ATTRACTIONS: (some main ones)
The ‘Sunshine State’ of Florida is justifiably one of the most popular destinations on the planet.
In addition to sandy beaches (North to South), watersports activities all description and world class golf courses, top attractions include historic St. Augustine, Bush Gardens, Cypress Gardens, Disney World, Everglades, Florida Keys, Miami’s electrifying city, Kennedy Space Center, Sea World and Universal Pictures… to name just a few.
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- Amelia Island
- swampy plains
- key west
- Miami Beach
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- Times to Travel: Florida does get hot and humid (central and south) in the summer months, however, the entire state is a desirable year-round vacation and family-fun destination – so pack your bags.
Climate: Florida’s weather is one of the state’s most valuable ( if not most valuable) natural resource. Its official nickname of the ‘Sunshine State’ is most appropriate as Florida enjoys (on average) 300 days of full light each year.
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Florida can get very hot and humid in summer ( central and south) with a good chance for brief afternoon thunderstorms ( they don’t last long). Daily highs then average in the mid 80s, with lows in the 70s.
During the hurricane season ( June through late November), the state is occasionally subject to an approaching storm, however, plenty of advance warning is given to both residents and travelers alike.
In the winter months (central and north), conditions are generally mild, but can quickly become wet and somewhat cold as cold fronts slide across the state from the northwest.
Winter weather from West Palm Beach south through the Florida Keys is considered perfect all year round.
Seasonal Temperature Averages:
HIGH TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit / Celsius)
(Jan) 74/23 (Feb) 75/24 (March) 78/26 (April) 84/29
May 85/29 (Jun) 88/31 ( Jul) 90/32 (Aug) 92/33
(Sept) 90/32 (Oct) 87/31 (Nov) 84/29 (Dec) 78/26
LOW TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit/Celsius)
(Jan) 60/16 (Feb)) 60/16 (March) 65/18) (April) 67/19
May 70/21 (June) 74/23 (July) 77/25 (August) 78/26
(September) 76/24 (October) 74/23 (November) 70/21 (December) 65/18
Fort Caroline National Monument
The settlement of Fort Caroline was the first French colony today in the United States. It was founded in 1564 on the site of today’s Jacksonville. Later, however, it was literally wiped off the face by Spanish colonizers. After the Spaniards destroyed Fort Caroline, they built their own settlement on the same site.
In April 1568, the French decided to retaliate, their troops, led by Dominique de Gourgues, attacked the Spanish settlement, seized it and eventually set fire to the fortress. To avenge the massacre of 1565, the French killed all the Spanish prisoners. The Spaniards left this place forever after the defeat, but the exact place where they went is unknown.
On September 21, 1950, Fort Caroline was recognized as a National Monument of great historical value, and since 1953, its protection has been firmly established. Today, the fortress is used for tourist purposes, visitors can learn about the history of the whole area, see the museum or visitor center. The memorial is administered by the US government along with another important area, the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.
Fort de Soto National Monument
The Fort de Soto National Monument is located in the Gulf of Mexico in west Florida. It is spread very near St. Petersburg located on the southwest coast of Tampa Bay. The Gulf is one of the best fishing conditions in the United States. The area is named after the Spanish conqueror Hernando de Soto, who in 1539 decided to explore the Florida coast and the mainland and landed here.
Fort de Soto is an island with a reserve of the same name and a park that offers amazing sandy beaches, fishing, hiking trails, camping, water sports and much more. Fort de Soto is also important from a historical point of view. Before the arrival of the Spanish colonizers, the area was inhabited by the Totobaga Indians. The island was of great importance during the American Civil War, and in 1898 a fortress began to be built here, which has been on the list of the National Register of Historic Places since 1977. During World War II, the island served as a training target for the pilot, who subsequently dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
The nearby town of St Petersburg was just a private village in the last century, which over time has developed into a modern city with a wide range of entertainment and activities for tourists. Southwest of the city center is the “Holiday Isles” with miles of beautiful sandy beaches. The most famous are Madeira Beach, Tresure Island and St Petersburg Beach. There is also a private island of Isla del Sol and a smaller quiet island of Tierra Verde. Both are adjacent to the Fort de Soto Nature Reserve.