There are several places in Florida that you can visit if you recently returned from deployment or perhaps are a veteran and want to spend time with either friends or family.
Orlando is the home to Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Universal Studios, and Sea World. There are a number of affordable vacation packages which will help you save money and also save on travel time as well. If you have kids they will always be very entertained by a lot of rides, along with a number of different parks within a few minutes of each other. The area is also great for adults or those without children as well. There are a number of extreme water parks in the area as well. Some of the favorites are Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and Wet ‘n Wild. I personally have visited all of these parks in the last 2yrs. They are a blast and definitely a place worth spending time at with your family and friends.
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area
The best place to visit if you’re looking for a social time and some great food. I lived in the area for 2yrs and was a great place to live and also an even better place in my opinion to vacation. A very popular place is South Miami Beach. This is where a lot of people go to layout and also enjoy some great food on Ocean Drive. There are a number of clubs in the Miami Beach area you can choose from along with 5-star restaurants and resorts. In my own opinion, I suggest staying at Loews on Miami Beach. It has direct beach access as well as being within walking distance of Ocean Drive. There are a number of restaurants you can choose from like Emeril’s at the St. Moritz, China Grill, 510 Ocean, and DeVito. If you are looking for more of a casual budgeted place to eat they have Jerry’s Diner which is right across the street from Loews Miami Beach. My Favorite is the 11th Street Diner which I tried after seeing it on Food Networks Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Its awesome food and very good priced. Just south of Miami there is an area called coconut grove which is home to a small shopping and eating area called Coco Walk. There are several places to eat and also great shopping as well. It’s very accessible and a wonderful place to enjoy both day and night.
Key Largo Florida and the Florida Keys
The best place to visit if you’re looking for diving/snorkeling. There really isn’t a whole lot in the Florida Keys. It’s a very slow-moving atmosphere which is nice if you are looking to relax. There is one place I would recommend staying in Key Largo which is the Marriott Key Largo Resort. Key Largo is worldwide known to be the Dive Capital of the world. There are a number of places in the northern keys that you can snorkel. In Islamorada which is just south of Key Largo there are a number of fishing tours ranging from deep sea fishing to shark fishing. Also, a number of Dive Tours are down there as well. One thing to see that is very popular is the “Christ of the abyss” underwater statue. A number of people say that they have been marked by the statue when they have touched it by in reality it’s just covered with Fire Coral which burns and leaves a mark for a short period of time.
These are just a few of my suggestions for vacation after a long deployment no matter what branch of military you are in. All these places are fun and full of things to do ranging from relaxation to having a blast doing whatever you could possibly imagine. I’ve been to these places personally and hope that it’s something useful coming from a person who likes to travel.