Ah, the Sunshine State. I think it might have been the countless adverts for the Florida Keys that have been running on American TV for the last few months, that made me decide to book a week-long trip to the South of Florida. Initially, I wasn’t actually too sure if I made the right decision visiting just one State in the space of a whole week, considering I’ve been trying to hit two or three over a weekend recently.

But I don’t regret the decision one bit: it’s been fab! Not only does Florida have some of the best (and cleanest) beaches I’ve seen so far, the abundance and variety of wildlife got me very excited. After a couple of days exploring the Keys, Irma-evidence still very much present in the lesser known Keys, I made my way over to the West Coast for a few days in the Ten Thousand Islands and Everglades. This was hands down the highlight of the week! Whether on tourist trail, on a boat, or off the beaten track, this part of Florida has a lot to offer. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many different types of birds in a relatively small area! The landscape, too, is beautiful, and the sunsets are to die for. I have a suspicion that I will be back..

Head over to the North America galleries on the website to escape to paradise.