Summer stay-cation

The best places to go to enjoy summer in the Sunshine State

Who would turn down a day on an island? Florida stay-cations are far from boring.

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Who would turn down a day on an island? Florida stay-cations are far from boring.

Madi Sonnenberg, Web Editor

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Every fall upon returning to school you hear all kinds of stories about the ideal summer getaways of lucky classmates… there’s always that one person who got to go on a Caribbean cruise, or backpack through Europe, or go on a grand tour of the national parks out west, or something a thousand times more adventurous and exciting than heading out to Clearwater Beach. Although the dog days of summer in the Sunshine State can seem to drag on without end, there are plenty of things to do in Florida that, although they may not top a trip to Washington DC or New York City, can make for a fun and memorable summer vacation! Here’s a list of some great spots to check out if your family is insistent on staying put this summer.

  1. Anna Maria Island: This little island getaway is known for its turquoise waters, pearly white beaches, and its “old Florida charm.” Unlike Clearwater and other popular beaches, there are no obstructing high rise condos or bustling fast food restaurants to tarnish the beautiful view. Its average temperature during the summer is around 90 degrees so you’re sure to get plenty of sun walking around checking out the cute shops on Pine Avenue or strolling down Anna Maria City Pier. Make this your destination if you’re ready for some Insta-worthy sunset pics.
  2. Augustine: This historic city is home to more than just Flagler College. If you make the trek up to St. Augustine, it’s worth it to check out the oldest fort in the continental US, even if you aren’t a history buff. Junior Michael Trotto admits that, “I’ve seen two forts, and St. Augustine is definitely in the top two.” Other attractions include the historic working lighthouse, the oldest house, and my favorite, Alligator Farm. Don’t let Maximo the 15 foot crocodile scare you away!
  3. Daytona Beach: One of the best beaches on the east coast of Florida, Daytona is a popular travel spot for many beach goers. The reddish colored sand is a nice change from the generic white of Clearwater, and it’s one of the few beaches you can actually drive a car on. One of my favorite restaurants near Daytona Beach is Aunt Catfish’s, a southern seafood diner. Don’t leave until you’ve had one of their famous cinnamon rolls!
  4. John’s Pass: John’s Pass is a one-of-a-kind tourist stop, but don’t pass it by just because you live in Florida. In addition to the typical stores and restaurants, John’s Pass has multiple boat tours to go on including the Dolphin Quest and Pirate Cruise. It’s also a great fishing spot for snook and snapper. Nothing beats a touristy getaway, and junior Mei-Lee Kwok agrees, saying, “I love the life it has there- the beach shops and the Florida style.”
  5. Cape Canaveral: Cape Canaveral is best known as the home of the Kennedy Space Center. Junior Troy Dyer observed that, “They shoot some pretty dank rockets sometimes.” The drive over is less than three hours and well worth it if you want to catch a glimpse of one of these dank rockets in action. If space stuff is your thing, then definitely put Cape Canaveral on your list of Florida summer hotspots.

Staying in Florida doesn’t have to mean a bummer summer… there are so many different things to see and do right here in our home state that will make you forget that you weren’t able to go on your ideal getaway! Whether you make it a day trip or a weeklong stay-cation, Florida boasts of summer hotspots that you won’t be able to forget.

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