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The Sunshine State

The Sunshine State is perfect for setting off on a road trip.

Florida is known for its favoured tropical and subtropical climate.

With endless beaches, secret springs, plenty of food options, and countless attractions, a road trip is definitely the best way to experience this State.

Either by car or campervan, it will be easy for you to visit the best of what Florida can offer.

This guide will take you through five must-see destinations.



Florida without visiting Miami is unthinkable.

Miami is one of the most peaceful cities on Earth. There are beautiful people and scenic beaches.

It’s possible to spend an entire day in South Beach just watching people and luxurious vehicles go by.

South Beach

Furthermore, this city is great for authentic Cuban cuisines. Sample some of the best Cuban dishes at Calle Ocho.

While South Beach is expensive, you can find affordable accommodation outside this area.

Hotel parking fees are high so you should certainly check out nearby vacation rentals. Book the one that one suits your needs.

Sanibel Island

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Sanibel Island is a magnificent hub for wildlife and therefore a beautiful destination to add to your Florida tour.

Take your time to explore this stunning island while you take in the sensational beaches and breathtaking sunsets.

There’s plenty to do here, from collecting shells and cycling around the island, to visiting the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Tarpon Bay

Head to Tarpon Bay by boat to see amazing animals including dolphins and manatees.

Consider staying in the nearby Fort Myers town due to Sanibel Island being an expensive place to stay.

Fort Myers is known for its aesthetic houses because of their perfect interior designs and wall canvasses.

Consequently, this area is a wonderful stop for art lovers.

St. Augustine


There’s lots to see and do in St. Augustine.

Drive to Alligator Farm where you can feed the alligators and view shows.

For only $5, you can take a photo with a baby alligator.

Entrance to Fountain of Youth

The Fountain of Youth is a picturesque park and worth visiting during your stay.

Its beautiful grounds are loaded with history, therefore it’s a superb destination for children to learn as well.

The old oaks covering the street give the drive here an air of adventure as a result.

Drive to St. George Street and bring your day to a close with a stop at one of the many classic restaurants.

There are many family-friendly vacation rentals in this part of Florida, so book one in advance on Airbnb.



Orlando is famous for its scenic theme parks making it fantastic for families and thrill-seekers.

If you’re a shopping enthusiast, Orlando has got you covered.

This city has lots of state-of-the-art shopping complexes and outlets.

Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World

Visit Walt Disney World and see why they call it the Magic Kingdom.

With excellent time management you’ll be able to explore a big chunk of the park within a day.

There are many affordable hotels and vacation rentals near the Disney Parks.

Cape Canaveral


Cape Canaveral is a must.

Take a trip to the Kennedy Space Center and familiarise yourself with the vast history of American space exploration.

Time your visit with a real rocket launch and catch the whole experience here.

For $30 you can share a table with a genuine astronaut over lunch.

Cocoa Beach

You should consider a stay in the Cocoa Beach region.

This area is filled with budget-friendly options for restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals.

At only a couple of minutes drive away form Cape Canaveral, it makes perfect sense to stay here.


Bridge over Miami

Florida is packed with incredible destinations from beach-side resorts, scenic theme parks and tropical islands to grand hotels, fully-equipped vacation rentals and swampy marshlands.

There’s something for everybody which makes a road trip through the Sunshine State a wonderful vacation idea.

Plan your unforgettable Florida road trip with this list of five must-see destinations.

Anila Scott is a writer, traveller and nurse. Her main goal is to travel as much as possible and experience a different kind of education.