This page tells you about what we consider to be some of the best places in Florida to visit or live.
You will learn all about these places on our website whether you are looking for fun, culture, shopping, dining, a place to settle down or just a Florida getaway.
We include a brief history of every place because we think it's fun to know about the places you visit.
According to the Florida League of Cities, Inc., there are 412 incorporated Florida cities and towns. In addition to these, another source has profiles for 8,643 populated places including cities, towns, neighborhoods and settlements.
No single website can explore this many towns in depth, so I will focus initially on those towns I know something about. Again, this is strictly my opinion of some of the best towns in Florida.
Here are the towns and cities currently on the Florida Backroads Travel website:
Howey In The Hills
SPECIAL FEATURE: Florida Towns at the End of the Road
SPECIAL FEATURE: Old Florida Working Waterfront Towns
SPECIAL FEATURE: Old Florida Towns on the St Johns River
SPECIAL FEATURE: Old Florida Places on the Suwannee River
SPECIAL FEATURE: Old Florida Towns on the Indian River Lagoon
SPECIAL FEATURE: Old Florida Towns on the Forgotten Coast
SPECIAL FEATURE: Old Florida Towns on Scenic 17
SPECIAL FEATURE: Old Florida Towns on State Road 44
SPECIAL FEATURE: Old Florida Towns on State Road 70
SPECIAL FEATURE: Old Florida Towns on U.S. 90
SPECIAL FEATURE: Florida Mural Towns
SPECIAL FEATURE: Florida Historic Homes
SPECIAL FEATURE: Maytown Road from Osteen to Oak Hill
SPECIAL FEATURE: Lot Sales Towns
These are typically very large developments of platted lots that were sold in mail order campaigns and aggressive on site sales programs. Here are some we know about:
Beverly Hills, Canaveral Groves, Cape Coral, Citrus Springs, Deltona, Florida Shores, Golden Gate Estates, Indian Lake Estates, Lehigh Acres, Marco Island, North Port, Palm Coast, Port LaBelle, Port St. John, Port Malabar, Port St. Lucie, Port Charlotte, Ridge Manor, Rotonda West, Silver Springs Shores, Spring Hill, St. Augustine Shores
Ghost Towns were once thriving places whose bones now bake quietly in the hot Florida sun.
Florida Main Street Program has rejuvenated many small old Florida towns. These are typically small towns that have worked with the State of Florida to rejuvenate their downtown districts.
Florida League of Cities website is also a great resource.