Florida Holidays

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Being famously home to attractions such as Disney World and Universal Studios, Florida is all about fun in the sun. White sands, museums and a native population of alligators all make for a fun day out with the family, while there are also enough bars and nightclubs to keep you dancing all night long.

Beaches
With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, Florida has hundreds of miles of beaches. If you’re on a family holiday, a trip to Smathers Beach is recommended due to the shallow waters. Head to South Beach in Miami for a livelier experience where you’ll see people on roller skates, watersports and many shops, bars and restaurants along the beachfront.

Culture
Florida is known for being a hub of fun with family favourites Disney World and Universal Studios continuing to attract tourists. The culture of Miami is slightly different with a strong Latino and Cuban population. In areas surrounding the small village of Little Havana, you’re just as likely to hear the locals speaking Spanish as English.

Food and Drink
The cuisine in Florida is highly influenced by Caribbean, Hispanic and Asian foods. Firm favourites include gator bites, (deep-fried alligator covered in breadcrumbs), conch fritters (a combination of conch meat and fresh vegetables) and swamp cabbage (a cabbage-flavoured soup). Key Lime Pie is also a popular choice of dessert.

Nightlife
Panama City Beach has many beach clubs including Club La Vela, the biggest nightclub in the US, while downtown Pensacola’s Seville Quarter is packed with bars, restaurants and clubs featuring live entertainment. For a quieter night, why not head to Disney World to watch the sunset or enjoy the fireworks.

Important Information
Flight Time: 9 hours
Time Difference: -5
Currency: US Dollar
Official Language: English

Tourist Tax

The Govt. of Florida charges a sustainable tourism tax on all overnight stays in the state. The tax is usually 6% of the room rate per room. There are also taxes on purchases ranging from 6.5-7% on all goods except ‘necessary’ items such as certain foods and medicine.

When is the best time to visit Florida?

For visitors taking in the Disney and Universal theme parks, especially families with small children, generally the best time to visit is March, April and early May. Average temperature highs are in mid 70’s, early 80s and though there may be an occasional thunderstorm, they are short-lived and actually relieve a bit of the humidity. The summer months are hot, very hot in fact, and feature frequent thunderstorms due to stifling humidity. June and July in Florida has the highest rainfall and highest average temperatures hover around 90f and can reach 100f. In October and November, temperatures fall back to around 75f to 85f, whilst December is also cool (73f on average) but resorts and parks do get busier, and hike up their prices due to the Christmas holidays. Best Time to Go Verdict: March and April.

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Top Florida Hotels

Rosen Inn International

International Drive, Florida, Usa

Seralago Hotel and Suites

Kissimmee Area, Florida, Usa

Rosen Inn At Pointe Orlando

International Drive, Florida, Usa

Grande Villas Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Usa

Champions World Resort

Kissimmee Area, Florida, Usa

Quality Suites Royale Parc Suites

Kissimmee, Florida, Usa

Blue Heron Beach Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Usa

Coco Key Hotel and Water Resort

International Drive, Florida, Usa

SUNSOL International Drive

International Drive, Florida, Usa

Quality Suites (Former Comfort Suites Orlando)

International Drive, Florida, Usa

Avanti Resort

International Drive, Florida, Usa

Days Inn Orlando Convention Center

International Drive, Florida, Usa

Blue Tree Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Usa

Cane Island

Kissimmee, Florida, Usa

Enclave Suites by Sky Hotels & Resorts

International Drive, Florida, Usa

Cypress Pointe

Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Usa

Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista

Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Usa

Rosen Inn Closest To Universal

International Drive, Florida, Usa

Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club

Kissimmee Area, Florida, Usa

Westgate Towers

Kissimmee, Florida, Usa

Jw Marriott Grand Lakes

Kissimmee, Florida, Usa

Hyatt Place Orlando Universal

International Drive, Florida, Usa

Legacy Vacation Resorts Orlando former Celebrity

Kissimmee, Florida, Usa

Marriott Royal Palms Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Usa

Plaza Ocean Club

Daytona, Florida, Usa

Grand Plaza Beachfront Resort Hotel

St Pete's Beach, Florida, Usa

Shorewalk Vacation Villas

Bradenton, Florida, Usa

Holiday Inn Main Gate East

Celebration, Florida, Usa

Clarion Hotel & Conference Ctr

Tampa, Florida, Usa

Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore

Tampa, Florida, Usa

Florida Weather

Florida isn’t known as the ‘Sunshine State’ for no reason. Summers in Florida are long, hot and sometimes humid with an average temperature of 27°C and highs of 33°C. Winter is slightly cooler with average temperatures of 16°C and December is also the driest month of the year with an average of 51mm of rainfall.

Jan 21ºC
Feb 22ºC
Mar 24ºC
Apr 26ºC
May 30ºC
Jun 31ºC
Jul 31ºC
Aug 31ºC
Sep 30ºC
Oct 29ºC
Nov 25ºC
Dec 23ºC

Things To Do on Florida Holidays

Disney World
A visit to Florida would not be complete without a trip to Disney World. Enjoy a choice of six theme parks (including two water parks), two entertainment districts and much more.

Kennedy Space Centre
Enjoy a trip like no other at the Kennedy Space Centre where you can train like an astronaut, attend a themed event or simply take a tour of the huge facility. The centre opens at 9am every morning, 7 days a week. Closing times vary by season.

Dolphin Spotting
Key West may be well known for its watersports, nightlife and beaches, but it’s also a great place to spot dolphins. The warm waters attract a variety of wild life but the dolphins here are the real star of the show and there are two opportunities to swim with them, either with a boat tour or the interaction programme, both of which are available all year round.

Florida Resorts

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale

Known as the 'Venice of Florida', Fort Lauderdale is one of the most incredible Florida holidays for couples and families alike. Fort Lauderdale is a…

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Fort Myers

Fort Myers

Known as the City of Palms, Fort Myers is one of the most beautiful Florida Holidays. Easily accessible from Southwest Florida International Airport,…

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International Drive

International Drive

What better way to enjoy a holiday to Florida than with a stay in International Drive, the Sunshine State's main tourist strip? Often referred to as I…

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Key Largo

Key Largo

The largest of the Florida Keys and connected to the main land at two points, Key Largo is one of the most exciting Florida holidays for all the famil…

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Key West

Key West

Of all Florida holidays, Key West is one of the most attractive and memorable. Key West is a city and an island of the same name near the southernmost…

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Kissimmee

Kissimmee

If you're looking for Florida holidays but feel like staying outside of the most well known resorts like Miami, then a holiday to Kissimee will be a g…

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Miami

Miami

If you're looking for a destination that'll provide you with the break of a lifetime, then think about Florida holidays. Located inside America's suns…

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Orlando

Orlando

Florida holidays would be incomplete without a stay in fabulous Orlando. Located north of the city in Sanford, and served by several airports, Orlando…

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Sanibel

Sanibel

Sanibel is a sub-tropical island paradise. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and easily accessible by a causeway linking it to mainland Florida, Sanibel…

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Winter Garden

Winter Garden

Winter Garden is one of the most relaxing, yet fun-filled Florida holidays. Winter Garden is a city located 14 miles west of downtown Orlando in weste…

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