Florida offers a wealth of theme parks including the iconic Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando, home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. However days of intensive excitement can then be followed by relaxation on some stunning, white sand beaches within the ‘Sunshine State’, alongside nature-based activities within exceptional areas of beauty such as the Everglades National Park.
Theme Park Low Down!
Walt Disney World Resort: Where it all began, now spread across 47 square miles and home to 6 theme parks including the Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and two Water Parks, Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. It is possible to purchase a ticket that is valid for All Parks over a variety of periods eg 7 or 14 days.
Universal Studios Florida is made up of two spectacular theme Parks, Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (home to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter). Tickets are available to include both the Parks as well as Wet ‘n’ Wild and potentially SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica (the Water Park associated with SeaWorld) and Busch Gardens in Tampa.
What lies beyond!
Whilst you could easily spend 2 weeks in Orlando, we recommend that once the excitement has died down, you head for a rejuvenating resort in a variety of inviting locations along the 1,800 miles of coastline ideal for shelling. This would include the Paradise Coast, facing out to the Gulf of Mexico in South West Florida incorporating Naples and Marco Island. This delightful area also acts as a springboard for the Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the USA boasting many rare and endangered species. Search for alligators in the ‘River of Grass’ by air boat or explore the Ten Thousand Islands by Jet Ski and you may find you have the company of local dolphins!
Miami, stretched along the Atlantic Coast of the Peninsula, is known for its vibrancy and Hispanic culture, but also showcases some stunning hotels designed to provide a luxurious retreat from the bustle. Miami Beach is in fact a City built on a sandbar, whilst South Beach is full of palatial homes and excellent restaurants. Just over an hour North you will also find some lovely stretches of beach at Boca Raton,
At the most Southernmost point of the State, the Florida Keys consist of a string of islands extending in to the Gulf, offering some of the best fishing and scuba diving in the World. Our featured Resort here also offers the chance to interact with Dolphins by taking part in the Dolphin Connection programme.