Much like birds migrating south shortly before winter, many Canadians look forward to spending the cold-weather months in warm-weather places like Florida. The weather is mostly pleasant during these months, and the state’s big cities roll out the red carpet in a major way to cater to visitors.
Orlando is the center of Florida’s entertainment universe featuring big theme parks owned by Disney, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. Any time is a good time to go park-hopping in Orlando because there are special events and promotional sales year round.
No one leaves Orlando without souvenirs, and the area has become a haven for outlet malls. Shopaholics will positively swoon at the bargains to be had at premium outlets, but factory stores and luxury outlets abound for the avid shopper.
Atlantic Coast: Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale
Equestrians congregate in Palm Beach for annual polo events at Wellington’s International Polo Club. Meanwhile, golf greats are known to head to the PGA National Resort, Medalists Golf Club and Bear’s Club. For the ultimate in celebrity sightings, venture into the real Palm Beach — the 14-mile long island enclave that is the winter playground of the Kennedys, Rockefellers and a host of newly minted billionaires.
Throughout most of Florida water sports are a major recreational activity. Boating, fishing and jet-skiing opportunities are easy to find at countless marinas. However, the stress-free option is still basking in the sun on any of the beaches from Jupiter all the way south to Fort Lauderdale.
Miami and Key West
South Beach offers visitors round-the-clock entertainment. You can go from beach bum by day to club connoisseur by night. For those looking for local flavor, seek out Calle Ocho for a taste of authentic Cuban and island cuisine. Nature lovers can explore the Everglades on a guided airboat tour or just relax in one of Miami’s many museums and galleries.
A trip to the southernmost tip of the peninsula is a fitting cap to a Florida vacation. Key West is an eclectic mix of laid back and cosmopolitan where the city’s secrets are best discovered on a walking tour. Sunset worship is a daily festival at Mallory Dock Square followed by all-night street parties along Duval Street.
The best Florida flights are typically those that fly in and out of the state’s large airports. There is a wide selection of carriers and more schedules to choose from at international airports. However, look out for special price promotions on flights in and out of regional airports.