Florida, the USA’s southernmost state is a heavenly retreat for globetrotters seeking peace and adventure. This state is loved for its spectacular beaches, great diving opportunities, wonderful fishing and diverse wildlife. However, there’s much more to Florida outside these key attractions.
The state is blessed with large number of small, quaint towns that are a feast to the eyes. Here are a few of them.
A beautiful island city off the northwest coast of Florida, Cedar Key is an old-fashioned holiday destination that reflects a terrific picture of old Florida. This tiny town is home to some of the greatest beaches and astonishing avenues for fishing, kakaying and bird watching. With its restaurants and shops perched on stilts above the Gulf of Mexico and exclusive art and souvenir shops, the city attracts food and art lovers from across the globe.
Known as the City on a Circle, Sebring is home to the historic circular downtown district and sits beautifully in the centre of the Florida peninsula. With its picturesque location in rolling hills, this city certainly draws the attention of the visitors. One can find complete solace around the town’s magnificent rivers, lakes and citrus groves and take delight in boutique shopping and thrilling hiking opportunities. The International Speedway, a leather factory and several exclusive golf courses are some other must-visit spots in the city.
One of the oldest towns in Florida, Dunedin is home to many unique and magnificent beaches and has a substantial Scottish population. This small town is popular for its compact downtown, four miles of waterfront, craft breweries and numerous Scottish festivities and carnivals. Amidst its wooded and subtropical setting, the town presents a calm lifestyle and delights visitors with its quaint allures, beautiful parks and recreational activities for all ages.
A gorgeous city in central Florida, Mount Dora is set on the shores of Lake Dora and boasts a history of more than 100 years. This beautiful lakefront town is renowned for its antique shops, estate jewellery, art finds and a myriad of annual festivals. With its 19th century clapboard houses and a slow-paced living style, the city takes travellers back in time. Besides, it is a true haven of gourmet restaurants, outdoor cafes, galleries, wineries and bed and breakfast hotels.
A sleepy and marvellous town in Florida located twelve miles south of Gainesville, Micanopy is a perfect escape for the peace lovers. Settled in 1821 and named in the honour of a Seminole Indian chef, this city is home to dozens of antique shops on oak-lined Cholokka Boulevard. It is most famous for its annual fall harvest festival that amuses visitors with its music and craft, and exclusive wildlife at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park where visitors can witness animals from a 50-fooot high observation tower.