Welcome to the U.S.A.'s much loved sunshine state! One of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, it is home to thrilling theme parks, extraordinary wetlands, glamorous cities and laid-back islands. Add to that breathtaking beaches, year-round sunshine, fabulous shopping and dining, and it's easy to see just why Florida is a holiday-maker's dream. Wait! Don't forget about our great deals on flights and hotel packages...
Orlando in the heart of Florida is jam-packed with world-class theme parks – Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios Florida, and Kennedy Space Center among them. Beyond Orlando, there are scores of vibrant beach resorts, from Fort Lauderdale on the Atlantic coast to St Petersburg on the Gulf coast, plus the glittering city of Miami, most famous for its Art Deco architecture, glitzy nightlife and superb beaches. Miami has a fascinating mix of cultures and ethnicities, reflected in its architecture and cuisine, and a clutch of superb museums and cultural sights. But there's more to Florida than theme parks and nightlife: the entire southern tip is covered by the Everglades National Park, remote wetlands inhabited by endangered animals like the manatee, American crocodile, and the Florida panther. And the Florida Keys, a string of small coral islands dotted with coconut palms stretching out towards the Gulf of Mexico, provide the perfect antidote to the hectic main resorts with their relaxed, beach-town vibe.
Most popular hotels in Florida
Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites International Drive
Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando
The Avanti Resort
Seralago Hotel and Suites
Clarion Suites Maingate
Doubletree By Hilton Orlando at Seaworld
International Drive, Florida
Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance of Universal
Florida Hotel & Conference Center
At a glance
- Currency: United States Dollar
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +-5
- Average flight time: 9h 30m
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The Sunshine State is a hugely diverse destination: its beaches, sunshine and nightlife are complemented by world-class theme parks, two glorious National Parks, a superb network of walking trails, glamorous cities, and relaxed islands. Florida really is one of the top holiday destinations, whether you're travelling in 2017 or 2018.
Orlando, the self-proclaimed 'theme park capital of the world', is home to Walt Disney World, the most visted theme park on earth. Holidays to Orlando leave you with lots of options. SeaWorld and Universal Studios Florida are also found here, while at Cape Canaveral, on the north east coast, you'll find the fascinating Kennedy Space Center, where Apollo 11 was launched in 1969.
If you've already ticked Orlando off the list of holiday destinations, Florida has numerous cities and resorts, from Tampa and St Petersburg on the Gulf Coast to Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale on the east coast. Its most dazzling city is Miami, swathed in Hollywood glamour, and world-famous for its beautiful beaches, stunning Art Deco hotels and enticing melting pot of cultures.
If the pace gets too much, head to the Everglades National Park. These vast wetlands have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and provide a refuge for a huge range of animals, birds and plants. Tours through the quiet waterways may bring glimpses of endangered creatures such as the American crocodile. The Biscayne National Park is the largest marine park in the USA, and protects mangrove forests and living coral reefs. You can go diving in its pristing waters or relax on the idyllic, unspoilt beaches. For more heavenly beaches, head south to the Florida Keys, a string of subtropical islands off the tip of Florida which are home to slow-paced towns and villages.
Wine and Dine
Eating out is a treat in Florida, with a wonderful array of cuisines, including delicious Southern, Cuban and Caribbean specialities which reflect the region's history and culture. In Miami you'll find a range of cuisines available due to its mixed heritage, making it one of the top destinations to try out food in Florida. Local seafood specialities include stone crab and lobster, as well as blackened fish such as grouper, and the tasty conch fritters. For dessert, try the refreshing Key Lime pie. Although there are scores of glamorous and award-winning restaurants to try across the region, some of the best food is served by simple local establishments specialises in traditional foods from their homelands. For example, you could try delicious Cuban and Caribbean dishes, from Cuban ropa vieja (shredded beef) to Haitian queue boeuf (braised oxtail) and Puerto Rican mofungo (plantain balls) to Jamaican jerk chicken. And, if you're travelling with the family, there are lots of family-friendly restaurants and themed restaurants that will keep even the pickiest young eaters happy.
A holiday to Florida is one of the most talked about and anticipated times for any family! A host of all inclusive resorts means you've got more time hanging out together and checking out Florida's attractions. The Disney World Resort and its legendary fun for all the family 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.
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. Kissimmee Old Town is a good place to get warmed up for Orlando. Relive the classic American lifestyle in all the glamour of Kissimmee. 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. Ask your all inclusive concierge for some top tips on destinations to check out!
Life's a Beach
Florida's beaches are truly the stuff of dreams. With more than a thousand miles of glorious coastline, its beaches range from the glitz and glamour of Miami's South Beach in the heart of the city, with its awesome choice of hotels, to the unspoilt wilderness of the Caladesi Island State Park near Clearwater.
Even the biggest and busiest towns and cities are just a short drive from spectacular pristine beaches. From St Petersburg, a 25-minute drive will bring you to the protected sands of Fort de Soto's North Beach, where you can rent a canoe or kayak to explore the little bays and visit the fascinating fort that dates back to the 19th century. And near Naples you'll find the charmingly named Barefoot Beach, a peaceful beach set on a barrier island with nature trails and some outstanding fishing.
Chic Amelia Island, just off Florida's northeastern coast, has become an elegant, enclave for the rich and famous, and boasts superb tranquil beaches from where you might glimpse dolphins or whales. Fort Lauderdale has 23 miles of beaches, from the sports'-lovers paradise of Pompano Beach to the quiet coves of lovely Deerfield Beach. Just north of lively Palm Beach, the Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island is a nature reserve with some wind-whipped bluffs and cliffs and excellent walking trails.
Florida offers amazing nightlife to suit all tastes and pockets. You can dance under the stars at one of the glamorous clubs in Miami's gorgeous South Beach neighbourhood, or enjoy a relaxed cocktail by the pool in St Petersburg. Kick back with an ice-cold beer at a dive bar on the Keys, or take in some live music in Orlando.! The biggest nightlife hubs are Miami and Fort Lauderdale, but all the larger cities, including Tampa and Jacksonville, have a lively bar and club scene. One of the top destinations for nightlife is, of course, Orlando's theme parks. Who doesn't enjoy a little night-time Disney? Whatever you're looking for, and whatever your budget, you'll find it in Florida
The perfect destination for romantic nights, Florida offers plenty of dreamy destinations where you can lose the crowds and relax with your partner, plus some of the most glamorous places on earth to shop, party, wine and dine. Head to one of the state's fabulous nature reserves, where pristine sands and crystal clear waters await. Take a picnic, perhaps a bottle of wine, and watch the sun set. If you're sporty types, there's plenty to do, from outstanding golf courses to kite surfing and jet-skiing. Plus, of course, you can canoe through the Everglades or go diving with manatees. Channel your inner child with a visit to Walt Disney World. To really kick back and relax, head to the Keys, but if you're looking for glitz and glamour, then Miami's famous South Beach is for you. As for romantic places to dine, you could crack open some stone crabs with locals on the beach, or make reservations at one of Miami's glittering supper clubs, to dine in style and then dance the night away.
Florida's superb theme parks hog the limelight, but this state has a fascinating history and a rich cultural legacy evidenced by its many historic lighthouses, forts and museums. You can learn all about the indigenous Seminole people, the arrival of European settlers and Florida's boom in the early 20th century at a clutch of excellent history museums, including those in St Petersburg and in Naples. Art and architecture fans will be dazzled by the enormous Dalí museum in St Petersburg, the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota,. You could also visit some extravagant early 20th-century mansions, such as Miami's breathtaking Vizkaya Palace and Gardens or the Audobon House and Tropical Gardens in Key West. Miami's South Beach district is packed with dazzling gems of Art Deco architecture, and the city has a range of cultural attractions from striking street art to elegant galleries. Florida also has a vibrant arts scene, with some outstanding venues for the performance arts and a packed programme of events.