Florida is best known as a top summer or winter destination. During these months, Florida sees tourists, snowbirds taking advantage of all the Sunshine State as to offer. However, with the influx of tourists, locals are left trying to avoid the Florida hotspots so they can escape crowds and higher hotel prices.
But, if you’re a resident, don’t despair yet! Fall is the perfect sweet spot. While the leaves don’t change colors and the weather stays pretty constant, there is a slight respite from the heat and the humidity dissipates. This makes Fall in Florida the perfect time to experience a staycation. So where can you go?
Key West is a top destination. With its laid back and friendly atmosphere, restaurants, shops, and bars — it is a great place for a short stay. There are a variety of hotels that fit within any budget. Most range in price from $94 a night to over $700. Aside from the hotels, Key West is known for its exciting water activities the entire family can enjoy! From water sports and snorkeling to sailing, life by the water is always refreshing. If you prefer a more relaxing activity, take a tour of the homes of some of history’s most prominent figures, like Ernest Hemingway and Harry Truman. Before you leave the island, don’t forget to shop on Duval Street and snap an Instagram worthy selfie at the Southernmost point.
Our next spot is Amelia Island, located in northeast Florida. Amelia Island has over 12 miles of white sand beaches and a beautiful historic district. During fall you will find fewer crowds and cheaper hotel rates, plus you can choose to stay at quaint B&Bs or pamper yourself at the Omni Amelia Island resort which Conde Nast has named one of the world’s top golf resorts. Hop in the trolley and explore downtown Fernandina Beach which is home to over 400 years of history and many of its homes are on the National Historic Register. Hunt for shark teeth which are scattered along the beach, and make a reservation at SALT which is the only five-diamond restaurant in Florida.
Our third Fall vacation stop is Tampa. The city has become a destination for foodies everywhere. Dive into the culinary experience and book a stay at the Epicurean, a food-themed hotel which offers cooking classes. For a real taste of Florida, dig into a mouthwatering Cuban Sandwich at Columbia, which is noted as Florida’s oldest restaurant. Next, visit the Tampa Museum of Art and the History Center. But, if you are looking for a heart-pounding experience visit Busch Gardens for its exhilarating roller coasters.
For a Fall staycation closer to Miami, you can visit Winter Park, located in Central Florida. The town is usually overshadowed by Orlando, but it’s a wonderful place to shop, as well as a nature lover’s dream as it has over 70 parks. While at Winter Park, take a Saturday morning stroll through the Farmer’s Market. The experience is one you can’t miss as the market is a culmination of the city’s heritage. From the Farmer’s Market, you can visit the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum and then end your day by shopping along Park Avenue, which is lined with known brands and one of a kind boutiques.
Experience the hidden treasures within Florida this Fall. We could go on and on describing the endless options for a beautiful and memorable staycation. So where are you going this Fall?