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Referred to as the Sunshine State, there's a whole lot of reasons to book a holiday to Florida. Located in southeastern USA, Florida is especially popular for action-packed family holidays in the sun, as well as beach holidays and romantic getaways.
Perhaps most well known for being the home of Disney World, Florida also boasts white-sand beaches, vibrant cities with rich culture and fun nightlife, gorgeous national parks as well as a range of other family-friendly attractions. Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa are all great places to check out during a Florida getaway.
Whether you're there for a city break or simply to check out some of the world's best theme parks, you're in for a real treat when you pick Florida as your next holiday destination.
Although you can find warm temperatures and sunny weather in Florida throughout the year, the question of when is it best to travel there depends on your preferences. Florida is made up of two climate zones, divided between north and south Florida.
North Florida has a sub-tropical humid climate, experiencing a lot of rainfall during the summer months. Despite the rain, a north Florida summer holiday is still considered to be the best option (April to September) as water temperatures are balmy at this time.
South Florida has a tropical climate; rainfall is the biggest factor, so we'd recommend heading out there between November and May for warm weather and the lowest chance of rain. Though this period falls within Florida's winter months, the average temperature is a very pleasant 21°C - perfect for exploring!
Always fancied a trip to Florida but not quite sure where to go once you're there? You're not alone - it's a big state so it can be difficult to know where to start. While many holidaymakers head straight to Orlando for the amusement parks, Florida is filled with a number of colourful and memorable destinations that could be the ideal holiday spot for you.
Whether you're after a relaxed beach trip, an active holiday or a city break filled with activities, there's plenty to discover in the Sunshine State. Here are some of our top holiday destinations in Florida.
Located in south Florida, Miami is one of state's top holiday destinations. If we were to summarise Miami in two words, they would be colour and culture - you'll find plenty of both in this beach city!
If you like being close to the action, stay in South Beach. Wander into Little Havana, an area known for its Cuban flair and magnificent food. And don't miss out on other must-sees like Wynwood Walls (for that perfect Instagram shot), the Art Deco District and the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
One of Miami's biggest draws has to be its beaches, so leave aside plenty of time to lay beside the sea. When you're not too busy soaking up the sunshine, you can always have a break and take a selfie at one of Miami's colourful lifeguard huts.
Considered to be the theme park capital of the world, Orlando is the place to be if you're all about experiencing as many amusement parks as possible. All in all, there are 12 major theme parks in Orlando, with the majority being part of Walt Disney World. Whether you're into splashing around at a water park, having your Harry Potter moment or riding every single rollercoaster, Orlando is one of the best places to go on holiday with your kids.
Theme parks aside, there's a lot to see within Orlando itself. Lake Eola Park is a beautiful spot in the city centre, families love the Orlando Science Centre and the Crayola Experience is a must for those with younger children.
If you're looking for the ultimate family holiday, you can't do better than Orlando.
Fort Lauderdale is located on Florida's southeastern coast and is another fantastic holiday destination choice, especially if you're after a destination that has some variety. Nicknamed the 'Venice of America', Fort Lauderdale is well known for its pristine beaches and extensive network of canals.
While it's easy to spend your whole holiday at top beaches like North Ocean Park or Hollywood Beach, Fort Lauderdale has a bunch of great things to do. Wander down Las Olas Boulevard to check out the shops and eateries, visit Bonnet House to learn more about the area's history or see the birds at Flamingo Gardens.
Tampa is an ideal destination for a city break. Located on the west coast of Florida, this city combines its coastal location with a wealth of fun and interesting things to do. If beach time is on your mind, head to places like Clearwater Beach, Caladesi Island State Park or Indian Rocks Beach for some of the best in the area.
Tampa is also a go-to for nightlife in Florida. Ybor City is the historic district but it's also the location of many nightlife venues, so much so that partygoers simply hop from one spot to the next on a night out. Other top Tampa attractions include Florida Aquarium, Tampa Museum of Art and Busch Gardens Tampa.
Key West: A colourful island city that's known for its beaches and coral reefs
Everglades National Park: A huge wetlands that's home to manatees, panthers and countless other animal species
Kennedy Space Centre: Discover more about NASA's space missions and get up close and personal with real spacecraft
Sanibel and Captiva Islands: Get off the beaten track on these two laid-back islands, home to gorgeous beaches
Naples: A hotspot for dolphin watching, stellar golf courses and excellent eateries
St Augustine: A must for history lovers; visit museums, see wildlife and relax on the beach
If you're planning to see a fair bit of Florida during your holiday, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the seemingly staggering amount of things to do in this state. From out-of-this-world museums to theme parks that pull out all the stops, Florida is known for the quality and scale of its major attractions.
While it's tempting to simply go from one big attraction to another, there are so many more things you can do in Florida, especially for anyone wanting to get a sense of what it's like to live in this part of the USA.
Check out some our favourite things to do in Florida.
Take a ride on an iconic airboat through Everglades National Park
Go snorkelling to see Key West's beautiful coral reefs
Watch a rocket launch at Kennedy Space Centre
Swim with manatees at Crystal River
Go on a food tour in Tampa or Miami
Visit the quirky Dali Museum in St Petersburg
Splash out at one of the resorts of Walt Disney World or Universal Studios
Spend a day at the unique Dry Tortugas National Park
Hire a colourful convertible and tour Florida in style