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If you plan a trip to Florida, make sure you prepare everything you need to do during your vacation there. First of all you need to check out Florida vacation homes that you could choose to reside in. Thanks to the internet this has been made simpler. There will be several websites which will delineate various options. Most will provide even photos of the vacation homes so as to give you a better idea of what they look like and what you can expect from them. You will be able to compare prices too, and sometimes you may even book online.
There are a number of beaches here to choose from. Again, it depends on what you will do on the beach. If you are surfing enthusiasts, you can go to Cocoa Beach. This is a perfect place for both beginners and professional surfers. There are other things you can do here other than surfing. Swimming, fishing, playing volley ball on the sand, and any water sport you can imagine ultimately.
Some other beaches you can go to are the Fort Lauderdale, Fort Walton Beach, and the Panhandle Beaches. If you want to surf, stick with the beaches on the Atlantic Ocean side; those on the Gulf coast have little surf, but warmer temperatures.
In addition to lying down on a towel in the luxurious soft sand, or hitting the waves, the beaches here offer other attractions as well. Daytona Beach, for example, is home to the Daytona 500, a 500 mile race that is part of NASCAR racing. Part of the Sprint Cup Series, it’s the first race of the year and has the highest purse. The hard, packed sand on Daytona Beach makes it perfect, too, for vehicles.
The beaches are all wonderful and well worth checking out. If you manage to reside in a vacation home which overlooks the sea views it would be an excellent choice, as you will also be able to go to the beach more easily.
Hollywood Beach is famous for its boardwalk that runs nearly two and a half miles along the Atlantic. There are three ocean front parks with playgrounds and water play fountains, along with picnic areas.
For nature lovers, the Anne Kolb Nature Center offers 1,500 acres to explore by boat, foot, or bike. Rent a canoe or kayak, or hop aboard a 25 passenger covered boat to explore the tidal creeks of West Lake.
For those who love to fish, Jacksonville Beach offers a thousand foot long fishing pier, large enough to accommodate both fishermen and women along with sightseers. Jacksonville, Florida, also has something for military buffs – the Mayport Naval Station, near the mouth of St. John’s River. One of three major naval stations in the Jacksonville area, its cruisers, naval aircraft carriers, and more, can be seen here.
For history buffs, Florida is full of early American history, from the first French and Spanish explorers, to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. Those interested in history might enjoy exploring Ft. Myers, Florida. Thomas Edison’s home and laboratory, Seminole Lodge, was built here along the Caloosatchee River. Here, one can see his inventions and research which are on display.
For those who prefer Natural History, Gainesville, has the University of Florida. It houses one of the five largest Natural History Museums in the U. S., the Florida Museum of Natural History. With it’s archaeology collections, including Latin American, Historical, and Environmental archaeology, it spans the globe for specimens pertaining to this area of research. A huge fossil collection, a Genetic Resources Repository, and collections of plants, mammals, molluscs, and marine invertebrates, this museum is a must see.
There are far more places to discover and explore in Florida than one can list here. Ultimately, it may take several vacations just to explore all the sights and see all the attractions.