For family vacations, romantic trips, mother-daughter getaways, and solo adventures.

Jessica Sample

Jessica Sample

As a Florida resident for 25 years, I’ve traveled throughout the Sunshine State, sometimes flying but usually taking a great road-trip. From family vacations and romantic trips to mother-daughter getaways and solo adventures, I’ve hit sleepy beach towns, inland theme parks, charming small towns, and buzzing metro areas. Where do I recommend travelers visit when they’re planning a Florida vacation? While it really depends on whom you’re traveling with (BFF, little kids, parents) and what you want to do (visit craft breweries, build sand castles, go kayaking), you can’t go wrong in any of these Florida destination highlights. 

St. Augustine

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Sean Pavone Photo/Getty Images

History buffs flock to America’s oldest city for a glimpse into the past. Check out the 450-year-old Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest U.S. masonry fort, where you can witness live reenactments and the firing of cannons. Take an historic tour of Flagler College, visit the iconic Lightner Museum, and tour the Old Jail Museum and Oldest Wooden School House. Stroll along the famed St. George St., the walkable thoroughfare dotted with shops, eateries, and attractions. Then cross the Bridge of Lions to soak in spectacular birds-eye views at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Nearby, explore Anastasia State Park, a 1600-acre property brimming with wildlife, stunning beaches, maritime hammocks, and tidal marshes.

Anna Maria Island

Jessica Sample

Jessica Sample

For some charming, Old Florida hospitality, visit Anna Maria Island, which sits at the northern tip of a seven-mile island that also includes Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. Thanks to the daily free trolley, you can easily access the entire island. For incredible views of Tampa Bay’s iconic Sunshine Skyway Bridge, pop over to Anna Maria Bayfront Park. Amble

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