Visitors are drawn to Florida as a result of the states ideal climate, beautiful beaches and warm waters. The beaches and waters that surround Florida not only offer excellent relaxation opportunities, but also provide many water sports such as fishing, surfing, diving and snorkeling. Florida also offers vacations for the family with their Disney World attraction and the site of Cape Canaveral along the space coast which features the space shuttle launch pad.
On the southeastern coast of Florida there is the top visitor destination, Miami. This city offers an excellent tropical climate and landscape. Another reason many come here is because of the cultural diversity. Miami offers visitors a great selection of museums, nightclubs, festivals and outdoor activities so you are sure to find something you enjoy doing.
The next largest visitor center in Florida is Orlando which hosts about forty-five million tourists a year. The major attraction of this city is the Disney World theme park. Orlando and the surrounding cities are home to other theme parks including Universal Studios, Epcot Center and MGM. In addition, the city of Kissimmee is located close by and offers a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, camping, fishing and boating. In downtown Orlando you will also find the Orlando International Fringe Festival which features over five hundred different theatrical and performing arts shows. Orlando is truly the place to go if you want a large selection of family activities.
For the ultimate travel experience in Florida it is best to stay at a resort or spa if you can afford it. In Orlando an excellent option is the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort which offers many excellent luxury benefits. One of these is a half-acre pool that features a dozen waterfalls. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress also offers extras such as three spas, twelve tennis courts, four golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and a natural walk in a forty-five acre park setting.
Other than Disney World, one of the main reasons people flock to Florida is to enjoy one of the many beaches. There isn??ª?t a hard, fast count of the number of beaches because so many of them are private. But, it is estimated that of the 1200 miles of coastline, there is 660 miles of beaches in Florida alone. Perhaps, the most famous beach is Miami??ª?s South Beach (Lummus Park Beach). This may be where the party starts and ends in Florida.
Another great beach is the Canaveral National Seashore which is a 24 mile stretch of beach between Daytona Beach and the Kennedy Space Center. If you are vacationing in the Florida Panhandle near Pensacola, you need to visit the Gulf Islands National Seashore. This area is preserved and undeveloped. It is a relaxing place to do nothing on the beach, swim in the ocean, or watch the huge variety of birds that live in this area.