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Plan Your Florida Holiday: Best of Florida

About Florida
Not just for retirees and theme park enthusiasts, the Sunshine State offers beautiful beaches, pristine diving conditions, and sizzling nightlife. Salsa the night away in a smokin’ hot Miami club, or swing away at one of Kissimmee’s many premium golf courses. An airboat tour of the Everglades is an unforgettable adventure – just look out for alligators! For the risk-averse, a lazy day spent on the soft sands of an Emerald Coast beach is as rejuvenating as a spa treatment.

Travel Advice

Essential Florida

Florida Is Great For

Aquatic adventures

Thrilling theme parks

Florida Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips or experiencing Florida

Chris O

You’ll get the best deal on theme park tickets by purchasing them ahead of time.

Chris O

Do not underestimate the Florida sun and the humidity. Take it easy, hydrate, and consider planning your itinerary to be inside (or by the pool) during the mid-afternoon.

Melanie F

Bring an umbrella if you're visiting the Florida Keys during the summer.

Stephen S

Florida is not all Disney; it has much more to offer!

Katherine B

No trip to Central Florida would be complete without a visit to the Magic Kingdom. All the Disney parks are fabulous of course, but this is the best.

JaniceK11

The Everglades have been the highlight of my Florida road trip so far. I have never seen so many alligators. I also saw loads of birds, turtles, snakes and smaller wildlife.

Madison S

Orlando may be known for its theme parks, but it is also one of the best United States destinations for water sports and outdoor fun.

ellycmc7

We had a blast at Universal Studios Florida. Really enjoyed all the rides, especially at HP World, Fast and Furious, Minions, Transformers, and the Horror Make Up Show.

What is the best way to get there?

flying

Florida’s largest airports are Orlando International Airport and Miami International Airport. There’s also the Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Tampa International Airport, Daytona Beach, and Jacksonville.

train

Amtrak trains have daily connections between New York and Miami, stopping at Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and other destinations along the way.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting the United States from overseas, use the government’s Visa Wizard to see if you need a visa.

When is the best time to visit?

November-May: Year-round sunshine means there’s no bad time to visit Florida, but temperatures are most pleasant in the south during the winter months. Expect temperatures to reach 77°F (25°C) between November to May; perfect for lounging on Miami’s beaches, visiting Orlando’s theme parks, or cruising around Florida Keys.

Hurricane season lasts from June to November, so heed local weather warnings and expect frequent thunderstorms if visiting during this period.

Get around

car

While it’s easy to get around Miami or Orlando without a car, state-wide travel is most convenient with your own transport. Car and motorcycle rentals are available from airports, cities, and major hotels around the state.

bus

Greyhound buses connect Florida’s principal cities, while local buses will take you to beaches and smaller towns. For timetables and fares, see here.

trains

Amtrak has daily train services between Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, and Tampa.

ridesharing

Uber and Lyft are available around Florida on your smartphone.

bicycle

Large parts of Florida are flat, and cycling is a popular way to explore; there are numerous long-distance routes including the Florida Coast to Coast Trail. Bike-share systems (such as CitiBike and Lime) are also in place in Orlando and Miami.

On the ground

What is the timezone?

Eastern Daylight Time.

What are the voltage/plug types?

The standard voltage in the United States is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. The plug has two flat parallel pins.

What is the currency?

The U.S. Dollar

Are ATMs readily accessible?

Yes.

Are credit cards widely accepted?

Yes.

How much do I tip?

As in the rest of the United States, tipping is expected.

Restaurant

15-20%

Bartender

$1-2 a drink

Bellman

$1 to 3 per bag

Housekeeper

$2-$3 per night

Taxis/rideshare

15-20%

Shuttle driver

$1-$2 per person

Tour guide

10-20%

Are there local customs I should know?

Drinking

The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 21 years old.

Beach etiquette

Locals take the beach seriously so avoid making faux pas by respecting people’s space on the beach.

Languages

Florida is a diverse state with a large Hispanic population, so expect to hear Spanish spoken as frequently as English, especially around Miami and Orlando.

Spitting

Spitting is considered rude in any public setting.

Find more information about local customs and etiquette in the United States generally here.