Reasons to visit Florida
Florida is the USA's southernmost state with borders washed by Atlantic Ocean surf and the balmy Gulf of Mexico. With a convoluted coastline and over 4,500 barrier islands, its shoreline exceeds 8,400 miles (13,500km). It all adds up to heaps of beautiful soft sandy beaches, especially when coupled with 2800 hours of sunshine and average daily temperature of 70.7° F (that's 21.5°C for envious European visitors).
Florida's award-winning beaches and subtropical climate make it a dream vacation destination for beach lovers, especially in winter. However, the beaches and subtropical climate are not the only attractions that Florida has to offer. It has excellent shopping and dining in cities ranging from the capital, Tallahassee, to the pastel-painted buildings of quaint Key West. Miami beckons with its Art Deco South Beach architecture and Latino vibe while East Coast resorts from Naples to Sarasota attract families and retirees with a laid-back al fresco lifestyle.
Discovered by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513, Florida has a relatively short history by European standards, but it still has plenty of fascinating cultural attractions. Exotic gardens, state parks, historic homes, museums, world-class dining and a non-stop calendar of events means there's never a dull moment.
Whether you're visiting Daytona International Speedway, riding airboats on the Everglades, relaxing on Miami Beach or enjoying Orlando's theme parks, Florida provides an intoxicating blend of attractions. No wonder over 126 million national and international visitors head to the Sunshine State each year!
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