5 Places in Florida That Feel Like Europe

5 Places in Florida That Feel Like Europe

From a sleepy Greek town on Florida's Gulf Coast to Las Olas Gondola in Ft. Lauderdale - The Venice of America, you can escape to Europe closer to home.

Tarpon Springs - A Sleepy Greek Town

It may look like a sleepy Greek town, but it’s actually Tarpon Springs, Florida. The city's population has the largest percentage of Greek Americans in the United States. Greek immigrants flocked here giving this town a Mediterranean charm -- sounds like a great place for a gyro and a glass of ouzo!

You can find baklava, olive oil, and ouzo galore at this quaint little historic Greek town on the Gulf Coast. The Historic Greek District is the driving force of tourism for the city. You can find authentic Mediterranean food around every corner, and experience traditional cultural and religious events throughout the year.

St. Augustine church

Spanish Colonial in St. Augustine

The oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers. You can still see the influence of those early settlers in the Spanish Colonial architecture scattered throughout the historic city. St. Augustine is a city on the northeast coast of Florida. It lays claim to being the oldest city in the U.S., and is known for its Spanish colonial architecture as well as Atlantic Ocean beaches like sandy St. Augustine Beach and tranquil Crescent Beach. Anastasia State Park is a protected wildlife sanctuary. The Castillo de San Marcos is a 17th-century Spanish stone fortress with views of the St. Augustine Inlet.

Las Olas Gondola in Ft. Lauderdale

Las Olas Gondola in Ft. Lauderdale - The Venice of America

Las Olas gondola and professional gondoliers are available for daily tours of Fort Lauderdale 7 days a week, rain or shine, with few exceptions. Sit back, relax and see some of the most luxurious homes and gardens of South Florida from a perspective you can only appreciate from the water at the cozy speed of a gondola. Enjoy a real inspiring experience. These gondolas are kid-friendly and a great way to do something different. The tours are fantastic for engagements, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and other special occasions.

Scottish Influence in Dunedin Florida

Scottish Influence in Dunedin, Florida

Dunedin is a city on Florida’s Gulf Coast. It’s known for the beaches, pine forest and ospreys of Honeymoon Island State Park. The island is linked to the mainland by Dunedin Causeway, which offers views over St. Joseph Sound. Downtown, Hammock Park is home to owls, woodpeckers and a butterfly garden. The Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail runs through the city. West, kayaks dot the mangroves of Caladesi Island State Park.

Once a major trading port for the state in the late 1800s, it’s home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and has managed to retain a strong Scottish culture. Once a year, Scottish clans congregate at this city for the Dunedin Highland Games. Both the Dunedin High School and Middle School even have competition-level pipe and drum bands.

Little Havana

Spanish Influence in Miami's Little Havana

A melting pot of Cuban, Spanish, Central and South American, and Haitian influences, Little Havana is full of color, tropical heat, and excitement. The Little Havana section of town is known for its annual festival, Cuban restaurants, and street art. Little Havana is Miami’s vibrant Cuban heart, with Latin American art galleries and busy restaurants. Cafes with walk-up windows sell Cuban coffee to cigar-smoking patrons. On Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street), locals discuss politics over dominoes at Maximo Gomez Park, dubbed Domino Park by locals. The historic Tower Theater screens independent and revival films, while the area's clubs host live Latin music