Regional Adventures: Florida, United States
Florida is a peninsula located in the southeastern part of the United States. It is surrounded on the West by the Gulf of Mexico, on the East by the Atlantic Ocean, the north by Georgia and Alabama. It is the 4th most populous and the 8th most densely populous of the 50 United States. The capital is Tallahassee and the Miami metropolitan area is the largest metropolitan area in the Southeastern United States.
Because Florida is a peninsula and surrounded by water it has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States encompassing approximately 1350 miles and is the only state to border both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. All this coastline makes Florida one of the biggest holiday destinations in the United States for visitors from all over the world.
Florida has some of the most spectacular beaches that are available to enjoy nearly all year long due the the tropical climate enjoyed here. Some of the more popular beach locations are Key West, Miami, Destin (famous for it’s pure white sand beaches), Clearwater, and Fort Lauderdale but you don’t have to go to all those beaches to see the beauty of Florida.
Many times you can just head to the water no matter where you are on the coast and you’ll find a private treasure right there in front of you. Of course while at the beach you can rent jet skis, kayaks, or a boat to enjoy the water and see dolphins, manatees, and other sea life right in front of you.
There are so many other things to do in Florida once you’re sunburned and tired of the beach. You can visit Minnie and Mickey at Disney World and watch the fireworks at night. You could visit Everglades National Park and experience the wildlife that abounds there where you can see everything from Alligators, crocodiles, snakes, a wide array of water birds and, if you’re extremely lucky, you might spot one of the only hundred or so Florida panthers that are still in the wild there.
Some interesting facts about Florida are that although it is called The Sunshine State severe weather is a common occurrence and Central Florida is known as the lightening capital of United States because it experiences more lightening strikes than anywhere else in the country. Florida also has the highest average precipitation in the country due to the afternoon thunderstorms that are common from spring to fall. Florida also gets from 2,400 to 3,200 hours of sunshine annually!