Home to such a diverse range of attractions, it is easy to see why Florida is such a popular holiday destination. While some are drawn to the glamour of Palm Beach and Miami’s vibrant nightlife, others will enjoy exploring the surrounding coral reefs or wandering through the lush everglades. Florida is also home to Orlando, the theme park capital of the world where you will find Disney World and Universal Orlando.
Best Time to Visit Florida
South Florida’s high season runs between mid-December and mid-April as this is when Florida enjoys its best weather. On the other hand, North Florida experiences its high seasons during the summer, between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Unfortunately, room rates almost double in Florida during its peak seasons, so cost-conscious travelers may prefer to schedule their trip for one of Florida’s shoulder seasons.
Florida is served by a number of airports including: Orlando International Airport (MCO), Miami International Airport (MIA) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). A number of airlines offer flights to major Florida airports such as United Airlines and Delta.
If you are planning on visiting Miami Beach, it may work out more economical to fly to Fort Lauderdale airport than Miami airport.
On average, you can expect a flight from New York to Orlando to take around 2 hours 30 minutes and flights from New York to Miami will take slightly longer with an average flight time of 2 hours 40 minutes.
With more than 370,000 hotel rooms to choose from, there is a hotel in Florida to suit every taste and budget. Theme park hotels are great for families and thrill seekers whereas spa and golf resorts are better suited for those looking for a relaxing break.
If you are keen to make some savings on your Florida accommodation, motels and small hotels are some of the most affordable options around. In addition, it is possible to make some great savings by timing your vacation outside of the peak season.
What to Do in Florida
Many families and groups are drawn towards Orlando, the world’s theme park capital. Drawing in more than 50 million people every year, Disney World Orlando is the most popular attraction in the world. The park comprises of 4 themed lands (Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom) filled with attractions and rides to enjoy. Universal Orlando consists of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure and is theme park geared towards adults and teenagers. The parks has a number of attractions, the most recent being the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Nature lovers will enjoy visiting the Everglades National Park. The park spans 610,684 hectares and encompasses a variety of different landscapes including sawgrass prairies and cypress swamps. The park is also home to a number of interesting creatures such as Green Turtles and American Crocodiles. Florida Bay is the park’s largest body of water and is home to sponges, fish and coral.
Art enthusiasts will already know that Florida has an impressive portfolio of galleries. One of the most famous is the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg which is home to the most comprehensive collection of works by the Spanish surrealist in the world. In addition, the Ringling Museum Complex is also a popular attraction. This complex is the official state museum of Florida and is home a great selection of contemporary works and old masterpieces.