If you’ve decided to familiarize yourself with Florida a little more, you’re in for an amazing time. The state is small enough to road-trip in a few weeks but diverse enough to keep you hooked. Think hot springs, off-shore fishing and snorkeling, one-of-a-kind national parks, turquoise Caribbean waters, and culture, history, and art unique to no other part of America.
Florida is a beautiful destination for solo female travelers, but the atmosphere varies tremendously from east to west and north to south. Like anywhere, especially if you’re new, there are important tips to keep in mind to make the solo adventure more enjoyable, for instance, safety habits, packing ideas, and sites more suited for solo female visitors.
We cover all the above and more in this article, which was put together by a solo female traveler who sailed the entire eastern coast, lived on the western coast, and explored places in between.
Here’s everything you need to know in order to plan an amazing solo trip to Florida:
Places to Visit
1. Freshwater springs
Florida has the world’s largest concentration of freshwater springs. Isn’t that amazing?! While you’re out in nature, might as well go tent-camping too. There are lots of campsites, including one at Ocala National Forest. Then spend a few days hiking, backpacking, and swimming in the springs at Juniper Springs Recreation Area and Silver Springs State Park. At the latter, there’s a one-way paddle down the historic and pristine Silver River — a shuttle will bring you back to your starting point!
2. St. Augustine
Walk down the cobblestone streets of America’s oldest city and you’ll soon discover why it’s many people’s favorite place. Must-sees include the Castillo de San Marco (the oldest masonry fort in America) and some of Henry Flagler’s buildings, like the Ponce de Leon Hotel and Flagler College.
It’s a very walkable city, so be sure to take a stroll down Aviles Street (the oldest street in the nation) just for fun. There is also no shortage of nice bars and restaurants throughout town. Combined with beautiful beaches, neat museums, and fun excursions, you’ll quickly lose yourself in this historically significant American city.
3. The area near Port Saint Lucie
If you’re looking for small-town vibes, swing through Fort Pierce, Jensen Beach, and Stuart. Fort Pierce has an amazing fishing jetty, Jensen Beach offers a spectacular view from the lighthouse, and Stuart has a quaint…