Leave the hustle and bustle of the touristy hotspots behind and take a trip to one of Florida’s secret destinations to escape the crowds. Amazing escapades await, so gather your travel buddies and start exploring.
The Sunshine State has miles of stunning scenery to discover. You can find a little piece of paradise to delight with your loved ones, far away from the masses. From gorgeous beaches to tranquil botanical gardens, you can take your pick.
We’ve compiled a list of 5 hidden gems for you to uncover the true beauty of Florida. The first 2 destinations are great for couples and the last 3 can be enjoyed with friends and family.
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
When visiting the Key Largo area grab your partner and head over to one of the many reefs the National Marine Sanctuary has to offer. If you’re staying in Miami and want to sail the 60 miles to Key Largo then it’s easy to find a yacht rental in Miami.
Molasses Reef is a visually intriguing dive site where you will find relics from shipwrecks and vibrantly coloured sea life. If you’re a fan of adventurous outdoor activities, this is an experience not to be missed.
For those that are not trained divers, there are many shallow reefs perfect for snorkelling. You can take in the splendour of the diverse corals and abundant species of fish at Elkhorn, Boulder Corals, or Grecian Rocks.
Amelia Island is the perfect destination for a romantic couple’s getaway. This quaint island has much to offer nature lovers, history buffs, and foodies. Best of all, it’s not crowded.
With so many charming spots on offer, take some time off to relax and indulge. You can start off your morning with a horse ride along the beach. Then visit the historic district where you can explore the art studios, historical buildings, scrumptious restaurants, and cute shops.
Enjoy a breathtaking sunset at a secret spot on the marsh side of the island called Walkers Landing. Here the oak trees covered in Spanish moss provide a gorgeous backdrop for capturing the moment.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Located to the west of Delray Beach in South Florida, Morikami’s picturesque beauty is sure to capture your eye. The gardens are inspired by the significant gardens in Japan. Featuring a bonsai collection, koi ponds, and trails to explore all the beauty the gardens have to offer.
Indulge in a variety of Pan-Asian treats at the Cornell Cafe if you need a quick bite along the way. Cornell Cafe was featured by The Food Network as one of the top museum restaurants to visit.
The museum hosts many informative exhibitions and classes for adults and kids to participate in. Anything from traditional drum-playing workshops to customary Japanese tea ceremony lessons is available for bookings.
Three Sisters Springs
One of the most idyllic natural springs in Florida is the Three Sisters Springs which can be found in the town of Crystal River. Adventure seekers can take part in an awesome kayak journey along Crystal River into the Three Sisters Springs.
There’s also the option to drive to the Three Sisters Springs Center and take a trolley to the boardwalk that surrounds the springs. Here you can find many areas to view the wild manatees. Watching these glorious creatures is sure to delight both young and old alike.
To get the most out of your time there you can book a manatee tour to ensure you don’t miss a thing.
On Marco Island, across the muddy lagoon lies 3 miles of superb coastline known as Tigertail Beach. Cross the shallow lagoon to reach the beach where you can spot dolphins from the shore while collecting seashells on the white sand beach.
There’s plenty to do for a day out to the beach. Kids will have fun wandering around the tidal pools while you laze in the sun. Water sports equipment like kayaks and paddleboats are available for rent if you rather spend the day out in the water.
Carry a picnic basket along or pop by the Tigertail Beach Cafe for food and drinks.
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