As summer is right around the corner, it is time to start thinking of the ideal summer holiday for you and your family. With nearly 100 million visitors each year, Florida vacations are one of the most popular family destinations for summer, and here’s why:
Sun, sand, and sailing
Florida is located far enough south to have great weather for most of the year, even in winter the temperature is around 60/70⁰F. Summer days are sizzling hot; though afternoon rain showers will help to cool you down (and most places are air-conditioned) so remember to pack your suntan lotion and your umbrella. An added benefit of visiting this coastal state is that the conditions are usually perfect for all outdoor activities, from sailing along the Florida Keys or spending a day on the beach to playing golf in one of the many resorts in the area.
Orlando Florida is the world’s theme park capital. Walt Disney World (you are sure to be enticed by Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom as well), Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure (where Harry Potter is bigger than Mickey), LEGOLand (where paradise comes in the form of interlocking plastic building blocks) and Sea World (where one can see, touch and swim with dolphins and whales) are only a few of the thousands of attractions available to suit every vacationer.
Cheap airline tickets
As Florida is such a popular destination many airlines offer great holiday deals for individuals and families. You can also find a number of companies that have partnered up with many of the resorts and theme parks to provide affordable, all-inclusive packages.
You can literally find anything and everything you could ever want in Florida. Orlando itself offers over 52 million sqft. of retail heaven including The Florida Mall, Mall of Millenia and Prime Outlets. The benefit of visiting a vacation destination like this is that due to the huge amount of visitor’s competition between retailer’s results in low prices and frequent specials.
Florida is also a paradise for foodies
You can have dinner with your favorite fairytale characters, dine in incredible local hidden gems or even dine like a deity with celebrity chefs at one of the 5000+ dining establishments available. Every local will tell you that the one thing you must do in Florida is try the famous Key Lime Pie!
Beauty and history
Since the 1800’s Florida has been impressing visitors with its natural and man-made beauty (including acres of natural wetlands, wilderness preserves, and 175 award-winning national parks). Although most of Florida’s coastline is dominated by high-rise towers today there are still a number of old communities, fishing camps, and relics to be found along the Florida Peninsular. Historically, the region has been inhabited by Native Americans for 14,000 years; the oldest known settlement in America, St Augustine has been continuously occupied since 1513 (and visitors are still enjoying the many quirky stores, galleries, and monuments).