Whether you're born and breed or chose to become a local, Florida is definitely not a bad place to call home. With a population of just under 20 million people, Florida is a beautiful south easternmost U.S. state with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. With hundreds of miles of beaches, Florida has been nicknamed as the ‘Sunshine State’ and has become known for its Latin culture especially in Miami and Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Living in Florida, your days are filled with sunshine and your nights with spicy salsa dancing or gator hunting, but to be an official Floridian there are a few things you need to see and do. Here is our list of sights, sounds, tastes and experiences that will ensure that you’ve experience the Sunshine State at its best:
1. Watch The Sunset On The Beach
Let’s start with something simple like watching the sunset at your local beach. Pack a picnic basket, pull out a blanket and enjoy Florida beautifully turn from day to night.
2. Visit The Emerald Coast
Speaking of beautiful beaches, the Emerald Coast is definitely the nicest stretch of beaches in Florida. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, this 100 miles of white sand and blue waters is popular amongst vacation makers.
3. Know Where To Find The Best Key Lime Pie
If you don’t know where to find the best key lime pie in your city, then you better start looking. All official Floridians know where to find the best key lime pie, or better yet, make their own pie from scratch.
4. And The Best Cuban Sandwich
Speaking about the best food in Florida, if you haven’t tried a Cuban sandwich then you better get your hands on one immediately. A true Floridian has not only tried a Cuban sandwich, but also knows where to find the best one in the state.
5. See An Alligator In Person
Whether you head on alligator spotting tour or accidentally see one crossing the road, if you haven’t seen these dangerous creatures in person, then you can’t call the Sunshine State home.
6. After That, Try Some Fried Alligator Tail
Alligator tail is a true delicacy in Florida. Known to taste like fired chicken, at some restaurants in South Florida, you’ll find a serving of succulent, fried gator tail served with dipping sauce.
7. Spot A Manatee
Manatees roam the waters of southeast Florida from April through October, and can be spotted at places like Three Sisters Springs, Blue Spring State Park, Lee County Manatee Park and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
8. Go See The Weeki Wachee Mermaids
If you grew up in Florida, you must have seen the world famous Weeki Wachee Mermaid Show at Weeki Wachee Springs as a kid. The mermaids perform their version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, and it is truly an eyeful.
10. Visit The Everglades
One of the most beautiful national parks in the state is the Everglades National Park. It is a wild and wonderful place which includes 20 percent of the original Everglades.
11. Take A Vacation in the Keys
The Florida Keys are a string of tropical islands stretching about 120 miles off the state’s southern tip. Known for its beautiful vacation homes, laid-back vibe, fishing, boating and scuba diving, it is the perfect place for a vacation in your own state.
Whether you’ve made Florida your home or were born there, you can’t call yourself a Floridian if you haven’t tried these 10 things. And if you have, congratulations, you are an official Floridian ;)