Florida has long been a family favourite, but venture beyond the theme parks and waterslides and you’ll be rewarded with linen-white beaches, exotic wildlife and quirky islands where the pace of life is slower and the scenery is still unspoilt.
In Fort Myers-Sanibel on Florida’s southwest coast, there are 40 miles of sand to lie on. Plus, with water temperatures here on the Gulf of Mexico hovering between 24-30 degrees in spring and summer, where better to make the most of the Sunshine State? Laid-back pastimes include sailing, fishing and "shelling" -- it’s a collector’s haven due to the huge and varied range of shells that wash up on the shores.
Head inland and see yet another side to this state, in jungle-like nature parks concealing exotic plants and wildlife. Sanibel Island is home to the largest mangrove ecosystem in America, which you can explore on hiking trails or scenic drives at JN "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Or take to the water on a kayak safari, where you might be accompanied by manatees on marked river trails like the Great Calusa Blueway. This region has a massively diverse animal population, including dolphins, sea turtles, alligators and hundreds of species of birds.
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