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Florida? All fun, no faff.

Lovingly nicknamed the Sunshine State, Florida is the United States’ most visited destination – and for good reason. The powdery beaches, warm seas, action-packed attractions, exquisite seafood and unforgettable sunsets are all pretty special. This sun-soaked state is also home to ultra-cool Miami, some of the world’s most exciting theme parks – including Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort – and beauty spots like the Everglades and Florida Keys. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to see why Florida holidays are so unwaveringly popular.

Brushed by both the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida’s beaches will make you feel as though you’ve been dropped in to a film set – and not just because they’ve featured in so many Hollywood blockbusters. From the Art Deco architecture of Miami Beach, to the watersports and nightlife of Key West, Florida majors in coastal towns. And a beach day here offers all kinds of adventures, ranging from deep-sea fishing to Catamaran sailing.

But you’ll also find a rich culture on your holiday to Florida. Influenced by the immigrant populations that have flocked here over the centuries, the Sunshine State is melting pot of Cuban, Haitian and Mexican cultures. The Salvador Dali Museum in St Petersburg is testament to the Hispanic population, paying homage to the Catalan artist through the display of a veritable collection of surrealist work. The historic Castillo de San Marcos in St Augustine, meanwhile, is considered one of Florida’s most iconic landmarks, where you can soak up 500 years of American history in just one afternoon.

You might want to pack your dancing shoes for your trip to Florida, as the state also has some of the best nightlife in the US. After finishing a delicious sunset meal by the waterfront, simply follow the buzz towards slick rooftop bars, trendy nightclubs and traditional all-night diners for that post-dancing shake. In Miami, there’s a consistent line-up of world-class evening entertainment, including star-studded concerts and award-winning jazz shows.

Whether you’re looking for a family holiday to Orlando, a lively beach break in Miami, or an exciting American road trip along the coast, our experts will help you plan the perfect holiday to Florida.

 

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Theme parks

Beaches

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Things to do in Florida

Even without the world-famous theme parks that dominate Orlando, a whole world of adventures awaits in Florida. You can discover natural wonders like the Everglades and the Great Florida Reef. And fascinating attractions are dotted across the state, including Ernest Hemingway’s former home-come-museum in Key West and NASA’s incredible Kennedy Space Center.

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The beaches are a major draw of any holiday to Florida. There’s a stretch of sand for everyone, from fashionable Miami Beach, to the brewery-speckled St Pete Beach, to the surfer’s paradise of New Smyrna. Florida’s impeccable coastline also offers great camping – perfect if you’re planning a road trip. With over 900 campsites to choose from, you’ll always be able to find a prime sunset-watching spot.

And no Florida trip would be complete without some retail therapy. You’ll find everything from label-filled shopping malls to bargain flea markets, while many outlets also offer fine-dining options and a vibrant selection of cafes and bars.

 

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Florida's theme parks

Orlando’s world-famous theme parks attract millions of visitors every year. Each one has its own distinct personality, playing host to a number of exhilarating rollercoasters, musical shows, famous characters, delicious restaurants, and enough souvenir shops to stock up for a lifetime. Walt Disney World Resort alone boasts four theme parks and two adventure parks, while Universal Orlando is home to famous attractions like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Whether you choose to focus your efforts on one park – they’re enormous – or several, kids and adults of all ages will be amazed by the rides and attractions. 

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What’s more, the majority of Orlando’s parks are all very close to each other – so, wherever you stay, you’ll have easy access to your favourites. You can even buy a special pass that provides access to multiple parks, making it easy to pick and choose which one to visit, depending on your mood. 

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Beaches and watersports

Boasting hundreds of miles of coastline, vibrant sea life and warm waters, Florida is ideal for watersports. Kayaking in Southwest Florida is a popular pastime, as you’ll have the chance to explore an endless array of creeks, hidden bays and sandy beaches. Plus, there are plenty of remote spots to hop out and enjoy a romantic picnic. But if you’re looking for stylish sunbathing spots and sleek beach clubs, Miami is the place for you.

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If you’d prefer to be adventurous, why not dive down to some of the most unique and fascinating shipwrecks in the world? Florida Keys, Key West and Pensacola all have some brilliant diving sites and wrecks. Meanwhile, surfing enthusiasts should take on the waves at Cocoa Beach. Dubbed ‘Surf City’, this stretch of the USA lays claim to some of the best surf in the country. If you’re lucky, you might even be in town for one of the fiercely competitive surfing competitions.



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Best time to visit Florida

The best time to go to Florida really depends on whereabouts you want to go, and how you want to spend your time. Although famous for its sunny weather and warm climate, Florida’s temperatures do vary throughout the year. It’s also worth remembering that June to November is hurricane season.

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If you’re looking for theme park thrills in Orlando, it’s best to book your holiday between January and April, when temperatures are lovely and warm, but not as stifling as the summer. Crowds will be smaller, too, so you can spend more time riding rollercoasters and less time queueing.

For Southern Florida and Florida Keys, December to April is the best time to go, as you’ll have dry, pleasant weather, with plenty of sunshine. This time of year is the perfect time for kicking back and relaxing on the beach, where you can try out watersports and wander along the promenades in a t-shirt and shorts.

Show More
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Things to do

Things to do in Florida

Even without the world-famous theme parks that dominate Orlando, a whole world of adventures awaits in Florida. You can discover natural wonders like the Everglades and the Great Florida Reef. And fascinating attractions are dotted across the state, including Ernest Hemingway’s former home-come-museum in Key West and NASA’s incredible Kennedy Space Center.

Show More
Show Less

The beaches are a major draw of any holiday to Florida. There’s a stretch of sand for everyone, from fashionable Miami Beach, to the brewery-speckled St Pete Beach, to the surfer’s paradise of New Smyrna. Florida’s impeccable coastline also offers great camping – perfect if you’re planning a road trip. With over 900 campsites to choose from, you’ll always be able to find a prime sunset-watching spot.

And no Florida trip would be complete without some retail therapy. You’ll find everything from label-filled shopping malls to bargain flea markets, while many outlets also offer fine-dining options and a vibrant selection of cafes and bars.

 

Show More
Show Less

Theme parks

Florida's theme parks

Orlando’s world-famous theme parks attract millions of visitors every year. Each one has its own distinct personality, playing host to a number of exhilarating rollercoasters, musical shows, famous characters, delicious restaurants, and enough souvenir shops to stock up for a lifetime. Walt Disney World Resort alone boasts four theme parks and two adventure parks, while Universal Orlando is home to famous attractions like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Whether you choose to focus your efforts on one park – they’re enormous – or several, kids and adults of all ages will be amazed by the rides and attractions. 

Show More
Show Less

What’s more, the majority of Orlando’s parks are all very close to each other – so, wherever you stay, you’ll have easy access to your favourites. You can even buy a special pass that provides access to multiple parks, making it easy to pick and choose which one to visit, depending on your mood. 

Show More
Show Less

Beaches

Beaches and watersports

Boasting hundreds of miles of coastline, vibrant sea life and warm waters, Florida is ideal for watersports. Kayaking in Southwest Florida is a popular pastime, as you’ll have the chance to explore an endless array of creeks, hidden bays and sandy beaches. Plus, there are plenty of remote spots to hop out and enjoy a romantic picnic. But if you’re looking for stylish sunbathing spots and sleek beach clubs, Miami is the place for you.

Show More
Show Less

If you’d prefer to be adventurous, why not dive down to some of the most unique and fascinating shipwrecks in the world? Florida Keys, Key West and Pensacola all have some brilliant diving sites and wrecks. Meanwhile, surfing enthusiasts should take on the waves at Cocoa Beach. Dubbed ‘Surf City’, this stretch of the USA lays claim to some of the best surf in the country. If you’re lucky, you might even be in town for one of the fiercely competitive surfing competitions.



Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Florida

The best time to go to Florida really depends on whereabouts you want to go, and how you want to spend your time. Although famous for its sunny weather and warm climate, Florida’s temperatures do vary throughout the year. It’s also worth remembering that June to November is hurricane season.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re looking for theme park thrills in Orlando, it’s best to book your holiday between January and April, when temperatures are lovely and warm, but not as stifling as the summer. Crowds will be smaller, too, so you can spend more time riding rollercoasters and less time queueing.

For Southern Florida and Florida Keys, December to April is the best time to go, as you’ll have dry, pleasant weather, with plenty of sunshine. This time of year is the perfect time for kicking back and relaxing on the beach, where you can try out watersports and wander along the promenades in a t-shirt and shorts.

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