Florida January 03, 2016
Everyone From Florida Should Take These 8 Awesome Vacations
Why should tourists have all the fun? One of the benefits of living in a place where everyone else vacations is that you’re never far from some of the most amazing destinations, any time of year. Whether you go for a long stay or a long weekend, just make sure you don’t miss any of these incredible vacation spots.
1. Anna Maria Island
Where to stay: Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast. This upscale bed and breakfast on the much-loved Anna Maria Island offers gourmet breakfasts, free bike and kayak rentals, and much more.
What to do: Try absolutely anything water-related and peruse the shops at the Historic Green Village.
2. Key West
Where to stay: Avalon Bed and Breakfast, on Duval Street. This unpretentious B&B is a tropical paradise, two minutes from the beach.
What to do: There's too much to fit here, but here are a few must-see recommendations: The Hemingway Home and Museum, Dry Tortugas National Park, and the Sunset Celebration in Mallory Square.
3. Amelia Island
Where to stay: Elizabeth Pointe Lodge. Guests rave about this 1890s Nantucket-style hotel. It's full of history, but has every modern convenience, as well.
What to do: Visit Fort Clinch State Park and the delightful historic district, full of impressive Victorian architecture.
4. Captiva Island
Where to stay: Jensen's On The Gulf. Friendly and intimate suites and cottages with sundecks featuring jaw-dropping views of the Gulf of Mexico.
What to do: Head to Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille for a tasty meal, or try The Bubble Room if you love all things weird. Visit J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge for some stunning wildlife, but spend most of the time on the gorgeous, unspoiled beaches of Captiva and nearby Sanibel.
5. St. Augustine
Where to stay: Old Powder House Inn. If you're going to stay in St. Augustine, you should definitely stay in one of their many bed and breakfasts. We recommend The Old Powder House Inn. You'll be right in the middle of everything, with a gorgeous room and delicious breakfast.
What to do: Visit the Castillo de San Marcos and Flagler College, tour the local winery or distillery, and choose from a number of excellent restaurants.
6. Cedar Key
Where to stay: The Cedar Key Bed & Breakfast. This historic inn is both beautiful and laid-back, like the town itself.
What to do: Try the World Championship Clam Chowder at Tony's Restaurant and tour the Cedar Key Historical Society Museum.
Where to stay: Henderson Park Inn. This inn is located only a couple of minutes away from one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the country. Children are not allowed, but guests receive a breakfast buffet, picnic lunches, afternoon tea, and sunset cocktails. You can also borrow pretty much anything you need for the beach for free.
What to do: There are fun boardwalks like the Village of Baytowne Wharf for shopping and dining, but you're going to want to spend most of your time at the beach.
Where to stay: Magnolia Plantation Inn. This house and its grounds are full of Victorian charm and are located near all the shops and restaurants in downtown Gainesville.
What to do: Gainesville might be best known as the home of the University of Florida, but that's far from all it has to offer. Try some of the best pizza in Florida at Satchel's (or choose from many other restaurants) and visit Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park, Paynes Prairie, and the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens if you're a nature lover. Nearby Micanopy has lots of history and top-notch antique shopping.
Have you been to any of these awesome destinations? What did you like most about it? What other spots should we add to the list? Please leave your comments below!