Winter has arrived. It’s time to head south.
Hoping to escape the cold, many vacationers flock to Florida each year. After all, it’s known as “The Sunshine State” for a reason. But, the state provides much more than beaches and theme parks. Florida is full of natural beauty, like waterfalls, coral reefs, and springs.
Abid Godil wants to help you make the most of what the state has to offer. As President of Pro Vacation Group, he is skilled at matching travelers with breathtaking vacation excursions. And, based in Orlando, FL, he knows that state better than most.
Without snow or ice to slow you down, Abid Godil can create a personalized trip so you can experience these natural wonders for yourself. The agent shares five places to visit in Florida.
Everglades National Park
Any list of Florida destinations would be incomplete without acknowledging the Everglades. Sprawling across more than one million acres, this national park is the biggest tropical wilderness in the entire country. Visit to take in the area’s biological diversity. While there is plenty to see and do, you’ll bask in its serenity and calmness.
As its name implies, Devil’s Den is both mysterious and awe-inspiring. Located in central Florida, the attraction is formed by a karst window. Essentially, it’s a pre-historic, subterranean river whose roof collapsed and exposed the spring to the surface. Now privately owned, it’s operated as a scuba training facility in addition to recreational use. This is popular amongst tourists. Abid Godil encourages you to plan and reserve a spot.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Nestled in the Florida Keys, this park was the first underwater park in the U.S. With unabated views of the coral reef, it’s ideal for snorkeling or scuba. But, you don’t have to get wet to enjoy the views. The park features tours with boats that have glass bottoms. Guests are treated to picturesque views of local marine life too. It’s one of the state’s most popular parks.
Falling Waters State Park
Florida’s biggest natural waterfall resides in Chipley, along the state’s panhandle. It rushes over 70 feet into a massive sinkhole. While impressive, there is variation in how much it flows. Depending on recent rainfall, Abid Godil cautions that the stream may be reduced to a mere trickle. To avoid popping in on a dry day, he recommends calling ahead.
Blowing Rocks Preserve
White, sandy beaches are a trademark here in Florida. That’s what makes the rocky coastline at Blowing Rocks Preserve so unique. These large formations are created by limestone jutting out into the ocean. When water hits the rocks, spray can jet up to 50 feet in the air. While this is present in other parts of Florida, this preserve on Juniper Island is the largest along the state’s east coast.