Florida's Grown-up Escapes

Do you dream of blissful beaches of white sand and lazy days spent stand-up paddle boarding in the surf? Perhaps you'd rather be sipping sundowners at a celebrity beach spot or shopping ' til you drop? Whether you want to tee off on a glamorous golf course or spot turtles on a snorkelling adventure, you can do it all in Florida.

It begins with the dazzling coastline, all 825 miles of it. You can take your pick from the beach towns, oh-so-cool cities and stretches of powdery sands. Simply pop into your local Virgin Holidays store, enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly, and have a chat with an expert about planning your dream trip.

On the Atlantic coast, Daytona Beach combines white sands with a packed events calendar, from NASCAR racing to free beachfront concerts and fireworks every weekend in summer. Combine it with Orlando - where grown-ups can enjoy thrilling rides, luxury hotels and dazzling evening entertainment - or historic St Augustine, known as the Nation's Oldest City and a place of four century-old architecture and beautiful wild beaches.

On the other side of Florida, St. Pete is set on a peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Mexico and has everything from beautiful beaches to amazing street art. You can visit the Salvador Dali museum, follow the craft beer trail or simply enjoy world-class fine dining.

Just 20 miles north, Clearwater Beach has been voted the best beach in America for two years in a row, has a buzzing nightlife and is a great jumping-off point for exploring the nature trails of Honeymoon Island State Park.

Further south, Sarasota has its own, understated holiday vibe going on. The great and the good have long wintered in this artsy city, but somehow it still seems to fly under the radar.

Sun worshippers will love the glorious long, sandy beaches on the barrier islands of Siesta Key and Lido Key, while the upmarket shopping options mean you could come back with a whole new wardrobe.

For more island adventures, the Florida Keys stretch from Key Largo to Key West, connected by the 42 bridges of the Overseas Highway. They are perfect for a road trip as well as coral-reef diving, deep-sea fishing adventures and Ernest Hemingway-inspired sundowners. Soak up the laid-back Caribbean and stay in charming hotels along the way.

Don't miss Florida's Paradise Coast, made up of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades - it is the perfect spot to combine nature and relaxation. There is even an exclusive-to-Virgin Holidays experience to explore the best of the Everglades, the lush expanse of prairie, swamp, wetlands and lakes that makes up 1.5 million acres of tropical wilderness populated with turtles and herons, alligators and crocodiles.

Golfers have 90 courses to choose from in and around the beach city of Naples, with its sand-dune-backed beaches and elegant mansions, while Marco Islands is the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands scattered off the Gulf coast, where you will mainly spend your time relaxing on pristine beaches, eating fresh seafood and enjoying spectacular sunsets.

However, you want to experience Florida, Virgin Holidays can take care of everything from hotels and car hire to attraction tickets, so all you have to do is enjoy the Sunshine State.

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