Experience Seaside Florida Vacations

This is a HDR imaging of a bridge in the Flori...
This is a HDR imaging of a bridge in the Florida Keys. It is based on three exposures. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Believe or not, there was a place called Florida before the “Worlds” began. Long before all the high profile theme parks and attractions Florida was a favored vacation destination. The simple elegance of the state brought families, stars, and leaders of industry and state to the Sunshine state to enjoy a seaside Florida and all it had to offer.

Florida is the perfect get away for anyone wanting to experience a seaside vacation. Florida is a peninsula offering easy access to the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico; you are never more than a day trip from either at any given location in the state. Florida is blessed with an abundance of lakes and rivers as well. So, whatever your definition of seaside is, Florida has it.

Old Florida’s vacation industry was built on the enjoyment of water. You can still find old Florida’s seaside vacation enjoyment wrapped up in the hospitality, charm and affordability throughout the state. Leave the theme parks alone and explore US1, historic 441 also known as Orange Blossom Trail, highways 50 and 1792 you will be sure to find some unique vacation jewels.

Highway 50 will carry your from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, and across some gorgeous little Florida hamlets and historic rivers.  Pine Island is a hidden jewel that some “so called Floridians” have never heard of or experienced. Generational Floridians have enjoyed the fishing, beaches, camping and cozy accommodations of the tiny town perched on the west coast for over a century. This is old Florida with its natural beauty, southern hospitality, and relaxed pace.  It is what the Keys were and what Pine Island has always has been and continues to be.

There are many more wonderful stops that are all off the beaten path of Florida offering a unique seaside Florida vacation. Save some money and experience Old Florida. Seaside Florida vacations are what Old Florida does well.

A healthy dose of sun, relaxation, beauty and fun

Florida Beaches: A healthy dose of sun, relaxation beauty and fun

At this time of year, in the United Kingdom, we have all just about had it with the cold and the gray sky. And escaping to nearby European countries wouldn’t make a difference because the weather in France and Spain isn’t much better. But just across the pond, the sunny state of Florida offers wonderful holiday options to help us escape the winter with many Florida beaches.


This vibrant city, which happens to be located in the United States, has been called the capital of Latin America. The influence of Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and many other Latin American countries is undeniable. Miami’s nightlife scene is considered to be one the world’s best. They also have beautiful beaches filled with beautiful people.

Key West

Just 15 miles (24km) south of Miami begins a set of 1,700 islands known as the Florida Keys. They extend all the way to Key West, the westernmost of all the islands. If you start in Miami, you could take a little USA road trip and arrive in a few hours. Key West is rich in history and has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment and attractions. It is considered the southernmost city of the continental US and enjoys a hot, tropical climate.

Fort Lauderdale

Just 23 miles (37km) north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is perfect for those looking for a place that is more relaxed, yet still has gorgeous beaches and plenty to do. Like its flashy neighbor South Beach, Fort Lauderdale has become a popular destination for gay people. Many locals say the gay scene in Miami is what made it so popular for general tourism – now that the gay scene in Fort Lauderdale has developed, it is becoming even more trendy.

Daytona Beach

Further up the Atlantic coast, Daytona Beach is a popular tourism destination and family-friendly city. Like most of Florida, Daytona enjoys a humid, subtropical climate. Even in the middle of winter sun is never lacking. The city has beautiful beaches, great options for golf and plenty to enjoy. And if you would like to visit Mickey Mouse, Daytona is conveniently located just 56 miles (90km) from Orlando.


Last but certainly not least, the theme parks in Orlando, Florida, are a dream for kids of all ages. Meeting Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and the whole Disney gang is something everyone should experience at least once. Magic Kingdom is truly magical and Epcot Center will take you around the world in a day. Then, you’ll probably want to go again. But don’t forget to experience the Hollywood magic of Universal Studios, the big, friendly fish at Sea World, or the fun water-slides at Wet ‘n’ Wild.


Naples is located on the Gulf Coast of the state. It’s home to amazing golf courses and it offers you easy access to conservation areas.

Marco Island

Marco Island is also located on the Gulf Coast. This is a great place to fish and to do other fun activities such as watch dolphins from the beach.

Pensacola Beach

This beach is located in northern Florida and it is known for its white sands and laid back attitude. You can relax on the beach, go kayaking or go for long walks. It doesn’t matter what you do, you will love it at Pensacola Beach.


Destin is a great place for beaches and for restaurant choices. Some of the best seafood restaurants can be found here and there are a lot of group activities you can do.

Florida Beaches
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Fort Walton Beach

This beach is located in the same region as Destin. There are plenty of educational opportunities for tourists to take advantage of and you can lay around on the sand all day long. The kids will enjoy visiting places such as the Gulfarium and Temple Mound Museum.

With so much to do and see, chances are you will want to return to the Sunshine State again and again. Give yourself the gift of a good dose of sunshine, beauty and fun. Plan your escape to Florida now!