Cheap thrills in Florida

Gatorade was named after the famed Florida Gators football team at the University of Florida, where the drink was first developed. Florida is every sun seeker’s destination. Not only is the weather perfect for a day at the beach, the state offers quality entertainment if you’re traveling cheap.

Shopping in Florida saves time and money at the Orlando Premium Outlets where shoppers can buy originals at discounted prices. Buy a coupon book at the food court for USD 5, and enjoy bargain prices at every store in the mall.

Sway to the rhythm of the music at the free jazz concerts by the beach. Try the food at the Garlic Festival on Delray Beach from the 13th to the 15th of February; imagine the things people do with garlic – ice cream, anyone?

Indulge in a bit of history with a visit to Ybor City. In the 1800s, Ybor was the Cigar Capital of the world. Today, hand-rolled cigars, done in the old custom, can still be bought for USD 5 at the Ybor City Museum State Park. Weekend markets at the Tampa Downtown Market and Centro Ybor are great for fresh food and produce, at bargain prices.

Active bodies will enjoy Daytona Beach. Private surf lessons for tourists are offered as well as rentals of every kind, be it for an umbrella or a jet ski. Enjoy the view of the waters from the sky lift or enjoy it from the water while parasailing. Everything from biking to snorkeling is possible on Daytona Beach where fun begins by simply laying a towel on the sand.

Step away from the hustle of the city and sail over to Anna Marina Island. Anna Marina is described by most locals as 'Old Florida' for its laid back atmosphere and cheap restaurants along the shore. In Anna Marina there are no high rise developments. Take a trolley around town and visit Historic Bridge Street where local arts and crafts can be found. Restaurants to check out are Mr. Bones Barbeque and the Sandbar, where they serve the best piñacoladas, serve up great music and offer incredible views of the sunset.

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