Florida Fun For Your Honeymoon

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Florida might not spring to mind as a romantic honeymoon destination, but we can assure you it can be just as fun and memorable for you, as for the thousands of candy fuelled kids who visit it every year!

Florida has been a popular choice for Irish  honeymooners with kids as it offers a multitude of theme parks, attractions and beaches to keep both young and old entertained…

Florida is the perfect place to enjoy a multi-stop honeymoon; from the obvious buzz of the theme parks to diverse cultural city life in Miami and not forgetting the breathtaking beaches of the Florida Keys, this part of America has it all, in spades.

Florida is in the southeastern United States, located on the nation’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It wasn’t named the ‘Sunshine State’ for nothing. High season runs from December through to May when temperatures are at their most ideal, but if you really want to escape the crowds, visit during summer when temperatures are higher (read sweltering!) and the chance of rain is higher. Believe me, even coming from Ireland you will never have witnessed rain like it in your life! But afternoon showers tend to be over in a few minutes. Despite the afternoon rainfall, if you honeymoon in Florida between November and July, you’ll likely have great beach weather.

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Orlando

There’s not much point visiting Florida and not going near the theme parks of Orlando, is there? There is no age limit to having fun after all.  As holiday experts Kuoni say; “Orlando is awash with theme parks, water parks and all manner of shops and eateries. Experience the magic of Disney in the iconic Magic Kingdom, go behind the scenes at Universal Studios® or for those with slightly older kids, or those with a wild side, scream on thrilling rides at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. You can also get up close to hippos and hyenas in Busch Gardens® at Tampa Bay, watch high-octane NASCAR racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway or become an astronaut for the day at the Astronaut Training Experience.”

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Miami

I paid a flying visit to Miami for two nights several years ago – my other half and I were staying in Orlando and randomly decided to drive down and experience Miami. I have always vowed to go back, the spectacular beaches where you can people watch, the shopping and not forgetting the food and nightlife. The city has a real relaxed vibe, similar to that in other areas of Florida, but you’ll also find an added Latin twist. Downtown Miami and Coconut Grove are the two trendier areas ripe for exploring, with the shopping at its best in Downtown, whilst Coconut Grove offers an enticing mishmash of haute boutiques and touristy shops all set on the waterfront.

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Miami Beach is spilt into three areas – North, Central and the iconic South Beach. The North and Central beach areas are beautiful but much quieter than South Beach where the beautiful people hang out! South Beach is also home to the Miami Beach Architectural District or the Miami Art Deco District as it also known, where 960 beautiful historic art-deco buildings can be found.

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If it’s retail therapy that you’re after, Miami is home to many malls and shopping streets, bursting with shops and entertainment options. Some of the best known are the Dolphin Mall just west of the airport, The Falls in Miami-Dade, CocoWalk in trendy Coconut Grove and Lincoln Road on Miami Beach.

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Florida Keys

For pure tranquility you should definitely plan a visit to the Keys. Stretching 120 miles the Keys are home to the only living coral barrier reef in the US. The liveliest of all the Keys, Key West is the most southern point of the Keys and also of the continental United States. It offers chic palm-lined streets dotted with little boutiques, museums and colourful houses.

As the first of the Keys, Key Largo is ideal for those looking to escape to the Keys without a day’s drive. It’s just an hour away from the bustling hub of Florida but worlds away in experience. It offers two state parks, a national park and a national marine sanctuary, all bursting with flora, fauna and a whole host of underwater delights.

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Comprising of six islands, Islamorada is set between Key Largo and Marathon and consists of Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key. It benefits from a beautiful location between the everglades and coral reef and is well known for its beauty and wildlife. However, Islamorada is famed for its dining, especially its sumptuous local island cuisine specialising in seafood fresh from the surrounding waters. You can also enjoy sport fishing and diving opportunities, take a trip to the History of Diving Museum or visit the Theater of the Sea Marine Mammal Park. Each island has its own treasures including botanical parks, geological state parks, a historic state park and much more.

The main shopping and dining area of Key West is a little livelier than other Keys; however each of the Keys has a choice of restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment. The Keys are easily traveled by car and are linked to the mainland and each other by bridges, however once on your chosen Key, cycling is a favoured way to travel.

Florida has been a popular choice for Irish  honeymooners with kids as it offers a multitude of theme parks, attractions and beaches to keep both young and old entertained.

Information and images from Kuoni.

 

 

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