Top 3 Florida Vacation Spots

Top 3 Florida Vacation Spots

Friday, June 29th, 2012

If you’re looking for a great vacation spot, look no further than the Sunshine State. From the world-class beaches on both coasts to the historic towns and theme parks throughout the entire state, Florida has all the makings of a great vacation destination. Here are three great cities in Florida that should be a part of everyone’s travel itinerary.

If there is one destination that delivers some form of pretty much everything Florida has to offer, it’s Jacksonville. Commonly referred to as “where Florida begins,” Jacksonville is located in the northeastern part of the state and is home to the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars. It is, geographically, the biggest city in the state and famous for its miles of beaches and inter-coastal waterways. From cruise lines to world famous golf courses, booking a hotel in Jacksonville, Florida will ensure your trip has all the components of a great vacation.

Jacksonville Highlights:  
• Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
• Jacksonville Jaguars
• Jax Beaches
• Fishing Charters

Evil Sunset (HDR)

JacksonvilleThe Jordan Collective

One of Florida’s greatest places both to live and visit is the beach town of Sarasota. Sarasota is home to Siesta Key, which was rated the number one beach in America by Dr. Beach. It’s pure white sand beaches and warm Gulf Coast waters separate the island from all other beaches. Whether you’re an avid fisherman looking for snook and pompano or simply a beach lover, you’ll love all that Sarasota has to offer. Sailing charters and kayak adventures are a great way to explore the Gulf Coast, but it isn’t all about the water in Sarasota. The city has several antique and collectible shops, as well as a vibrant culture centered around performing arts theaters and museums. Book a hotel in Sarasota because once you stay in Sarasota, Florida you may just never leave!

Sarasota Highlights:  
• Siesta Key
• The Ringling Campus
• Boat and Kayak Rentals

Sanderlings with Willet in Background

Sarasota Florida Bird Pictures

Another great travel destination in North Florida is the city of Tallahassee. Tallahassee is the state capitol as well as the home of Florida State University. As the capitol, the city does have a culture that is largely influenced by government and history. However, it doesn’t limit itself to these narrow descriptions. For one, Tallahassee is only 25 miles from the Gulf Coast, allowing for great dining locations with the freshest seafood. Florida State University has a large impact on the city as well by bringing a large following in areas of sports and research, and provides the younger demographic that contributes to the city’s nightlife overall culture. Staying in Tallahassee and exploring the state’s capitol will allow you to appreciate the amenities the state has to offer other than beaches and theme parks.

Tallahassee Highlights:  
• State Capitol Building
• Florida State University
• Apalachee Regional Park Trail

Marsh Pond Series #18, Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee David Hawkins Photography

All three of these cities are great vacation spots, and each one shows a different aspect of the beautiful state of Florida. You can book a hotel in Jacksonville, Florida or stay at resort in Siesta Key. Either way, you’re sure to have a memorable vacation in the amazing Florida weather. Whether you’re looking for beaches, shopping, attractions or history, you’ll surely find it in the Sunshine State.