Other places to see in Florida

Florida is more than its big three attractions. There are many beaches, lakes, rivers and parks to see as well. Not many tourists get to them because no one writes about them as much. Let’s fix that, shall we?

If you’re visiting Florida for the first time, you’re probably going to Central Florida. Disney, Universal and SeaWorld are big tourist traps and you are sure to have a blast there. But what do you do when you’ve seen these places? What comes next?

Here are a couple of “undiscovered” places that are worth visiting.

Everglades National Park

Located in South Florida, Everglades National Park is Florida’s “lost world”. Here you will find many rare and endangered species like the primeval American crocodile,  the mysterious Florida panther and the adorable manatee. You’ll see giant blue herons and wood storks flying here, among other birds. Home to over 1000 species of plants, this park is considered a World Heritage Site. If you’re looking to see the raw beauty of Florida you will not want to miss Everglades National Park.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

With overtones of Atlantis, this one-of-a-kind underwater park located in the Florida Keys has a diverse marine life and coral reefs that keeps tourists mesmerized. If you’re into snorkeling and diving, you’re in for a treat. Not a fan of getting wet? There’s glass bottom boat tour will give you a safe view into this fantastic undersea world – an instant classic with families.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

If you’re in North Florida and are looking for a relaxing ride, bring your float or rent one and tube down this spring-fed river. With crystal clear water that stays cool all year long, this attraction is a refreshing change from the summer-hot days of Florida.

Florida Caverns State Park

Journey below ground in this exclusive underground park located in the Florida Panhandle. Test your knowledge of stalagmites, stalactites and flowstones that are abundant in the area. Here’s a chance to see Florida from a new perspective. As beautiful as the “outside” world, this is a great place to take pictures and learn more about the earth’s formations. Above ground you can take a stroll in the beautiful park.

Canaveral National Seashore

If you’re looking for a beach with palms, serene water and lots of sunshine, Canaveral is the spot to go. There’s plenty to do beside tan and swim. You can take a boat, go on a hike, go fishing, bird-watch or kayak. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, why not take advantage and go there?

Lover’s Key State Park

Located on the Gulf of Mexico, this slice of paradise was accessible only by boat for a number of years. Now there is a bridge that allows you to answer the call of the cool waters and warm sands. Need to getaway from the crowds? This is the perfect place to do it. You can also go shelling, canoeing or take a kayak. If you like to fish, no one is going to stop you from doing it here.

 

After you’re done with the bright lights and big cities, take a detour to these more serene places. There’s a lot to see and experience in Florida and doing it off the beaten path will reward you with amazing sights and memorable experiences. Look for more than the surface attractions – you will be pleasantly surprised.

Top Florida Retirement Cities

Where in Florida Can You Find a Retirement Paradise?

Why retire in Florida?

Why retire in Florida?

Retiring in Florida is a dream for many people stuck in cold northern states during the winter. If you would like to retire to a mild climate,  plenty of water, and many cultural opportunities, consider some of these popular retirement destinations.

Popular Florida Retirement Destinations by Region:

  • Living on the Gulf: Naples, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Clearwater
  • The Keys: Key West, Key Largo
  • The Atlantic Side: Boca Raton, West Palm Beach
  • South Florida city experiences: Fort Lauderdale, Miama
  • Middle and Central Florida: The Villages, Gainesville, Daytona Beach

What Attracts Retired People to the Sunshine State?

Of course, the mild climate attracts many retirees to Florida. Some parts of the state can get fairly sticky during the summer, but the northern part of Florida is actually fairly nice most of the year.  However, the weather is not the only attractive thing about this state.

The cost of living is relatively low in many parts of the state, and that is particularly true if you compare it to northeastern states. Food, healthcare, and housing costs attract many people to the area. Also, the state does not have an income tax. There is a state sales tax, but that can be controlled by consuming less.

 

 

Top Florida Beaches

Best Florida Beaches

shipBesides Florida theme parks, Florida is also famous for miles and miles of beautiful beaches on three sides of the state. Enjoy beaches on both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic side.Besides giving residents and visitors to enjoy a day in the sunshine, sand, and surf, Florida beaches may either be attractive because of development around them or for a lack of development.

In other words, some visitors prefer the calm of a natural preserve, but others prefer to enjoy fine dining and an active night life.

 

 

Most residents and frequent visitors have their own favorites, but these Florida beaches are some top picks.

Top Beaches in Florida:

  • Delray Beach
  • Naples
  • Clearwater Beach
  • South Beach
  • Sanibel Beach
  • Atlantic Beach
  • Siesta Key
  • Palm Beach
  • Key West
  • Captiva Island

What’s to Like About Florida Beaches?

Some of these beaches are famous for clear surf and white sand. Other beaches are more famous for wildlife, and they are part of parks and preservation areas. Finally, some people go for the surf, but they also want to enjoy the culture and activities that have developed around the water.

When surveyed, visitors and residents had these top reasons for enjoying their own favorite beaches:

  • Sand and surf
  • Sunsets
  • Water sports
  • Nightlife
  • Relaxation
  • Enjoying nature and wildlife
  • Shopping and dining