The ecological diversity of Florida is simply spectacular. The warm currents of the Gulf Stream warm its surrounding waters promoting a rich diversity of coastal flora and fauna. In addition, the confluence of several major rivers at the bottom of the peninsula have created a unique and fascinating biosphere.
Florida villa holidays allow one to visit this untamed areas while still returning to a comfortable room with all of the modern conveniences. Three of the most exciting but easily accessible areas are:
Centrally located, the “Big O” as it is known locally, is located in the centre of the state. The lake is home to an incredible variety of wildlife and canoe tours are quite popular. The lake is actually quite shallow and has had a “rim canal” was dredged around the exterior of the retaining wall. Canoe tours routinely use this canal to provide a comprehensive tour of the lake.
Visitors on Florida holidays can take advantage of these scenic tours or the numerous fishing expeditions and all manner of hiking, biking and climbing activities.
Undoubtedly, one of the most exciting Florida holidays imaginable for a lover of the outdoors involves a trip to the Everglades National Park in the southern part of the state. While tours can be chartered from almost any southern Florida city, excellent luxury accommodations are available in nearby Naples, FL and the access is quickest and easiest from there.
Known as the “River of Grass,” this ecosystem is one of only three of its kind in the world. It is home to thousands of species of plants and animals including the infamous American alligator, the friendly West Indian manatees and the playful bottlenose dolphin. Airboat tours on these Florida villa holidays allow visitors an up-close and personal experience of the sights and sounds of the Everglades.
Ten Thousand Islands National Park
On the southwestern coast of Florida lies another magnificent natural sanctuary, the Ten Thousand Islands National Park. Florida holidays provide spectacular views of the mangrove forests of these little islets from the comfort of one’s room.
The refuge is home to hundreds of species of animals but the bird watching is particularly exciting with regular sightings of bald eagles, ospreys and a host of wading and shore birds.
A day trip across the placid waters of the Gulf of Mexico in a powered launch can visit several of these islands, For the more intrepid traveller, canoe and kayak rentals are available and one can even spend the night on many of the islands. Other outdoor activities include sport fishing, sailing and paragliding.
Florida villa holidays in the southern part of the Sunshine State offer beautiful weather, unexpected encounters and lifelong memories for all nature lovers.