Be In the Know: Tips for Your Island Vacations in Southern Florida

A vacation spot should be one that relaxes you, energizes you, and offers you new experiences that you could not necessarily have in your daily grind. Tropical island vacations seem to be one type of vacation that does this for almost everyone. Depending upon your island of choice, you could do everything from basking on the sunshiny beaches to climbing inland mountains, to cycling through the dunes to exploring historical monuments. Whatever the geography of the island, there is something about these places that almost always presents a casual elegance and a laid-back atmosphere. Southern Florida achieves this with style. Whether you visit Miami Beach, the Everglades, the Florida Keys, or the Gulf Coast, there are numerous accommodations, activities and experiences to make any vacation extra special.

It is not just Disney that caters to families in the Sunshine State. If you are looking for family resorts, you will not be disappointed. Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada in the Florida Keys is family-friendly. The kids will not soon forget the snorkeling excursion of the Family Snorkel Package. The only living coral reef in America is in this area, and everyone is bound to see something new! The South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island is also family friendly. Explore the wildlife preserve, including beautiful beaches on the nature walks. Choose from hotel accommodations or beach villas and cottages. The family water park is sure to captivate young and old, alike. If you find yourself to be water-logged, there are many other activities including kayaking, golfing, tennis, bicycling and fishing as alternatives.

For the grown-up island experience, check out Key West, Florida, the southernmost city in the continental USA. The island offers palm-lined streets and some enticing history and inviting nightlife. Exciting festivals are happening all year-round. Kings of Spain used to own real estate here! Discover Ernest Hemingway’s home, marvel at some of the six-toed cats there, and then enjoy an evening at Mallory Square. Do not miss the romantic Sunset Celebration on Mallory Dock every evening. After last light, Key West comes alive and the world-class restaurants offer outdoor dining that enables you to watch the street artists, musicians, jugglers and other performers that emerge to entertain after dark. Yelp restaurant reviews suggest that Mallory Square is “a bit of a walk from the cruise ship drop off, but worth it!!”

For your next island vacation, be sure to visit Southern Florida. Find exciting entertainment, deep history, delicious cuisine, and warm sunshine, here. Whether you are seeking a family snorkeling adventure, a historical site, a culinary masterpiece, the best key lime pie, or simply a place in the sun, you will not be disappointed by Southern Florida. In fact, you may just want to come back for more!

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