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Florida Holidays

Florida Holidays

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Destination highlights

  • The Sunshine State
  • Home to world-famous beaches
  • Bursting with theme parks
  • Hosts unique events all year round
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    Beaches | Hotels | Food & drink | Nightlife | Events | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


    What are the best beaches in Florida?

    The Sunshine State is home to over 815 miles of sandy coast and several cities built around their local beaches. We bet you’ve heard of some of these big names before, but there are plenty of hidden gems to discover too.

  • Daytona Beach – the world’s most famous beach, with 23 miles of sandy coast packed with attractions, plus some major motorsports events.
  • Siesta Beach – a beach so beautiful it’s won international awards, with plenty of great restaurants and bars to take advantage of.
  • Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park – pristine sands and incredible views make this beach a favourite for relaxing, walking, and cycling.
  • Cocoa Beach Pier – the perfect place for all the family to take surfing lessons, or just watch the pros from the historical boardwalk.
  • Shell Island – this undeveloped barrier island is the best spot to get away from it all and connect with nature.


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    What are the top hotels in Florida?

    Florida has plenty of fun-filled hotels for families and the young at heart, but those craving peace and quiet will find some great options, too. These are some of our favourites for all kinds of travellers:

  • Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge - everything you need to keep the kids entertained in one complex, with easy access to all the Disney Parks.
  • Waldorf Astoria Orlando - indulge in true luxury as you unwind by the creek on a five-star holiday that you won't forget.
  • Doubletree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando - this family-friendly spot is right on the doorstep of Universal Orlando, and each room has wonderful views of the surrounding areas.
  • Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista - if you want to save your pennies for the parks, this hotel offers a comfortable stay with all of the amenities you need, with only a short drive to both the Disney and Universal complexes.
  • St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater - complete with a pool, sports facilities and a fantastic on-site restaurant, this is a great base for your West Coast trip.
  • Rosen Shingle Creek - with separate pools for relaxing and playing, and several excellent restaurants, this five-star hotel is the perfect setting for a relaxing couples' holiday.


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    What’s the food like in Florida?

    While you’ll be able to get your hands on all of your favourite American classics during your Florida holiday, the state has plenty of local dishes to rival the mighty burger. Look out for these:

  • Key lime pie - a sweet, fresh lime tart with shortcrust pastry, topped with soft meringue
  • Stone crab claws - sustainably sourced local crabs with deliciously succulent claw meat
  • Orange juice - yes, it might sound basic, but this is Florida’s most iconic export - get it freshly squeezed for the ultimate OJ experience
  • Miccosukee Fry Bread - a warm pumpkin bread created by the Native American Miccosukee tribe
  • Conch Fritters - a local shellfish from the Keys, drenched in lemon juice and deep-fried


  • You’ll have your pick of amazing restaurants whichever city you visit, but here are a few of our favourites across the state to whet your appetite:

  • Benny’s on the Beach, Lake Worth - a laidback café on the pier, serving local classics all day long
  • The Melting Pot, Orlando - a unique family favourite, serving fondue in a fun atmosphere
  • Dancing Avocado, Daytona Beach - the ultimate brunch spot in a historic downtown location, with plenty of veggie options
  • Beach Bistro, Holmes Beach - fine dining with a focus on seafood, and tables out on the sands
  • Versailles, Miami - a locally renowned landmark, serving a range of Cuban cuisine


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    Where's the best nightlife in Florida?

    Your beach holiday to Florida won’t stop when the sun goes down, as the state has some of the world’s wildest nightlife. Miami, Orlando, and Tampa are the biggest party hotspots, but you’ll find dinner shows and live music across the state.

  • LIV, Miami - mingle with the stars at this exclusive club, which regularly hosts some of the hottest celebrities
  • WTR Pool and Grill, Tampa - live music and DJs play through the night as you kick back at a sunset pool party overlooking the beach
  • Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant, Orlando - enjoy dinner, drinks, and a good laugh at the chain that launched the careers of some of our favourite comedians
  • Club La Vela, Panama City Beach - the biggest beachside nightclub in the US, with free entry deals like Girls Night Out, so you can still party hard on a cheap holiday in Florida


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    What events can I go to in Florida?

    Floridians will put on a celebration for everything, from mangoes to Ernest Hemingway, so it’s a good idea to check out the local events calendar before you jet off. If you’re still looking for inspiration for your 2022 holiday to Florida, then these are our hot picks for annual events that cater to everyone’s tastes:

  • Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Tampa (January) - historical re-enactments and a parade by day, swashbuckling parties by night
  • DAYTONA 500, Daytona Beach (February) - the racing fans in your life will never forget seeing the biggest NASCAR event going
  • Florida State Fair, Tampa (February) - the ultimate stateside experience, with hundreds of local food stalls, rides, and exhibitions
  • Sugar Sand Festival, Clearwater (April) - 10 days of beachy fun with unique sand sculptures and free family activities
  • Sunfest, West Palm Beach (April) - Florida’s biggest waterside arts and music festival
  • Waterlily Celebration, Vero Beach (June) - beautiful displays of the flower in its blooming season, with a dedicated children’s garden
  • Key West Lobsterfest (August) - a food festival celebrating the start of lobster season with many seafood vendors and live music
  • Miami Beach Pride (September) - a spectacular parade and party, and a must-see for LGBTQ+ travellers on holiday to Florida
  • Electric Daisy Carnival, Orlando (November) - a three-day festival of dance music and showstopping stage effects
  • Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale (December) - more than 100 boats float down the river, bedazzled with festive lights and decorations


  • Things to do in Florida

    Hit the parks

    Duh. No family holiday to Florida would be complete without a trip to one of the 21 theme parks in the state. Along with the world-renowned Disney and Universal parks, you can also check out some more unusual spots, like Dinosaur World.

    Meet some turtle-y adorable friends

    Juno Beach is the world’s largest nesting ground for Loggerhead Turtles, and during summer the local Loggerhead Marinelife Center offers front row seats to see the baby turtles as they're released into the ocean. From nature-lovers to curious kids, this experience is an all-round crowd-pleaser.

    Dive into the art scene

    Beneath the waves at Grayton Beach State Park waits a spectacular experience for divers and art-lovers. The Underwater Museum of Art is a stunning sculpture park on the ocean floor, accessible only to certified divers. You can even get your diving qualification there, with the local Emerald Coast scuba school!

    Shop like a local

    Head to the coastal community of Seaside to find boutiques and stores selling everything from vintage records to designer clothing, or downtown Fort Myers for unusual finds and mall shopping along the riverbank.



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    What's the weather like in Florida?

    It’s called the Sunshine State for a reason! Even if you’re planning a last minute holiday to Florida, you can guarantee great weather all year round. The temperature does vary between cities, so if you’re travelling in the winter months, we recommend heading to the south!

    Month

    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 16 °c 24 °c 7 h
    Feb 16 °c 23 °c 8 h
    Mar 20 °c 24 °c 9 h
    Apr 22 °c 25 °c 10 h
    May 25 °c 27 °c 9 h
    Jun 27 °c 28 °c 9 h
    Jul 28 °c 29 °c 10 h
    Aug 28 °c 29 °c 9 h
    Sep 27 °c 29 °c 8 h
    Oct 24 °c 27 °c 8 h
    Nov 19 °c 26 °c 7 h
    Dec 16 °c 25 °c 7 h

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    Important Information about travelling to Florida

    How long does it take to fly to Florida?

    Flights from the UK to Florida take around nine hours.

    What’s the time difference between the UK and Florida?

    The local time in Florida is five hours behind the UK, in the Eastern Standard Time Zone.

    What currency do they use in Florida?

    The official currency used in Florida is the US Dollar (USD).

    What language do they speak in Florida?

    The official language of Florida is American English, though you can also show off your Spanish skills in the Cuban areas.

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Florida?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to the USA on the FCDO website.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit Florida?

    Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

    Do I need a visa to travel to Florida?

    The UK is on the list of Visa Waiver Countries in the USA, so you do not need a visa to holiday in Florida, as long as you are staying for under 90 days. However, you will need to make an application through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for each member of your travelling party, which costs $14. They are usually approved in 3 days, but it’s best to apply via the official site as soon as you book your holiday.

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    • Customer reviews

      At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to Florida for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

      Melanie Howie:


      We have used OTB for years, all our holiday are booked with them - at least 4 a year. Never had any problems.

      Nicole Court:


      Excellent from beginning to end. Clear information, great price and have rebooked with them again.

      Steve Jones:


      Excellent service and prices as always. I always end booking with OTB after checking out other operators. Website is great and easy to use, pay off my hols in 3 payments. The dates and amounts are really clear and taken on the exact date. Couldn’t fault the service I’ve had in the last 10 years.

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    Top Florida Hotels

    Days Inn Orlando Convention Center

    International Drive, Orlando, Florida

    Universal´s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

    Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida

    Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista (ex Clarion Inn)

    Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida

    Rosen Inn International

    International Drive, Orlando, Florida

    Crowne Plaza Universal Orlando

    International Drive, Orlando, Florida

    The Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration

    Celebration, Orlando, Florida

    CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort

    International Drive, Orlando, Florida

    Rosen Inn Closest to Universal

    International Drive, Orlando, Florida

    Doubletree Resort Orlando

    International Drive, Orlando, Florida

    Ramada Kissimmee Gateway

    Kissimmee Area, Orlando, Florida

    Disney's All Star Sports Resort

    Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida

    Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge

    Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida

    Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

    Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida

    Disney's Coronado Springs

    Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida

    Disneys Caribbean Beach Resort

    Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida

    Residence Inn SeaWorld

    International Drive, Orlando, Florida

    Red Roof Inn Orlando International Drive

    International Drive, Orlando, Florida

    Holiday Inn & Suites Universal Orlando

    International Drive, Orlando, Florida

    Sheraton Vistana Villages

    International Drive, Orlando, Florida

    Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

    Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida

    Hard Rock Hotel At Universal Orlando

    Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida

    Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort

    Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida

    Hilton Orlando

    International Drive, Orlando, Florida

    The Avanti Palms Resort and Conference Center

    International Drive, Orlando, Florida

    The Point Orlando Resort

    International Drive, Orlando, Florida

    Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista

    Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida

    Celebration Suites

    Kissimmee, Orlando, Florida

    Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs

    Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida

    Legacy Vacation Resorts Lake Buena Vista

    Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida

    Walt Disney World Swan Resort

    Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida

    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 16ºC
    Feb 16ºC
    Mar 20ºC
    Apr 22ºC
    May 25ºC
    Jun 27ºC
    Jul 28ºC
    Aug 28ºC
    Sep 27ºC
    Oct 24ºC
    Nov 19ºC
    Dec 16ºC

    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 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

    Destination highlights20 miles of beautiful coastlineWorld-class art sceneUrban edge cityYear-round sunshineJump to...Beaches | Hotels | Food & drink…

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    Orlando

    Orlando

    Orlando? More like Orland-WOAH. Get ready to jump into a holiday full of thrills and fun when you visit this exciting American city. Home to Walt Disn…

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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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