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Welcome to famous Florida, the Sunshine State that’s known and loved for its endless stretches of golden beach, the Everglades, intoxicating Latin American influences and cultural heritage, theme parks, glamourous nightlife, gourmet restaurants and five-star hotels alike. In truth, your tailored luxury tour to Florida can be as action-packed or chilled-out as you like, depending on just how immersed you wish to get into it all; there are no rules and certainly no need to rush here.
If seeking that iconic, sun-drenched Florida holiday, fear not, as between Miami South Beach, Florida Keys, Caladesi Island State Park or Siesta Key and Clearwater Beaches, to name just a few, there’s no shortage of swimming and sunbathing spots to revel in across the state. Enjoying the finer things in life can also come at your hotel spa – with some of America’s finest luxury hotels here on the east coast – or perhaps indulging in Miami’s legendary bar and restaurant scene instead.
Excitement and adventure are also synonymous with an Infinity & Beyond trip to Florida, as the state boasts an irresistible list of theme parks and attractions that will appeal to your inner child. Walt Disney’s Resort, Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Animal Kingdom Theme Park; Magic Kingdom Park; Universal Orlando Resort; Epcot Theme Park; Universal Studios Florida; The Kennedy Space Centre and Legoland Florida – the list really does go on. Then, for an altogether more serene experience, visit the Everglades National Park on a day trip or the wildlife-rich Dry Tortugas Islands for kayaking, birdwatching and reconnecting with nature. All this, before returning to the boutique hotels, designer outlets, fine dining restaurants and glitzy cocktail bars that a five-star Florida vacation with Infinity & Beyond Travel is so well-known and loved for; enjoy!
Miami, the long-time playground of America’s rich and famous with a well-earned reputation for good times, even better beach bodies and that unmistakable coastal skyline packed full of skyscrapers, five-star hotels and rooftop bars. The fun-loving spirit, beach culture and tendency towards life’s finer things really does characterise much of what Miami has to offer, and that’s certainly no bad thing when planning a luxurious trip to Florida.
There’s no doubting that your Infinity & Beyond Miami holiday is likely to include time on the beach, and there’s plenty to choose from, as on top of the city’s well-known South Beach area, alive as it is with oceanfront bars, nightclubs, glitzy hotels and rooftop pool parties, travel further south for just a short while and you soon get to the Florida Keys, beginning with Key Largo and heading all the way down to Key West, the end of the line and just a stone’s throw from Cuba. Along the way, you not only have remote and perfectly idyllic bays to sunbathe on but various attractions too, waterfront seafood restaurants and parks to wander through.
Back in town however, daily life can often involve hitting the best shopping boutiques and outlets such as the Bayside Marketplace and Lincoln Road, or enjoying long, multi-course lunches at one of the many fine restaurants found along Ocean Drive. Then, if needing a little action and adventure during your five-star Miami trip, fear not, as the Everglades National Park, Disney World, the Kennedy Space Centre, Little Havana and Universal Studios are all easily arranged day trips from here. You can even visit Bimini Island in the Bahamas on a single day and still be back to your glamorous sea-view hotel that same evening, thanks to a fantastic high-speed ferry. So, whether booking a honeymoon, family vacation or bit of winter sun in Miami, this is a South Florida city that certainly stays true to its endearing reputation, yet offers plenty more besides.
If booking a beach vacation to the Gulf of Mexico, it is hard to look past spending your time in Naples. This coastal American gem is loved as much for the swathes of seafront mansions as for its surprising depth of natural beauty, wildlife and nearby conservation projects that all make for fantastic excursions away from the beach. Put it together and you’re faced with a truly interesting, unique and versatile trip when holidaying in Florida’s south-western coast, and you’ll be treated to some of the USA’s best beaches on a calm day here too.
There’s certainly no escaping the laidback charm of on-trend Naples, as those upmarket beach vibes extend to almost every aspect of daily life here. You can see it while perusing the boutique outlets, delighting in countless superb restaurants or enjoying a stroll through one of Naples’ leafy parks; golf is a popular pastime here too and there’s an array of top courses to choose from. You can visit the Everglades National Park as a day trip from Naples or spend a day on the ocean waves, with water sports, sea kayaking or visiting the many offshore islands also a great way to fill your days. Naples Botanical Gardens, the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and a handful of national parks showcase an entirely different side to sunny Naples, though in truth it is the glam lifestyle of locals, a penchant for fine food and luxury hotels that is often the real draw of booking a trip to this, one of the unsung highlights of Florida, with Infinity & Beyond Travel.
Ferraris, designer stores and glamorous restaurants galore: expect everything to be upmarket in Palm Beach, Florida. As its name suggests, this winter sun destination flaunts mile upon mile of powder white beaches, lapped by cerulean seas and fringed by – you guessed it – swaying palm trees, a stunning playground to escape to at any time of year.
Palm Beach is a cherished hideout for the rich and famous, found an hour and a half north of Miami but with its own unique edge. Grand mansions line the streets while chic bars provide entertainment day and night; there’s a venue, atmosphere and ambience for every taste. The Flagler Museum is one such place, showcasing the affluent era of the USA’s Gilded Age and with a stunning façade of its own. There’s also Antique Row, the Art and Design District, the Norton Museum of Art and much more besides. Shop till you drop on Worth Avenue, famous for its designer shops and unique boutiques, before stopping for a long lunch at one of the many acclaimed restaurants around town. Attend a theatre performance, live music gig or anything else that catches your attention – you’ll find it here in the twin cities of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach.
What’s not to love about a tailormade tour of Orlando? Theme parks, adventure, world famous film studios and, if fancying a day trip – Tampa on one side, Miami on the other! Orlando doles out American extravagance, fun-filled outings and nothing at all too serious in spades, whether visiting Florida as a family or simply looking to release the inner child within, for just a few days at least.
It’s not all about the theme parks, although that is certainly at the top of any ‘things to do in Orlando’ list. What’s special, is that they all have a different appeal and are far more than a mere list of names, as every adventure land, pleasure playground and fun-filled park has its own theme, atmosphere and iconic moments. From the Walt Disney World Resort to Magic Kingdom Park; Epcot; SeaWorld; Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon or Hollywood Studios; Universal Orlando Resort or nearby Universal Studios Florida; Volcano Bay; Blizzard Beach Water Park; Harry Potter Land – each is just a snapshot of Orlando’s many highlights, best embraced by one and all.
In short, while you may miss out on the myriad cultural experiences to be found elsewhere in the USA – and this region of America certainly isn’t known for its archaeology or even abundant national parks – what you do get with an Infinity and Beyond tailormade tour of Orlando is that all-American sense of oversized fun, time and again. There are limitless day trips here and no shortage of five-star hotels to return to after every action-packed day either; surely worth a place on anyone’s travel hit list, especially if holidaying as a family.