Monday, 20 November 2017

Florida and Orlando – the world’s favourite playground

Written by Posted On Thursday, 02 November 2017 11:05

Of the 110 million visitors to Florida last year, 68 million passed through Orlando. These are record numbers for the 7th record year in a row. What is it that draws so many people from all over the world to the Sunshine State?

There’s a clue in the nickname – Florida’s year-round climate is a magnet for sun worshippers, especially during the winter months which can be so cold and gloomy further north.

And it’s a paradise for water sports and coastal activities; with well over 800 miles of golden beaches and pristine blue waters, Florida’s long, narrow shape means you’re never far from the coast.

On dry land, golfers will find another kind of paradise, with more than 1,000 courses to choose from.

Another very popular pastime with visitors is a shopping excursion, and Florida doesn’t disappoint. Wherever you go, you’ll find modern malls, designer outlets and markets of every kind.

Eating and drinking is all part of the Florida experience; as you’d expect with such a coastline, the seafood is first rate, but you will find every kind of cuisine in every kind of price bracket.

Of course, people associate Orlando in particular with theme parks, but there’s more to the state than thrill rides.

Florida is rich in National Parks, art galleries, botanical gardens, wildlife experiences, museums and historic locations – here are just a few:

  • Everglades National Park, SW Florida
  • Florida Aquarium, Tampa
  • Navy Seal Museum, Fort Pierce
  • Naples Botanical Garden, Collier County
  • Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, Key West
  • National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola
  • The Dali Museum, St Petersburg
  • Busch Gardens, Tampa
  • Dry Tortugas National Park, off Key West
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Cape Canaveral

But of course, Orlando is on everybody’s must-visit list; it is, after all, the theme park capital of the world. It’s home to 8 of the world’s best 15 amusement parks as rated on TripAdvisor, along with many more. Among them you will find

  • Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark Orlando
  • Discovery Cove
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • Epcot
  • Fun Spot America Orlando
  • Gatorland
  • Magic Kingdom Park
  • Magical Midway
  • SeaWorld Orlando
  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Universal Orlando 
  • Universal Studios Florida
  • Universal’s Volcano Bay

Not that every day has to be a roller-coaster ride. Downtown Orlando offers world-class shopping across a range of malls and outlets, and there are over 180 golf courses within a short drive (car, not club).

There is an eclectic mix of restaurants, especially around the Church St area downtown, and you’ll also find art galleries, theatres, museums, parks and a lively nightlife scene.

It’s no wonder that so many people consider Orlando to be the best place to buy investment property in Florida – especially if they can occasionally use the property themselves.

James Harrington, Business Development Manager for Florida investment property specialists Emerging Property, notes that “Overseas investors spent $153 billion on US real estate in the year to March 2017, and half of that total went on property in California, Texas and Florida. The sheer number of visitors to Orlando each year makes the city well worth considering in terms of owning a vacation rental – and it really isn’t hard to get to from the UK if investors fancy a bit of a break themselves.”

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  • Address: 7 Maywood PL
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