- Exotic animals in the Everglades. You might not have the time (or the budget) for an African safari, but you can get a one-of-a-kind experience without breaking the bank by visiting the Everglades. Spanning 1.5 million acres, this national park is home to American crocodiles, manatees and Florida panthers, to name a few. Take a weekend to explore this park on foot or embark on a boat tour. Fishing is also allowed in the park, and snapper, redfish and bass are plentiful.
- Island experiences. The Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” may come to mind when you think of the Florida Keys, and the song embodies the laid-back vibe of the islands. Fortunately, though, you don’t have to take a boat to get there. The “overseas highway” (U.S. Highway 1) connects the keys, stretching 127.5 miles from Key Largo to Key West, the southernmost point in the contiguous United States. Don’t miss Seven Mile Bridge, connecting the middle and lower keys, for spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding islands. Key West, which features world-class fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving, is also a must.
- Theme park paradise. The Orlando area alone is home to 16 theme parks — which means you could visit one every weekend for four months. While Disney World is the most popular, Universal Studios is a close second. Legoland is a hit for kids and adults, and don’t miss Sea World and Gatorland for up-close experiences with dolphins, whales and alligators.
- Space case. Florida is home to the Kennedy Space Center, used for every human space flight since late 1969. Check out space rockets, see what a shuttle launch feels like and even have lunch with an astronaut! You can also travel further up what’s known as the Space Coast to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse for a fun day trip.
- Old-world charm. No need to travel to Spain or Italy for a glimpse of 16th century architecture: St. Augustine has buildings more than 400 years old. Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously-occupied European-established settlement in the United States. Visit Castillo de San Marcos (the oldest masonry fort in the U.S.) and Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth to get a taste of what the city once was.
5 Reasons to Take a Hospitalist Job in FloridaSeptember 5th, 2014 3 Min read Blog
Fall is on its way, bringing cool weather and the promise of winter for many parts of the country. If the impending snowfall in your area has you down, escape the cold and head to Florida! Below are five more reasons to take a hospitalist job here: