Florida. That's the state of white sandy beaches, pink flamingos, beach beauties and alligators. The excitement I felt going to Florida was like a long kept image about an almost fairy tale place came true.
My first trip to Florida was also my second trip to the United States. I still had my Big Apple mindset when boarding but I was soon teached otherwise. Florida's diverse and unique culture should not be compared to anywhere else. Expect Culture, Art, Nature and Adventure- the Sunshine state has it all!
FIRST STOP: MIAMI
First place to go and where most people will start is Miami. This vibrant city is a heaven for sun lovers, beachbabes and artistic people. Park somewhere outside of the city and take the public transport (which is cheap and reliable) or an UBER to get into the city center.
From the center you can easily hop into the next bus to get to the well known street art capital of Florida: Wynwood. I wouldn't recommend walking because we tried to walk from the city center to Wynwood via Google Maps and got totally lost, just to take the bus in the end for five minutes again! #touristnotonfleek
Wynwood emerged to a creative space for street artist from the City. There is art on almost every wall outside plus you can also visit the galleries in the same area. Walking around there takes a few hours and is the perfect afternoon activity.
NEXT STOP: Little Havana
Buenas Dias, and welcome to the little Havana. I felt like I am back on a holiday in Cuba and the Spanish language was predominantly spoken. Check out the food, drink a Cuban coffee and watch the famous domino players in the park.
Charged from the sun and you want to keep this Latin vibe so jump in the car and drive down to the Keys. It's a trip of a few hours but I would say it is definitely worth it. The closer you will get to the Caribbean islands, the more the Cuban and South American vibe will be present.
The Keys are a really tourist attraction and people from all over the world come to this remote land strip to relax and sunbath. The atmosphere is chilled, relaxed and mellow. The freshest seafood can be found here and fresh coconuts are sold on the streets. It feels like you are almost on a Caribbean island, but wait, we are still in the US.
After sunbathing at the Keys and City shopping in Miami, there is also the other side of Florida. The everglades, always green, wild and full of animals.
The highway takes you straight into the wild. Natural paths for hikers are located all over the and you can just stop and start your hike there.
I couldn't believe how many alligators I saw just swimming around everywhere. Keep your distance to these wild animals, especially when you see baby alligators because the mother will try to scare away everybody who comes too close to her babies!
The natural wetlands in Florida are an amazing place and every nature lover (ME!) will love this peaceful and mystic place. The preservation of the wildlife and the different animal species is the focus of various wildlife foundations in Florida.
Last stop: West Coast. The west coast is the Uptown of Florida, heading west through the everglades you should check out Naples. The city with various beaches, gulf clubs and fancy restaurants will leave a big impression on you with its sunshine boulevards.
What is your experience? Have you ever been to Florida and what did you see there? Let me know subscribe to stay tuned to the newest updates:)