Take A Virtual Trip With The Florida Beach Finder

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

We can all use a sunny beach right about now. 

That's not exactly feasible at the moment, but a project by Visit Florida is serving a virtual taste of the destination during the coronavirus lockdown.

Visit Florida's Beach Finder tool allows travellers to virtually explore the much-loved beaches of the Sunshine State from the comfort of their own home.

In partnership with Google, Visit Florida completed a four-month journey to capture stunning images of the state's 1,300 kilometres of sandy coast using Street View Trekker technology.

These 360-degree images, captured one footstep at a time, are integrated into Google Maps, enabling potential visitors from around the globe to experience interactive views of the world-renowned beaches. 

Users simply “tune” their preferences -- choosing from adventurous or laid back, family-friendly or romantic, action-packed or secluded and manicured or au naturel – to find their best beach match.

Once they have picked their favourite beach, users can dive deeper with the Street View feature, which drops them right into each location, allowing them to take a look around and explore.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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