Thanks to my relationship with Shake ‘N Bait Charters, this is a sponsored post in exchange for blog & social media love. All opinions are my own.
When you think of the state of Florida, you may think of sandy beaches, Cinderella’s castle, and plenty of sunshine. Florida is always a destination that is exciting to visit – for friends, family and even to locals who want to explore new places. If you’re thinking of finally booking that long-awaited vacation, you will want to do your research – have ideas on where to go, find where the locals eat and know ahead of how to get around. Being a local, I always have a few spots in mind to share with friends or colleagues for places to visit – all the way from Key West, and surprise, surprise, Orlando too!
The Beach. It’s no secret that the cool breezes and sandy shores draw many across the nation to visit Florida, especially when you can witness gorgeous sunrises and sunsets along the coast. Florida offers golden sands and blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean beaches to the soft, white powder of the Gulf of Mexico shores. The Florida Keys is a popular spot to visit with its own tropical scenery and laid back locals.
If you are thinking of traveling to the Keys, a great suggestion would be to go out on the water and get a different view of the state. Don’t have a boat? – why not hire a local charter to take you out and enjoy the water, ride some waves and have an amazing experience along the way.
A great suggestion, Shake N Bait Charters! Located about 80 miles outside of Key West, they offer a Cavileer 44 convertible with a cruising speed of 32.3 mph. They also have 16 fishing rod holders – so why not enjoy the water and try catching a huge fish for your first time? The captain, Jack Falcucci has been fishing on the waters of the east coast from Maryland, all the way down to Florida since the for over thirty years. He is extremely experienced and can make the most novice fisherman, feel like a pro!
Theme Parks. It is no secret that this is one of my favorite things about living in Florida! It is not just the sandy shores and sunshine – why not amp up your love for thrills when visiting some of the world’s most famous theme parks! Take yourself to another world with your favorite shows and movies, fly through the air on roller coasters or zip down water slides. And of course, my absolute favorite, the house of the Mouse! Am I already planning my next visit?! Why yes, yes I am!
History Buff. Did you know that Florida has some rich, awesome history? If you love history as I do, a must-visit to add to your list is the city of St. Augustine. St. Augustine was founded by the Spaniards in 1565 and it’s one of the oldest occupied European settlements in the United States. Step back in time as you travel down the narrow cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. And speaking from experience – it is haunted! Many of the city’s top attractions are believed to be haunted by Spanish settlers, so it’s a prime spot for the paranormal fans and has some great ghost tours too!
Art and Gardens. Did you know that the city of Jacksonville is the place to visit if you are a fan of gardens and art? As the largest city in the continental United States, it has bountiful gardens and art museums for those interested in the cultural aspect. One of these, in particular, is the Museum of Contemporary Art. It showcases nearly 1,000 individual works from artists such as Robert Lango, Phillip Pearlstein and more. It also houses vast galleries from sculptures to photography while exhibition space hosts touring works that explore artistic styles. For many museum lovers, there are also special events such as educational programs with guest lectures and youth activities.
There are many other cities to add to your bucket list for Florida. Of course, my hometown of Tampa, spice it up in Miami, take a trip out of this world and visit the Space Shuttle at Cape Canaveral and lay low at my parent’s favorite city, Sanibel Island. No matter where you visit on your trip to Florida, enjoy your time in my gorgeous state, bring your camera and remember to have fun!
As a native, I never get tired of exploring new towns, visiting new attractions and getting caught up in the beauty of Florida. You may have to reapply your sunscreen a few times, but it is truly a place for everyone to enjoy, time after time. Drop a comment below and share with me where you’ve visited, or where you want to visit next!