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5 Top Attractions In Florida Vacation Destinations

Where will your Florida vacation take you? We make your decision easy by highlighting five draws at every Opal destination in the Sunshine state.

Clearwater

  1. Caladesi Island State Park, voted Florida’s best beach multiple times.
  2. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to movie star dolphin Winter.
  3. Pier 60, where sunsets, flame-juggling buskers, and live music meet every night.
  4. In nearby St. Pete, the mind-bending Salvador Dali Museum that celebrates the famed artist.
  5. The 42-mile scenic Pinellas Trail, best tackled by bicycle and with a camera.

Where to Stay Sandpearl Resort | Opal Sands Resort


Delray

  1. Trendy, upscale dining at hot spots like scenic Pinellas Trail, City Oyster, and 50 West.
  2. The shops and nightlife along bustling, lively Atlantic Avenue.
  3. Performances, art exhibits, and events daily in Old School Square.
  4. The endlessly explorable Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
  5. Garlic Fest, unquestionably the largest (and tastiest!) celebration of the herb you’ll ever attend.

Where to Stay Opal Grand Resort | Delray Sands Resort


Key West

  1. Raucous celebrations all year, from Hemingway Days to a twist on Mardi Gras.
  2. Tremendous wreck diving, including a search for the lost.
  3. Dry Tortugas National Park, accessible only by boat or seaplane, offering great snorkeling and remote beach time.
  4. Shopping, cigars, and bars galore along Duval Street.
  5. Distinct local flavor (and great restaurants) in Key West’s Old Town.

Where to Stay Sunset Key Cottages


Naples

  1. The Everglades and Big Cypress, two of the largest, wildest national parks in America.
  2. The delicious, seaside Stone Crab Festival every year.
  3. Some of the finest shopping south of 5th Avenue.
  4. Plenty of alfresco café hopping.
  5. The Naples Zoo, full of Everglades fauna like rescued panthers, and a feisty honey badger or two.

Where to Stay Edgewater Beach Hotel


North Palm Beach

  1. Family-friendly attractions from state parks to fairgrounds.
  2. Great dive spots away from the crowds.
  3. A golf mecca on Florida’s east coast, featuring 33 courses within 20 miles.
  4. More than a dozen concert halls and theaters, for those with a passion for music and performing arts.
  5. Worth Avenue, with high-end shopping options underneath a historic clock tower

Where to Stay Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa


Sarasota/Longboat Key

  1. A rich circus history, the home of the famed Ringling Bros.
  2. More than a dozen golf courses right on the coast.
  3. Upscale, walkable shopping centers, like nearby Amands Circle.
  4. Marine life everywhere, with the opportunity to hand-feed sharks at Mote Marine Laboratory.
  5. You can gawk at John Lennon’s Mercedes-Benz and dozens of vintage cars at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum.

Where to Stay Lido Beach Resort | The Resort at Longboat Key Club


Treasure Island

  1. A throwback Florida bar scene full of live music, strong cocktails, and dancing with sand beneath your toes.
  2. Beach scenes for every visitor, from quiet sands on the island’s tips to a bustling downtown stretch.
  3. Parasailing and paragliding over the channel, with a half-dozen outfits from which to choose.
  4. Boca Ciega Bay Aquatic Reserve, home to huge coral reefs and an array of wildlife.
  5. Historic, easy-to-explore Egmont Key, a half-hour boat ride away.

Where to Stay Treasure Island Beach Resort

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