31 Gorgeous Pictures That Prove Florida Is Paradise

August 30, 2013 4:42 pm 1 comment Views: 596

Ready? Bring your beach reading!

1. Check out this gorgeous, red-hot sunset.

Check out this gorgeous, red-hot sunset.

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2. …and the archway to the ocean at Dry Tortugas National Park.

...and the archway to the ocean at Dry Tortugas National Park.

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3. Here’s a stunning Miami morning.

Here's a stunning Miami morning.

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4. Look at this starfish on Sanibel Island.

Look at this starfish on Sanibel Island.

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5. …and these seagulls on Captiva Island.

...and these seagulls on Captiva Island.

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6. Where else can you see a view like this one of the Everglades during a storm?

Where else can you see a view like this one of the Everglades during a storm?

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7. Or this lovely, hazy sunrise?

Or this lovely, hazy sunrise?

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8. Stately palm trees are everywhere, even in Orlando.

Stately palm trees are everywhere, even in Orlando.

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9. Don’t you want to curl up in this house on Anastasia Island?

Don't you want to curl up in this house on Anastasia Island?

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10. Or in this cozy beach cabana in Southwest Florida?

Or in this cozy beach cabana in Southwest Florida?

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11. You can catch the sunrise over the Atlantic on the east coast…

You can catch the sunrise over the Atlantic on the east coast...

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12. …and the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico on the west coast.

...and the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico on the west coast.

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13. Bask in this sultry Fort Myers Beach sunset.

Bask in this sultry Fort Myers Beach sunset.

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14. Look at these cosmic-esque waves at Ocean Reef Park.

Look at these cosmic-esque waves at Ocean Reef Park.

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15. But nothing is going to top this sunset at the broken bridge in the Keys.

But nothing is going to top this sunset at the broken bridge in the Keys.

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16. Visit the serene beauty of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Visit the serene beauty of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

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17. …and these spooky caverns in Marianna.

...and these spooky caverns in Marianna.

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18. And this only-in-Florida photo of an afternoon storm touching down.

And this only-in-Florida photo of an afternoon storm touching down.

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19. Here’s an aerial view of Star Island, off the Miami shore.

Here's an aerial view of Star Island, off the Miami shore.

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20. And the rainbow-y skyline of Downtown Tampa.

And the rainbow-y skyline of Downtown Tampa.

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21. Scope out the clear water at Wekiwa Springs.

Scope out the clear water at Wekiwa Springs.

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22. Or this lovely bunch of ripening bananas — Florida’s not just about oranges.

Or this lovely bunch of ripening bananas — Florida's not just about oranges.

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23. Anyone who goes to the water will see egrets like this:

Anyone who goes to the water will see egrets like this:

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24. Take a gander at the famous banyan tree at Thomas Edison’s winter home in Fort Myers.

Take a gander at the famous banyan tree at Thomas Edison's winter home in Fort Myers.

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(The largest banyan tree in the U.S.!)

25. But Florida’s not just beaches: Check out the Epping Forest Yacht Club in Jacksonville.

But Florida's not just beaches: Check out the Epping Forest Yacht Club in Jacksonville.

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26. And the Falling Waters State Park in Chipley.

And the Falling Waters State Park in Chipley.

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27. And the Ringling Museum in Sarasota.

And the Ringling Museum in Sarasota.

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28. Is that Africa? No, it’s Payne’s Prairie in Gainesville.

Is that Africa? No, it's Payne's Prairie in Gainesville.

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29. Or head inside, to the picturesque Bauman Center at the University of Florida.

Or head inside, to the picturesque Bauman Center at the University of Florida.

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30. …or the lighthouse at St. Augustine.

...or the lighthouse at St. Augustine.

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31. And of course, our most treasured national landmark.

And of course, our most treasured national landmark.

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