‘The Sunshine State’ is situated on a large peninsula at the southern
extreme of the east coast of the United
States. It has a warm and humid sub-tropical climate and the economy relies
heavily on the tourism industry. Over 60
million tourists visit Florida each year.
Although most of the state is flat and
sandy, there are several distinct geographical regions with each offering
unique attractions. The eastern side is
bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and features wide beaches. Most of the beaches
cater to tourists and are full of restaurants, tourist attractions and entertainment venues.
Central Florida is home to Disney
World and many other family-oriented
entertainment complexes. The region is
also known for the orchards that produce those famous Florida oranges.
A large portion of the southern tip of
Florida is covered in swampland. This
is where you’ll find Everglades National
Park. Southeastern Florida is home to
the world-famous city of Miami, a lively
city with a distinct Latin American flair.
The Florida Keys are a chain of is-
lands located at the southern tip of
Florida and have become a popular
destination for Americans looking for
a little bit of the tropics within the U.S.
Sport fishing, snorkeling, boating, sail-
ing and eco-tours are all popular activi-
ties in the Keys.
The western coast of Florida features
beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Most
of the areas along the Gulf coast are
less commercialized with fewer tourist.
These beaches are famous for beautiful
sunsets over the water.
On the northwestern side of the state
sits the narrow strip of land called the
Florida Panhandle. This is perhaps the
least ‘touristy’ area of Florida. Many
permanent and seasonal residents live
here and enjoy the beautiful white sand
beaches of the Gulf Coast.