Seafront with lifeguard hut in Fort Lauderdale Florida, USA
Seafront with lifeguard hut in Fort Lauderdale Florida, USA

A Sunshine State of Mind


Cruises from Florida unlock endless adventures from the Panhandle to the Keys.

Dubbed the cruise capital of the world, Florida is also a top-ranked vacation destination in its own right. Hugged by the calm, blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico on its western coast and the cool, sapphire-blue waters of the Atlantic on its eastern coast, it's a true beach lover's paradise. Thanks to the Sunshine State's location, cruises from Florida provide some of the best and most preferred ports to eastern, western and southern Caribbean isles.

With there being so many things to do in Florida it's worth dedicating a few days before or after your cruise vacation to discover its sleepy beach towns, vibrant multicultural cities, and abundance of natural beauty. A Florida vacation getaway offers something for everyone!


Things to do in the Sunshine State

Whether you prefer to spend your days lounging on secluded beaches, teeing up on award-winning golf courses, kayaking through lush mangroves teeming with wildlife or salsa-stepping from dusk until dawn, cruises from Florida are the perfect opportunity to experience the best things the Sunshine State has to offer.

Enjoy Bolder Beach Days

Florida has beautiful beaches along three coasts. Relish the electric atmosphere of South Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach, or enjoy the secluded shores of Cape San Blas.

Practice Your Putting in Paradise

Florida is home to more than 1,250 golf courses — more than any other U.S. state. Play a round of golf at the Tiburón Golf Club and the scenic Black Diamond Ranch.

Explore the Ethereal Everglades National Park

The Everglades is one of the Sunshine State's most iconic natural wonders — and exploring this National Park on an airboat safari or kayaking adventure is one of the best things to do in Florida.

Great Cruises Near Me From Florida

With four major ports, sailing out of Florida offers so many exciting options to explore on a day trip before or after your cruise. Find cruising near you from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando (Port Canaveral) or Tampa and you'll find plenty of things to do to soak up the sun and culture in the Florida region.

See More of Mesmerizing Miami

Immerse in local history at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami during the day followed by the energetic nightlife when planning a short getaway before your vacation.


Unforgettable Fort Lauderdale Day Trips

Plan a day trip in Fort Lauderdale to enjoy the relaxing Las Olas Beach boardwalk followed by a tour of the Historic Stranahan House Museum


Family Fun in Orlando

Cruise out of Orlando, and you’ll be a short drive from a wide variety of thrill-filled family amusement parks as well as the ever fascinating Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center.


Experience Tampa's Natural Landscapes

Before or after your cruise from Tampa, explore the sprawling national reserves and watch the sunset over Florida's prettiest, least-crowded shorelines along the tranquil Gulf Coast, like Indian Rocks Beach.


Magnificent Aerial View of Belize Coral Reefs
Magnificent Aerial View of Belize Coral Reefs

Week Long Wanders and
Short Getaway Stays

Whether you only have a few days for a sun-soaked escape or are planning a longer cruise getaway from Florida, you'll find plenty of ways to fill every moment of your vacation with new discoveries.

Extended Florida Escapes

While you can certainly fit plenty of adventure into a short cruise from Florida, more time means more thrills — and more islands to explore. Set sail from Tampa, Orlando, Miami or Fort Lauderdale for a week long travel vacation that hits some of the best ports in the Caribbean.

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Great Short Cruise Getaways

Only have a few days to spare on an unforgettable cruise getaway? No problem — choose from a wide range of two-, three- and four-night itineraries cruising from Florida to the Caribbean onboard several fleet-favorite cruise ships.

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An insider's Guide to Florida Day Trips

Fall, winter and spring are hands-down the best seasons to visit Florida and the nearby Caribbean islands weather-wise. During these cooler months, temperatures hover in the 80s while the sun is out and dip into the 70s at night. If you can handle the heat, though, June through August are considered off-season in Florida and the Caribbean and see far fewer tourists than the rest of the year. When packing for your Florida cruise or vacation, make sure you don't forget sunscreen, polarized sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. No matter what season you choose to visit, you can typically expect bright and sunny conditions when you vacation in Florida. Plus, all of the top things to do in Florida take place outdoors, so you'll be catching plenty of rays. 

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Pack plenty of sunscreen for your cruise from Florida. It's called the Sunshine State for a reason!


If you're planning to spend a few days exploring Florida, consider renting a car. Driving is the easiest way to get around the state.


You'll be able to use much of your Caribbean cruise wardrobe while you're vacationing in Florida — sandals, bathing suits, cover-ups and breezy linen.

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Experience Local Florida Favorites

Florida is a melting pot of peoples as well as cultures — and the food scene here certainly reflects that. To the south, you'll find lots of Caribbean and Latin American influence in every bite. Venture north, to taste the flavors of the state’s local vegetable farms and fresh fishing markets.

Dine on Delectable Conch Fritters

The local favored crispy, golden-fried conch fritters are a harmony of Caribbean and Southern cooking influences. You'll find them at seafood restaurants from South Florida all the way up the coast.

Tuck into Some Gator Tail

Though it sounds adventurous, gator tail actually tastes a little bit like chicken and is quite delicious when cooked right. The tail is typically deep-fried and enjoyed either as an appetizer or an entrée with a spicy or sweet dipping sauce.

Taste the Top Key Lime Pie

The Florida Keys are famous for many things — key lime pie among them. Traditionally made with key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks and a crumbly vanilla pie crust and served cold, this sweet and tart treat is the perfect remedy for the Florida heat.


Cruises from Florida take you to some of the most beautiful jewels of the Caribbean. Whether you choose to sail to Mexico, the Bahamas, Haiti or Jamaica, you're in for captivating shores, colorful coastal villages and plenty of island vibes.

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