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If you are looking for a nice weekend getaway, then Florida would be an excellent option for you to consider. This vast American state has everything to offer for a perfect weekend either on your own or as a group. Beautiful beaches, theme parks, national parks, and upscale cities are some of the thrills of the Sunshine State.

What's more, you don't have to worry about accommodation for a couple of days while you are here because you can always book a vacation rental. But before we tell you more about this awesome accommodation option, let us first explore Florida with you. Here are five amazing weekend getaway options in Florida.

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1. Clearwater Beach


Three miles of nothing but white sands and blue waters of the ocean may sound like an exaggeration. But it is not. This beach which is situated at the heart of the Gulf of Mexico will sweep you off your feet with its splendid, bare-knuckle awesomeness. The beach is endowed with restaurants which offer meals for all budgets and from all cultures.

Seafood and wild meat are also in plenty here, giving you a diverse menu that you will not find anywhere else. Do you want to eat in the sand? Why not? Restaurants at the Clearwater Beach understand that you need to get loose on weekends so they serve you wherever you wish. Curio and souvenir shops are open at all times so you can sample and buy whatever you need to take back home.

2. Fort Myers Beach


It is a weekend and the last thing you need is the noise and pace of the city. That is why Fort Myers Beach is among the best weekend getaways in the United States. It is a small, tranquil, and everything here moves at your pace. While here, you can choose to swim or just watch the dolphins. The water is mostly warm and ideal for swimming at any time of the year.

3. Amelia Island


With a 13-mile long beach, you can bet on having the best weekend getaway experience of your life in this quit, secret island. It is very accessible from Jacksonville airport, has the best restaurants in Florida, and the accommodation options are in plenty. What makes this island unique, however, is that it offers you the chance to understand the history of the Civil War and interact.

Your weekend will not be complete without a visit to the Fort Clinch State Park where you will interact with the wild deer among other friendly animals. Hiking and biking are also very ideal outdoor activities in this part of the country. If you are looking for a family weekend getaway, Amelia Island is a great option because it has many playgrounds for kids as well as volleyball courts and golf courses for you and your partner.

4. Orlando's Theme Parks


If you won't mind a little crowding and noise, you will definitely fall in love with Orlando's theme parks. You can opt to take your family to Disney World, from where you all can have fun in Universal Studios and Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Epcot is a Theme Park in Walt Disney World Resort that offers a musical journey through the cosmos.

Another option is SeaWorld Orlando, where you will interact with Florida's finest aquatic animals and ride in the Mako, the world's largest and fastest roller coaster.

5. Sanibel and Captiva Islands


Last but not least, Sanibel and Captiva Islands: the home to the best nature trails in Florida and America as a whole. Its coastline stretches up to 15 miles and is hook-shaped which allows it to collect lots of pristine sand dollars and conch shells. If collecting shells is your thing, then you will drown in the endless fun that this island offers you.

The restaurants here serve the best pies, seafood, and cocktails in Florida. Swimming, on the other hand, is every visitor’s favorite outdoor activity here, both in the ocean and in the countless swimming pools on the island. If your time allows, you can choose to hike or bike in J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

6. Daytona Beach


Spring Break is the most anticipated week of the year for American college students. The bikini bikers and innocent flirting have given way to contests of wet shirts and marathons of shots. The MTV was commissioned to popularize it in the nineties with a special program that mixed concerts of pop stars. The first broadcast was made from Daytona Beach, Florida.

Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach got tired of being the world capitals of the hangover. There are young people wanting to party, who has now moved to Panama City Beach and South Padre Island.

7. Florida springs


If you want to discover the most spectacular Florida springs, we recommend you pack and visit the following places.

Devil's Den Spring looks like something out of a Hollywood movie. It's one of the most popular in the state for diving and snorkeling. Located 30 minutes from Gainesville, not only is it a natural wonder, it is also a historic wonder.

Many fossils found inside the cave (where the spring is) are on display at the University of Florida Museum of Natural History. This marvel of crystal clear water is up to 55 feet deep and the water temperature is quite cool, usually 72 degrees. You can rent a cabin, camp or locate your RV park.

Also located in northern Florida, Ginnie Springs offers the best of the Santa Fe River in High Springs, about 30 minutes northeast of Gainesville, a private park that promises fun for the whole family. You can swim in any of its seven crystalline water springs, do scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, camping, organize a picnic and even play volleyball.

For the youngest of the home there is a recreation area and for those who are looking for a professional PADI diving certification, the park offers training.

Rainbow Springs State Park is the fourth largest spring in Florida, located in Dunnellon, less than two hours north of Tampa. It is the perfect park for camping or a picnic.

Of course its biggest attraction is the crystal clear water, where you can swim and snorkel. However other activities have restrictions or have specific areas where you can perform them like tubing (inflatables).

At Weeki Wachee you will not only find spectacular springs, you can also enjoy Buccanner Bay, the only fresh water park in the state. Located in the city of the same name, one hour north of Tampa, this park is the favorite destination of many families for its mermaid show at Mermaid Theater, you can also do kayaking, snorkeling, boat tours, picnics and even enjoy from a white sand beach. For wildlife lovers, there are shows with birds and domesticated reptiles.

In Central Florida you will find Wekiwa Springs State Park, half an hour from Orlando, in the city of Apopka. Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, this park is extremely popular for the 13 miles of trails for walking, biking and even horseback riding. For water lovers, you can cool off in its springs, go canoeing, kayaking or snorkeling.

8. Everglades National Park


The Everglades national park located at the southern tip of the Florida peninsula has been said to be like a river of grass that slides imperceptibly from inland to the sea.

You don't have to overstretch your budget while enjoying your weekend in Florida. You can always book a vacation rental which includes a nice and fully-furnished house, a spacious kitchen for your indoor meals, and some even come with swimming pools. With your accommodation sorted, there can never be any limit to your best ever weekend getaway tour in Florida.
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7 comments:

  1. I am such a huge fan of Florida. No matter where you go, there is ALWAYS something to do. I'm especially in love with Sanibel.

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  2. I love Florida! The beach is the first place I hit up whenever I go :)

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  3. I've always wanted to hit Florida Springs! We might just need to do it this weekend! THanks for sharing the tips!

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  4. Love your suggestions as some interesting and stunning places to visit in Florida. I am book marking this for when we head there.

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  5. Florida is one of my travel list. It is such a beautiful place. Been there before and always wanted to come back.

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  6. I miss Florida and hope to visit again soon! It's been way too long!

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  7. We are heading to Florida next month and really want to do the Everglades

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