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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.

Recommended offers in Florida

Disney's Port Orleans Resort–Riverside & French Quarter

WDW Hotels, Orlando

  • Fishing hole
  • Disney movies under the stars
  • Boats to Downtown Disney

What is included?

from

£1009

The Rosen Plaza

International Drive, Orlando

  • Just 10 minutes' drive to Universal Orlando® Resort

     

     

  • Across the street from the Pointe Orlando entertainment complex
  • 20-minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort

What is included?

from

£609

Sheraton Vistana Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Orlando

  • Seven swimming pools
  • Spacious‚ well–equipped apartments
  • Surrounded by lakes‚ fountains and waterfalls

What is included?

from

£918

Rosen Inn International

International Drive, Orlando

  • 20 minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • 10 minute drive to Universal Orlando® Resort
  • Centrally located on bustling International Drive

What is included?

from

£563

Standard Villas

Kissimmee, Orlando

  • Sleeps up to 14
  • Great option for families and groups of friends
  • Car hire included

What is included?

from

£646

Vista Cay Resort by Millenium

International Drive, Orlando

  • Spacious apartments, ideal for families
  • 20 minutes' drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Home-from-home luxury

What is included?

from

£705

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

WDW Hotels, Orlando

  • Pirate–themed rooms available
  • Seven pools
  • A tropical beach paradise

What is included?

from

£1391

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

What is included?

from

£1209

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando

International Drive, Orlando

  • Close to shops, restaurants and entertainment
  • 20 minute drive from Walt Disney World Resort
  • Three swimming pools

What is included?

from

£600

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

Lake Buena Vista, Orlando

  • 5 minute drive from Walt Disney World Resort
  • Spacious apartments
  • Fantastic pirate ship with waterslide

What is included?

from

£712

Recommended offers in Florida

Ramada Gateway

Kissimmee, Orlando

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

What is included?

from

£498

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

What is included?

from

£531

International Palms

International Drive, Orlando

  • Fabulous lagoon-style pool
  • A 25-minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Great central location in heart of Orlando

What is included?

from

£546

Ramada Gateway Hotel

Kissimmee, Orlando Area

The Ramada Gateway Hotel invites you to experience the many attractions of Kissimmee from its great location, convenient for all the major venues in this part of Florida, U.S.A. The Ramada Gateway Hotel consists of an 8-storey tower and a 2-storey building which contains 500 smart comfortable rooms in total to match your requirements and budget. You can savour terrific menu options for breakfast, lunch and dinner at a choice of venues and relax and have fun at Mulligan's Sports Bar with screen sports and karaoke nights. Added fun can be found at the 2 outdoor swimming pools, a fitness centre and an area with table games and an arcade video games room. Of course, you will be focusing on all the major attractions surrounding you; however the Ramada Gateway Hotel at Kissimmee is a welcoming well-equipped Florida retreat and fine value as a comfort base in this part of the U.S.A.

 

Getting to the hotel: Orlando International Airport serves. Local tips: The hotel is only 1 mile from the entrance of Walt Disney World Theme Parks, and minutes away from the main tourist attractions such as SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando, The Holy Land Experience, LegoLand Florida and many other superb venues.

 


Local tips: The hotel is only 1 mile from the entrance of Walt Disney World Theme Parks, and minutes away from the main tourist attractions such as SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando, The Holy Land Experience, LegoLand Florida and many other superb venues.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: The Smokehouse Grill serves breakfast which includes: "all you can eat" pancakes and "a la carte" menu to the "all you can eat" weekend breakfast buffet including coffee and juice; optional evening dining menus include specialty BBQ and grilled steaks and ribs; the Deli and Andy's Pizza for lunches presents a Rock N' Roll 50's era and serves snacks & sweets, soups & salads, pizza & wings, sandwiches & ice cream, offering dine-in, take-out and room delivery; Mulligan's Sports Bar offers beverages, cocktails and snacks, 2 TVs showing sports, karaoke Friday and Saturday night and a Manager's Reception Monday-Thursday 5pm - 6pm with complimentary draft beer and house wine.

 

Sport, games and activities: 2 outdoor swimming pools, sun terraces with loungers and parasols, a fitness centre, mini golf, basketball half-court, an arcade video game room and covered area hosting electronic darts, foosball table and billiard tables.

 

For the kids: Kids Eat Free programme is only available at the Smokehouse Grill, where, for each adult dinner, a child 9 years and under may order any specialty from the Children's Menu without cost. The kid's programme is also available during breakfast hours.

 

Additional: 24 hour Front Desk services, housekeeping, WiFi internet access, guest services desk, self-laundry and dry cleaning facility, safe boxes at front desk, 24 hour business centre, extensive flexible banqueting and meeting space with A/V equipment for up to 540 people (theatre-style), wedding packages amenities, gift shop, 24 hour onsite security, parking available, and complimentary daily scheduled transportation to Walt Disney World Theme Parks, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando and Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlet.

What is included?

from

£559

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®.

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. 

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

What is included?

from

£498

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

What is included?

from

£531

International Palms

International Drive, Orlando

  • Fabulous lagoon-style pool
  • A 25-minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Great central location in heart of Orlando

What is included?

from

£546

Ramada Gateway Hotel

Kissimmee, Orlando Area

The Ramada Gateway Hotel invites you to experience the many attractions of Kissimmee from its great location, convenient for all the major venues in this part of Florida, U.S.A. The Ramada Gateway Hotel consists of an 8-storey tower and a 2-storey building which contains 500 smart comfortable rooms in total to match your requirements and budget. You can savour terrific menu options for breakfast, lunch and dinner at a choice of venues and relax and have fun at Mulligan's Sports Bar with screen sports and karaoke nights. Added fun can be found at the 2 outdoor swimming pools, a fitness centre and an area with table games and an arcade video games room. Of course, you will be focusing on all the major attractions surrounding you; however the Ramada Gateway Hotel at Kissimmee is a welcoming well-equipped Florida retreat and fine value as a comfort base in this part of the U.S.A.

 

Getting to the hotel: Orlando International Airport serves. Local tips: The hotel is only 1 mile from the entrance of Walt Disney World Theme Parks, and minutes away from the main tourist attractions such as SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando, The Holy Land Experience, LegoLand Florida and many other superb venues.

 


Local tips: The hotel is only 1 mile from the entrance of Walt Disney World Theme Parks, and minutes away from the main tourist attractions such as SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando, The Holy Land Experience, LegoLand Florida and many other superb venues.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: The Smokehouse Grill serves breakfast which includes: "all you can eat" pancakes and "a la carte" menu to the "all you can eat" weekend breakfast buffet including coffee and juice; optional evening dining menus include specialty BBQ and grilled steaks and ribs; the Deli and Andy's Pizza for lunches presents a Rock N' Roll 50's era and serves snacks & sweets, soups & salads, pizza & wings, sandwiches & ice cream, offering dine-in, take-out and room delivery; Mulligan's Sports Bar offers beverages, cocktails and snacks, 2 TVs showing sports, karaoke Friday and Saturday night and a Manager's Reception Monday-Thursday 5pm - 6pm with complimentary draft beer and house wine.

 

Sport, games and activities: 2 outdoor swimming pools, sun terraces with loungers and parasols, a fitness centre, mini golf, basketball half-court, an arcade video game room and covered area hosting electronic darts, foosball table and billiard tables.

 

For the kids: Kids Eat Free programme is only available at the Smokehouse Grill, where, for each adult dinner, a child 9 years and under may order any specialty from the Children's Menu without cost. The kid's programme is also available during breakfast hours.

 

Additional: 24 hour Front Desk services, housekeeping, WiFi internet access, guest services desk, self-laundry and dry cleaning facility, safe boxes at front desk, 24 hour business centre, extensive flexible banqueting and meeting space with A/V equipment for up to 540 people (theatre-style), wedding packages amenities, gift shop, 24 hour onsite security, parking available, and complimentary daily scheduled transportation to Walt Disney World Theme Parks, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando and Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlet.

What is included?

from

£559

Rosen Inn International

International Drive, Orlando

  • 20 minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • 10 minute drive to Universal Orlando® Resort
  • Centrally located on bustling International Drive

What is included?

from

£563

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®.


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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