With incredible wildlife, breathtaking scenery, a buzzing arts and food scene, and vast expanses of sugar-white sand, Florida makes for a dream getaway.
Florida might be world-famous for its thrilling theme parks, but there’s so much more to see and explore across this incredible state.
From palm-tree lined beaches and glistening turquoise waters, to live music and vibrant cities, Florida has everything on its doorstep.
And, now holidays are back on, you can jet away to the United States in confidence with British Airways, to enjoy everything Florida has to offer.
Get close to nature
Check out the crystal clear waters of the 200-acre spanning Ginnie Springs
Drift away in the waters of the breathtaking Madison Blue Spring
Whether you’re into hiking, horse-riding, cycling, boating or swimming, head to some of Florida’s more than 175 postcard-pretty national and state parks.
They’re a must-visit for thrill-seekers and nature lovers. Spend the day peacefully exploring by kayak, stand-up paddle-board or airboat for adrenaline seekers.
Canoe or kayak beautiful Lake Louisa, 30 minutes from Orlando in central Florida; follow an underground cave trail at Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, west of Tallahassee in north Florida; or wander the lush forest at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in south Florida.
Florida is also home to 1,000 tremendously scenic, natural springs. Check out the crystal clear waters of the 200-acre spanning Ginnie Springs, which is a two-hour drive north from Orlando.
One-hour further north is where you can dare to leap from the diving platform into Madison Blue Spring; or for somewhere more central, revitalise in the 29C Warm Mineral Springs Park, North Port, in Sarasota County.
See majestic manatees in their natural habitat at Crystal River
While at the Three Sisters Springs, in the delightful western coastal city of Crystal River, 90 minutes north of Tampa, is where you can see majestic manatees in their natural habitat.
Swim, paddleboard, snorkel or dive with these gentle giants, as part of a responsible tourism programme, for a moment you'll never forget.
Escape the crowds with a visit to the heavenly Caladesi Island
Fancy spending lazy days on idyllic, tucked-away coves, with pinch-me views? Or would you prefer beaches brimming with watersports, shops and restaurants?
Florida has it all.
With 30 miles of award-winning pristine sands, next to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it's easy to see how Paradise Coast, in southwest Florida, got its name.
Hop in a boat to nearby Keewaydin Island to really get away from it all; while Marco Island is where to find beachfront resorts just steps away from the waves.
Head to northwest Florida to take in the stunning three miles of white sand of the off-the-beaten-track Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, in Santa Rosa Beach, in South Walton. Bring a picnic, as this hidden gem is wonderfully secluded for those who want to get away from it all.
Just an hour’s drive south along the coast from there, is where to find vast, 20-mile Panama City Beach, which really does have something for everyone.
Discover restaurants and bars, and areas of the beach with a party atmosphere, or wander along to find the calmer sandy stretches that offer a tranquil vibe to suit your mood.
Feeling sporty? The south Florida beaches of Miami are for you. Rent a seaplane at Virginia Key; Hobie Beach is the place to be for windsurfing or sail boarding; or try your hand at volleyball at Crandon Park.
Time for an adventure!
Make the 125-mile drive from Miami to Naples on the Gulf Coast, passing through the subtropical wilderness that is Everglades National Park
Spot some of the 1.3 million alligators that call Florida home on your journey
The best way to experience the very best of what Florida has to offer is on an unforgettable road trip.
Feel the wind in your hair as you drive along in a cool convertible or comfy family saloon rental from Avis, taking in stunning coastal roads, pine-lined forest routes, as well as, long stretches with breathtaking views.
Starting from the bright lights of Orlando, it’s a 260-mile trip to the idyllic beaches of Naples, via Tampa, St. Pete Beach and Bradenton, then along the coast passing Sarasota, Venice, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers.
Make sure to have your camera ready for the scenic stop-offs along the way.
Fancy an across-state journey? Make the 125-mile drive from Miami to the alluring city of Naples on the Gulf Coast, passing through the subtropical wilderness that is Everglades National Park - where you can spot some of the 1.3 million alligators that call Florida home.
Soak up the Mediterranean style of The Village Shops on Venetian Bay; enjoy a round of golf course in unbelievable settings and laze on some of the best beaches in Florida.
Make a stop at Bradenton beach on your road trip from Orlando to Fort Myers
Check into the luxurious Naples Grande Beach Resort and you can indulge in a well-deserved pamper session in the fabulous spa.
The drive from Orlando to the spectacular beaches of Clearwater is also a great option for road trippers.
Spend a few nights in the City Beautiful, at the central Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites International Drive, taking in a spectacular parade or a sports game, before setting off for the 106-mile trip.
When you arrive at Clearwater, splash around in the glistening ocean, spot dolphins, relax on the soft sand, then enjoy live music while strolling Pier 60 for the daily Sunset Festival.
It’s well worth the journey!
The Florida Seafood Festival is reason enough to head to the Sunshine State!
Every city in Florida has an abundance of restaurants - from elegant al fresco fine dining and farm-to-table venues that champion locally produced ingredients to street food trucks selling handmade delights.
Grab a legendary Cuban sandwich - or try the traditional ‘ropa vieja’ shredded beef - in Miami’s Little Havana while taking in the area’s culture, wandering the ‘Hollywood-esque’ Walkway of Stars.
To really get up close to Florida's gastronomic history, book a food tour, a cookery lesson or wine tasting and you'll also learn about the region's fascinating history and culture.
An art (and music!) haven
The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg is home to an unparalleled collection of over 2,400 Salvador Dalí works
Tap your toes while singing the blues, salsa dance the night away, or take in a world-class ballet at the theatre - music of every genre runs through Florida!
If it’s live gigs you’re looking for, you’re in the right state - whether you fancy country, jazz, hip-hop or reggae.
Tallahassee, in north Florida, boasts the only Florida stop on the legendary Mississippi Blues Trail - Bradfordville Blues Club - where top musicians play intimate gigs. It’s a real must for blues fans.
Take in the sounds of the incredible South Florida Symphony Orchestra in Fort Lauderdale, also home to the Tortuga Music Festival, which draws in the country's biggest stars. Further south, in Miami, is where to dance the night away to hip hop, Latin dance and rap festivals.
While in central Florida, Orlando is home to a vibrant music scene, with everything from blues and jazz, to pop and dance. Make the two-hour drive west to Tampa's Ybor City for some of the best alternative rock, blues and alt-country bands from around the country.
From kid-friendly museums and magnificent gardens, to historic theatres and world-class concerts, the Sunshine State’s Greek, Spanish, Cuban and Native American influences, have created a truly diverse music, architecture and arts scene.
And head downtown in St. Pete to check out the seriously impressive street art
Discover works by internationally acclaimed artists can be found hanging in Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Further south, is where the Design District and Wynwood Arts District, Miami, are found, loved for its eclectic mix of galleries and wall murals.
Not to mention the amazing Dalí Museum in the west-coast St. Petersburg, home to an unparalleled collection of over 2,400 Salvador Dalí works, or the seriously impressive street art to be found in nearby downtown St. Pete.
When it comes to wellness holidays, Florida is ahead of the curve, offering al-fresco massages, top-to-toe pampering, fitness retreats and yoga on the beach.
The state’s spas are among the best in the world and will leave you feeling restored and rejuvenated in no time.
The beaches of Anna Maria Island are the perfect place to indulge in a little yoga - or simple sit back and soak in the views
Head to the blissful seven-mile-long, pure-white shores of Anna Maria Island, a beautiful barrier island situated between the Gulf of Mexico and Florida peninsular.
With remarkable views and picturesque sunsets, it’s the ideal place to practice your downward dog with an invigorating yoga session on the beach.
For a touch of glamour with your wellness, make for Miami, which is home to some seriously sensational spas.
Stay at the very stylish, five-star Fontainebleau - a stone's throw from South Beach. Its luxury spa offers outstanding treatments, mineral pools, massage-jet showers and eucalyptus steam baths.
An incredible end to an unbelievable holiday!
You can travel in confidence with British Airways
Thanks to British Airways' 'book with confidence' policy, you can change your date or destination if you need to.
Fly to one of it's three Florida airports - Orlando, Miami and Tampa for an incredible holiday.
All holidays are ATOL protected and you'll have access to a 24-hour holiday helpline.
You'll only need to pay a low deposit and you'll have a 23kg baggage allowance per person too.
With protective measures on the ground and in the air, your safety remains at the heart of everything British Airways does.
Florida flights + 7 nights hotel from £499pp.
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