Florida's Food, History & Adventure - How to Fall in Love with the Sunshine State
By Kara Franker
Whether you’re a history lover, food fanatic or adventure-seeker, Florida has many ways to steal your heart.
So when Condé Nast Traveler asked me to curate a few of my favorite Florida experiences and places to stay for the magazine, I couldn't wait to share what I love most about the Sunshine State.
Learn about the origins of the Sunshine State’s legendary hospitality with a genteel Old Florida-style stay in a historic hotel.
From fresh seafood to ethnic eats to five-star indulgences, Florida cuisine is deliciously diverse -- and a draw for foodies. In Tampa, savor Cuban specialties in the historic Ybor City district or enjoy an evening straight out of the Prohibition era with cocktails and dinner at Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club.
Be sure to ask for the catch of the day at beachside restaurants all along Florida’s coastline. At Little Palm Island Resort and Spa, a secluded resort on Little Torch Key, you can have a romantic picnic on the beach enjoying a basket filled with baguettes, artisanal cheeses, and wine, or take a seaplane to a private island for caviar and Champagne.
With unlimited options for fun, relaxation, and soaking up the sun, your love affair with Florida never has to end. Whether your passion is golf or shopping, the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura has packages perfect for your interests.
On unspoiled Amelia Island, explore nature trails and go for sunrise horseback rides on the golden sand.
A bevy of mermaids puts on an enchanting show in the clear spring waters at the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, located just north of Tampa.
Nature lovers should head to the nearby Plantation on Crystal River for its lush grounds, stately oaks and abundant wildlife -- you can even swim with manatees in the warm springs.