Welcome to the U.S.A.'s much loved sunshine state and one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Home to thrilling theme parks, breathtaking beaches and fascinating wildlife, holidays to Florida are bound to be full of smiles, sun and excitement. Blessed with good weather all year round, Florida makes for a perfect winter getaway with countless opportunities for fun. Head down to Orlando and visit the world renowned Disney World, where the whole family is guaranteed to have a great time and experience the magic that has made this theme park famous all across the globe. Miami offers you the chance to soak up some sunshine on its beautiful beaches during the day and experience the incredible party scene until late into the night.
Top Hotels in Florida
The Avanti Resort
International Drive, Florida
Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites International Drive
Seralago Hotel & Suites Main Gate East
Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando
International Drive, Florida
Coco Key Hotel and Water Park Resort
International Drive, Florida
Clarion Inn and Suites Universal Studios Area
Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal
Doubletree By Hilton Orlando at Seaworld
International Drive, Florida
At a Glance
- Currency: United States Dollar
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +-5
- Average flight time: 9h 30m
When to go
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The sunshine state is a hugely diverse destination, offering an exciting mix of activities and cultures. Adventure seekers will have an unforgettable time in the central part of the state – the self-declared theme park capital of the world – where besides Disney World you can explore countless other theme parks with many thrilling roller coasters and adrenaline inducing rides.
Nature lovers will be impressed with the natural beauty Florida has to offer. The Everglades national park houses a fascinating ecosystem which is best explored by bike or on foot, as this provides you with the best chance to spot wildlife such as alligators.
Florida offers one of the best nightlife scenes in the entire U.S., giving you the chance to experience rooftop bars and cool cocktails like you never have before. Head down to south beach for world class D.J.s, luxurious clubs and a variety of different types of music you can dance to until the early morning hours.
Florida's culture capital, Sarasota, is the place to visit if you would like some sophistication and are interested in theatre, ballet and classical music.
Florida has an excellent mixture of culture, nature and excitement and is the perfect destination for anyone.
Wine and Dine
Dining out on a Florida holiday is a treat. Starting out in the cultural hubbub of Miami, Joe’s Stone Crab on the beach is simply unmissable for its signature dishes that have become legendary with locals and visitors alike. If red meat is more you, Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa is renowned for its delicately aged steaks and wine cellar tours. That same city is also host to Florida’s oldest restaurant, Columbia, which has a proud tradition of serving some of the State’s best Spanish-style dishes since 1905. If your holiday to Florida is also taking in the beautiful spot of De Leon Springs, The Old Spanish Sugar Mill has its own griddle for making your own pancakes just the way you like them in the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of a state nature reserve. For some freshly-caught bites as you enjoy Clearwater Beach there’s also Frenchy’s Café and its famous grouper feasts. Your biggest challenge on a Florida holiday will not be finding places to eat, but in choosing which of the superb eateries take your fancy each mealtime!
A holiday to Florida has to be one of the most talked about and anticipated times for any family! The Disney World Resort and its legendary fun for all the family really is a must, and from there it’s down to you, and the kids, to choose! Thrill-seekers should make Busch Gardens or Islands of Adventure the first ports of call on their holiday, or if movies are your thing then you’ll put yourself right in the action at Universal Studios. Education and fun are woven together superbly at Kennedy Space Center, Epcot and Gatorland, and trips into the Everglades by water or air are unmissable for nature lovers while in Florida. Discovery Cove and SeaWorld Orlando offer up infinite experiences with creatures from the depths of the oceans, and swimming with dolphins may well be the highlight of the holiday. For a slightly less intense day, Anna Maria Island has shopping, dining and even fishing to unwind, and Villa Vizcaya offers Mum and Dad the chance to peruse some of Florida’s finest art, antiques and tranquil gardens. Florida is made for families, and your holiday will be amazing – enjoy!
Action and Adventure
From the wilds of the Everglades to the top of Disney’s Space Mountain, holidays in Florida are non-stop action and adventure. Typhoon Lagoon lets you experience swimming in ocean swells in the safety of the park, or you can burn some rubber with a driving day at the world famous Daytona International Speedway. If that’s not enough to get your teeth into on one holiday, swim with sharks at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, zip over to Forever Florida for some zip line zeal, or for the real hard-core adrenaline seeker there’s guided skydiving over Miami for breathtaking views and thrills. Make sure you also block out some time for Legoland Florida, mingle with exotic wildlife and tropical plants at Jungle Island, and go-gator at St Augustine Alligator Farm! Any true holiday adventurer will also want to take in the Southernmost point of Florida for a spectacular sunset and selfies as far south as you can go (while staying dry!) in the continental United States.
Life's a Beach
With nearly 1,200 miles of coastline Florida has numerous beaches to choose from, giving you a great chance to soak up some sunshine and the unmistakable Caribbean climate. Kick back, and relax in Tampa, Florida Keys, and Clearwater before enjoying a local favourite drink at a nearby beach bar; the tropical inspired Mojito cocktail.
Holidays in Florida offer you a unique chance to swim with dolphins; an activity that certainly belongs on the top of your to-do list, as it provides both adults and children with an experience you will never forget. Key Largo offers an abundance of swim schools where you can get close to, and swim with these enchanting creatures.
A range of different water-sports can be experienced in Florida Keys- also known as the American Caribbean. The location is ideal for diving, sailing, jet-skiing and kite-surfing.
A Florida holiday is to nightlife what casinos are to Vegas or culture is to Paris. Where to start? Give yourself a chilly reception at the minus5° Ice Bar in Orlando – with quality cocktails, uplifting LED and even warm coats to borrow, it’s in many senses the coolest place in Florida. When it’s time to thaw out a little, the world is your oyster for night spots in Orlando. Head over to Mango’s Tropical Café for delicious food and light entertainment – Elvis (impersonators!) are in the building! Heading across to the west side of the Florida peninsula and you’ve got some great sea views, great value drinks and food feasts at the Undertow Beach Bar in St Petersburg – and this place literally is on the sands. For some high end dance and tipples, Whiskey North in Tampa is a must, as is the two-level roof deck Push Ultra Lounge and its bay views. Your holiday in Florida will be a blast with all the nightlife the scene can throw at you – there’s so much to offer it’s best to just let your hair down, follow the whims of the night and enjoy!
Beach bums, Siesta Beach and its splendid white sands are a must for your Florida holiday plans. If you fancy a spot of golf, fine dining amid plush surrounds, Amelia Island is a great choice. When it’s time to turn up the tempo, the Lion Country Safari offers up-close and unobstructed wildlife spotting, or Disney’s Hollywood Studios gets you close to, and even in, the movies! Plentiful live entertainment is on tap at Disney Springs whether Cirque du Soleil or chilled blues beats strike a chord with you. Take an early evening spin on the Orlando eye for some superb views of the city and Florida scenery, before retreating for dinner and cocktails in one of the Downtown area’s many great dining spots. Round out your holiday with high-end dancing, stunning décor and balcony views at EVE Orlando. Florida is a feast of choice for couples to make for a spectacular holiday.
Florida, with its maritime history, European and Latin influences and proximity to the Caribbean and Cuba is a rich mixture of culture, style and people. Any well-planned Florida holiday for culture vultures will start at the Salvador Dali Museum in St Petersburg with its surrealist majesty. Ocean Drive off Miami Beach or South Beach is where the action is if art deco is your thing, with beautiful walks and stylish shopping within easy proximity too. The Spanish colonial splendour of the Ernest Hemmingway House should not be missed, with the famous author’s former residence now playing host to tributes to his life and work. Carrying on the cultural tour, the 17th century fortress of Castillo de San Marcos with its authentic drawbridges and period collections is also highly recommended both for its historic status and sumptuous views over Matanzas Bay. Although not culture by the strictest definition, the Kennedy Space centre is well worth a trip given the huge role that space exploration has played in the recent history of Florida and the US, and the simulator experiences are an absolute must for your holiday.
Top Florida Destinations
Need some more inspiration on where to go? Here are some of our top Florida destinations: