Florida

Florida Destination Guide

Florida lies on the eastern shores of the southern parts of the United States. The source of the name “Florida” comes from the Spanish word for “full of flowers”. The land was discovered by Spanish explorers in the spring. As they landed on its shores they saw the fantastic flower growth on the virginal land and thus named it for its wonderful flowers which travelers and vacationers can still enjoy today.

Florida is the fourth largest state in the United States in terms of civilian population. On March 3rd, 1845 Florida became the 27th state in the Union and declared Tallahassee as its state capital. Tallahassee is far from being one of the major cities in the state, though. Miami, Orlando, Tampa and other cities have grown into metropolitan giants over time. Today Florida is one of the most important states in the US in terms of economy, tourism and culture.

The state is known for its beaches and sunshine. The highest point in the entire state is Brighton Hill which is only 105 metres above sea level. The climate is sub- tropical and moist pretty much everywhere. The Florida Keys are world renowned for having fantastic weather that is always stable at around 21-29 Celsius degrees. The rest of the state, however, often sees mildly cold and dry winters, and hot, humid and stormy summers.

Florida is in fact a peninsula bordering the Gulf of Mexico in the west and the Atlantic Ocean in the east. Much of the population is made up of pensioners who arrive to Florida, mostly from cold northern cities, to enjoy retirement in more comfortable settings and weather.

Florida is also a major centre for Latin population and culture. It is home to millions of Latin immigrants from Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and other Latin nations of South and Central America and the Caribbean. Most of these populations traditionally live in the Miami area, but overpopulation and urban sprawl have spread population centers pretty much everywhere. Today, all signs, public announcements and much of the culture of Florida is done in two languages- English and Spanish.

The Economy of Florida is based mostly on tourism and agriculture. The warm weather and fantastic beaches attract tourism from across the globe. The state has a large number of amusement parks and attractions including Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral and Epcot Center. Most of these are located around the Orlando- Kissimmee area in central Florida. Other attractions can also be found in and around Tampa. Other economic drivers are citrus farming and phosphate mining.

Florida holidays are great getaways, whether you are looking for family holidays or a romantic getaway, reading more about Florida vacations, specific attractions and details of how to plan a vacation are available on this site and are all highly recommended.