Advice, For year-round sunshine, head to Florida

by Andrew Regan - Date: 2008-06-24 - Word Count: 542 Share This!

There is no doubting the health benefits that an extended period of time in the sun has. Now, that doesn't have to mean lying on a beach all day reading and getting sun-burnt, which would probably be many people's idea of a holiday from hell.

No, in an age which has seen many more people affording exotic adventure holidays, it can be easy to forget that sometimes all a body needs is a week or two of fun in the sunshine to recover from the trials and tribulations of everyday working life.

Indeed, Florida has been the classic holiday destination for years for this very reason. Now, a cynical person may say that having a nickname such as ‘the Sunshine State' is just a clever marketing ploy, designed to get gullible tourists to visit and spend their hard-earned money. But the truth is, for the most part, Florida has a year-round subtropical climate that is tempered by its proximity to water on each side.

So in effect, Florida never really gets extremely hot or extremely cold, making it a great winter or summer retreat. People who live in countries such as the UK, which is notorious for its unpredictable weather, will often descend upon Florida's sandy shores looking to reap all the benefits a sunshine holiday can offer - the key ones being relaxation and improved mental wellbeing.

Of course, the major benefit Florida has over the usual sunshine resorts in places such as Spain and Portugal, is, well, it isn't a resort. Florida is a massive peninsula state, surrounded by water on three sides and has somewhere in the region of 1200 miles of coastline, which has helped create some of the world's best beaches, from Daytona Beach in the north of the state, to the world-famous Miami Beach in the south.

But what keeps visitors coming back in their droves is the abundance of other activities on offer. For nature-lovers, the Everglades National Park in south-western Florida is a safe-haven for many different species that are considered ‘endangered', such as the West-Indian Manatee, the American Crocodile and the Florida Panther.

Moreover, perhaps the most distinguishing feature of the Sunshine State is the Florida Keys, which are an archipelago of around 1700 islands stretching from close to the tip of Miami to less than 100 miles from the coast of Cuba. Needless to say, the marine-life in this area is outstanding, and a great way of touring the Florida Keys is by organising a boat trip, where special packages can be arranged for activities such as snorkelling and fishing.

Of course, there is no shortage of flights to Florida, and the four main airports in Orlando, Miami, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale are all well connected to the international community. With a flight time of around 9 hours direct from the UK, the year-round good weather and wealth of activities on offer will ensure people will continue to visit the self-proclaimed sunshine state for years to come.

The information contained within this article is the opinion of the author and is intended purely for information and interest purposes only. It should not be used to make any decisions or take any actions. Any links are included for information purposes only.

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