The Sunshine State, more commonly known as Florida is an instagramable paradise. With so many beautiful destinations and a variety of outstanding landscapes it was impossible to compile a list of ALL of the best instagramable places, so instead we picked a few of our favourites….
- Dry Tortugas National Park
Dry Tortugas is only accessible by boat or seaplane which makes it relatively secluded for a US National Park. The park itself mostly consists of open water with seven small islands dotted throughout the waters. It lies almost 70 miles west of the beautiful Key West. Budding photographers will have a field day at Dry Tortugas with not just one special shot to be had; Fort Jefferson, crystal clear blue waters, magnificent coral reefs and marine life are a must see as well as a variety of bird life that frequent the area.
- Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
Fort Zachery Taylor State Park offers so much more than just outstanding natural beauty- it is a National Historic Landmark. The fort was built in the mid-1800s to defend the nation’s south-eastern coastline. History buffs can join one of the daily guided tours of the fort where there are photo opportunities a plenty. Here at H&L we suggest taking the time to explore one of Key West’s favourite beaches, located at the southern end of the park. The beach provides opportunities for picnicking, swimming, fishing and snorkelling and you can be sure that instagram-worthy photo ops are around every corner.
- Ichetucknee Springs State Park
A trip to Florida wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Ichetucknee Springs State Park- much much better than Disney, and so much more photogenic! Fort White is a town in Columbia County, and the closest town to Ichetucknee Springs. The crystal clear Ichetucknee River flows six miles through hammocks and wetlands before it joins the Santa Fe River. From the end of May until early September, tubing down the river is the number 1 activity in the area. After hours of tubing fun why not snorkel, canoe, swim, hike, picnic or even go wildlife viewing. White-tailed deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, wood ducks and great blue herons can be seen from the river.
- Marco Island
The largest of Florida’s islands, Marco Island is an Instagram worthy spot. Located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, the weather is spectacular and the sugar-like sandy stretch of beach is the perfect spot to snap a Florida sunset. Here at Hero & Leander we were lucky enough to spend the night in one of the resort hotels lining the beach and were taken aback by the natural beauty- not only that we couldn’t believe how many shells were on the beach! Shells, sunshine and frolicking dolphins are just a few of the spectacles you could see on Marco Island.
- Sanibel Island
Situated along the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island is a Florida gem. Famed for its spectacular sunsets and luxury resorts, the island is a couple’s paradise. Photos of sunsets are a given on Sanibel Island but something a little more unusual to photograph are the shells. Shelling, as it is known is a recreational activity that must be tried and trust us when we say that shells are pretty photogenic!
- South Beach, Miami
We could spend all day telling you just how fabulous Miami is and about how many spectacular locations there are to photograph, but we won’t. Instead we will tell you that one must have shot is of South Beach (or several shots). The South Beach neighbourhood of Miami is the American Riviera, or an Art Deco paradise depending on who you ask. The fine white sands, azure blue waters and the colourful buildings are just some of the many attractions worth snapping. This quirky place is bustling with beautiful locals, restaurants, luxury hotels and has a glittering nightlife to rival the very best.
- Sunset at Naples Pier
Laid back beach life embodies the whole of Naples Pier. Located on the Gulf of Mexico the Naples Pier is a must see location for sightseers with cameras at the ready. Fishing is one of the most common recreational activities from the pier as it does not require a licence and can be a fun relaxing daytime activity for all. But enough about fishing- the sunsets are among the best in Florida, if not in the entire USA and the vantage point from Naples Pier make it the ultimate Instagram worthy shot.
- The Everglades National Park
One of America’s most famous National Parks, the Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. It goes without saying that the Everglades provides important habitat for a variety of rare and endangered species including the manatee, the elusive Florida panther and of course, the American crocodile. Photography opportunities present themselves in abundance. We recommend taking an airboat tour to get the best chances to spot the wildlife and to see the best of this special National Park.
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