Often when tourists think of Florida vacation destinations while planning their coming vacation they automatically think of Disney World, Miami, Panama City Beach, and a few other sites. They generally focus on the large tourist trap areas and in turn have a cookie cutter vacation, rarely experiencing all of what Florida has to offer.
First off, Florida has a great system of State Parks that are cheap to enjoy and offer experiences from the Florida Keys to the western tip of the panhandle. One of these you would want to visit are the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park located just off the southern end of HWY 1. This facility offers snorkeling, scuba diving, glass bottom boats, fishing, camping and more and has some of the most beautiful underwater views in the United States.
The next spot to not miss is one of the oldest cities in the United States. St. Augustine is one of the most beautiful southern cities and includes southern charm, Spanish architecture and history, and is located next to some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. Historical sites, a dolphin conservation center, beaches, shopping and more will make any visit a memorable one.
These locations, along with some of the more secluded parks and getaways in the Panhandle make Florida more than just the tourist traps of Disney World, Busch Gardens, Miami Beach and more.