Travel Guide to Florida


The Travel Guide to Florida is a guide to travel in the state of Florida with editorial stories and features on travel destinations in the Sunshine State. There are detailed sections on each of Florida’s tourism regions plus editorial features on over 20 statewide tourism themes.

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editor’s message

According to the Global Attractions Attendance Report, Florida has more theme parks than any other place in the world and its long list of attractions just keeps growing. No doubt, visits to the beach will be high on your list so you might want to check out some of Florida’s award-winning beaches: Siesta Key Public Beach in Sarasota; Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin/Clearwater; Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach; St. George Island State Park in Franklin County; Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park in North Naples; Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park also in Naples; Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde/St. Petersburg; Delray Beach in Palm Beach County; St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Cape San Blas; and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne, just to name…

state of florida

ADMISSION TO THE UNION: March 3, 1845 NICKNAME: The Sunshine State OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: English SPOKEN LANGUAGES: Predominantly English and Spanish CAPITAL: Tallahassee LARGEST CITY: Jacksonville LARGEST METRO: Miami TOTAL AREA: 58,560 square miles WIDTH: 361 miles LENGTH: 447 miles ESTIMATED POPULATION (2017): 20,925,620 HIGHEST ELEVATION: Britton Hill at 345 feet Sources: Wikipedia, and Information, dates and websites were correct at time of printing and are subject to change without notice.…

rules of the road

Florida is easy to explore by vehicle. Bring your own, or if you’re at least 25, rent one. Visitors ages 16 and up holding licenses from other states or countries may drive in Florida. Cash is no longer accepted on some Florida toll roads. Purchase a SunPass Mini Sticker transponder at one of the more than 3,100 retail locations for US$4.99 plus tax. A minimum opening balance of US$10 is required. Most rental cars come with a SunPass. Drivers and front-seat passengers must wear seat belts. All children under 18 are required to wear seat belts, regardless of where they are sitting. Children, three and younger, must be secured in a federally approved child-restraint seat in the back seat; children, ages four and five, also must be in the back seat…

plunge right in!

The Sunshine State has attracted visitors to its sandy shores for the past 500 years, however, people first reached Florida at least 12,000 years ago. The coastline was very different then because the sea level was much lower than it is today. As a result, the Florida peninsula was more than twice its current size. Written records about life in Florida began with the arrival of the Spanish explorer and adventurer Juan Ponce de León in 1513, marking the beginning of the American Frontier. He named what he saw “La Florida,” or “place of flowers,” because of the lush landscape. Indeed, Florida has 300 native plants, ranging from the thorny sweet acacia to the wild azalea. The state lists an additional 1,300-plus introduced exotics, many of them considered invasive. Others are housed…

need to know

Many beaches, parks and festivals don’t charge an entrance fee, or if they do, it’s only a few dollars. If you do run out of cash, ATMs are everywhere from convenience stores to festivals. Many stores allow debit card users to obtain “cash back” above their purchase without a transaction fee. Most banks are open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM, however, TD Bank has locations open every day, except major holidays. Banks and government offices, including the post office, are closed on major US holidays. Most attractions remain open year-round. Florida’s base sales tax on purchases is six percent, with some counties adding discretionary taxes. In addition to pet deposits, most hotels charge a “bed” tax and some will add a “resort or amenities tax” and even parking…

great savings

Head to South Florida in the heat of summer for good deals. Winter yields great rates in northern Florida. Orlando has its own seasons, which coincide with school breaks; Visit Orlando recommends visiting during “deal season,” August 15–September 30. Save on attractions, restaurants and shopping by visiting and reputable online ticket brokers such as,, and The Entertainment Book ( is a local favorite and you don’t have to be a local to buy it. Also try or for 35 to 90 percent off at hotels, attractions and restaurants. Four of South Florida’s top attractions—Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, Museum of Discovery & Science and Zoo Miami—offer unlimited visits for 100-plus days at In the Tampa Bay area, CityPASS offers savings of 50 percent on admission…