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If you’re thinking about Florida as you choose your student home, you’ve come to the best place to study abroad. Get ready for plenty of sun, sand between your toes, and screaming your lungs out on rollercoasters!. Florida is made up of 283 cities with Tallahassee being its capital and each city with its own unique charm attracting people from around the world. 90 million visitors go to the city each year, making it one of the top travel destination in the world. Where did Florida’s name come from? It’s the Spanish word for ‘Flower’ and was named during its discovery by the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León. It is now known as the Sunshine State for its sunny weather dominating the whole year.
Florida’s identity is shaped by its location since it’s a peninsula surrounded by water, giving the state’s its reputation of having the best beaches in the nation. The peninsula separates the Atlantic Ocean from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and it points towards Cuba and the Caribbean sea. There are around 1700 tiny islands called The Florida Keys, and they are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Florida.
To live to its nickname as The Sunshine State, the summers in Florida are long, warm and humid. However, ironically enough, it’s also known for its heavy rain and re-occurring lightning that earned it the name of ‘the lightning capital of the USA’. So along with those light tops, shorts and sandals, make sure you also pack an umbrella and rain boots and be careful not to get struck by lightning!
One thing is for sure when you’re in Florida; whichever area you are in, you’ll always be within a short distance from the ocean. Each region’s beaches have their own character, so you’ll never get bored. The Keys have a Caribbean atmosphere while South Florida gives you a Latin taste. The Space Coast’s packed sand is perfect for biking, and The Gulf Coast beaches are guaranteed to provide you with the best panoramic views of the sunset. Some of the beaches you can’t miss are South Beach, Clearwater Beach, Palm Beach, and Miami Beach.
There’s no denying that Florida’s beaches are incomparable, but the state has so much more to offer, whether it’s culture, history, shopping, or its famous theme parks. The city of Sarasota is a cultural hub full of art and theatre with Sarasota Opera and Ringling Museum of Art featuring the Cà d’Zan mansion; a circus museum possessing the only 18th-century Italian theatre in the US. Gainesville city is home to the Florida Museum of Natural History and The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens where you can better know the state’s history. Make sure to visit the stunning Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg with its unique building’s design and enjoy the art pieces from Dali’s career.
Florida is the place to be if you’re looking to let off some steam by screaming on rollercoasters, splashing in water parks, or diving into the world of your favourite show or movie. It has something for everyone; feeling nostalgic about being a kid singing along to Disney musicals? Head over to Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the ultimate Disney experience. Are you a Harry Potter fanatic? Then Universal’s Islands of Adventure is where you’ll feel like you’re at Hogwarts! Get a robe and wand and stroll through Hogsmeade village or ride the Hogwarts Express! What if you want to cool off on a hot summer day? Look no further than Universal’s Volcano Bay offering guaranteed thrills in the most exhilarating water slides!
Florida boasts a range of universities that are among the top universities in the US. Ranking at number 1 in the state is the University of Florida with the best athletics programs and the best agricultural sciences colleges in the country. The University of Miami is one of the most beautifully structured universities in the state and has the best colleges for Kinesiology, Physical Therapy and Criminal Justice. Jacksonville University ranks high as the most diverse university in the nation and has the best colleges for nursing. Other top universities in Florida are Florida State University and Florida A&M University. You’ll surely find the perfect university to fit your academic needs and the best campus life with the friendly students of Florida.
Getting around in the state of Florida varies depending on the city you are in. However, most major cities offer bike-sharing programs and bicycle-friendly roads. A popular way is using the bus service offering routes to almost all parts of each city. You can move between cities using the Greyhound bus service or the Amtrak train. Miami is the only city with a metro system.
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