Travel Florida is a new Tampa Bay Times guide for Florida residents who are eager to explore some of the Sunshine State's exciting destinations.
Each year, Florida welcomes more than 100 million out-of-state tourists looking to spend the day with Mickey and Minnie at Walt Disney World, ride the exciting roller coasters at Busch Gardens, immerse themselves in top-rated art museums all over the state, or simply kick back and relax on one of our world-famous beaches.
Florida residents, too, like to take advantage of our amenities. Some enjoy "stay-cations" right on their own home turf, while others — more than 20 million of us, according to some reports — pack overnight bags and set off on road trips to other parts. And why not? Each of Florida's regions has its own personality, one influenced by geography, history, immigration populations, economics and other factors. Best of all, most of them can be reached in just a few hours by car.
Travel Florida wants to help you navigate your adventures. So we've highlighted what's unique about each of Florida's regions — what locals and visitors enjoy doing there, what the vibe is like and what's new and hip.