In 2018, a record 126.1 million travelers visited Florida. Visit Florida experts stated that this was a 6.2% increase from 2017 (which was also a record-setting year).
With its stunning beaches, thrilling attractions, and one-of-a-kind dining and shopping experiences, it’s no surprise that so many people from all over the globe plan a visit. If you are considering your first trip to Florida, there are thousands of options for accommodations and activities all over the state. Before you make reservations, explore some of the top places to visit when traveling to Florida.
Explore Florida’s Emerald Coast
The Florida Panhandle offers incredible views, white sand, crystal clear waters, and plenty of fun. Known as the Emerald Coast, there are multiple cities in which tourists can choose to stay. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection estimates that 4.5 million people visit this part of the state each year.
One of the most popular places to visit on the Panhandle is Destin (80% of travelers to the Emerald Coast make a stop in this city).Vacationers love staying in beachfront condos in Destin each year, as they provide more than just beautiful views.
Those staying right on the coast can enjoy easy access to parasailing, boat tours, scuba diving, stand up paddleboarding, and exceptional beachfront dining. Additionally, when you stay close to the shore, you are just minutes away from the area’s best amusement parks, water parks, and shopping complexes.
Enjoy the thrills in Central Florida
Planning a family vacation? Love non-stop thrills, shopping, and dining? If so, be sure to make a stop in one of the state’s most popular areas for attractions: Central Florida. This includes the areas of Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, and Kissimmee.
In each of these cities, travelers can enjoy favorites such as Walt Disney World (which includes four theme parks and a shopping district), Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and LEGOLAND. There are also exciting water parks, fun shopping experiences, themed dining, and accommodations near it all. For those who are over 21, the Orlando area has also become a big destination for craft breweries, such an Orlando Brewing and Ten10 Brewing Company.
Relax in South Florida
Looking for a luxurious vacation full of world-class dining, relaxation, and incredible nightlife? In South Florida, vacationers can choose to enjoy these options by staying in Miami, West Palm Beach, or Boca Raton. Additionally, tourists can plan a stop at notable area attractions such as Zoo Miami, Miami Beach, or Everglades National Park. For even more fun, you can travel even further south to the Florida Keys. Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, and Key West all boast amazing views of the beach, fun beachside dining, water sports, and much more.
When visiting Florida for the first time, one thing is for sure: there is absolutely no shortage of fun experience. Whether you enjoy peace and quiet, non-stop action, or a mix of both, the state provides unique destinations unlike anywhere else.