Guide to Florida

Millions of people from around the world visit Florida each year, and for good reason—it’s got it all. Theme parks, a variety of beaches, resorts and hotels, and its great climate make Florida travel an easy and ideal escape. The Orlando area is a tourism mecca (the theme park capital of the world) with Disneyworld, Universal Studios and Sea World. Drawn to the colonial charm of St. Augustine, Miami's pulsing nightlife, the glitz of Palm Beach, or the quiet expanse of the Everglades, and the vibrant coral reefs of the Florida Keys almost all visitors find something to love here. Florida offers something new to discover for everyone that’s why is a favorite of many and people keep coming back year after year. Our Florida travel guide will help you find just the vacation you need.

This place is special for me because it was my first trip when I was 7 months old, my parents took my sister and I to Disneyworld so you can imagine that i love it here,  since then we have returned each year during the holidays– until now since we are all adults and tend to travel alone. My parents love to visit Florida because is a great place for shopping, it’s safe, easy to drive, there are lots of things to do and it is perfect for family trips. I mean it is the land of happiness itself. As we have been there several times we are always looking for new things to do, year after year we change the theme parks we visit because there is always something new to see and do, is simply too much for just one trip to Orlando. 

A  little throwback for my mother in her happy place. i love you mom!

A  little throwback for my mother in her happy place. i love you mom!

WHEN TO GO: Peak season is November to April, with the biggest influx during “snowbird season” in January and February. However, with theme park attractions, summer is also a high season to travel to Florida. Ideal times to vacation or travel in Florida are September and October and April and May. Weather is more comfortable, and tourist traffic is at a minimum.

ON ARRIVAL: As with most cities in the USA, the airport shuttle service is the most popular way to transfer between the airport and the city (Supershuttle), as it drops guests directly from the airport to their hotels. Otherwise public transport is a viable option (Metrorail and Metrobus), or a taxi or rent a car that is the best if you’re planning to stay for a couple of days and visit many places (I suggest to book in advance).

BEST SHOPPING:

ORLANDO AREA - Premium Outlets Orlando, Florida Mall, The Mall at Millenia

MIAMI AREA - Dolphin Mall, Sawgrass Mills, Bayside Marketplace, Lincoln Road, Collins Avenue/Washington Avenue, Bal Harbour 

TOP THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA

1. Walt Disney World 

The property covers 27,258 acres, housing twenty-seven themed resort hotels, nine non–Disney hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, four golf courses, one nine-hole walking golf course, two themed miniature golf courses, one camping resort, a downtown-like shopping district, and other entertainment venues.

Theme parks: Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Water Parks: Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Disney's Blizzard Beach.

Other attractions: Disney Springs, ESPN Wide World of Sports.

If you have time for only one megapark, choose the original: Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

Important: The 1-Day Ticket - Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park is valid for one admission to any one of these 3 parks on a date that is valid for the ticket type (Peak, Regular or Value). This ticket is not valid at Magic Kingdom Park. Multi-day tickets are valid for admission to any one of the 4 theme parks per day.

Visit the official website for more information.

 

Visit the official website for more information: Walt Disney World

2. Universal Orlando Resort

With rides and attractions more geared toward adults and teens, Universal’s two theme parks—Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure—deliver gravity-defying rides and special-effects extravaganzas based on popular television shows and films. At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure, you’ll get to see Hogwarts Castle and drink butter beer! (My all-time favorite) and explore Diagon Alley at Universal Studios. 

Water Park: Wet ‘n Wild

Other attractions: Universal CityWalk

Visit the official website for more information. 

Visit the official website for more information: Universal Studios

 

3. Sea World

SeaWorld Parks and Resorts Orlando, is an entertainment complex consisting of the three parks and many neighboring hotels. The most well-known sea life park in the world.

Theme Parks: Sea World, Discovery Cove and Bush Gardens (Tampa, FL)

Water Parks: Aquatica and Adventure Island (Tampa, FL)

Visit the official website for more information.

 

 

4. Kennedy Space Center

Many do not take it into consideration when traveling to Florida, but it's pretty impressive even if you're not that into space there is so much to admire and experience. I really recommend it, is totally different and is one of those places that inspires you, I really learned a lot during my visit.

To get a good overview, start at the Early Space Exploration exhibit, progress to the 90-minute bus tour to the Apollo/Saturn V Center (where you'll find the best on-site cafe) and finish at the awesome new Atlantis exhibit, where you can walk beneath the heat-scorched fuselage of a shuttle that travelled over 126,000,000 miles through space on 33 missions.

Visit the official website for more information.

5. Old Town - Kissimmee

 

Since 1986, Old Town in Kissimmee has been entertaining locals and visitors alike with its signature brand of good eats, great shopping, family entertainment and famous car cruises.

While you are here walk to Fun Spot USA that has so many attractions and the world's tallest SkyCoaster, standing at 300-feet tall.  

For more free attractions around Kissimme visit the link

 

 

 

 

6. South Beach

Nothing is more “Miami” than South Beach.  It’s the image we’ve all seen in movies and on television and I don’t think you would forgive yourself if you didn’t at least drive through to say you’ve been there. Walk around for a few blocks and take in all of the beautiful art deco buildings that make you feel like you’ve gone back in time.

7. Explore Beaches

Soak up the sun and fun on sandy white beaches with warm water all year long. And don’t leave Miami without trying some delicious Cuban food.

For more information visit the link.

8. Wynwood Walls 

Anyone who visits Miami can’t leave without first strolling through the world-famous mural collective that makes up the Wynwood Walls. For more information visit the link

9. Fort Lauderdale

23 miles of sunkissed beaches - Hollywood, Dania, Deerfield, Pompano, Hillsboro, Hallandale and Fort Lauderdale Beach from Lauderdale luxe properties to Las Olas Boulevard where you’ll find the palm tree-lined street to be a sophisticated hub of shopping, dining, and entertainment.

10. Explore Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami's collection of skyscrapers shares a view of Biscayne Bay.  Ride the free elevated Metromover through downtown and stop off at Bayside Marketplace for lunch and shopping. Make time to visit one of the downtown museums such as History Miami or the Pérez Art Museum (PAMM). 

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Have you been to Florida or are you planning to go? What would you recommend? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

 


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