December 30, 2016

24 beautiful Florida destinations everyone should visit at least once

There's more than enough to explore here in Florida. What follows are a few must-see Florida destinations that everyone should have on their bucket list.

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Dry Tortugas
40001 SR-9336, Homestead | 305-242-7700 
Grab a ferry and travel into Florida’s past at Dry Tortugas, which served as a federal prison during the Civil War. Unlike many forts, you can actually camp here, so pitch a tent ‘cause you’ll want to soak in the royal blue water here with as much snorkeling as possible. 
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Dry Tortugas
40001 SR-9336, Homestead | 305-242-7700
Grab a ferry and travel into Florida’s past at Dry Tortugas, which served as a federal prison during the Civil War. Unlike many forts, you can actually camp here, so pitch a tent ‘cause you’ll want to soak in the royal blue water here with as much snorkeling as possible.

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Ancient Spanish Monastery
16711 W. Dixie Highway | 305-945-1461
Originally built in the 12th century, the Monastery has been brought to Miami one brick at a time. Stone statues, wooden-cast doors and stain-glass windows will ignite your imagination about the history of this Monastery, or at least earn you a good Instagram pic.
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Ancient Spanish Monastery
16711 W. Dixie Highway | 305-945-1461
Originally built in the 12th century, the Monastery has been brought to Miami one brick at a time. Stone statues, wooden-cast doors and stain-glass windows will ignite your imagination about the history of this Monastery, or at least earn you a good Instagram pic.

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Wynwood Walls
2520 NW Second Ave., Miami | 305-531-4411
These uniquely artistic walls feature everything from giant murals of the Dalai Lama to colorful paintings that are constantly in rotation. The best time to visit the Walls is during Art Basel Miami Beach, when multitudes of famous artists from around the world descend on the city.
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Wynwood Walls
2520 NW Second Ave., Miami | 305-531-4411
These uniquely artistic walls feature everything from giant murals of the Dalai Lama to colorful paintings that are constantly in rotation. The best time to visit the Walls is during Art Basel Miami Beach, when multitudes of famous artists from around the world descend on the city.

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Coral Castle
28655 S. Dixie Highway, Homestead | 305-248-6345
After his beloved Agnes left him a day before their wedding, early 1900s sculptor Ed Leedskalnin took 30 years to handcut gigantic pieces of stone into the works of art that you see today at Coral Castle. The whimsical shapes and designs made from rigid stone are perplexing to say the least.
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Coral Castle
28655 S. Dixie Highway, Homestead | 305-248-6345
After his beloved Agnes left him a day before their wedding, early 1900s sculptor Ed Leedskalnin took 30 years to handcut gigantic pieces of stone into the works of art that you see today at Coral Castle. The whimsical shapes and designs made from rigid stone are perplexing to say the least.

Photo via sabrinahelisa/Instagram
Dali Museum
1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg | 727-823-3767
The St. Pete Dali Museum has the largest collection of works by the famed artist in the entire world (like the lobster phone and the melting clocks!). What better way to spend an afternoon than digging through the works of a genius?
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Dali Museum
1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg | 727-823-3767
The St. Pete Dali Museum has the largest collection of works by the famed artist in the entire world (like the lobster phone and the melting clocks!). What better way to spend an afternoon than digging through the works of a genius?

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Devil’s Den
5390 NE 180th Ave., Williston | 352-528-3344
A small circle of land collapsed over this subterranean river a long time ago, so now we have one of the most beautiful cave diving spots in the country. Shades of green, blue and orange line the rock walls of the cave while the heated pools aboveground sooth divers looking to relax after their descent.
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Devil’s Den
5390 NE 180th Ave., Williston | 352-528-3344
A small circle of land collapsed over this subterranean river a long time ago, so now we have one of the most beautiful cave diving spots in the country. Shades of green, blue and orange line the rock walls of the cave while the heated pools aboveground sooth divers looking to relax after their descent.

Photo via jjnme123/Instagram
Blowing Rocks Preserve
574 South Beach Road, Hobe Sound | 561-744-6668 
Get the camera ready for some epic wave pictures, brah. During high tide the water will trickle under the massive rock formations causing waves to spurt up wherever there are holes. It’s like Florida’s very own Old Faithful. 
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Blowing Rocks Preserve
574 South Beach Road, Hobe Sound | 561-744-6668
Get the camera ready for some epic wave pictures, brah. During high tide the water will trickle under the massive rock formations causing waves to spurt up wherever there are holes. It’s like Florida’s very own Old Faithful.

Photo via ninoskalovett/Instagram
Christ of the Abyss
102601 Overseas Highway, Key Largo | 305-451-6300
The original statue is located in the Mediterranean Sea. But in 1965, a bronze replica was dropped in 25 feet of water approximately six miles east of Key Largo in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and now offers an incredible spot for snorkeling.
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Christ of the Abyss
102601 Overseas Highway, Key Largo | 305-451-6300
The original statue is located in the Mediterranean Sea. But in 1965, a bronze replica was dropped in 25 feet of water approximately six miles east of Key Largo in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and now offers an incredible spot for snorkeling.

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Jules’ Undersea Lodge
51 Shoreland Drive, Key Largo | 305-451-2353
You have to scuba dive to your room, which is located 21 feet underneath the water’s surface. Although it’s more like an old submarine than a posh hotel, it’s definitely a view you won’t find anywhere else.
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Jules’ Undersea Lodge
51 Shoreland Drive, Key Largo | 305-451-2353
You have to scuba dive to your room, which is located 21 feet underneath the water’s surface. Although it’s more like an old submarine than a posh hotel, it’s definitely a view you won’t find anywhere else.

Photo via Jules Undersea Lodge/Facebook
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach | 561-495-0233 
You’re definitely going to want to take your time with Delray Beach’s super detailed homage to Japanese art and culture. Find your inner serenity while walking through the bamboo forest or sip on a steaming cup of green tea in the teahouse. Round out the whole experience at the Cornell Cafe with a dragon sushi roll and Manju ice cream. 
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Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach | 561-495-0233
You’re definitely going to want to take your time with Delray Beach’s super detailed homage to Japanese art and culture. Find your inner serenity while walking through the bamboo forest or sip on a steaming cup of green tea in the teahouse. Round out the whole experience at the Cornell Cafe with a dragon sushi roll and Manju ice cream.

Photo via Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens/Facebook