About Florida

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Whether you’re looking for a Spring Break escape, an adventure in Florida’s famous Everglades, or a chance to be a kid again in Orlando’s amusement parks, the ‘Sunshine State’ has something for everyone. Florida’s rich history draws from its mix of cultural influences: Native American, European, African, and Hispanic cultures have been part of Florida since before the formation of the United States. Nowhere offers a better taste of this exciting mix of cultures than Miami Beach.

HI Miami Beach is a perfect base to explore the state, located just two blocks from the ocean, and in the middle from Miami Beach’s trendy neighborhoods. Check out the Art Deco district along Ocean Drive for beachfront people watching, shopping, sidewalk cafes and nightclubs. Miami Beach boasts some of the warmest winter weather in the United States, and attracts millions of travelers every year from November to April.

Up the coast, visit Kennedy Space Center to learn about Florida’s most famous departures: America’s Apollo Moon landing missions and space shuttle launches.

Orlando is home to world class theme parks including Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Legoland Florida, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

Take in some of Florida’s colonial history at St. Augustine, the oldest European settlement in North America. Tour the old fortress Castillo de San Marcos, complete with 17th century drawbridge and gun decks. Enjoy dinner in the nearby Spanish Quarter neighborhood.

Start your engines: Daytona International Speedway Hosts the Daytona 500 in February, a must-see event for fans of auto racing.

Located on Florida’s west coast, St. Petersburg was ranked top mid-size city in 2011 by American Style magazine for its “vibrant” arts scene. head to St. Pete’s beach to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico. St. Petersburg also holds a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive days of sunshine (768 days).

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Hostels in Florida

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HI Miami Beach Hostel

Year-round sunshine, white sandy beaches, and an unparalleled social scene draw visitors from around the world to Miami Beach, Florida. Right in the center of it all along Collins Avenue, you’ll find HI Miami Beach, a boutique hostel that connects you to the many different sides of this alluring destination and is a haven for travelers from all over the world. HI Miami Beach...