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Top 10 Best Cities/ Places to Visit in Florida

Summer is upon us and that means that many of us are thinking about doing our annual traveling. One of the most popular states in the United States to visit during the summer months is Florida. From DisneyWorld to The Keys, Florida offers up a variety of different things for visitors to enjoy. But where exactly should you go on a Florida summer vacation?

Here’s a look at the Top 10 Cities to Visit In Florida:

1. Orlando. Orlando is probably the most popular city in Florida for summer visitors. That’s because there are so many great family attractions to check out in Orlando. This is where people go to visit Disney World, of course. Orlando is also home to Universal Studios, Epcot Center and Sea World. People visiting Orlando may also check out Gatorland, the Wet n’ Wild Water Park, the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum and the Central Florida Zoo. Plus there are nearby beaches and golf resorts to enjoy here.

2. Jacksonville. Orlando may be the most popular tourist destination in Florida but Jacksonville is the biggest city in the state in terms of population. That means that this East Coast city also has a ton of things to offer to visitors interested in checking out tourist attractions. The Riverwalk here is a popular place to hang out. Visitors might also check out museums, landmarks and beaches. People who want to go to an urban area in Florida that isn’t entirely tourist-oriented will find that Jacksonville is a good choice.

3. Miami. Second in population is this city which is also one of the most popular cities to visit in Florida. How can you not want to go to Miami? The beaches are beautiful, the nightlife is happening and there is a rich cultural world here to explore. If you like urban vacations that including high fashion shopping and spending time at day spas then you’re probably going to like Miami more than you like some of the other cities in Florida.

4. Key West. The Florida Keys are a must-see for visitors who are interested in the beautiful beaches of Southern Florida. There are many different islands here to choose from (about 1700 of them, actually, although not all of them are inhabited). One of the most popular options for visitors is Key West and there’s a reason for that; there’s a lot to do and the beaches here are stunning. There is a surprising amount of art to see here including artist’s studios and theatres. Be sure to check out Old Town Key West while you’re there.

5. Key Largo. If you don’t want to head all the way down to Key West (which is at the lower end of the Keys) then a good alternative to check out is Key Largo. This is a northern island that is easy to reach by car because of bridges connecting it to the mainland. It’s located close to the Everglades and is a great destination for people who like adventurous treks into nature. Kayaking and eco-tours are both popular options for travelers here.

6. Port Saint Lucie. If you’re looking for something a bit quieter and more relaxing then this East Coast city might be the right choice for you. It’s a mid-sized Florida city where people go to enjoy golfing, boat rides and long walks on the beach. There are water activities and more active adventures for those who want that but it’s ideal for the individual who thinks of a Florida vacation as a way to just be lazy on the beach.

7. Cape Coral. If you really want to get your fill of water during your Florida vacation then Cape Coral is a great choice. This is a city known for the fact that there are over 400 canals here. There are also lakes, a “mega-river” and even a waterpark. If you want to spend your entire vacation doing boating and tubing and fishing then Cape Coral is a number one Florida destination.

8. Port St. Joe. If you want to spend time in the Panhandle of Florida (that little part at the Northwest corner of the state) then Port St. Joe is a really good choice. That’s because it’s the city closest to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park which is a really cool place to go camping. There are beaches, water sports, hiking and even snorkeling to enjoy here.

9. Weeki Wachee. Want to do something a little bit different with your time in Florida? Check out this city which is the smallest city in the state. It’s only one square mile in size and only about a dozen people live here. They’ve worked hard to make it a tourist attraction anyway, though, and there’s a place here called Weeki Wachee Springs where you can see underwater performances by mermaids. This may not be the place that you want to spend your entire Florida vacation but it’s worth a stop if you’re driving through the Western side of the state at all.

10. Vero Beach. If you’re interested in small-town life in Florida but you’re not necessarily seeking to go somewhere as small as Weeki Wachee then you might want to look into staying in Vero Beach. This is a small city with a population below 20000 but it’s got a lot of interesting things to see. The main attraction, of course, is the beaches which are beautiful here. However, there are actually quite a few historic landmarks to see here as well including historic hotels, arcades and theatres. If you like wandering around amidst lesser-known attractions and you enjoy the beach then this is a good choice for you.

Note: This article is part of a series of articles about the top to cities to visit in different states. Check out my suggestions for Arizona, California, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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josephskora on April 17, 2013:

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josephskora on April 17, 2013:

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Rob on March 04, 2013:

Jacksonville?!?!??!? its really really shitty here, there's tons of crime, and even in nice areas its still boring as balls, jax beach is also a shit hole, the only reason Jacksonville is so big in land mass is because they don't feel like making a ton of separate suburbs and towns with mayors, police and fire departments, when it says "biggest in landmass" it means that little section of buildings with like 500 towns surrounding it that "technically" count as a part of Jacksonville, also on a side not Jacksonville is considered the 6th unhappiest city in America.

Mark on February 04, 2013:

its not Miami is the most populated city

Happygirl 596 on November 01, 2012:

I would like to know about naples is it for family of all ages? And what is it closed too? Is there anything to do there for all ages? want a place to go for Christmas ..... wheather is nice and can swim and do a lot of interesting thngs there .... please infor me

Victoria P from Orlando, Florida on October 07, 2012:

Great Article! I live in Orlando and I say it is great if you are on vacation, if you live here you have to have money to do a lot of things. The parks are fun but the novelty wears off after a while. There is a lot of nightlife in Florida, but I've found that there aren't a lot of national parks which is a bit of a bummer. I would love to live somewhere like California or Washington!

Veronica on July 08, 2012:

CAPE CORAL???? Everyone knows natives call it "CAPE COMA"...it's the most boring place on earth! The water/canals/rivers are not much to be desired either. Don't allow the information in this article to mislead you. You'd be better off in Sanibel Island or Naples.

tipstoretireearly from New York on May 20, 2012:

I'd add Sarasota to this list. Beautiful tropical beaches and sophisticated restaurants and shopping. Nice hub!

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Mr.Florida on January 14, 2012:

Wow...OMG ! who came up with this list ? 7 of the top 10 DO NOT BOTHER with...

Here is a list from a subjective Floridian who has traveled the state.

1) Keywest 2) Miami 3) Orlando 4) Tampa/St.pete/Clearwater 5) Sanibel Island

6) Sarasota 7) Crystal river 8) Ft.Myers 9) Daytona beach 10) ST.Augustine.

Cape coral ? I guess if you want to visit a tree less home development and port st. lucie??? Vero ?? Not even sure where Port St. Joe is.

Very strange list. forgot FL springs and St. Augustine... understand but Tampa/ST.Pete ?

Puhleese on June 25, 2011:

Cape coral? Really!!! This is the worst list ever!!

Emma from Houston TX on March 05, 2011:

Truly Florida is a place to stay.

DoctorRain on December 02, 2010:

Wheres Tampa on this list?

Florida Collection Agency on September 14, 2010:

You forgot Delray Beach! I love that town. It is such a quaint town with charm.

TheDisneyVacation on August 03, 2010:

I'll go for Weeki Wachee for something different=)

Three-Legged Dog from USA on May 27, 2010:

Where's Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater? What about Daytona Beach? :)

ideasformiami from Miami, Florida. on April 08, 2010:

Well I love Miami that's where I live, but I love vacationing in Orlando area and key west. By the way I didn't know Jacksonville was the most populated city in Florida, good to know.

Drew Breezzy from somewhere in my mind on September 02, 2009:

Wow my city is ranked high!

Nisha shan on August 30, 2009:

Great post...I would like to check out those places soon...

sheristeele from Siler City, NC on August 29, 2009:

Was wondering about Palm Beach. My daughter may go there next summer.

hd1912 from Madeira Beach , Fl on July 27, 2009:

Really I have to add and agree with SoMany. Where is Tampa and all of the beaches? How bout Anna Maria, Longboat Key and Sanibel?

LibraryGirl62 on May 07, 2009:

Seriously, Cape Coral? There is nothing much to Cape Coral but traffic. Come to Naples. We have all of the stuff Cape Coral does (including a better water park) and it is MUCH more beautiful. Ft. Myers Beach and Sanibel Island are WAY better too!

SoManyPaths from West Coast USA on May 06, 2009:

I do plan to visit Orlando one day . I've only been in Miami and the west coast fo Florida. Thanks for the info

DynamicS on May 06, 2009:

Kathryn, this ia a very informative hub. My family and I love Florida and have visited there a few times. We have spent time in Orlando, Miami, and Key Quest.

As a matter of fact I will forward your hub to a friend who is planning to visit this fall.

Thanks

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