Lay of the Land
The Sunshine State has something for everyone: tropical oases, expansive family-friendly resorts, theme park entertainment and old-world beachfront destinations.
Florida Keys: A slender archipelago stretching off the state’s southern coast, the Florida Keys lie between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The most popular destination, Key West, is located at the isles’ southernmost point, only 90 miles north of Cuba. The island has a distinct Florida-meets-the-Caribbean vibe, blending a lush tropical paradise with a dose of classic Floridian charm.
Naples: Fronting the tranquil Gulf of Mexico, Naples is a refined beach town known for its pristine stretches of sand, excellent shopping and dining and a luxurious Ritz-Carlton resort. Slightly less glitzy than Palm Beach, Naples maintains a laidback feel without sacrificing high-quality luxury.
Boca Grande: A residential community on Gasparilla Island, Boca Grande has the feeling of a 1950’s town frozen in time. The tiny island, only 3 miles long by 1/2 mile wide, is home to the Gasparilla Inn, an old-fashioned resort that is famously adored by the extended Bush family. Visitors and residents primarily navigate the island by bike or golf cart.
Orlando: Orlando’s massive Disney World Resort draws tourists throughout the year to the city home to the “Happiest Place on Earth.” With four major Disney theme parks as well as Universal Studios and Sea World, Orlando is a popular pilgrimage for families. Despite sometimes maddening crowds, luxury properties like the Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons offer refined escapes.