Florida

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Beautiful white-sand beaches await you in Florida

Beautiful white-sand beaches await you in Florida

There’s an exotic quality to adventure travel Florida from the Caribbean shores in the south going north along the history-rich coastlines of both the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.

Spanish explorers and pirates added intrigue to the storied past and modern migrations from the Caribbean help form an interesting and vivacious modern culture.

Blend in some incredible adrenaline-filled activities, and you’ve got a recipe for adventure that’s hard to beat.

Florida, known as the sunshine state, is a place of winding waterways, rolling hills, freshwater lakes and forests, which makes it an outdoor adventure paradise.

To the south you can explore the Florida Keys with its tropical climate, beautiful beaches and clear blue waters perfect for scuba diving, sailing and just about any water-related activity you can think of.

Miami, Miami Beach and Palm Beach are culturally diverse and have long been a place of the rich and famous, and Sarasota is an interesting cultural study from its ties to the circus and the fine arts.

The bottom line: Florida is so much more than Disney World, and you can find just about anything you would want to do that isn’t related to activities involving snow and ice.

Check out the list below for high flying adventures, adrenaline-rich experiences on the ground and plenty to do if you want to get wet.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Imagine being stretched out on a hammock gently swinging back and forth on a veranda overlooking clear blue water on a soft, sultry night. As a gentle breeze washes over you, your eyes close and you see visions of ocean adventures like getting up close to dolphins, exploring for sunken treasure and maybe catching a couple of large fish for dinner. But that’s not some distant dream, it’s a day of exotic adventures you have planned for tomorrow.

If you’re looking for the exotic allure of Florida you may want to start in the south through the Florida Keys. The Caribbean feel will make you want to cast your cares away like a business suit before going snorkeling. You’ll have fresh seafood wherever you turn and a cool tall drink of choice to help you relax as you watch for your ship to come in.

Just think of the history along the coast with the explorers who first visited these shores centuries ago and the pirates who came later in their quest for treasures that belonged to others.

Exotic adventures in Florida offer strange and unusual flora and fauna, ancient indigenous tribes and interesting people to meet from diverse cultures.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Florida is a big state with different regions having distinct cultures. In the north you’ll find yourself in the Deep South and along the southern coast, and the Florida keys, you’ll get a taste of the Caribbean.

The Spanish explorers influenced Florida in many ways including the architecture, the agriculture (citrus) and much more. If only Ponce de Leon could have really found the fountain of youth.

The Latin flavor, especially in the Miami area, continues to be strong with the influx of people from Cuba who have had particular influence on the cuisine, the music and a zest for life you’ll find here.

When you go north the culture does an about face, and you’ll be enveloped by true southern hospitality with no end to the comfort foods and the welcoming, friendly attitudes.

So get ready for the sweet tea, pass the hush puppies and make some new friends.

You’ll also want to explore the indigenous cultures like the Seminole Indian reserves and villages that you can find in Southern Florida (especially in the Everglades).

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

You won’t find the wintery activities here, but Florida vacations have an awful lot to offer with the perennial favorites like bicycling, kayaking and trekking, but there’s much more you’ll want to explore in Florida.

The fishing is excellent both inland and in the deep blue sea, eco tours are plentiful and you’ll find some spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities. If you enjoy adventures in the air you’ll be happy to know that you can find airplane tours over scenic landscapes, hot-air balloon rides, soaring adventures and bungee jumping.

Many years ago I went swimming with the manatees in Florida, and they’ll get up close and personal with you in a hurry… sometimes a little too close. I had one tug on my leg repeatedly with their pectoral flippers as I bobbed up and down in the water like a cork. I don’t know what message it was trying to send, but I wasn’t looking for a date.

Check out the list below for things to do when looking for adventure in Florida.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Orienteering
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing
  • Survival training
  • White water rafting
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours / Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Sailing
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching
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