With award-winning beaches, an emerging Gulf-to-table food scene and world-class arts and culture, Florida is the ultimate escape for all occasions.
Tallahassee, FL – Whether in search of much needed rest and relaxation, catching up with old friends or reconnecting with long-distance family members, group getaways are an exciting and fun way to bring everyone together. Florida is known for being home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the world, having more than 1327 kilometers of pristine beaches for travellers to choose from, in addition to countless adventure activities and historic charm, leaving visitors from near and far feeling refreshed and recouped after their stay. With easily accessible and convenient flight options from most major Canadian cities, the Sunshine State makes for the perfect long-weekend escape for the entire group.
For travellers truly looking for tranquility during their group getaway, head straight to St. Pete/Clearwater. Known for almost 365 days of sunshine, this destination is great for fun in the sun. Families of all sizes will be delighted by Clearwater Marine Aquarium where kids can interact with the dolphins staring in the film “Dolphin Tale,” as well as other marine life that can be found in the touch tanks. For culture immersion, the famous Dali Museum is open for perusing during the day while at night, visitors can indulge in decadent dining at FarmTable Cucina by Michelin-Starred chef Michael Mina. The Don CeSar, situated along the sugary Gulf of Mexico in the heart of St. Pete, offers guests a “Girlfriend Getaways” package allowing four girlfriends to experience luxury and pampering in an elegant and tranquil setting, including an invigorating spa treatment, plush accommodations and valet parking.
With a multitude of large sprawling estates, Gainesville is an ideal city for group travellers and family reunions. Vacationers can treat themselves to an unforgettable trip to the Historic District of Downtown Gainesville, which is home to four historic and beautifully restored bed and breakfast inns.The Magnolia Plantation is an 1855 Victorian Painted Lady and also the longest operating inn nestled within the destination, which boasts a series of nine cottages on-site, providing plenty of room for guests. Laurel Oak Inn serves up southern hospitality with a touch of east coast flair, offering guests six cozy bed chambers with each room having either a gas fireplace or stove, private bathroom and separate sitting room. Gather the group for an evening of wine on the welcoming front porch or delight in a full-service breakfast together in the mornings. Both Camilla Rose Inn and The Sweetwater Branch Inn are conveniently located near downtown in the heart of the historic district so guests can enjoy the nature, food scene and local craft breweries Gainesville has to offer.
With unique resorts and one-of-a-kind programs, The Florida Keys and Key West are perfect for an adventurous group getaway. Two Waldorf Astoria Resorts sit directly on the Atlantic Ocean nestled in Key West: Casa Marina Key West and The Reach Key West. Casa Marina boasts 311 guestrooms and suites along with 11,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, along with a private beach for guest use. The Reach is home to Key West’s only natural beach and is complete with 150 unparalleled rooms and suites. When booking a group getaway at a Waldorf Astoria Resort, guests will be assigned a group attendant who will oversee itineraries, meals and group excursions to make sure everyone’s needs are met.
In Indian River County, there is no need to choose between luxe resort, oceanside retreat or cottage style. Costa d’Este is the quintessential spot for an upscale beachfront experience, while nearby Driftwood Hotel is made of its namesake. There are also endless hotel chains in the area to satisfy every budget. Whether travellers are looking for a gal-pal vacation or guy’s getaway, there are boundless options available in this destination. Indian River County sets the bar high with upscale nightlife, fantastic fishing, baseball galore and brews. Tour Holman Stadium, the former WWII Naval Air Station, which up until 2008 was the home to Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodger Spring Training. Cast out at Stick Marsh Reserve to reel in Florida’s most beautiful bass before heading to Pareidolia Brewing, a three barrel brewhouse that specializes in ales. For those looking to unwind, Indian River County offers a generous selection of day spas, such as White Orchid Spa, Sur La Mer and Salt Vero. Retail therapy can be found abound on Ocean Drive in Vero Beach, featuring a plethora of luxe boutiques, jewelry stores and art galleries, as well as upscale consignment shops.
Regardless of the occasion, the Sunshine State offers visitors one-of-a-kind access to activities that are fun for everyone. To plan your next group getaway and trip to Florida, visit www.VISITFLORIDA.com.
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About VISIT FLORIDA:
As the Sunshine State’s No. 1 industry, tourism was responsible for welcoming 126.1 million visitors in 2018. Based on the latest economic impact study, in 2016, Florida visitors spent $112 billion, supporting 1.4 million Florida jobs. According to the Office of Economic and Demographic Research, for every $1 the state invests in VISIT FLORIDA – the official tourism marketing corporation for the State of Florida - $2.15 in tax revenue is generated. VISIT FLORIDA promotes tourism to Florida through sales, advertising, promotions, public relations and visitor services programs.