Florida is the perfect place for a getaway that is simultaneously relaxing and invigorating. Each city and town offer a unique mix of entertainment, shopping, and natural beauty that is sure to delight couples, solo travelers, and families. Here are four cities for the perfect getaway in Florida.
Indian Rocks Beach
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Indian Rocks Beach, located a short drive from both St. Petersburg and Tampa, offers almost 3 miles of beachfront along the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors will enjoy the 27 beach access points, as well as the free parking, dog park, and boardwalk of the Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve.
Don’t miss the nearby Pinellas County Heritage Village, an open-air historical site with dozens of buildings the whole family will love exploring. The town of Indian Rocks Beach is easily walkable, so snag a hotel anywhere in town and enjoy the wild stretches of beach on this barrier island.
The resort community of Longboat Key is ideal for those looking to get away from it all, while relaxing in the lap of luxury at one of the many deluxe hotels. Longboat Key boasts 12 miles of white sand beaches, and offers fine dining, shopping, and the opportunity to enjoy one of the waterfront golf courses. Visitors will love the relaxed, yet elegant, charm of Longboat Key.
Located on a barrier island close to Sarasota, it’s a quick trip into the city for museums like the Ringling and the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, as well as the jumping-off point for sailing charters.
Are you in the mood for a hip, colorful, and exciting vacation? Look no further than Tampa. This Florida city prides itself on its innovative restaurants, adventurous attractions, and deep roots in Cuban and Spanish cultures. Though located within a half-hour of the beach, you might be too busy seeing Tampa’s many sights to spend any time relaxing in the sand. Between amusement park Busch Gardens, Bayshore Boulevard, the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, you’ll fall into bed at your Tampa hotel and be grateful for the night of rest.
Miami Springs, one of the first planned communities in Florida, is the ideal place to call home while exploring Miami and its surroundings. Designed in the Pueblo Revival style, this beautiful community is close to the excitement of the city while feeling worlds away. While in Miami Springs, take a trip into Miami for shopping at the Bayside Marketplace, stroll the boardwalk at Miami Beach, and don’t miss the stunning gardens at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Adventurous travelers can take the short drive from Miami Springs to the Everglades National Park to enjoy its unique hiking, paddling, and wildlife sighting opportunities. Also accessible from Miami Springs is a day trip to the Florida Keys and their beautiful white-sand beaches.
Florida is a top destination for travelers, and for good reason. Between exciting attractions, dining that ranges from upscale to seaside shack, and miles of beaches and natural wonders to explore, there is something for everyone.