Florida travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: 16-28 (°C)

Yes, the Sunshine State really does remain sun-soaked all year round. Long, hot summers and mild winters make Florida holidays perfect for all seasons, with temperatures climbing to 33°C. Bear in mind that sudden rain and storms are common between June and September, so remember to pack a brolly. To avoid the big crowds (especially in the theme parks), book your visit in spring or autumn. 

Weather In Florida

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Florida is best for

Little ones: Florida holidays really can make dreams come true. 15 theme parks await, including Disney’s Magic Kingdom®, where you can meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse, ride the teacups, and get your picture taken outside Cinderella’s Castle.

Shoppers: Grab a bargain at Orlando Premium Outlets®, or pick up a one-of-a-kind souvenir at Downtown Disney.

Teenagers: Experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando Resort™. Ride the Hogwarts™ Express between King's Cross Station in Universal Studios Florida™ and Hogsmeade™ Station in Universal's Islands of Adventure™. It’s just magical.

Kids: With all our Orlando package holidays of seven nights or more, kids aged 11 and under receive their own Kids Eat Free card, valid in over 100 restaurants throughout Orlando. Find instructions on how to redeem the voucher within your travel documents.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken is English.

Currency: The currency used is the US Dollar ($).

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

Fly to: Orlando International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport. Transfers to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale are between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Florida is 9 hours.

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

Visa and 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.

Holiday destinations related to Florida:

  • Orlando
  • Walt Disney World Resort
  • Universal Studios Orlando
  • Lake Buena Vista
  • International Drive
  • Kissimmee
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Getting around

    By hire car: Hiring a car will help you get the most of out your holiday. Don’t forget that Florida has more toll roads (often called turnpikes) than any other US state, costing anything from 25 cents to a few dollars.

    By trolley bus: The I-Drive trolley bus is a convenient way to get around the 23km stretch known as International Drive, with its shops, restaurants and attractions.

    By resort bus: If you’re staying in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you’ll have access to free buses that will take you to all Disney parks. It couldn’t be simpler. 

    Events

    For yachters: The Miami International Boat Show is one of the biggest annual events in the state, with 3,000 boats docking at the marinas every February. It’s your chance to mingle with Miami’s most glamorous citizens as you admire extravagant powerboats and luxurious yachts.

    High speed: The historic Daytona 500 takes place early in the year; it’s the most popular motor race in America, and it’s guaranteed to thrill.

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

    Santa visits Florida: Disney’s Magic Kingdom® feels even more enchanted at Christmas. There’s a snow-sprinkled Main Street USA, festive music to get you in the spirit, and a very special visitor; the kids are sure to remember Mickey Mouse dressed as Santa forever.

    Safety and Security

    For up to date advice on travelling to Florida, please visit/nbsp;https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa