This post is long overdue, but better late than never right? So here it is! Florida, yet another tropical wonderland. Unlike many other beach places, this truly is a Sunshine state! I think whoever said Bang for the buck had Florida in mind for sure! It ‘s got everything from exotic downtowns & vibrant night life to serene, calm private beaches. From theme parks to action packed water activities, from awesome cuban food to fresh fish food, and did I forget to say palm trees?
Cause my idea of a paradise is palm trees and 80 degrees! Fun fact: Did you know Florida has 230 days of sunshine! Woah, right? So it’s never a bad time to go there, but I’d recommend avoiding June-August when the temperatures go above 100 degrees! Your skin will thank you 😀 and you can thank me later 😉
Here’s a quick teaser:
Orlando is synonymous with Theme parks. It offers everything from fairytale places you’ve only read in the books to adrenaline rush roller coasters. There are just too many parks to choose from and naturally you will be overwhelmed. Here are some tips to save you the hassle and make the most of it.
- Pick your theme. There are so many to choose from, like Epcot for world cultures, Seaworld for water borne animals and shows, Hollywood studio for movie lovers, Universal for animations & action heroes, Disney cove, Animal kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Gatorland, legoland and I can just keep going on..
- Choose the most overcast day of your vacation to go to any theme park . It’s less crowded and also you won’t be too exhausted roaming around. We never planned on it but universe kinda worked it out for us I guess 😉
- Book your theme park tickets online to save $$ as well as time. Most parks also offer free apps so download ahead of time to mentally make a note of each ride you are planning to go.
- Every Disney ticket offers 3 fast-track rides but you should pick a specific time-slot, so make a list of those famous rides and get there first thing in the morning to pick a slot.
- At Universal rides like Harry Potter, Thor, Spider-Man and Transformers have the longest of lines. Be there as soon as the park opens to make the most of it and cut the lines.
- There are hidden gems and often missed spots throughout these parks, for instance did you know there is a moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter restrooms. Find more here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/hidden-gems-at-universal-studios-and-islands-of-adventure?utm_term=.lbGOm9KGl#.bldDKkrv8
- As a rule of thumb, I always carry a 2$ rainproof jacket and a ziplock bag. It comes to rescue during those water rides so you can go as many times without getting wet.
- Squeeze in those last minute for fireworks in the parks nearby even if your park closes; most often than not, all parks don’t close at the same time.
- Carry your own food and drinks and save $$$ for overpriced items at the park. Most hotels offer shuttles to these parks, so do inquire.. parking takes forever sometimes. Book your hotel keeping this in mind and yeah the lots are huge; definitely remember your parking spot!
- Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, Fort Lauderdale beach
- Beachwalk Resort: I highly recommend this hotel for breathtaking views the most comfortable bed! You can also take a water taxi ride from this resort to explore different historic places in the city.
- For art lovers, don’t forget to check out the Fat village art.
- Dosha Ayurveda cafe & juice is my personal favorite Mexican-Indian fusion food. I really hope some day they start a food chain across US.
Accommodation: Miami strip near south beach offers a wide range of hotels and is definitely one of the most happening places in the city to hangout. You could go shopping at the malls in a stone throw away distance or head to beach for a more leisure and relaxed evening. Ask for a beach towel at the reception, most hotels offer them in their complimentary package.
Some of the attractions here are :
- South beach
- Design district, Wynwood walls a.k.a the famous instagram walls.
- Havana 1957 is one the best night club.
- Venetian pool in Coral Gables.
- Vizcaya museum and gardens.
- Cuba food in Little Havana (avoid if you are vegan, absolutely no restaurants for vegetarians.)
- South beach strip has numerous bar & food options!
One of my favorite parts in Florida.
- Sunset at Mallory Point and how to get the most of it: Pick your favorite drink , hold onto your best spot and just watch as the clouds & sun put up a glorious show while the waves slowly cuddle your feet.
- Roam around lazily after a drink and explore the local artisans at the Duvel street. This street undoubtedly best bars in the entire Florida.
- West Martello Tower.
- Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park has got some boho relaxed vibe to it. There ends the route 1 at the Southern most point of the USA, just about 90 miles to CUBA.
- Garbo’s Grill
- Blue Heaven
- Better than sex
- Vegan option: The cafe
Holy guacamole is a good snack-truck place at the mallory point.