, vibrant theme parks, and a kaleidoscope of coastal wonders waiting to be explored.

1. Everglades National Park, Florida

The Everglades National Park is one of the Best Places in Florida. It’s a vast and unique collection of wildlife in an unusual ecosystem! Overflowing with amazing nature, Wildlife and picturesque landscapes, this will be an experience you won’t forget.

What are the Everglades? A network of freshwater wetlands, mangroves, and forests fed by water from Lake Okeechobee compile the Everglades. The Everglades protect just twenty percent of this vast land. The southernmost section is one of the most popular among visitors to the park.

What wildlife can be seen at Everglades National Park? It’s no surprise that there is an abundance of wildlife out in these wild marshlands. The Florida Panther, Crocodiles, Manatees, 350 species of birds and 50 species of reptiles inhabit this incredible National park. You will see that the animals certainly aren’t shy! 

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Everglades National Park, USA - Airboat

Everglades National Park, Florida, USA – Airboat

2. Miami Beach, Florida

Another of the best places in Florida is Miami; the perfect glamorous retreat. Enjoy ideal weather, immaculate beaches, and a booming art and culture scene.

Where is Miami Beach? Miami is an island city in South Florida, connected to the mainland by bridges.

What to do in Miami? Hit the beach. South Beach is the place to be in Miami! The area is full of interesting characters, restaurants, bars and shopping. Most impressively, South Beach is like stepping back in time, with the art deco architecture lining the streets. The beach has bright turquoise water and iconic lifeguard towers in funky colours. The sand is so soft you can kick back and relax under an umbrella.

Ocean Drive can’t be missed with its iconic art deco buildings, neon lights and buzzing night-life. Vintage cars don’t look out of place at all here. If you’ve had enough of lying under the hot sun, other things to do in Miami include shopping along Collins Ave or stepping into Espanola Way – the charming historic street is tucked away and has the buzz of a historic Spanish village. If you’re not spending long in Florida on your road trip, a day trip out to the Everglades can be made from Miami, allowing you to take in the vast tropical national park.

When is the best time to visit Miami Beach, Florida? Miami is fortunate to have sunshine most days. There are light showers most days through the summer, lasting around ten minutes. June-November sees hurricane season in Miami, with September being the prime time. 

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Lifeguard house on beach in Miami, Florida, USA

Lifeguard Tower on beach on Miami Beach, Florida

3. Florida Panhandle, Florida

Visit the Florida Panhandle, a great way to begin or end any road trip!

You work hard; now is your time to sit back and relax on some of the world’s most glorious beaches and breathe in the sights of exquisite beauty surrounding you.

Where is the Florida Panhandle? In the northwest of the sunshine state, you will find the Florida Panhandle, a strip of land 200 miles long along the Gulf Coast. Bordering the coast besides Alabama and Georgia, The Panhandle comprises Tallahassee, Pensacola and all the land between. 

Why visit the Florida Panhandle? If you are not seeing the Florida Panhandle for the incredible sunshine, the adventures on the water, or even the delightful food, then visit the Florida Panhandle for the hospitality!

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Florida Panhandle

Florida Panhandle, Florida, USA

4. The Florida Keys, Florida

Where are the Florida Keys? The Florida Keys are a series of small islands falling from the bottom of the Florida peninsula across to Key West. A vast section of Key West is covered by the Everglades National Park.

How to get to the Florida Keys? Miami is the closest international airport to fly into, and the drive from Miami to Key West, the furthest of the Keys, takes three hours. The scenic 113 mile overseas highway runs the entire length of The Keys and makes for a brilliant driving experience as you leap frog from key to key.

What is the weather like in the Florida Keys? The Keys has a tropical maritime climate. The summer months can be rainy and humid. Hurricane season is usually between June & November.

When is the best time to visit the Florida Keys? The best times to visit the Florida Keys can be between March and May after the winter crowds leave and the weather is warm before the peak of summer.

What to do in the Florida Keys? Kayaking, canoeing and paddle-boarding are amongst our favourite things to do in the Keys. After your days packed with sunshine and outdoor activities, you can go to one of the many buzzing waterfront bars. There is great nightlife here, and there’s no better way to watch the sun go down! 

Visit the Hemingway Museum should be on your agenda, as well as sampling some local key lime pie and heading to the Southernmost Point for the perfect photo opportunity.

Don’t visit the Florida Keys without… A visit to the Turtle Hospital is a must! As you pass through Key Largo, you will reach Marathon, home to the incredible Turtle Sanctuary. There is a 90-minute tour you can take to see all of the amazing rescue and rehabilitation work behind the scenes! 

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Florida Keys sign, USA

Florida Keys

5. Cape Canaveral, Florida

Visit Cape Canaveral, Florida, along The Space Coast!

Cape Canaveral, Florida, is best known for being the home of America’s spaceport, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS).

Where is Cape Canaveral? Cape Canaveral is just east of Orlando, Florida, and is part of the Barrier Islands that run along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Cape Canaveral is 1-hour drive from Daytona Beach, 2 hours 20 minutes from St. Augustine and 3 hours 25 minutes to Miami Beach, so it makes for a great stop along your Florida Road Trip!

What to do in Cape Canaveral, Florida? First of all, the Kennedy Space Centre is a must. Launch into space exploration and learn about space pioneers and future space missions. Time your visit right; you could be in the front seat to witness a Rocket Launch into space! We recommend booking tickets online for this popular attraction as it will save time on your visit.

Once you’ve spent time exploring infinity and beyond, there’s much more to experience in Cape Canaveral. For thrill-seeking adventurers, surf lessons and bike and boat rentals are available.

There are 72 miles of serene beach to get in some well-deserved ‘R&R’, and Jetty Park is the perfect spot.

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Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral

Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida

6. Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida, is a family favourite full of excitement and adventure! The perfect combination of sunshine, warm temperatures, and Floridian beauty, Orlando is a great way to start or finish any road trip!

What to do in Orlando? You can spend days exploring the different resorts and theme parks around Orlando, Florida. With Walt Disney World, Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and LEGOLAND Florida, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! It’s not all roller coasters and rides in Orlando, however. There are tonnes of attractions for people of all ages to enjoy. You could take an airboat tour on the Everglades and enjoy the wildlife, or visit the Kennedy Space Centre to meet astronauts and even see an actual rocket launch!

What a local says… As you visit Orlando, Florida, you should head to the Old Spanish Sugar Mill for pancakes before hitting the beach or enjoying the natural springs at Wekiwa Springs State Park. To get up close with the reptile residents of Orlando, you can visit Gatorland. With 110 acres of gator-filled swamp, or drive just outside of Orlando to Lake Jesup, home to the largest alligator population in North America; you can take guided airboat tours here.

Where to eat whilst you Visit Orlando? From Butterbeer to a Krusty Burger, whimsical recipes from our favourite TV and films are brought to life! You can visit the Leaky Cauldron for some good old British pub grub. There’s Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour for some incredible flavours. Top it off with some gourmet cotton candy in Honk Honkers- the Dr Seuss favourite! 

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Orlando, Discover Florida - Loops of a Roller Coaster

Orlando, Florida

7. Sanibel Island, Florida

You can visit Sanibel and Captiva Islands for a little piece of paradise. With 15 miles of beautiful unspoiled beaches and roads lined with tangles of mangrove trees, the island’s beauty will surround you.

Where to find Sanibel and Captiva Islands? Stretching out into the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel and Captiva Islands are in Southwest Florida and are connected to the mainland by the Sanibel Causeway, where you will pay a toll of $6 to enter. It’s a gorgeous place to stop along your Florida Road Trip, the perfect slice of paradise for any beach lover!

What should you do on Sanibel and Captiva Island? There are 25 miles of scenic bike paths to be explored. 15 miles of beaches to collect shells and enjoy the warm water. Of course, Catching a sunset here has to be on your to-do list. Head to the west of the island to catch the orange glow of the Florida sunset.

Where to eat on Sanibel Island? The Island Cow is an all-time favourite here. It is family-friendly, has excellent food and a great atmosphere! The Bubble Room may catch your eye. It is hard to miss with its colourful pastel exterior and year-round ‘Merry Christmas’ sign welcoming visitors. 

Lighthouse, Sanibel, Florida, USA

Lighthouse, Sanibel, Florida

8. Gulf Coast, Florida

Enjoy Florida’s Gulf Coast! Florida’s panhandle white sand beaches are fun family favourites. The Gulf Coast has calm, shallow waters which can get warm as the sun shines!

Clearwater, Sarasota, Naples, Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island are our favourite places to stop along a Florida Road Trip! These beaches regularly rank in the top beaches in America. 

What to do along Florida’s Gulf Coast? Visiting the Gulf Coast means you will be sure to relax on a beautiful beach with the sun beaming down. While enjoying the soft sands, you may spot Dolphins playing in the warm waters. The Coast offers brilliant beach combing, excellent resorts and scenic cruises for a great way to experience Florida.

Best Beaches along Florida’s Gulf Coast? Siesta Key Beach is tranquil and relaxing. Madeira Beach has energetic vibes, and you may be lucky enough to spot a dolphin or Manatee! Clearwater is often named the “Best Beach”. There’s lots to do to keep entertained between swimming in the clear waters and resting on the fine white sands. 

Fun Floridian Fact… Early adventurers to Florida claimed to have seen Mermaids. What they saw, in fact, were Florida’s gorgeous Manatees!

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Naples Pier, Gulf Coast

Naples Pier, Gulf Coast, Florida

To wrap up our Best Places in Florida, there’s a real mix of destinations. From the tropical allure of Miami’s Art Deco wonders to the laid-back charm of the Florida Keys, each mile unravels a new chapter in this adventure.

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