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Posted on Dec 26, 2012 in United States

Top 5 Natural Wonders in Florida

Florida is well-known for its theme parks and sunny weather, but there are whole areas of this huge and varied state which are often left undiscovered. From hidden islands to coastal swamps and reservoirs that are all teaming with wildlife.

So if the theme parks get all too much why not check out some of these natural wonders, all found in Florida?

Florida Everglades

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1. Marathon – Florida Keys

Marathon is a beautiful part of Florida and its southerly location, along with the rest of the beautiful Florida Keys, gives a lovely balmy climate. The beaches of Marathon, Sombrero and Coco Plum have gorgeous white sands and azure blue sea. They are also free so you can enjoy them without being concerned about anything and just relax. It is also a centre for turtle protection and care and you can also see dolphins and get up close to these stunning creatures. It’s a perfect antidote to the craziness of Orlando.

2. Everglades

The Florida Everglades are breath-taking areas of natural beauty that are only enjoyed by a relatively small number of tourists, allowing for an amazingly tailored experience. They are located at the Southern tip of the state. Amongst those adventurous enough to visit the area it is generally agreed to be the best kept secret in Florida, and it’s easy to see why when there is so much to do.

There are plenty of ways to see the Everglades; there are the traditional jet airboats that propel you along the top of the water using a giant fan. Or a swamp buggy, which allows you to travel further above the glades, giving you an amazing view across the whole area. Or there is a more traditional pole boat, which is similar to canoe giving you a more peaceful Everglades experience. The stunning scenery is truly unique to Florida’s Everglades and it would be a crime to go to Florida and not see this natural wonder.

3. Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi Island is located on the west coast of the state, not far from the city of Tampa. It is another Floridian well-kept secret, as the beaches are simply gorgeous. As one of the last places of undisturbed natural beauty, there are a number of chances to see some amazing wildlife including sea turtles, dolphins and tropical fish in their natural habitat. You can also canoe along the mangrove trees, but watch out for alligator’s! There is also a gift shop and café there where they serve delicious food.

4. Amelia Island

Right near to the easterly border between Florida and Georgia, Amelia Island is an enchanting place to spend some of your Florida holiday. There are plenty of gorgeous accommodation options including camping, cute motels or luxury resorts. Go horse riding on the pristine beaches at sunset and take in the magnificent view.

5. Apalachicola National Forest

This forest has been acknowledged as a protected area in 1936 including almost 600,000 acres of lush forest and a varied number of water outlets, like lakes and streams. It is located in the North West of the state under Tallahassee. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the beautiful scenery and with 67 miles of scenic trail it’s a walkers paradise. You may even get to see some heart-stoppingly beautiful black bears, but remember to be careful and properly check the best way to handle an encounter.

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