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7 Interesting Places to Visit in Florida

Guest Post by Rohit Agarwal.

Located at a perennially sunny location between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Florida is the 3rd most populous state in the US. With famous cities like Miami and Jacksonville, Florida is known for its warm and sunny climate and a fully beach influenced lifestyle. The state was one of the first in the history of continental America to be visited by the European settlers, when Spanish conquistadors came during the early 15th century. This is also one of the main reasons for the large Hispanic population in Florida as compared to other states in the US. It is also popular as a tourist destination owing to its history, flashy beaches, warm climate and a variety of iconic American wildlife species. Florida also sports the longest coastline in the United States which stretches to around 1,350 miles. The state was named ‘La Florida’ (The Flowery) by the Spanish when the landed here around Easter season when flowers are in full bloom in Florida. If you are looking for reasons to visit Florida, here are some interesting places that will make up your mind.

1. Castillo de San Marco

Castillo de San Marcos
Castillo de San Marcos – Photo by National Park Service
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Snapshot Saturday 2013 #8 – Key West, Florida

Cement Southernmost Point Buoy in Key West

Cement Southernmost Point Buoy in Key West

This large cement buoy marks the southernmost point in the United States. It is located on the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street. This is actually an old sewer junction that was painted to look like a buoy and placed here in 1983 because the sign that was there kept getting stolen. Good idea since this is way too heavy to swipe. This is a highly visited place in Key West, approximately a million visitors each year get their snapshot next to it. It’s best to come early in the morning so it’s not crowded with people, otherwise plan to wait for your Kodak moment. The landmark isn’t the southernmost part of Florida, or the island, but since those are private properties, this is the closest spot they had to mark. That doesn’t matter, it’s still neat to visit and since Cuba is 90 miles away, you can see the light in the sky from the city.