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Embracing the Florida Lifestyle: Your Easy Guide to Sun, Fun, and Coastal Living

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

Florida Gulf Coast Beach

Welcome to the Sunshine State, where vibrant lifestyles, outdoor adventures, and coastal charm come together to create a unique and enticing Florida experience.

Whether you're a resident or a visitor, this guide will help you immerse yourself in the irresistible Florida lifestyle. We've got you covered from sandy beaches to thrilling theme parks and delicious cuisine to exciting water activities. Join us as we explore the best aspects of living the Florida dream!

A person sitting in lounge chair at beach

Beach Life Essentials for Florida

No Florida lifestyle blog would be complete without mentioning the stunning beaches that line its coasts. From the iconic shores of Miami Beach to the tranquil beauty of Clearwater Beach along the Gulf, Florida offers an array of coastal destinations to suit every taste.

When we travel to the beach we always have shade of some kind. Beach umbrellas, portable cabanas, or beach tents are perfect for providing an escape from the sun. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Shibumi Shade®

2. SUN NINJA Pop Up Beach Tent

When traveling to one of Florida's many beautiful beaches, don't forget your beach towels. Over the years we have gone through so many beach towels either by losing them or wearing them down.

Typically, people will gravitate toward the large, bulky kind of towels which holds a lot of water. However, after using so many beach towels for the beach and boating, we now go for thin, fast-drying towels like this one below:

1. Dock & Bay Beach Towel

Another beach life essential would be sunscreen. We usually carry sunscreen with us all the time because we are exposed to the sun all the time when we're in Florida. We prefer Neutrogena and other high-quality brands for sunscreen.

Kayakers in a Florida spring

Outdoor Adventures

Florida is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with its abundant wildlife, lush national parks, and thrilling water sports. Highlight popular activities such as kayaking through the Everglades, hiking the trails of Ocala National Forest, or snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of the Florida Keys.

When you're on the move exploring Florida parks, you'll want to have a backpack with you to keep all of your belongings in, including snacks! Which is why I typically have a backpack in the first place. Also, stay hydrated by carrying personal hydration. These are some of our favorite items to have on hand when exploring Florida outdoors.

1. Venture Pal 35L Ultralight Lightweight Backpack

2. Yeti Rambler

Florida seafood

Culinary Delights in the Sunshine State

Florida's diverse culinary scene is a testament to the state's cultural richness. From fresh seafood caught along the coastline to international flavors found in vibrant cities like Miami and Orlando, there's something to please every palate.

When you are visiting the Florida Gulf Coast, try local fish and fresh oysters when in season. When you are in big cities like Tampa and Miami, go for delicious Cuban food and historical restaurants that have been around for years. There are reasons why people keep going back year after year.

Disney balloons at the Magic Kingdom

Theme Park Magic

Florida is known worldwide for its thrilling theme parks, such as Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and Busch Gardens. Each park is different and unique. To save you a headache when trying to plan a Florida theme park getaway, reach out to Marvelous Mouse Travels for expert advice, service, and the best prices.

Women sitting in chair in hotel lobby

Fashion and Style

The Florida lifestyle is synonymous with laid-back, tropical fashion. From breezy sundresses to trendy sunglasses, Floridians embrace a casual yet fashionable style. Read this article for resort wear and beach outfit ideas.

Living the Florida lifestyle means immersing yourself in the sunshine, outdoor adventures, delicious cuisine, and unique experiences. Don't forget to check out Florida Family Lifestyle's Instagram page for travel and lifestyle inspiration.

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Hello! I'm Tiffany, a creative travel writer, mother to three awesome kids, and Floridian. We like to visit beautiful Florida resorts and beaches, Florida State Parks, and explore destinations by boat. I like to write about our travel adventures and provide Florida lifestyle tips to other families traveling or living in the Sunshine State.


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