On The QT

Top things for things to do in Florida

Blogger: Stephanie Lynch

we spent some time in sunny Florida… A world of sun, sea, sand and a little bit of magic. The best tips we ever receive are from people who have been to the place and explored it themselves… so we are going to be that person for you!! We are going to share with you some of our top tips from Florida!

  1. Sarasota was a spot which was recommended by the locals for us. While exploring, we fell in love with so many houses that we lost count. Perfect, wooden, fairy-tale houses which lie surrounded by views of the sea and situated on small lakes where you can park your boat in front of your house… now that is the life. Can we live here please?!
  2. Siesta Key beach – Siesta Key Beach is central Sarasota’s gateway to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a spot with luxurious amenities and a relaxed vibe. Year after year it is voted in the top 10 beaches in America but this year it made number 1. The soft, powdery sand on our feet, the sun shining down on us and the crystal clear WARM sea… a perfect start to the adventure. (QT tip: Drive the beach route from Bradenton south to Siesta Key Beach… it’s beautiful).
  3. Indian Rock’s Beach – a beautiful, peaceful, quiet beach just past Clearwater. Clearwater beach was very busy and packed with people so we decided we would go in search of a QT beach and we found ‘Indian Rock’s Beach’!! A quiet, heavenly beach with amazing waves… what more could you want? We enjoyed a few hours at the beach, relaxing and swimming in the warm sea(I honestly dont think I have ever swam in such warm waters!!).
  4. Sunset Sail – Sail a catamaran at sunset in Clearwater. We went sailing with Kay Lani. There is no better place to experience this gem’s natural beauty than on the water. Enjoying a relaxing sail with island music and cold drink, in the glow of the beautiful sunset. A perfect way to end the day! It was an unbelievable experience with spectacular views all around. A great way to meet people from all around the USA as the boat can fit up to 27 people. We met lovely people from Pennsylvanian and Illinois during our sail. We weren’t lucky enough to see dolphins but we have been told it’s common enough to see them during your sail. What more could you want; the warm breeze on your face, the full sails and the sun setting…. pure perfection. The sunset was just beautiful… even nicer to see it out on the water.
  5. Kennedy Space Centre – where NASA is based. Kennedy Space Center is full of things to do and places to see – A tour of the NASA grounds, Shuttle Launch Experience and seeing the impressive Space Shuttle Atlantis. This is definitely worth the visit.
  6. Lido beach – A lovely quiet local beach. As you walk over a little bridge, you arrive in a little piece of heaven. Swimming in the turquoise waters in possibly one of the nicest beaches in Florida. (I have never swam in water so warm in my life, the water is just like walking into a bath… you could spend hours and hours swimming in it).
  7. St. Armands circle – The perfect spot for a walk and a little bit of shopping in their unique boutiques. Be sure to get an ice-cream in Kilwins. Kilwins is a homemade chocolate, fudge and ice-cream shop which drew us in with the delicious smells.
  8. Cheesecake Factory – You can’t go to the USA and not visit the amazing Cheesecake Factory. We went to the one in Brandon. What a delicious gem! We enjoyed fried shrimp, orange chicken and of course we devoured their amazing fresh strawberry cheesecake. Absolutely out of this would… a slice of heaven!
  9. DISNEY WORLD – Yes we know this is a no brainer but you cannot go to Florida and not experience the magical of Disney world. We can all do with a little bit of magic in our lives!
  10. Venice Beach – While driving throughout Venice, we stumbled upon an amazing hidden beach (instead of going straight to Venice we took a left when you see the signs for beaches) and we found such an amazing beach. So peaceful and relaxing. We spent hours in the water, it honestly is like walking into a warm bath.
  11. Madeira Beach   We fell in love with Madeira Beach in St. Petersburg.It’s always nice to go to the beach around 6pm for the evening sun, followed by the sunset. We spent hours upon hours in the water… it almost feels like walking into a warm bath! Nothing beats swimming as the sun is setting… I love Florida sunsets so much.
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