It’s easy to see why Florida has been nicknamed The Sunshine State. Thanks to the subtropical climate, sunny and warm weather is experienced most of the time. Florida’s beaches are no secret, and thousands flock to the white-sand shores year-round. However, there’s a lot more to Florida than just beaches, although that alone would be reason enough to visit. Florida has a rich history and an interesting blend of Cuban, Hispanic, and Caribbean culture that has shaped this state like no other. Whether you’re a late-night clubber, a foodie with exquisite taste, or a beach bum at heart, Florida’s got you covered. Here are the nine best destinations you must visit in Florida.
1) St. Augustine
This coastal city in northeastern Florida is an historical landmark. St. Augustine is the oldest city in the U.S., and has the old-fashioned charm to prove it. Wander the cobble-stone streets or stop to refuel at one of the many outdoor cafes. Visit Saint George, the main drag that runs through the historical heart of the city and parallel to the coast. St. Augustine has miles of pristine beaches, too. Visit the most popular St. Augustine Beach, or check out Anastasia State Park for a more rugged experience. Here you’ll find nature trails, sand dunes, wetlands – even a bird sanctuary. Beaches aside, a stop at the Castillo de San Marcos is a must. As the oldest masonry fort in the U.S., it was used to protect the city for decades after its’ construction in the 17th century.