Distinctive Destinations: Fun Things to Do During the Wintertime
Plan a Memorable Winter Vacation in Florida
As the brisk winter season begins, thoughts often drift to warm, sunny destinations. What better place to spend your winter getaway than at a beach in the Florida sunshine. The Sunshine State offers many activities that cater to all tastes and preferences, with a variety of family-friendly local events and attractions. Take a trip down the Atlantic or Gulf Coast and venture to breathtaking beaches in Cape Coral, Daytona, Siesta Key, St. Augustine, and Palm Coast. From the mesmerizing light displays to NASCAR races and cultural festivals, Florida is gleaming with opportunities for an unforgettable winter vacation at the beach.
St. Augustine's Night of Lights Festival
The winter festivities kick off with the renowned Night of Lights in downtown St. Augustine. This event captivates visitors with millions of twinkling lights covering the city. The Night of Lights Festival has been recognized by National Geographics amongst the world's top ten holiday light displays, this enchanting spectacle runs throughout December till January 31st. Shuttle on selected days to ensure easy access to this dazzling display in the Nation's Oldest City. Enjoy your time in the charming city of St. Augustine. Experience its rich history and amazing Spanish colonial architecture. Explore the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, stroll along St. George Street lined with shops and eateries, or visit the Lightner Museum.
Cape Coral Art Festival & Market Place
Art enthusiasts and those who admire culture will enjoy visiting the Cape Coral Art Festival & Market Place, an event showcasing the talents of over 300 artists and craftsmen from across the globe. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral, this festival attracts over 140,000 attendees and was voted as the Best Outdoor Event by Gulfshore Life Magazine. Set to take place January 13th – 14th, this vibrant festival promises diverse artwork, live entertainment, and delicious local cuisines. Cape Coral Art Festival & Market Place is a great opportunity to discover beautiful art while supporting the local community.
Fishing Excursions in Cape Coral
Cape Coral is the place to be if you’re looking to cast a reel. Fish species in the area include snook, redfish, and catfish. Species caught on inshore fishing charters include tripletail, jack crevalle, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, snapper, and grouper. Charter a boat and set off into the Gulf of Mexico or Caloosahatchee River for a day of angling excitement. Whether you're aiming for snook, tarpon, or redfish, Cape Coral offers a diverse range of fishing opportunities for both beginners and seasoned anglers alike. Among the top fishing spots in Cape Coral is Islamorada where you may encounter barracuda, kingfish, blackfin tuna, and much more. Marked as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World, this spot has become one of the most famous fishing destinations for renowned fishermen. Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, and surrounding beaches also have numerous fishing spots.
Drivers… START YOUR ENGINES! NASCAR fans, head on over to the iconic Daytona 500, an exhilarating 500-mile endurance race that marks the beginning of the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season. Scheduled for February 18th, 2024, this iconic race promises an unforgettable experience filled with energy, fast cars, and excitement.
Nature Hikes and Wildlife Spotting in Ormond Beach
Escape into nature's embrace at Ormond Beach. Take a hike and explore the scenic trails at Tomoka State Park or Bulow Creek State Park. Embrace the beauty of untouched Florida wilderness while spotting native wildlife like manatees, ospreys, and dolphins. You'll feel at peace listening to the sounds of nature and breathtaking views.
Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair
Or take the family over to North Fort Myers on February 29th for the start of the Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair. From thrilling rides to agricultural exhibits and mouthwatering eats, get ready for a classic fair experience inviting families and thrill-seekers alike to partake in the festivities which continue till March 10th.
Bike Week in Daytona
March 1st will commence the 83rd annual Daytona Bike Week. Celebrate with thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts as we gather for a week-long celebration. With festivals, bike shows, and the thrilling Daytona 200 motorcycle race.
Whether it’s the dazzling holiday light displays, cultural festivals, exhilarating races, or world-class golf tournaments – with an array of events, there are plenty of wonderful opportunities to make your winter vacation truly unforgettable. Embrace the warmth, southern hospitality, and soft sands of the Sunshine State. Choose from some of our stunning homes and condos and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.