An Insider's Guide to Florida
Collected by Kara Franker
From gorgeous white sand beaches to mouth-watering seafood, Florida has something for everyone. As the Entertainment & Luxury Insider for VisitFlorida.com, I scour the Sunshine State for the best of the best.
3400 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706, USA
Situated on the sugary white sands of the Gulf of Mexico, the Loews Don CeSar, a.k.a. the Pink Palace, was built in the Great Gatsby era of the 1920s. Today the Mediterranean-style castle by the sea is a luxurious landmark situated on one of...
455 Grand Bay Dr, Miami, FL 33149, USA
Inspired by the lunar calendar, new spa treatments at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne resort on an island south of Miami Beach explore the moon’s influence on the senses. Products from Éminence’s biodynamic line utilize...
Miami Beach, FL, USA
Each February the South Beach Wine and Food Festival takes over the white-sand shores of Miami Beach. Presented by the Food Network, celebrity chefs whip up delicious dishes for a star-studded audience. The next festival is scheduled for Feb....
4012 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32837, USA
Orlando is well known for its theme parks and appeal to families, but this vacation destination is not for kids alone. I embarked on a search for a luxurious and romantic getaway in Central Florida, and I found it at the Spa at The-Ritz Carlton....
Wynwood, Miami, FL, USA
The Wynwood district is a pleasant change from the glazed body parade of South Beach. Art is everywhere: on gallery walls, on exterior walls, even on the sidewalk--and the Wynwood Walls are a one stop shop for it all. Wander the impressive murals,...
15300 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924, USA
The best mode of transportation around Captiva Island is by boat. Taste the salty air, feel the Gulf breezes and escape to your own island paradise. No trip to the island is complete without spending time on the water. Whether you like boating,...
1 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Let me put the good news front and center: This is not your father’s Ritz-Carlton (nor your mother’s). For example take the infinity pool, which practically drops you in the Atlantic. Then, there’s the art deco décor,...
512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
Orlando’s centerpiece lake sits right in the middle of downtown, close to the pretty neighborhood and dining district of Thornton Park. A pedestrian-only path fringing the water stretches for nearly a mile, offering visitors a great place to...
7300 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149, USA
Each year the Sony Open tennis tournament takes over Miami’s most idyllic tropical island — Key Biscayne. To help kick off the tournament, players like Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Novak Djokovic participated in an All-Star Charity Tennis...
1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
If you think South Beach is only for the party people, then you’ve got it all wrong. Wake up early and while the all-night ravers are still sleeping, head to SoFi. Park across from Joe’s Stone Crab. Yes, you’ve heard of it – it’s famous. But have...
9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156, USA
Look closely inside the circle of this photo. What do you see? Want to see more? Travel a few miles south of downtown Miami and wind your way down Old Cutler Road where the street is lined with gorgeous mansions and towering banyan trees. Turn...
6747 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149, USA
Crandon Park’s beautiful two-mile beach on Key Biscayne is known for its pristine sand and calm waters, as well as its mangroves, coastal dunes, and sea grass beds. There’s also an amusement center as well as a nature center where you can see...
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