Florida geography and landscapes

Florida geography and landscapes

Florida forms a long stretch of the United States, bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by the Gulf of Mexico. Its coastline, stretching over nearly 2 km, has no less than 900 km of beaches!

Formerly, the territory was essentially reduced to vast swamps invaded by mosquitoes. The development of agriculture and the rapid settlement of the region, which began in the second half of the 2th century, have brought about sacred transformations. Wetland remediation, the digging of waterways, and the construction of dikes to combat silting caused towns to sprout like mushrooms after the Great Recession of 1929 ended.


Miami is the main one. Located by the ocean, it enjoys an ideal location on Biscayne Bay, which has made it a hub of traffic to the Caribbean and Latin America.

Everglades National Park

On its doorstep, Everglades National Park reminds Florida of its distant past as land invaded by water. Here, flora and fauna still reign supreme over more than 6 km².

The Keys archipelago

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The east coast of Florida

The eastern coast of Florida is underlined, along almost its entire length, by endless sandy beaches, on which have grown resorts very popular with retirees. They are linked to the point of forming a huge conurbation between Miami and West Palm Beach. All along runs the Intracoastal Waterway, a waterway by large boats, which runs parallel to the coast, sheltered by long coastal islands.

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360 km north of Miami, Orlando, an important university town, is the capital of amusement parks. Millions of tourists disembark there each year, attracted by the magic of the parks of Walt Disney World Resort, and other theme parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort ... At its doors, the great forest of Ocala, protected by a 1 km572 park, where pines, cypresses, wet meadows and muddy lakes come together.

West Coast of Florida

On the side we will think in particular of the magnificent Sanibel Island.

In the north-west of the state flows the Suwannee river, Florida's main river (426 km), born in the swamps of the Okeechobee, on the border with Georgia.


Shortly after, the Panhandle begins, the "tail" of the Florida pan, which stretches 320 km in length to the gates of Louisiana. Very little visited by foreign tourists, the region nevertheless has splendid coastal islands in the Gulf Islands National Seashore, easily accessible from the town of Pensacola. On the program: beaches of fine white sand.

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