As a Florida native myself, I can attest to the fact that despite being a well-known and well-loved vacation destination, it also has more than its fair share of hidden secrets.
The secret to having a fantastic vacation in the Sunshine State is to uncover its secrets before you go so that you can plan them into your itinerary.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Tallahassee has the best food/drink in the state
When people talk about getting food in Florida, they often talk about the dozens of restaurants in Miami. It’s true that Miami has a lot of choice on offer, but the quality can also vary widely depending upon where you go. Instead, I’d have to recommend Tallahassee as the place to go, because there’s so much to do and see and more importantly, Proof Brewery’s beer is amongst the best I’ve ever tasted.
2. JFK’s Bunker
Back at the height of the cold war, then-president John F. Kennedy had a fallout shelter built on Florida’s Peanut Island, not too far from their family home in Palm Beach. As far as I know, it was never actually used, but that doesn’t make it any less fascinating to visit.
It might not be one if you’re vacationing with young kids, but it’s great for history buffs and acts as a potent reminder of an important part of our nation’s history.
3. Cruises are surprisingly affordable
A lot of people have the perception that cruises have to be crazy expensive, but nothing could be further than the truth. Many cruise providers offer specialist cruises for families, couples, retirees and more, as well as those specifically designed for foodies or wildlife spotters. Fort Lauderdale offers many cruises, so spend some time seeing what’s on offer until you spot something that speaks to you.
4. The Spanish Monastery
North Miami Beach is home to a stunning ancient Spanish Monastery that not too many people know about, and it’s 100% worth a visit if you’re in the area and you get the chance. It was originally purchased in the 1920s and was supposed to be going to California, but a twist of fate that I won’t go into means that we Floridians get to enjoy it instead.
Because this one is a little lesser known than the others on our list, it also means that you won’t have to worry about hordes of tourists.
Now that you know a few of the secrets that not everyone knows about vacationing in Florida, it’s over to you to make your travel plans a reality. The good news is that no matter where you go, you’re bound to have an unforgettable vacation. The Sunshine State is waiting.