Top 5 Places to Visit in Florida by Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club Members

Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club members unveils the top 5 places to visit while in Florida:


Without a second thought, any trip to Florida has to involve Orlando. With theme parks to suit every taste, young and old, it is an absolute must. Visitors young and old wonder round the parks open mouthed at the beauty and enormity of spectacular buildings, rides, shows and events and fireworks displays. Never has anything been so wonderful than to see the look on a 7 year olds face as she meets her idol Cinderella, after her gorgeous Princess Makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, or a boys true cheekiness appear as he says hello to Sponge Bob Square Pants one of the many Universal characters! Disney Parks include Magic Kingdom where one of the latest additions is Pixie Hollow, the home of Tinkerbell and her friends, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, with an incredible Safari trip awaits, Hollywood Studios and the water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Universal studios sits alongside their Islands of Adventure, where you will see familiar movie stars in a combination of high energy rides and activities, many with the most amazing graphics and creativity. One of Universals biggest and latest features is the fantastic world of Harry Potter, where you can enjoy a pint of Butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks at Hogsmede, before taking a training flight aboard a splendid Hippogriff or taking on the Dragons Challenge.

Sea World and Discovery Cove showcase the most magnificent water animals, most notably the beautiful Killer Whales and Dolphins in the headline shows, and Manatees, blundering, but beautiful masses of blubber! To get closer to some of these mammals, Discovery Cove is the place to go where you can interact and learn more about our oceans and the incredible wild life they contain, with the highlight of this park, being the opportunity to swim with the Dolphins.

Orlando is truly magical, and with a selection of superb Anna Maria hotels to suit all ages and budgets, there is no reason to miss this!

Anna Maria Island – Florida’s Gulf Coast

Anna Maria Island is a unspoiled, paradise Island on the west coast of Florida, part of Florida’s Gulf Islands. Unlike the Florida Key’s or the popular beach resorts of St Petes and Clearwater, Anna Maria is relatively unheard of, so is relatively quiet, very under commercialised and wonderfully laid back. Under a 3 hour drive from Orlando, and only 40 minutes from Bush Gardens, Anna Maria is easily accessible and a fantastic alternative to the more popular beach resorts often chosen as Orlando/Beach combination holidays. Anna Maria boasts a 7 mile coastline of exquisite white sandy beaches, temperatures averaging 26/ 84 F and 361 days of sunshine per year. Its culture is soulful; a laid back, unhurried tropical lifestyle, with only 8,000 inhabitants, a speed limit for cars of 20 miles an hour, and an abundance of fantastic eateries and restaurants, from fine dining to home cooking US style. Sea fishing or canal fishing, wildlife watching, boating (including kayaking or river cruising), are Anna Maria’s main activities, but venture further into the mainland of Bradenton and you will come across some fantastic shopping.

Accommodation wise, due to building restrictions there are very few hotels, but instead a wonderful array of vacation homes to choose from, including luxury rentals with incredible waterfront locations.

South Beach, Miami

If you’ve heard of it, which is likely, you know you want to go. A chic, world class style destination, South Beach, is not only weather hot, it is ‘hot’, with a mix of the most stylish inhabitants and visitors rivalling anywhere in the world! As well as a selection of beautiful beaches, accommodating, gay/lesbian, nudist and family beach goers, designer shopping and amazing restaurants, South Beach is home to the hottest club culture in America, with an array of top clubs and lounge bars. Yet, relaxation, romance and rest can still be catered for in this multi-cultural mix of pure excitement.

Biscayne National Park

If you expect to hike through lush green tropical foliage, view a landscape of mountainous forest, then you may be disappointed with the Biscayne National Park, as only 5 percent of this park is actually land. Yet, when you discover what glitters beneath in the coral reef islands you will soon forget about the world above. Biscayne National Park protects four ecosystems; the long stretch of mangrove forest, the shallow southern portion of Biscayne Bay, the northern most Florida Keys and a portion of the worlds longest living coral reef. It’s here that you will discover the beauty of these seas. Activities are obviously focused around the water, with diving, snorkelling and boat trips in glass bottom boats being the most popular. But education to help support the preservation of this wonderful park, feature strongly, so this is a fantastic, first had approach to learning about the eco-system and the impact of climate control on our world.

Daytona International Speedway

When in Florida, taking in a sports event is a must, and there is nothing faster, more furious or louder than a day at Daytona International Speedway, home to bi-annual NASCAR Spring Cup Series races, the fastest growing sport in America. As well as races on the 2.5 mile tri-oval circuit, there is so much else to do at this huge stadium. IMAX Theatres, show NASCAR in 3D, racing stimulators, 16 second Pitstop Challenge and exhibitions including the Goodyear Heritage of Daytona and the DuPont Technology of Speed. Guided tours of the Speedway, pit road and world famous 31degree high banks and Gatorade Victory Lane, as well as VIP behind the scenes tours are also a fabulous way to enjoy the exhilaration that is Daytona International Speedway.

Florida and Anna Marie Island really does have something for everyone. Excitement and exhilaration, fantasy and dreams, relaxation and rest to beauty and education. Enjoy Florida!

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