Navigating Florida Travel Blog
With hundreds of destinations in 67 Florida counties that stretch 800 miles from north to south, we think a few ideas how to explore Florida Travel Blog may be helpful.
The menu at the top of the page is arranged by subjects. Most of them are popular destinations in Florida.
The Regions Menu to the right side are regions of Florida for finding destinations easily in a given part of Florida.
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Travel Tips For A Great Florida Trip
Traveling in Florida can be a delightful experience with its diverse attractions, beautiful landscapes, and vibrant culture. Outdoor fun seems to be the theme of most Florida excursions. Mother Nature is our best asset in Florida, but she can be brutal if you are not prepared for her.
Here are some tips to enhance your trip:
- Weather Awareness
Florida’s weather can be unpredictable, with sudden rain showers and high temperatures. Pack travel-size sunscreen, a hat, and Florida lightweight clothing. Be prepared for afternoon rain showers, especially in the summer. Packing a small umbrella is optional.
- Theme Park Planning
If visiting popular theme parks like Disney World or Universal Studios, plan your days, and consider purchasing tickets in advance to save time. Arrive early to beat the crowds, and take advantage of FastPass or Express Pass options. Parks are generally very crowded. Make certain children have instructions should they get separated from parents.
- Wildlife Caution
Florida is home to diverse wildlife. Be cautious around bodies of water for alligators, observe manatee zones, and be aware of nesting sea turtles on beaches during specific seasons. If you are camping, a wildlife repellent might be helpful.
The most sought after wildlife viewing in Florida is that of alligators. We have a complete guide for observing alligators in Florida.
- Explore Beyond the Theme Parks
While theme parks are popular, explore the state’s natural beauty. Visit state parks, beaches, and nature reserves for a taste of Florida’s unique ecosystems.
- Mosquito Protection
Mosquitoes can be prevalent, especially in humid months and around standing water. Bring insect repellent and consider lightweight long sleeves and pants, particularly during dawn and dusk. Children are most vulnerable and a skin repellent after dusk is suggested.
- Hurricane Preparedness
Traveling during hurricane season (June – November), stay informed about weather forecasts and have a plan in case of evacuation. While hurricanes at any given location are rare, they can occur with plenty of warning. They don’t sneak up on you! Travel insurance may provide added peace of mind for the unlikely chance your vacation could be shortened.
- Children and Travel
There is no better sight in the world than seeing the smile on your children’s faces as they walk into their first surf on a Florida beach or see a real-life Mickey Mouse. Florida offers both. On the other hand, one of the worst things is seeing children with tears in their eyes because our planning was faulty. Here are a few suggestions:
- While Florida is known as the sunshine state, the occasional rain shower may drive you inside. Pack a small game or two for the kids.
- Make sure you have sandals or beach footwear for kids. Shells are sharp.
- Frequently apply safe sunscreen on children. A well-planned family vacation can be ruined by sunburnt children on the first day. We live here and know!
- Always point out a safe place for kids if they get lost or just turned around in unfamiliar areas. A lifeguard stand, a food stand, a street sign – anything they can use as a reference to go to to be found by you.
- Driving Considerations
Florida is a big state, and driving is a common way to explore. Be prepared for tolls on highways, particularly around major cities. Follow traffic laws, and be aware of pedestrians, golf carts and cyclists that are common in many Florida communities.
- Water Activities Safety
If engaging in water activities, adhere to safety guidelines. Be cautious of strong currents and always wear appropriate safety gear, especially when boating or snorkeling.
Remember to plan ahead, stay hydrated, and embrace the laid-back atmosphere of the Sunshine State. Whether you’re exploring cities, theme parks, beaches or natural wonders, Florida has something for every traveler of all ages.