In a year that has been full of unexpected surprises, both Donald Trump and Joe Biden have been desperate to win those key states that could swing the election one way or another.
One of those key states is Florida, a state in the southeastern region of America that has more than 21 million people living in the area and it is easy to see why.
With temperatures varying between 54F in the coldest months to 92F in the summer, many head to the state to take advantage of the sun, there is an average of more than 200 days of sunshine each year.
But what is there to do in the Sunshine State? There is so much to do in Florida that more than one trip will not do it justice. And with over 8,000 miles of shoreline there are many different beaches you can choose to visit depending on whether you want to relax, eat out, party or just play with the kids.
However one of the first places that many children will want to visit is the world famous theme park. Walt Disney World in Orlando has four theme parks and two water parks that not only makes every child that visits feel at home and welcome, but also each adult too, reminding them of a simpler time when all they had to choose was what movie they should be watching.
Whether you fancy a ride on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, visit Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy or just wait for Mickey and Minnie to come and say hi, there is plenty for everyone to do.
After a few days racing around the theme parks why not take a day to recover? According to the Florida Department of State, Florida is home to 825 miles of beaches, the most famous being Miami Beach.
With a choice of the more child friendly North Miami Beach, which has a range of restaurants and accommodation to suit most budgets, or the South Beach that is home to the rich and the famous, the area is certain to have something for everyone.
However if you are looking for an area of paradise that is a bit more relaxed it could be worth visiting Sanibel Island. Famous for the seashells that have visitors carrying out the ‘Sanibel Stoop’, the island is home to quaint shops and restaurants as well as galleries for those wanting a bit of culture on your day trip.
While Sanibel Island is most busiest between December and April it is also the most expensive. If you want to get a great deal then try late fall where not only will the prices be lower but so will the number of tourists. Temperatures can be slightly lower as expected however it is still a great time to find those shells!
If you prefer a day of learning and love to know more about American history there is no better place to visit than St. Augustine, which was founded by the Spanish in 1565. In the northwestern part of the state, St. Augustine is full of Romanesque Revival-style buildings, cobblestone streets and many designs by the oil and railroad tycoon Henry Flagler who was a pivotal aspect of not just the town’s development but also much of the east coast.
Ghost hunters should also make their way to the town, as with so much history there is an abundance of ghost tours alongside the museums, live music venues, restaurants and shops.
Those who are looking for wildlife, nature and ‘subtropical wilderness’ should make their way to the Everglades National Park which not only has one and a half million acres of land, brilliantly maintained by the National Park Service, but it is also an important area to ensure the continuation of endangered breeds including the American crocodile and the manatee.
As with everywhere in our guide the park is subject to restrictions due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic so it is worth checking their website for opening times. However if you cannot attend they also have trail webcams, videos, photos and even lesson plans to bring the area to life. And if that was not enough, the park rangers have even got together to provide you with ‘live’ wildlife watching, hiking and slogging.
Guinness World Record holders St. Petersburg – for the most consecutive days of sunshine – provides the visitor with seven miles of waterfront parks for camping, hiking and water sports such as kayaking as well as an outstanding cultural experience.
The Dalí Museum is just one of the many museums that you can visit before heading downtown for food or a look at one of the many events this town puts on each year.
Finally, make your way to the beach where you can watch one of the most spectacular sunsets this side of the equator.