As soon as you mention to anyone that you are traveling to Florida for a vacation or short getaway, most people assume your destination is Miami. As magnetic as it is, Miami is only one place in The Sunshine State. Florida has many more areas to explore and if you are looking for a break from Miami but not the Florida weather, here are some spots you should look into…
Orlando is truly a magical place with its iconic crowning jewel, Cinderella’s castle at world-famous Walt Disney World. Even though the city was built on theme park fame, it has grown to be more than just playgrounds inspired by fabled stories and creative concepts.
Nowadays, you have a variety of attractions such as world-famous restaurants, sporting event venues, amazing concerts, theatrical performances, high-end outlet shopping centers, and other interesting and even quirky spots like Madame Tussauds Orlando. With many attractions and museums to visit, spas and water sport centers, and more, this city has everything children, teenagers, and adults can enjoy.
Budget | Universal’s Endless Summer Resort
Looking for paradise in your own backyard? The Florida Keys are about as an exotic and a remote beach getaway as you can get within the US mainland. Just an easy drive south of Miami off a 110-mile stretch of highway, you will discover an alluring collection of islands so close to the city yet a world away from the city lifestyle. It is a genuine tropical island experience with all of the amenities and services you could want.
Budget | Amara Cay Resort
The term ‘fun in the sun’ is taken seriously in St. Petersburg as it holds the title of “most consecutive days with sunshine” at 768 days! Combined with its award-winning beaches, this spot which sits between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay is a great option for warm weather, beach activities, and a nice Florida getaway. If the waterfront or weather is not your main attraction, St. Petersburg is home to the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum, boasting the largest collection of Dali’s work outside of Spain. After a museum visit or a day at the beach, the downtown area is full of great shopping, restaurants, and bars to indulge.
Luxe | The Don CeSar
Budget | Hotel Zamora
Home to legendary resorts, exquisite mansions, and historic landmarks, the special island of Palm Beach is a great place to feel a world away from reality. Whether it is visiting the Flagler Museum, biking the Lake Trail, or shopping on Worth Avenue, everyone will enjoy the comforts and activities on this luxury beach-vibe island.
Luxe | Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
Budget | The Colony Hotel
An up-and-coming city, Tampa has vibrant business districts and beautiful waterways. It is known for its museums and cultural offerings such as Busch Gardens, an African-themed amusement park with rides and animal-viewing areas.
With its mix of historic architecture and modern landmarks, Tampa is a culture infused with Spanish and Cuban flavors and the downtown is alive with cool bars, innovative restaurants, and urban parks. Not to mention, the Tampa Riverwalk is transforming downtown’s waterfront into an active, pedestrian friendly environment for commerce, transportation, entertainment, and fitness. Overall, this city is a wonderful place to work, play, and unwind but also boasts many attractions and activities for visitors and is definitely worth checking out.
Luxe | JW Marriott Tampa Water
Budget | Hotel Haya
One of Florida’s primary Gulf Coast cities, Sarasota offers visitors a diverse blend of culture and fine dining, pristine beaches, and an array of shopping opportunities.
One of the city’s hallmarks is the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art which pays homage to the Ringlings, the family behind America’s most famous circus. A unique museum with the world’s largest miniature circus, old costumes, and wagons. These soon-to-be relics of a special American pastime which has unfortunately officially closed as of 2017 are arguably more intriguing now and will continue to be as more time passes. A true one-of-a-kind destination you will appreciate.
Budget | Zota Beach Resort
The Everglades is a unique treasure found in South Florida and is the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the US. This wonder of the world consists of 1.5 million acres of sawgrass marshes, mangrove forests, and hardwood hammocks dominated by wetlands and is home to endangered, rare, and exotic wildlife. Whether it is rolling down the gator trail or gliding over the glades in an airboat, this area in Florida is a must-visit for those looking for adventure and is only a 45min drive from Miami.
Luxe | W Miami
Budget | Freehand Miami
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