Florida (pronounced floh-REE-dah) is the capital of Florida Department in the Central Interior of Uruguay. Surrounded by farmland, Florida is a fairly quiet city of 30,000 people—in contrast to nearby Montevideo, it has a small-town feel. Despite its small size relative to Montevideo, Florida has a couple of impressive attractions, including a beautiful cathedral and the site of Uruguay's 1825 Declaration of Independence. Located less than two hours from Montevideo by bus, it's very doable as a day trip if you don't want to spend the night.
Buses from Montevideo, Durazno, and other cities are available several times a day. The Florida bus terminal is centrally located, about a block from the cathedral and the central plaza, Plaza Asamblea.
Walk, drive, or ride a motorbike – local bus service is very limited.
- 1 Piedra Alta (on Avenida Wilson Ferreira Aldunate, at the eastern edge of town). A large rock that was the location of the Declaration of Independence in 1825. Adjacent to a nice park. When trying to find it, be aware that there are a few things in Florida named after the rock, so map apps seem to get confused—you're looking for the spot near the eastern edge of town, by the Río Santa Lucía.
- Cathedral of Florida (Catedral Basílica de Florida) (adjacent to Plaza Asamblea, the town's central plaza). An impressive cathedral for a town of 30,000. Make sure to go inside!
- Chapel of San Cono (Capilla de San Cono). Where multitudes gather every June 3rd.
- Florida Historical Museum (Museo Histórico de Florida), Rivera 373. Free.
Free (though unreliable) public WiFi is available at the Plaza Asamblea. Look for the network "Ceibal".