Don’t be fooled by the geography of Florida - for this flat peninsula contains hidden depths and offers something for outdoor enthusiasts, families, culture vultures and those looking for the perfect beach break. Justly famous for its beaches and theme parks, a hotel in Florida gives visitors access to diverse Latin American communities and their lip-smacking cuisines, mangrove islands that offer kayaking adventures, wild wetlands teeming with aggressive alligators, abundant herons and reclusive manatees and a wealth of artistic colonies, must-see museums lining the Gulf Coast and a rich literary heritage. There certainly is more to Florida than first meets the eye.
Where to Stay in Florida
Orlando - This is theme park central and one of the few places you will be happy paying to be taken for a ride. Both the young and the young at heart will love Disney and Universal Orlando, yet you can also find amongst the tree-lined streets plenty of venues offering theatre and music shows, some fantastic gardens and nature preserves and world-class museums that allow you to enjoy things at a less frenetic pace with a hotel in Orlando.
Miami and the Keys - The Magic city, as Miami is known, offers a taste of the good life to all. Amongst its art deco hotels are extravagant lifestyles lived to the full. Enjoy an expertly shaken cocktail on the hotel terrace but don’t forget to take in the other magic offered by the sun-kissed islands of the Florida Keys or the opportunity to explore the wild beauty of the Everglades.
The Space Coast - Stretching from Canaveral National Seashore to Vero Beach are vast expanses of endless white sand beaches that play host to laid back surfers and future facing rocket science. Here the Kennedy Space Center is dedicated to celebrating America’s space programme. Take in a 3D space movie before watching the sun set over the cruise ships from a hotel at Cocoa Beach.
Tampa Bay & Around - A hotel on the Gulf Coast offers picture-perfect island beaches and natural beauty that can be enjoyed with more than a touch of urban sophistication and exquisite dining in Tampa, St Petersburg or Naples.
How to Make the Most of Your Hotel in Florida
Miami’s art deco architecture may be impressive but those swimming pools that grace the luxury hotels are also well worth taking in on a tour of the city. Take a cruise down the Keys or on the Everglades to spot the abundant wildlife that Florida is famous for. Out on the Space Coast you can marvel at the science behind the rockets whilst at Boca Ciega Bay, near Tampa, you can wonder at the grace, beauty and intelligence of bottlenose dolphins as they swim in their natural habitat.
Whether it is dining with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland, shooting the breeze with an astronaut over a bite to eat at the Kennedy Space Centre or sampling the Latin American cuisines in Miami, Florida certainly offers some real gastronomic pleasures. If this all sounds a little civilized for you why not strap yourself to a zipline for a unique view of flora and fauna or head out for a spot of deep sea fishing? In the Florida Keys you can snorkel or sail amongst the colourful coral reefs or you can kayak amongst the natural beauty and (yikes!) the alligators of the Everglades. After that you deserve that sunset cruise around the white sandy beaches of the islands just off the coast.