Hi @mufflerlove: Florida is a great place to vacation !! More so if it is a Honeymoon.
BUT is a HUGE State… one of the largest. The distance from Jacksonville to Key West is aprox 535 Miles (862 Kms) and takes a minimum of 8-3/4 Hours of Driving Time to go from one end to the other.
And also as such the weather can be quite different from North to South.
And altho they are known as the “Sunshine State” the weather in the winter months can be unpredictable … particularly so in December and January (the latter typically being the coldest month of the year)
January Ave Temp (for the whole state) is Low to Mid 60s F and the High would be around 70 F
Snow is rare (but not unheard of either in the North)… and frost is common enough for the rest of the state (except for The Keys)
Mr TTR and I LOVE Florida… and travel there at least once a year (usually in December or January)… and for us Northerners the weather is most certainly a reprieve from what we get here at home
The fact is, it is unpredictable… and you just sort of go with whatever happens.
Because of the unknown, we try to keep our vacation time below Tampa… but preferably as far south as Fort Lauderdale or below.
Literally the temps can vary in this state in the Winter months by 20 or more degrees F.
When we were there early this January… in one day alone we watched the temps change drastically north to south. In the morning it was in the low 50s when we left Pensacola, and warmed up as we drove south… around 70 degrees in Tampa, and 75 by the time we made Fort Myers at night. Next morning on the road across Alligator Alley we rolled into the 80s, and by late afternoon in Key West were looking at 85 F (meanwhile back in Pensacola that same day it was around 60 F)
As for what to see and do… Well Florida is HUGE… so a lot will depend on how much time you have and what your interests are…
History – Geogrpahy – Sandy Beaches – Shelling – Sports & Entertainment – Culture – Amusement Parks – Wildlife in the Everglades – Shopping – Deep Sea Fishing – Snorkelling & Scuba… honestly there is tons to see and do… the choice is yours !!
Florida of course has a unique culture as well… having been influenced over the years by its Spanish History (St Augustine) thru to its proximity to Cuba (Key West)
Mr TTR and enjoy the fact that Florida is soooo vast and diverse, as it gives us something new to see and do each year when we visit
For more ideas / inspiration you might want to check out these following websites…
Wikipedia – Florida = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida
GOOGLE MAP – Florida = http://goo.gl/maps/YNSy4
Florida Tourism = http://www.visitflorida.com
TripAdvisor – Florida = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g28930-Florida-Vacations.html
I especially like TripAdvisor… lots of great info to be found on there. I won’t plan a vacation any more without consulting them first. They have their Travel Guide (page I linked to)… as well as Reviews on Accommodations – Restauarants – and Attractions. BUT one of their greatest features are their Forums (like our Boards here on WBee)… where you can post Questions and get help planning your Vacation from Destination Experts & Locals who know an area best.
Hope this helps,
PS… If you have more Questions… just ask, I’d be happy to help.