So far, Florida really is my favorite state in the USA. I used to think it was this place where you go to retire, that it was full of old people … Well it’s not. This state has this zen-like flow going on. Once the plane lands in Miami, Orlando, Tampa or wherever you want to start your journey – you immediately get this urge to change into your shorts and slippers. All the stress just drops off you and you start to unwind. Is it something in the air? I don’t know. I also often wonder what it would be like to live there. Are you inhabitants of Florida in a constant state of zen? Or does this feeling go away once you have to work and live there? I sure hope not.
Anyway. Tourists go to Florida to unwind, of that I am sure. There’s sunshine (and the occasional hurricane, but hey, they travel fast, right?), freshly squeezed orange juice and a coastline where many other states and countries can only dream about. This post is to show you my selection of favorite beaches. So jump in your bikini, your swimsuit or your speedo and join me onto the white sand and into the clear seawater – because that’s what Florida has to offer!
- Honeymoon Island State Park
See the picture up on top of this blogpost? That’s me on Honeymoon Island. It’s situated left of Tampa, just above Clearwater. I really wish I could offer you a link to a website that would do this place justice, but there isn’t much to find. This is the webpage of the island: http://www.romantichoneymoonisland.com and this is the official state park link: http://www.floridastateparks.org/honeymoonisland/.
What you should do is google “honeymoon island Florida” and go to the picture section. Or look at my own pictures below 😉
And this one picture of the place taken from the air which will make you go “aaaaaah”:
- Marco Island
How on earth did you end up on Marco Island and not in Naples, which is located just above it you might ask? The answer is simple: I liked the name so I thought I’d go and check it out. That is an ideal way of traveling my dear readers: like the sound of it? Hell, just go.
Here’s their official website: http://www.marco-island-florida.com There are some 10.000 inhabitants scattered all over and most of the houses come with a jetty and a boat. Yes, if you happen to live there, you can take the boat to go grocery shopping. Jealous much?
Marco Island also boasts of a thousand little islands where you can go fishing. Or just laze around on the beach. My favorite beach here is called Tigertail beach. Did I mention that Marco Island is also the perfect place to start your trip to the Everglades from? And it’s called the Venice of Florida …
- Bahia Honda State Park
Aaah, the Florida Keys. It has something magical, doesn’t it? There’s this one single lane highway connecting what seems like the end of America to the main land. Get ready for some epic views alongside your trip, but don’t get disappointed when traveling through the Keys itself – some of them are quite touristy.
This is the official website of Bahia Honda: http://bahiahondapark.com. I went there because you get great photo opportunities. The Overseas Highway (don’t you just love that name?) that you are driving on nowadays is one that replaced the old one. At Bahia Honda, you get the perfect view onto the old highway next to the new one! And you can work on that tan whilst enjoying the view.
See? 🙂 Don’t forget to bring your hamper stocked with fresh drinks and sandwiches, you might want to stay here for a while!
- Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
What’s not to love about Fort Zachary Taylor SP? It’s got a beach! It’s got a fort! Yes, an actual fort … I was flabbergasted too! The fort has been there since 1845 and it’s now a National Historic Landmark that you can visit daily. All info right here: http://www.fortzacharytaylor.com/home.html
There’s also a lovely little café where you can enjoy sandwiches, salads, fresh drinks, … right up on the beach. They call themselves the best beach on Key West and who am I to tell them wrong? It’s also a great place to go snorkeling.
In general I’d like to give you this tip: go to http://www.floridastateparks.org and see what’s on offer. If you like what you see, just go and give it a try. Pack up that sunscreen, take a beach towel with you, your snorkeling gear, a waterproof camera and your biggest smile. Prepare to de-stress!
And don’t forget: hire a Ford Mustang Convertible when driving up to the beaches. It’ll be an added bonus, especially on that Overseas Highway! 😉