As summer in the northern hemisphere slowly begins to feel like a distant memory, many of us are already beginning to crave warm sunshine again. If this sense of solar longing feels familiar to you, there are few better holiday locations than Florida to top up your vitamin D levels almost the whole year round. To help you focus your plans, below is a list of five destinations with great hotels and a wide range of exciting activities to keep you and your family well catered for during that much-needed post-summer getaway.

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Palm Beach Gardens

Palm Beach Gardens is a great option for those who enjoy spending their days outside beneath the tropical sun. Activities exist to suit almost any preference, including a variety of excellent golf courses, Palm Beach Gardens Green Market for shopping enthusiasts, and even a range of options for nature enthusiasts such as snorkelling, fishing, and eco tours in the many local nature reserves nearby. Accommodation-wise, there are options for all price ranges, with the budget hotels tending to be in the areas surrounding Palm Beach Gardens.


Fans of culture and art should seriously consider heading to Sunrise, especially in the fall/autumn when the local Woodstock Fair and Harvest Festival take place. Of course with Florida’s climate being as it is, Sunrise is a great holiday destination all year long, with a wide variety of hotels ready to welcome you should you arrive in spring, summer, autumn, or during the area’s mild winters.

Vero Beach

As you may have guessed, Vero Beach is a fantastic option for those who enjoy spending their time relaxing by the sea as the soothing waves lap the shore. That said, Vero Beach also provides easy access to a number of other activities to keep you fully entertained including the McKee Botanical Garden, the Indian River Citrus Museum, and the Vero Beach Museum of Art to name just a few. Like most beach destinations, Vero Beach offers plenty of different hotel options to suit all budgets.

Spring Hill

Spring Hill is situated near Tampa, meaning a vacation here puts you within easy reach of both sunny beaches but also the amenities of a large city including many bars, restaurants, and fantastic hotels. Things to do in Spring Hill include a visit to the Wildlife Survival Sanctuary, a visit to a local vineyard, and a number of boat tours which depart the local area.

Marco Island

Those wishing to get away from it all, including perhaps couples seeking to enjoy some romantic time alone, will be spoilt for choice on Marco Island. Situated in the Gulf of Mexico, the island’s beaches boast soft white sand, crystal blue water, and romantic hotels, making Marco Island an ideal choice for anyone who enjoys sipping cocktails on the beach at sunset.

As you can see, there is a wide range of great destinations in Florida that are just waiting to be explored. So why not book your well-deserved post-summer break and spend some time relaxing in this sunny part of the U.S.?


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