Some facts and data about Florida
With a total area of approximately 65,758 sq mi (170,312 km2), Florida is the twenty-second largest state in the United States. It has a population of around 21,733,312 people, making it the third most populated state of the country.
It has over 1,350 mi (2,170 km) of coastline with around 633 miles of beaches, over 4,500 islands, about 8,000 lakes, including Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the United States, 24 international airports and over 300 private ones, fourteen deepwater ports, over 100,000 campsites, and over 1,250 golf courses.
Beaches and lakes in Florida
Florida is a true paradise for beach lovers, thanks to its over 600 miles of sandy beaches. Many of which are characterized by white sand and clear warm waters of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Visitors can go swimming, scuba diving, surfing, and snorkeling almost all year round.
Florida also offers over 8,000 lakes where tourists can fishing, boating, swimming, or enjoy the surrounding lake areas camping, hiking, biking, or hunting for those who prefer freshwater.
With its 700 square miles, Lake Okeechobee is Florida's largest lake and the second-largest freshwater lake in the United States.
Both saltwater or freshwater offer excellent fishing opportunities with a large variety of fishes to catch.
The most common saltwater fishes are blue marlin, wahoo, sailfish, kingfish, swordfish, yellowfin, blackfin tuna, and redfish.
But people can also freshwater fishing in Florida's canals, lakes, ponds, and rivers to catch some of the over 250 species of freshwater fish found in the state.
Golfing in Florida
Florida offers golfers over 1,250 elegant and well-maintained golf courses to enjoy almost all year round. Some of the golf courses in Florida are among the best in the world.
Noteworthy are the Ocean Hammock course with its Ocean Course plays six holes directly on the picturesque Atlantic Ocean; the Tournament Player Course at Sawgrass, which ranked as #1 on Golf Advisor's 2017, the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, and the World Golf Village in St. Augustine which houses the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Amusement parks and tourists attractions
Florida is overflowing with amusement parks, zoos, museums, and several other attractions to entertain visitors of all ages.
Animals and wildlife fans can spot their favorite creatures at the Naples Zoo, the Key West Aquarium, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Big Cat Rescue, Butterfly World, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, and the Lion Country Safari.
The Everglades National Park
A vacation to Florida isn't complete without a visit to the Everglades National Park, the only subtropical preserve in North America.
With its 1,508,976 acres (6,106.61 km2), the park founded in 1934 is the third-largest national park in the United States.
It contains both temperate and tropical plants, including sawgrass prairies, mangrove and cypress swamps, pinelands, hardwood hammocks, and marine and estuarine environments.
Among the birds visitors' can spot at the Everglades, there are bald eagles, roseate spoonbill, wood stork, great blue heron, egrets, owls, hawks, vultures, and ducks.
But birds aren't the only animals living in the park; alligators, crocodiles, panthers, deer, black bears, boars, manatees, and grey foxes are just some of them.
Tour the Everglades by airboat, riverboat, canoe, kayak, bicycle, or car are available for visitors who want to enjoy this wildlife paradise.
Where to stay when in Florida
Florida offers many luxury resort hotels where visitors can spoil themselves like:
- Boca Raton Resort and Club
- JW Marriot Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa
- The Breakers Palm Beach
- Costa Del Sol
- Mandarin Oriental
- LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort
- Don Cesar Beach Resort & Spa
- Walt Disney World Resort
Florida also has hotels, condos, motels, RC parks, and campgrounds to suit every pocket.
Visitors on a budget can easily find a cheap solution and enjoy the many attractions the Sunshine State has to offer.