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Florida Cities Make List of Top Vacation Spots

It’ll probably come as no surprise to Sunshine State residents and South Florida locals that 3 Florida cities have made the list of the top 5 most desired vacation spots in the world, beating out cities like Las Vegas, Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

According to Trip Advisor, a new report showing where Americans plan on traveling in 2021, Orlando (number 3), Key West (number 4), and Miami Beach (number 5) all made the top 5 list, among Cancun, Mexico, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In Orlando, surprisingly, Disney World wasn’t the most sought-after experience. The SEA LIFE Orlando aquarium made its mark as the most booked experience, and the La Luce, an Italian restaurant, is Orlando’s highest-rated restaurant.

In Key West, the Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D’oeuvres, which offers a catamaran sailing cruise at sunset, was the most booked experience. Its highest-rated restaurant was the Seaside Cafe at the Mansion, a Pizza cafe and bar located next to the water.

Miami Beach’s most booked experience was the City Half-day Tour of Miami by Bus with Sightseeing Cruise, giving tourists the highlights of Miami by bus. Il Pastaiolo, an Italian restaurant focusing on Neapolitan cuisine, made the list as Miami Beach’s top-rated dining option.

Tourism seems to be making a comeback to South Florida. If South Florida is on your list of places to go, check out our South Florida vacation rentals. There are many things to do and see in Miami, including our Miami vacation rentals, fine restaurant and bars, and parks, with culture and history-rich city sights.

4 Things to do Before You Head to the Beach

The beach is essential for any South Florida vacation. It’s perfect for relaxing solo, or building sandcastles and playing in the water with kids. You should know and prepare for a few things before heading out to a day of sun.

Bring reusable plastic bags. You don’t need to dish out money for a protective mobile case from a souvenir shop. Place your phone, keys, and wallets in reusable sandwich bags to keep moisture and sand away! Use larger gallon-sized bags for wet swimsuits when leaving the beach and to house leaky sunscreen bottles.

Pack several swimsuits and a change of clothes. If you’ll be leaving the beach and heading out somewhere else before going back to your South Florida vacation rental this will keep you comfortable and from walking around in a wet bathing suit all day or night. Before leaving your Florida Keys vacation rentals, consider what activities lay ahead for the day and pack accordingly.

Stock up snacks ahead of time. Even if you are just relaxing, hanging out in the sun all day can zap a lot of your energy, making you extra hungry. Packing snacks will keep you from cutting your beach day short and feeling uncomfortable. Pack fruit and other healthy snacks since junk food can make you feel more tired and won’t keep you full for long.

If you are driving your own vehicle, get a folding shade to protect the interior from the sun. This way, when you’re ready to head home, you’ll come back to a much cooler vehicle and spend less time waiting for the A/C to kick on.

The Best Sunscreens for Your South Florida Vacation

Sunscreen is always a good idea – whether you’re hitting the pool or going for an afternoon walk in the middle of October. Applying sunscreen is especially important at the beach since the sand and water reflect the sun’s rays, and intensifies them, increasing your risk of sunburn (and nothing ruins a beach vacation faster than a bad sunburn!) Even on a cloudy day, the ultraviolet rays from the sun are still present, putting you at risk for sunburn.

UVA and UVB rays are present, and both are responsible for skin damage. UVA rays can break through glass and skin, and often you won’t feel yourself getting a sunburn. This type of radiation damages the skin cell DNA and its tissue. UVB ray’s reach is shorter and can’t get through glass, but it’s responsible for sunburns and can still damage DNA.

There are many sunscreen options out there, but there are a few that are especially great for beachgoers. Broadspectrum sunscreen protects you from both UVA and UVB radiation. Look for bottles labeled as broad-spectrum, UVA/UVB protection, or full-spectrum.

It’s advised that you use an SPF of at least 30, as per the American Academy of Dermatology recommendation. SPF is the measure of how well the sunscreen protects against UVB rays (sunburns). SPF 30 will protect you up to 97%, while an SPF of 100 will protect you 99%.

Waterproof sunscreen at the beach is a must! When you are constantly going in and out of the water, it can break down the sunscreen, causing it to wear off faster. You can find waterproof sunscreen in either 40 minutes or 80 minutes increments, which means it will stay on for that length of time while in the water.

Always remember to pack your sunscreen when going to the beach, and apply it every two hours.

If you’re in need of South Florida vacation rentals or a Florida Keys Vacation Rental visit us online to book your stay with us.

What Makes the Florida Keys Perfect for Vacation

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The Florida Keys, or known to Miami locals as “The Keys,” are tropical islands off the coast of Florida that stretch out for 120 miles, making up the southernmost part of the United States (well, aside from Hawaii, of course!) The Keys have over 1,700 islands with few populated and only 43 connected to mainland Florida by a bridge.

The Keys have great activities for any beachgoer, including fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, sailing, kayaking, eco-tours. Popular destinations that are a must-see are the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Bahia Honda State Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, the Dolphin Research Center, and the National Key Deer Refuge. Not to mention the beautiful white sand beaches that make for the best relaxation or a day of building sandcastles with the kids.

Key Largo is another must-see. It’s the self-proclaimed Dive Capital of the world – you can dive, snorkel, and go on a glass-bottom boat trip all in one place – and it’s only a short trip away from the Everglades National Park.

It’s not just outdoor activities that Key Largo is known for. Did you know that it’s also home to a number of art galleries, a film festival, and two literary museums? Yes, Key Largo has some of the best art you can find in Florida. Enjoy the Key West Film Festival, Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, The Tennessee Williams Museum, and the Hemingway Home and Museum.

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Tips for the Best Miami Vacation

It’s no surprise that Miami continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. With its beautiful beaches, year-round warm weather, an impressive arts district, and delicious food, it’s the makings of a dream vacation. Before you plan your next vacation to Miami consider these tips.

Brush up on your Spanish! Miami has a large Spanish-speaking community, so chances are you will be spoken to in Spanish. If you don’t know the language – don’t worry. There are many great apps out there, like Duolingo, that can help you pick up key phrases fast!

Miami has its own rail system, Metrorail, but it stops running at midnight. Uber, on the other hand, runs the entire night! You can be sure you will get from point A to point B safely after a night on the town.

While Miami Beach is the most famous attraction in Miami, it isn’t the only one. Virginia key beach is just as beautiful and has less of a crowd. Crandon Park, located on Key Biscayne, is full of family-friendly fun and loads of water sports.

Miami is one of the best vacation spots in the country. Book your next vacation here for a trip full of new experiences and tons of fun!


This update is by SoFLA Vacations. We are a South Florida vacation rentals company, and we have lived the unique South Florida experience our entire lives. Our commitment is to make your vacation or business trip to Greater Miami or the Florida Keys special, affordable, and unforgettable. In addition to vacation rentals, we also offer property management, sales, and marketing services to vacation rental property owners. For more information on South Florida vacation rental properties including Downtown Miami vacation rentals, please call 786-347-3180.

Florida’s Elevated Tourism Experiences

People are gradually looking forward to the day that they will fly again after being trapped at home for more than a year. They try to make the most of their holidays by including exceptional adventures that are often part of people’s bucket lists. Maybe that means going to the pool or swimming with sea dwellers. Or paddling seas that shimmer spontaneously at night due to the existence of such microorganisms.

Florida had a decade of record-breaking tourism previous to the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 100 million visitors per year from 2015 to 2019, and not all of them were seeking theme park thrills. Because of Florida’s natural setting and tourism-rich climate, it is home to a diverse range of destinations where tourists can partake in one-of-a-kind activities. Florida is turning into a hotbed for a new travel movement regarded as “experiential tourism,” which encourages tourists to check out exclusive and/or adventurous opportunities for a more enjoyable Sunshine State holiday. With so many South Florida vacation rentals available, options are virtually boundless.

The omnipresence of social media and how people utilize it to share their exciting travel experiences has changed the way travel and tourism businesses advertise themselves and what they have to sell. Tourists use photo-sharing applications like Instagram to catch unforgettable memories from their journeys. Travel is becoming not so much the journey and more about the journey’s narrative.

Beaches, diving, and kayaking account for a large portion of Florida’s tourism. All of these items are adventures in and of themselves, but they’re still very photogenic and shareable on social media. Kayak tours, though, are not for everyone.

Others, on the other hand, enjoy louder adventures with a greater degree of thrill. Traveling through wetlands and swamps may entail a trip on an airboat, which are fast and noisy vessels that transport passengers through natural Florida environments with few signs of growth.