Florida, the Sunshine State
Florida is the southernmost state in the southeastern region of the United States. The Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean sandwiches two-thirds of the state. It was named “Florida” by Ponce De Leon in 1513, which means “full of flowers. The weather is amazing with most of Florida getting an average of over 200 days of sunshine. Hence, its nickname, the “Sunshine State”.
A great destination for the older woman traveling solo looking for a little adventure, a golf vacation, shopping frenzy or a peaceful beach retreat. Oh and let’s not forget that this state is a seafood junkie paradise.
- The capital is Tallahassee
- Largest city is Jacksonville
- State flower is the orange blossom
- Climates range from sub-tropical in the northern regions to tropical in the southern regions
- Florida has more than 1300 miles of coastline. Each region’s beach has its own personality.
- One of the top travel destinations in the world; draws thousands of tourists every year.
- So diverse in travel experiences – there’s something for everybody.
- Tourist attractions include big theme parks such as Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World – just to name a few.
- Ranked #1 in “Golfiness” by Golf magazine. There are over 1250 golf courses in the state.
- Julia Tuttle founded the city of Miami. She is the only female founder of a major American city.
- Florida has more imported palm trees than “native” palm trees
- 80% of America’s citrus is grown here.
Take your next vacation in Florida!