Where else can you swim with a dolphin, attend an NFL game, and wear flip flops all year round? The answer is Florida. Beyond its famous sand and saltwater, the Sunshine State is packed with entertainment, unique cuisine, and just enough oddities to keep you on your toes. Yes, you can actually live in paradise.
Whether you want to lounge on the white sand along the Gulf of Mexico or catch a wave on the Atlantic coast, the Florida beaches are beckoning. But beyond the saltwater, there are 4,308 square miles of lakes, rivers, and streams -- the perfect place to launch your kayak, standup paddleboard, or boat after a long week in the office.
Authentic Cuban Food
Every sandwich shop from Tampa to Key West claims to have the best Cuban sandwich in the state. As you wander southern Florida, you’d be wise to stop in as many of these establishments as your appetite allows. Be sure to order a deviled crab on the side and wash it all down with a cafe con leche.
The Most Haunted City In America
Boasting the title of the “Nation’s Oldest City,” St. Augustine is filled with charm and good spirits in more ways than one. This historically rich city is worth its weight in ghost tours, offering options such as The Haunted Pub Tour, Pub Hearse Rides, Dead Walk, and the Haunted St. Augustine Paranormal Investigation Tour.
If the thought of manatees and dolphins makes you giddy, no state has better options for experiencing marine life than Florida. Discover a hands-on experience with dolphins at Aquatica or Marineland Dolphin Adventure or experience sea creatures in action at SeaWorld in Orlando or one of Florida’s many aquariums.
Sports fans will think they’ve hit the jackpot with so many professional franchises in one state. Spend football season tailgating with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, and Jacksonville Jaguars. Sit courtside as the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic battle it out on the basketball court. Or catch a fly ball at a Miami Marlins or Tampa Bay Rays regular season game.
Throughout Florida, you’ll find some of the freshest seafood the country has to offer. The best part is, you don’t need a reservation to sink your teeth into an expertly prepared blackened grouper sandwich. As a matter of fact, Florida’s best kept foodie secret is the seafood dives tucked away in the many off the beaten path sleepy beach towns.
With so many unique destinations, Florida is the perfect state for day tripping. Drive a few hours and find yourself in the United State’s largest subtropical wilderness, The Everglades; checking out the work of Frank Lloyd Wright on the campus of Florida Southern College; or pondering life as you wander Bok Tower Gardens; a bird sanctuary, historical landmark, and gardens all rolled into one.
Whether it’s coasters, characters, or water slides you crave, Florida’s got them. The Orlando area alone has enough to keep you busy between Disney, Universal, Legoland, and Wet N Wild. But if that isn’t enough to fill all your thrills, head to Tampa, which is home to Busch Gardens and Adventure Island.
Stay tuned to this blog for PART 2 of “Living in Florida.”