When most people think of Florida holidays they imagine a package holiday in Orlando with theme parks and Disneyworld. And they’re great, but Florida is more than just a place for families, but it’s also an incredible destination for adults too who are looking for a bit of variety from their holiday.

A fly drive holiday, which involves hiring a car and touring the state, is our secret to making the most of your holiday and seeing Florida on your own terms. Our hoidays fly to Sanford in Orlando so we’ve given you the approximate distance. Here are just some of the things you might to do while you’re there…

1. St. Petersburg

‘The Sunshine City’, is a favourite among locals and foreign tourists alike. It’s the fourth largest city in Florida, and it boasts 360-day sunshine. Check out the culture (there’s a Children’s Museum, two art museums, a History Museum, and a Holocaust Museum); the beautiful St Petersburg Pier, or some world-famous American shopping at the Bay Walk mall.

Great for: shopaholics and families.
2 hours from Sanford
Pinellas County, Florida.

2. Boca Raton

Known for its well-to-do residents. The city is home to the famous 30 year old Caldwell Theatre Company, countless areas of natural beauty, like the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

Great for: lovers of nature and culture.
3 hours 30 mins from Sanford
Palm Beach County, Florida.

3. Watch Baseball, Ice Hockey or an American Football Game

Catch a baseball game, ice hockey or some real American Football. The Florida Gators training ground, The Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, is also the University of Florida stadium and plays host to regular Varsity games.

Great for: keen sports fans and families.
2 hours 20 mins from Sanford
Gainesville, Florida.

4. St. Augustine Ghost Tour

For things that go bump in the night. The award-winning spine-tingling tour has been featured on the Discovery and Travel Channels, is based on the legends of ghosts from the area.

Great for: people who want to do something off the beaten track.
1 hour 30 mins from Sanford
St Augustine, St. John’s County, Florida. For tickets, visit

5. Swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove

Enjoy the unique experience of swimming with dolphins and learning about the behaviour of one of the most fascinating and intelligent creatures on earth.

Great for: creating lasting memories with your family.
30 mins from Sanford
Orlando, Orange County, Florida.

6. Visit Miami – ‘The Magic City’

Boasts a tropical monsoon climate. Check out the Downtown South Beach, with its vast array of clubs, art deco hotels and restaurants, or the exquisite old neighbourhood of Coconut Grove. Very chic.

Great for: the more cosmopolitan traveler and shopaholics alike.
4 hours from Sanford
Miami-Dade County, Florida.

7. Marco Island

Ideal for those who prefer a more gentle pace of life. It’s one of the most desirable places to live in the USA, with a lively arts scene and endless outdoor activities.

Great for: those looking for somewhere to relax.
5 hours from Sanford
Collier County, Florida.

8. Port St. Lucie & Jensen Beach

Port St. Lucie is best known for Tradition Field, home to the New York Mets during Spring Training, as well as for its countless golf resorts.

Great for: lovers of golf.
2 hours from Sanford
St. Lucie County, Florida.

9. Nearby Jensen Beach

A must for sunbathers, surfers and swimmers. It’s also home to the famous Sea Turtle Beach, used by three species of turtles as a nesting ground year after year.

Great for: lovers of water sports.
2 hours from Sanford
Martin County, Florida.

10. Fort Myers Beach

A family-friendly region with gorgeous beaches, great fishing, fantastic shopping and a huge range of restaurants for fine dining. The town’s coastline enjoys a reputation for being the World’s Safest Beach, due to zero undertow and shallow water.

Great for: families.
4 hours from Sanford
Estero Island, Lee County, Florida.

 

 

And now for Florida’s star turn…

11. Key West, located just 90 miles from Cuba

Key West is one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations. Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway wrote A Farewell To Arms here and Tennessee Williams came here for inspiration for A Streetcar Named Desire.

Great for: relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere.
7 hours 30 mins from Sanford
Monroe County, Florida.

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