Florida travel guide
Sizzling beaches or a theme park bonanza might tempt you to Florida, but there’s more to the Sunshine State than golden sands and Disney shows.
That said, Miami is a fabulous place to kick off your sojourn. The city’s sprawling South Beach delivers what the postcards promise: brightly coloured lifeguard huts, promenades of art deco architecture and a steady stream of tanned bods. It’s a place to pedal a powder-blue cruiser, sip overpriced mojitos or shimmy in sultry clubs.
Miami’s not all about the beach, though. Head to a Cuban block party on Calle Ocho, take a dip in the Venetian pool at Coral Gables, or peruses the wares in the Design District.
South of Miami, the Florida Keys archipelago is a Caribbean-flavoured getaway with beautiful beaches and clear blue waters. For something wilder head to the sprawling wetlands of the Everglades National Park, which are home to alligators, manatees and the endangered Florida panther.
Orlando is theme park central. You can whizz through Disney’s Space Mountain, or see a real rocket at the Kennedy Space Center. Nearby Daytona Beach offers sandy resorts, seaside amusements and a packed calendar of motor racing events.
Along the Gulf Coast in western Florida, the cities of Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples serve up culture and tranquillity alongside stellar sunsets, while Tampa and St Petersburg boast sweeping beaches and picturesque historical sites.
And tucked in among the rolling hills of North Florida, the state capital, Tallahassee, is a popular university town strictly Southern in tone, and gateway to the stunning beaches of Panhandle.
155,164 sq km (59,909 sq miles).
20.3 million (2015).
130.6 per sq km.