Florida

Where is Florida

The State of Florida is located to the south-east of USA. Bordered by the Atlantic to the East of the Gulf of Mexico to the West. Florida has 1,197 miles (1926 km) of stunning coastline, 825 miles (1327 km) of accessible beaches.

Arrive with Simplicity And Ease

Miami has over 16.5 million overnight visitors per year, and Miami International Airport caters to over 45 million passengers per year. That is a lot of people, so imagine high volumes of queues, crowds, noise, delays. There is a solution, take a private charter jet and arrive at either:

  • Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL),
  • Miami Executive Airport (TMB),
  • Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF),
  • Miami International Airport (MIA).

These airports are much smaller, have fantastic access to the rest of Florida, and cater specifically to private charter jet clientele, so the service is exceptionally high.

Climate

Florida varies from the tropical climate in the south to subtropical in the north. The temperature is warm year-round, making it the ideal place to travel to whenever you like. The average temperature in Florida is 21.5°C (70.1°F), and there are 2,800 sunshine hours throughout the year (on par with Spain).

The Orange State

Florida has 175 state parks, 37 state forests, 12 national parks and a UNESCO world heritage site. All of which provide ample opportunities to explore, hike, animal watch or just relax. There are over 9,200 miles of hiking trails and 4,000 miles of paddling trails, making the Sunshine State perfect for water sports such as kayaking or canoeing.

The Florida Everglades is 1.5 million acres of marshes, mangrove forests, wetlands and is the largest subtropical wilderness in the whole of the US. America’s very first wildlife refuge was established in 1903 and is Pelican Island, which is a breeding ground for the birds that give the islands its namesake.

Did you know: 70% of oranges in the US are grown in Florida?

Wildlife

Due to the natural ecosystems in Florida, the state is a massive hub of biodiversity from bald eagles and manatees, to panthers, sea turtles and dolphins. The Everglades is the only place on the planet to be home to both alligators and crocodiles, making it a truly unique place to visit. There are 510 wildlife viewing sites located around the state, and the smallest deer in North America makes its home in Florida.

Theme Parks

No talk of Florida would be complete without discussing theme parks. Florida is a haven of huge theme park organisations from Disney to Universal. 156 million people visited Florida theme parks in 2019, and seven of the top ten theme parks in the US are located here.

City Life in Florida

Away from the stunning coastline and thrilling theme parks, Florida is famous for some fantastic cities and cultures. From the diverse city of Miami, mixing elegance and class with a melting pot of culture. From Native American, European, African-American and Hispanic influences, Miami offers visitors a unique blend of food, art, architecture and attitudes.

Did you know: The city of Jacksonville is the largest in the USA by square mileage.

Top tips

Can’t stand the heat?

It is hot in Florida, but the heat isn’t what makes it hot – the humidity is always high

Driving is a necessity

Florida is a large state, roughly the same size as the entirety of England. This makes driving essential, so be sure to invest in a Sunpass to get you through the numerous toll roads.

You are never far from a beach

No matter where you are in Florida, you will not have to drive longer than an hour to reach the coast.

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