Known as the Sunshine State, Florida is America’s most southeastern state. Its warm climate and 1,000 km of beaches mean it has long been a popular year-round destination. The wide availability of discount flights to Florida makes the state extremely easy to reach from Canada.
Florida’s stunning golden beaches are what convince thousands of Canadians to flock there every week, along with some of the world’s most famous themed attractions, including Disney World, Universal Studios, the Kennedy Space Center and SeaWorld. Florida also boasts a range of water parks, Gatorland in Orlando, and the glamorous and glitzy cities of Miami and Tampa.
However, this state also has so much to offer away from its cities, theme parks and beaches. You don’t just have to swim in the sea, for example. Florida’s biggest lake, Okeechobee, has shallow waters ideal for taking a dip, and gives visitors a good place to experience the beautiful landscape and wildlife of southern Florida.
Art lovers can see the largest collection of Dali artwork outside Europe in St Petersburg’s Salvador Dali museum, while anglers can enjoy some of the world’s best fishing in Florida. There are more than 2,200 km of hiking trails, and enough reefs, sunken vessels and sea life to keep even the most ambitious diver happy.
In the 1.5 million-acre Everglades National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitors can travel through swampland or take part in alternative fishing, boating and other ranger-led tours.
Daytona Beach is a family-focused resort, popular for its 23 miles of sun-bleached sand, surfing, museums and stacks of other great attractions, including museums, nightlife and the Daytona Beach International Speedway. The boardwalk and pier offer arcades, shops and other amusements.
Cuisine in Florida has numerous fascinating influences – early Spanish, African, Cuban, Caribbean and southern U.S. cooking among them.
There is so much to see, do and experience in the Sunshine State, and cheap flights to Florida make travel here from Canada a realistic option rather than an impossible dream.
Orlando International Airport is the main entry point for Disney World and the other attractions of central Florida, with free shuttles available for theme park visitors. To visit the southern part of the state, consider flying into Miami International Airport. Tampa International Airport serves the Gulf Coast or Tampa Bay area, and has international flights to Canada. For discount domestic flights, many choose Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood.