2. St. Augustine
3. The Florida Keys
4. Fort Lauderdale
5. Tampa Area
Miami is by far the most diverse city in Florida, hosting people from not only all over the country, but also from the caribbean, central, and south america. Even many Europeans visit or even call Miami their home. There are many different neighborhoods, cultures, business opportunities, beaches, art districts, shops, restaurants, live music, and nightlife. It’s a very bustling town which can be overwhelming like any major city, so do your research, plan ahead, find your niche, and explore!
A small growing hipster city that houses a major university. Very much a college town but well balanced in terms of college madness yet plenty of places to relax and to explore. The main downtown area is along University Ave. between 13th and Main streets. For exploring you'll find a few nature based activities including, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Devil's Den Prehistoric Spring (scuba diving in a cenote), Ginnie Springs (swimming hole), Ichetucknee Springs, and Bolen Bluff (bison).
I was pleasantly surprised by the panhandle, the northwestern part of Florida that has a more southern vibe to it, which often gets overlooked. It still sees its fair share of visitors and tourists, but for me felt a bit less busy. Of course Panama City is a popular spring break destination and is very busy, and the beaches are nice. Along the gulf coast you’ll also find Pensacola, Watercolor, Rosemary Beach, and Destin which are nice little beach towns. Rosemary Beach in particular felt very European. The weather is noticeably cooler in this part of Florida compared to what people typically think of with Miami or Fort Lauderdale. En route to the capital city of Tallahassee, you can stop at Falling Waters State Park for a waterfall, depending on the time of year. The capital is very clean and nicely laid out, my favorite part of which is the hipster Railroad Arts District that is a must see. Nearby you can find Madison Blue Hole that offers swimming and kayaking.
- Weather. The jetstream splits Florida so you will definitely notice cooler temperatures up north, more variablity in the center, and warmer more temperate weather along the coasts. Florida is pretty humid everywhere. Best time to go is late fall (November) through early spring (March).