Hailed as the sunshine state of America, Florida is beloved around the world for its breathtaking scenery, gorgeous weather and abundance of thrilling once in a lifetime experiences. With stunning white sand beaches, bustling cosmopolitan cities, fast paced theme parks and intrepid luscious swaps alike sprawled across the Floridian scenery, there’s something for everyone within this colourful and vivacious state.
Whether you’ve been before or you’re experiencing the Floridian sunshine for the first time, here are the top 5 places to visit in order for you to make the most out of your trip to Florida and experience the hidden luxuries that the sunshine state has to offer.
When it comes to luxury vacations, nothing quite compares to the dazzling city of Miami. With glittering skyscrapers reaching up into the blue sky, whilst turquoise ocean waters sparkle along the horizon, it’s the perfect combination of modern cosmopolitan life mixed within a tropical paradise. For those looking to experience the city’s culture, why not spend your days visiting some of the city’s illustrious museums, such as the beautiful Vizcaya Museum and Gardens? Or if you’re looking for something to get your adrenaline pumping, why not sail a yacht around the breathtaking Biscayne Bay where you can take in panoramic views of the city’s golden sunsets? Or on those quieter lazy days, why not simply relax on the beach before heading out into the city at night to experience the fine dining and glittering social scene of this exquisite city.
When it comes to luxury holidays, Disney World doesn’t tend to be the first destination that springs to mind. But don’t write off Mickey Mouse just yet. With a variety of packages, price ranges and experiences to choose from, a stay in Walt Disney World can be a fairytale vacation come to life.
With an array of exquisite hotels to choose from such as the picturesque gilded Grand Floridian, or the nautical dreamy Yacht and Beach Club, or even the tropical beauty of The Polynesian, Walt Disney World’s accommodation selection is second to none in both their incredible theming and luxurious touches. And the decadence can extend beyond the accommodation and into your actual park experience. From dining in Cinderella’s castle with the princesses, to being taken on personal safari trail experiences, to private boating ventures along the blue lakes, to watching enchanting fireworks whilst some of the world’s finest chefs cook for you, there’s an unforgettable array of experiences to choose from that will charm and delight even the most stubborn of hearts.
The very definition of provincial beauty, St Augustine is a city along the north-east coast of Florida that boasts stunning Spanish colonial architecture as well as breathtaking golden beaches. Steeped in history, this city is as culturally significant as it is beautiful, making it the perfect holiday destination for those looking for that little something extra from their holiday. From entering the swashbuckling St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum, to exploring the historic fort of Castillo de San Marcos, to losing yourself in the beauty of the Colonial quarter, to indulging yourself in the beautiful Anastasia State Park, St Augustine offers no end of unforgettable moments and sights. And with opulent shops, private carriage rides and an abundance of five star resorts and spas to stay in, it’s sure to fulfil the luxurious requirements of any vacation.
Of course you can’t talk about luxury Florida vacations without mentioning the city of Naples. Boasting some of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants, this city is the epitome of luxury getaway and romantic breaks for thousands of people around the world. Spend your days there shopping at some of the world’s most exclusive retail brands whilst soaking up the colourful architecture of the city, before ending your evening strolling along the iconic and ever beautiful Naples Pier. Or if that’s not your thing, why not splash around and snorkel in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, or even indulge in the scenic flora and fauna of the Naples Botanical Garden? No matter how you choose to spend your time, the lavish opulence of the city is sure to captivate and delight you.
Last but certainly not least, if you’re looking to soak up the sunshine in style this summer, look no further than Key-West for some luxury destination inspiration. Found at Florida’s most southern point, Key West is an island city that’s famous for its beautiful beaches and exquisite clear waters, while the picturesque town with its pastel coloured buildings makes for a postcard worthy scene. Complete with old scenic forts, bustling waterfront restaurant squares, and even being home to the historical house of Ernest Hemingway himself, Key West has a lot to offer those who visit its stunning shores. Spend your days popping into the city’s many luxury boutiques and restaurants, or simply making the most of the glorious coast with jet skiing, scuba diving, paragliding and more, all just a beach walk away. With so many luxury hotels and accommodation options to choose from, you can rest assured knowing that you’re staying in the finest that Florida has to offer.
An idyllic luxury escape, Key West is one of the hidden jewels of Florida and a must for anyone looking to experience the ultimate in.
Andrew Bezhenar is the Founding Partner and Director of Berkeley Travel. Berkeley Travel are specialists and connoisseurs in creating bespoke getaways to compliment your lifestyle and tastes; curating tailor-made luxury holidays for clients around the world.
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