Home to pristine beaches, year round sunshine and field after field of orange trees, Florida has long provided a warm welcome to visitors.
Since the early 20th century the state has lured people from all over the world with its beautiful climate and fun for all ages. The coastline remains a major draw with a diverse mix of small communities and cosmopolitan cities, great beaches and hundreds of islands, from the Florida Keys that stretch out into the Gulf of Mexico to the islands of the Atlantic Coast.
Despite its long-established development, scratch under the surface and you'll find a surprising amount of wilderness and wildlife from manatees, alligators and turtles to eagles and ospreys.
There are a host of state and national parks protecting forests, wetlands, swamps and marine life, the most famous of which is the renowned Everglades. If you prefer a more active experience, Florida has some of the world's best-known theme parks and is the launch pad for the US space industry.
Best time to visit Florida
Florida is renowned for its sunny climate and for much of the year the weather is very good. June to October are hot with high levels of humidity, and tropical storms are common towards the end of August and in to September.
November to May are some of the best times to visit, with lower humidity, cooler temperatures and fewer visitors.
Our Florida highlights
With a beautiful setting, excellent beaches and Art Deco architecture, Miami offers culture, glamour and nightlife galore.
Travel through the Everglades National Park
A huge national park, home to forests, wetlands and an array of wildlife.
Dive in the clear waters around the Florida Keys
Strung out into the Gulf of Mexico, this chain of coral islands has great fishing, diving and boating.
Explore Dry Tortugas National Park
Spectacularly clear aquamarine waters and an atmospheric Civil War fortress make this a captivating place to visit.
Enjoy some time in Naples
Chic and stylish Naples sits on Florida's Gulf Coast close to some of the state's best beaches.
Relax on Anna Maria Island
Our favourite barrier island, tranquil Anna Maria Island's laid-back charm is only topped by its great beaches and majestic sunsets.
Warm waters fed by hot springs attract gentle manatees to Crystal River in winter.
Take a trip to Tallahassee
Tallahassee, Florida's small yet elegant state capital is full of parks, historic monuments and colonial architecture.