Florida is, without a doubt, the world’s greatest getaway destination.
That’s because Florida getaways are made up of thousands upon thousands of “micro-getaways” that satisfy every single traveler every single day. Visitors are drawn by Florida’s extraordinary assortment of romantic getaways, beach getaways and spa getaways and weekend getaways. There are getaways at state parks and theme parks and RV parks. There are getaways reached by cars, trains, planes, motorcycles, bicycles, and boats.
No matter how you get here or get around, the best way to enjoy Florida getaways is… to get going.
Pull out a map of Florida and put your finger on Orlando. Within a 10-mile radius are seven of the world’s Top Ten theme parks. Do the same with Miami and in this cosmopolitan circle you’ll find art and fashion, ultra-swank shopping, tropical beaches, and trendy nightclubs. Choose Tampa and the circle encompasses historic neighborhoods, classic resorts, and museums known around the world.
Each Florida destination offers vacations within vacations, getaways within getaways. Expand those circles to encompass the entire state and your choices are truly staggering. When you need a break, just rent a fully-equipped houseboat and spend a few days drifting down the St. Johns River, dropping anchor whenever and wherever you desire and you’ll see Florida in its natural state. In the great outdoors a getaway becomes even greater when you check out Florida’s 174 state parks where there are historic sites, hiking, wilderness, paddling, and equestrian trails, thousands of square miles of forest, and 100 miles of sandy white beaches.
Head off the beaten path and you’ll find quiet lakes and hidden rivers and vintage fish camps steeped in an era natives know as “Old Florida.” These are places where you’ll see the state without pretense; idyllic retreats where you can launch a boat for a lazy afternoon of fishing or do something completely novel—absolutely nothing.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, many of the world’s most opulent resorts are found in Florida, setting the stage for romantic retreats or girl’s getaway weekends. And where blue waters meet white sand beaches, oceanfront resorts enhance beach getaways with a triple play of sun, surf, and sand.
Florida is Adventureland
Ultimately, nearly anything and everything can create Florida getaways – including world-class shopping excursions in the chic shops of Naples and the outlet malls of Orlando.
Looking for adventure? Take a motorcycle and weave thousands of miles of back roads into a personalized two-lane off-the-beaten-path tour. Ready for more? Create an adrenaline-pumping getaway with thrills like flying in a sailplane, parachuting from an airplane, or exploring colorful coral reefs and underground (or underwater) caverns.
Or you can tone things down by finding small town festivals focused on citrus, music, literature or whatever the locals grow, catch, create, or celebrate. Foodies can whip up a ready-made getaway with visits to U-pick farms, farmers markets, or map out a drive-and-dine tour that explores dishes from upscale cuisine to downhome cooking.
Can’t remember your last vacation? Florida can help you create something unforgettable. Because if you’ve got the time, we’ve got the getaways.