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Holidays in Florida

With its year-round sunshine and world-class family attractions, it’s no surprise that Florida holidays are some of most popular getaways on the planet. At the heart of Florida is Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, and home to some of the greatest shopping centres in the state. Venture south for the palm tree-lined boulevards and glitzy celebrity nightspots of Miami. Just off Florida’s south coast, the tropical island of Key West is the place to spot wild dolphins.

30 °C

Average temperatures in the early 30s (°C).

8-9 hours

If you’re going to Orlando, you’ll land at either Orlando International Airport (MCO) which is 19km south-east of Orlando or Sanford Airport (SFB) which is 43km north-east of Orlando.

 

Did you know that we now fly from London Stansted to Orlando for Summer 2016? Book early to avoid disapointment

Self Drive Holidays

Sandcastles & Family Fun

Kissimme | Cocoa Beach | Miami Beach | Key West | Fort Myers Beach | Sarasota

  • 14 days car hire included
  • Pick-up & drop-off in Orlando
  • Flights included

Amelia Island Self Drive

Orlando | Cocoa Beach | Augustine Beach | Amelia Island | Orlando

  • 14 days car hire included
  • Pick-up & drop-off in Orlando
  • Flights included

Lee County Self Drive

Miami | Naples | Sarasota | Tampa | Clearwater

  • 14 days car hire included
  • Pick-up at Miami & drop-off in Tampa
  • Flights included

Holidays in Florida

Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach

Miami

  • 5 nights
  • Flights with Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Beachfront location
  • Within walking distance to Miami’s finest restaurants and nightlife

Recommended Offers in Florida

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

WDW Hotels, Orlando

  • Seven outdoor pools
  • Close to Walt Disney World's Epcot park
  • Tropical-themed hotel

from

£858

Disney's Port Orleans Resort

WDW Hotels, Orlando

  • Onsite food court
  • Large swimming pool with waterslide
  • Extended theme park hours

from

£1001

Disneyʼs All–Star Resorts

WDW Hotels, Orlando

  • Along the themes of Movies
  • Sports and Music
  • Close to all the theme parks
  • Car hire included

from

£751

Vista Cay Resort by Millenium

International Drive, Orlando

  • 20 minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Spacious apartments
  • Gated resort

from

£832

Rosen Inn International

International Drive, Orlando

  • 20-minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • 10-minute drive to Universal Orlando® Resort
  • Right in the middle of bustling International Drive

from

£618

Universalʼs Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal Orlando Resort Hotels, Orlando

  • Ten-lane bowling alley
  • Lazy river and waterslide
  • Vintage retro American holidays

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£719

Orlando Preferred Villas

Kissimmee, Orlando

  • Private screened outdoor pool
  • Located around the Kissimmee area
  • Ideal for families and groups of friends

from

£704

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

WDW Hotels, Orlando

  • Really close to Disneyʼs Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • Savannah-view rooms now available
  • In a real safari park

from

£1059

Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort

WDW Hotels, Orlando

  • Transport to all WALT DISNEY WORLD Theme Parks
  • Set on a sparkling 25-acre lake
  • Mini–waterpark including a sand-bottom pool

from

£1196

Sheraton Vistana Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Orlando

  • Fitness centre
  • saunas and steam room
  • Onsite food court
  • Seven swimming pools

from

£1007

Recommended offers in Florida

Ramada Gateway

Kissimmee, Orlando

  • Kids eat free
  • Free theme park transport
  • Car hire included

from

£520

Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista

Lake Buena Vista, Orlando

  • Quick drive to SeaWorld® Orlando and Universal Orlando®
  • Next to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Relaxing atmosphere

from

£550

Rosen Inn International

International Drive, Orlando

  • 20-minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • 10-minute drive to Universal Orlando® Resort
  • Right in the middle of bustling International Drive

from

£560

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando

International Drive, Orlando

  • 3 swimming pools
  • 20-minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Close to International Drive's shops and entertainment

from

£560

Be a part of the magic and spend a few days exploring Walt Disney World Resort. Magic Kingdom® is the main park, where you can fly with Dumbo, meet your favourite Disney princesses and ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’s runaway mine train. Take advantage of the Florida sunshine with a trip to one of Disney’s water parks; snowy Blizzard Beach offers high speed water slides and Typhoon Lagoon’s tropical paradise is home to the biggest outdoor wave pool in the world. Universal Orlando® is jam-packed with exciting movie-themed rides. The Kennedy Space Center is an hour’s drive from Orlando. Here, you’ll learn about America’s space programme and see where NASA’s rockets are built.

Walt Disney World has four fun-packed theme parks with everything from white-knuckle rollercoasters to magical family shows and parades. A trip to Magic Kingdom® is one of the most exciting things for kids to do in Florida. Little-ones will love meeting their favourite Disney characters while older kids will have a blast riding the thrilling Space Mountain rollercoaster. If you love movies and TV, you’ll want to spend a large part of your holiday at Universal Orlando®. Embark on a hilarious adventure through Krustyland on The Simpsons Ride™ and wander through snowy Hogsmeade to pick up your very own magic wand in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter®. A holiday to Orlando isn't complete without a trip to SeaWorld, the world's most popular marine life park; Busch Gardens, full of wild animals and even wilder rides; Discovery Cove, the only place in Orlando where you can swim with a dolphin and Aquatica, SeaWorld's waterpark.

If you and your kids like zipping down water slides, then you’ll love Disney’s Blizzard Beach, one of the best family attractions in Florida. Blizzard Beach is designed to look like a ski resort, with cascading snow, melting ice caps and even a ski lift. Daredevils will want to try the 12 storey drop at Summit Plummet and the thrilling raft ride at Teamboat Springs.

Thrills are for sharing! Only Wet ‘n Wild® Orlando gives you more themed, multi-person thrill rides than any other waterpark around. Signature hits like Disco H20™, Brain Wash™ and The Flyer let you share the excitement with family and friends. Families with kids of all ages will have a blast in the largest family water play area in Florida, Blastaway Beach™. Now open, the all new Aqua Drag Racer™. Slide through four lanes of high-speed, head-to-head competition on the tallest and fastest ride of its kind in Florida. 

The world’s longest drop tower multi-slide ride of its kind is now open at Aquatica™ Orlando - SeaWorld’s waterpark. Standing at nearly 80-feet tall and with a vertical drop measuring 40-feet long, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls™ features four different slides each boasting the steepest and tallest 360-degree spirals in the southern United States!

Orlando Premium Outlets® on International Drive is a great place to pick up a bargain or two. Forget ripping through endless sales racks – here, you’ll wander through a peaceful Mediterranean-style village of upmarket designer shops. One of the best places in Florida for cut-price designer items is Sawgrass Mills, near Miami. The largest designer outlet in the USA, you’ll find a huge selection of high-end items across 350 stores. A few minutes’ drive from Universal Orlando®, the Mall at Millennia is an elegant shopping centre with a mixture of high street shops, department stores and stylish designer boutiques. At Downtown Disney, you’ll find everything from unique pieces of Disney art to Christmas decorations.

Recommended offers in Florida

Ramada Gateway

Kissimmee, Orlando

  • Kids eat free
  • Free theme park transport
  • Car hire included

from

£520

Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista

Lake Buena Vista, Orlando

  • Quick drive to SeaWorld® Orlando and Universal Orlando®
  • Next to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Relaxing atmosphere

from

£550

Rosen Inn International

International Drive, Orlando

  • 20-minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • 10-minute drive to Universal Orlando® Resort
  • Right in the middle of bustling International Drive

from

£560

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando

International Drive, Orlando

  • 3 swimming pools
  • 20-minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Close to International Drive's shops and entertainment

from

£560

Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites

International Drive, Orlando

  • 15 minute drive from Universal Orlando® Resort
  • Relaxing atmosphere in the heart of Orlando
  • Just off Orlando's bustling International Drive

from

£560

FLORIDA IS BEST FOR ...

Little ones: Disney’s Magic Kingdom®. Meet Mickey & Minnie Mouse, ride the teacups and get your picture taken outside Cinderella’s Castle.

Shoppers: Grab a bargain at Orlando Premium Outlets® or some one-of-a-kind souvenirs at Downtown Disney.

Teenagers: Plunge into darkness on the Revenge of the Mummy® rollercoaster at Universal Orlando® resort.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Florida is English.

Currency: The currency used in Florida is the American Dollar ($).

Local time: Florida is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: If you’re going to Orlando, you’ll land at either Orlando International Airport (MCO) which is 19km south-east of Orlando or Sanford Airport (SFB) which is 43km north-east of Orlando.

Flight time from UK: 8-9 hours

Tourist Information: Further Florida tourist information can be found at www.visitflorida.com

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Florida.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average temperatures in the early 30s (°C).

Best time to visit Florida: Autumn when it’s comfortably warm and the main attractions are less busy.
Florida isn’t called the Sunshine State for nothing – you can expect hot, sunny days for most of the year. Florida weather can be particularly hot and humid during the summer months.


GETTING AROUND

By hire car: Hire a car to get the most out of your trip to Florida. Be aware that you will come across numerous toll booths during your stay.

By trolley bus: The I-Drive trolley bus is a convenient way to get around International Drive and its many shops, restaurants and attractions.

By resort bus: If you’re staying in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can access free buses that will take you to all of the Disney parks


EVENTS

For yachters:The Miami International Boat Show is one of the biggest annual events in Florida, attracting around 3,000 boats every February. Mingle with Miami’s most glamorous citizens as you admire everything from powerboats to luxurious yachts.

High speed: Taking place early in the year is the Daytona 500, the most popular motor race in America.

Halloween: In October, Walt Disney World Resort holds kid-friendly Halloween parties with spooky parades and spectacular fireworks.

Santa visits Florida: Christmas is an extra special time at Disney’s Magic Kingdom®. Wander down snow-speckled Main Street USA to the sounds of festive music and keep an eye out for Mickey Mouse dressed as Santa!


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