Florida is a state in the United States of America. Florida is also known as the ‘Sunshine State’.

Florida is the most southeastern state in the United States and has a population of around 21.3 million (as of 2018). The area is about 170,000 km². The capital Tallahassee is in the far north near the Georgia border, while the largest city (Miami) is in the southeast. The Florida coast extends from the Gulf of Mexico in the west to the Atlantic Ocean in the east. Due to its southern location and the high number of hours of sunshine, Florida is also called the ‘Sunshine State’ in American usage.

Politically, Florida is a so-called ‘swing state’. It’s a state where Democrats and Republicans are always roughly on par when it comes to the presidential election. Usually the party that wins the election in Florida is victorious. This was evident in the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012, who won the 29 electorates in Florida; Donald Trump was successful here four years later.

The proximity to socialist Cuba caused a large wave of immigration from there to Florida. Many people also migrated to Florida from other states in Central and South America, making Spanish the most widely spoken language in the state alongside English. Traditionally, many wealthy Americans spend the winters in Florida, and many retirees have moved to this state.

Florida State Bird and Flower

Largest Counties in Florida by Area

According to Countryaah, the biggest counties in Florida are listed as below:

Ranking County Area
1 Palm Beach County 5,268 km2
2 Collier County 5,247 km2
3 Miami-Dade County 5,040 km2
4 Polk County 4,856 km2
5 Marion County 4,090 km2
6 Osceola County 3,424 km2
7 Broward County 3,131 km2
8 Hendry County 2,986 km2
9 Levy County 2,896 km2
10 Volusia County 2,865 km2
11 Walton County 2,740 km2
12 Hillsborough County 2,722 km2
13 Taylor County 2,699 km2
14 Highlands County 2,663 km2
15 Brevard County 2,637 km2
16 Santa Rosa County 2,631 km2
17 Monroe County 2,582 km2
18 Lake County 2,468 km2
19 Okaloosa County 2,424 km2
20 Jackson County 2,372 km2
21 Orange County 2,352 km2
22 Alachua County 2,264 km2
23 Liberty County 2,165 km2
24 Lee County 2,082 km2
25 Columbia County 2,064 km2
26 Duval County 2,005 km2
27 Glades County 2,005 km2
28 Okeechobee County 2,005 km2
29 Bay County 1,979 km2
30 Pasco County 1,930 km2
31 Manatee County 1,919 km2
32 Putnam County 1,870 km2
33 Dixie County 1,823 km2
34 Charlotte County 1,797 km2
35 Madison County 1,792 km2
36 Suwannee County 1,782 km2
37 Leon County 1,728 km2
38 Escambia County 1,720 km2
39 Nassau County 1,689 km2
40 DeSoto County 1,650 km2
41 Hardee County 1,650 km2
42 St. Johns County 1,577 km2
43 Wakulla County 1,572 km2
44 Clay County 1,557 km2
45 Jefferson County 1,549 km2
46 Baker County 1,515 km2
47 Citrus County 1,513 km2
48 Washington County 1,502 km2
49 St. Lucie County 1,481 km2
50 Sarasota County 1,481 km2
51 Calhoun County 1,469 km2
52 Gulf County 1,463 km2
53 Martin County 1,440 km2
54 Sumter County 1,414 km2
55 Lafayette County 1,406 km2
56 Franklin County 1,383 km2
57 Gadsden County 1,336 km2
58 Hamilton County 1,334 km2
59 Indian River County 1,303 km2
60 Flagler County 1,256 km2
61 Holmes County 1,248 km2
62 Hernando County 1,238 km2
63 Gilchrist County 904 km2
64 Seminole County 798 km2
65 Bradford County 759 km2
66 Pinellas County 725 km2
67 Union County 622 km2


“Yo so I continued to A1A Beachfront Avenue” once sang Vanilla Ice in his chartbreaker “Ice, Ice Baby” (US No. 1, UK No. 1, D No. 2 – over 1 million singles sold in the USA) in the Year 1990. It refers to a part of the road that leads along the beach of Fort Lauderdale. The “Venice of America” ​​is just 50 kilometers from Miami and can be easily reached by car, train or even by plane. Some people could even go there with their yacht and moor there at the famous Port Everglades. Port Everglades is one of the largest, if not the largest cruise port in the world. The high sea port, which was completed in 1928, emerged from the former lake “Lake Mabel” and is today the contact point for the largest cruise ships in the world, such as “Oasis of the Seas” or “Allure of the Seas”. The port exit is sensational: Breathtaking views and acoustics make a difference and the ships are accompanied by illuminated signs and fanfares.

Las Olas Boulevard invites you to stroll and shop. This leads from the beach through the richer “Isle of Venice” settlement to the center of town. The boulevard runs along a variety of boutiques, restaurants, galleries and nightclubs.

Or would you prefer to go to the beach or in a water taxi? For just US $ 20 you can get a day pass and explore the sights along the waterways. With the ticket you can change the taxi as often as you want and cover a set distance in Fort Lauderdale’s canals. However, the whole thing cannot be completed in one day, the total length of the waterways is an impressive 400 kilometers.

For those who like to go shopping, we can recommend the “Aventura Mall” or the “Sawgrass Mill” shopping mall. The latter will accommodate up to 350 discount stores, making it one of the larger shopping centers in the USA. You might get cheaper at the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop, a large, covered flea market. Almost 10 million visitors come to this affordable place every year.

The money you save there can be invested in a trip to nearby Palm Beach, Miami or Key Biscayne, for example. Maybe even in a 1969 Ford Mustang Convertible (Cabrio) along the coastal road.

Location: 30 km north of Miami in the state of Florida

Population: 165,521

Area: 93.3 km²

Nickname: Ft. Laudy, Venice of America