Florida

Florida is America’s tropics with warm weather, sandy beaches, and theme parks galore. Roughly speaking, Florida can be divided into three regions: North, Central, and South. Between road trips and cheap flights, Florida is one of America’s best vacation values.

  • North Florida – an incredible driving destination where you’ll find sugar sand beaches up and down the Panhandle.
  • Central Florida – home to the state’s best theme parks and two distinct coasts, the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Coast. North of Clearwater, the Gulf Coast is known for its rivers, particularly Crystal River (manatees) and Rainbow River (scuba diving). South of Clearwater, you’ll find resorts on white-sand beaches. The Atlantic Coast is a touch cooler with surfing and extensive lagoons.
  • South Florida – Home to sunshine, swamps, and summer showers. The water clears up south of West Palm Beach, making it perfect for scuba diving or just splashing around. Vacations range from urban adventures in the coastal cities to romantic getaways in the Keys.
Price point levels scaled for a 7-day visit for a couple and anchored on research and personal experiences.

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Currency

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Reported for the US traveler with foreign countries rankings based on the US State Department's travel advisories.
Safety
Exercise Normal Precautions

Reported for three representative cities within the destination via Weather Spark.

Climate (°F)
Summer (°F) Winter (°F)
St Augustine 90 48
Orlando 91 52
Key West 65 89
Outlets
Type-A
Type-B

Best Time to Visit

In general, the best time to visit Florida is in April, May, October, or November. These months have fairly low rainfall levels and warm temperatures without too much heat and humidity. Be aware of hurricane season, which peaks in August and September, and be flexible if a storm comes in.

While most other states have four seasons (winter, spring, summer, and fall) the Sunshine State is broken up into only two seasons: wet and dry.

  • Wet Season: begins in late May
  • Dry Season: begins by mid October

Fun Facts

  • Florida is the only place on the planet where crocodiles and alligators live together
  • Florida set the record for most consecutive days of sunshine
  • Florida has 825 miles of beaches
  • Cabbage Key claims to be the home of the original Cheeseburger in Paradise
  • Venice Beach is the ‘Shark Tooth Capital of the World’
  • The San Marcos Castillo has never been captured in battle, but cede five times by treaty
  • St Augustine is the oldest European city in the Continental United States

Bucket-List Activities

  • Swimming with manatees (Crystal River)
  • Seeing baby sea turtles hatch (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Experiencing America’s only burlesque mermaid show (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Wreck diving off the Atlantic Coast (West Palm Beach to Miami)
  • Watching a space launch at Kennedy Space Center (Merritt Island)
  • Snorkeling on America’s only living coral reef (Key West)
  • Paddling the Great Calusa Blueway (Fort Meyers to Port Charlotte)
  • Ghost hunting on the Suwannee River (Suwannee River State Park)
  • Biking the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (Key Largo to Key West)

Natural Wonders

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore (Gulf Breeze)
  • Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve (Jacksonville)
  • The St. Johns River (Jacksonville)
  • Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park (Okeechobee)
  • Lake Okeechobee (Okeechobee)
  • Everglades National Park (Homestead)
  • The Florida Reef (Florida Keys)
  • Sugar Sand Beaches (Siesta Key / Shell Island)
  • Silver Springs (Ocala)
  • The Gulf Stream (West Palm Beach)
  • Blue Heron Bridge (West Palm Beach)
  • Cayo Costa State Park (Pine Island)
  • Biscayne Bay National Park (Upper Keys)

Major Attractions

  • Walt Disney World (Lake Buena Vista)
  • Universal Studios (Orlando)
  • South Beach (Miami)
  • Kennedy Space Center (Merritt Island)
  • St Augustine Historic District (St Augustine)
  • Shell Island (Panama City Beach)
  • Clearwater Beach (Tampa / Clearwater)
  • Las Olas Boulevard (Ft Lauderdale)

Native Foods

  • Dole Whip (pineapple soft serve)
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Cuban Sandwich
  • Fried Gator Bites
  • Citrus
  • Conch Fritters

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • Florida Man – A term to describe bizarre or idiotic Floridian behavior.
  • Skunk Ape – Florida’s version of Big Foot
  • Gator – An alligator
  • It’ll Pass – The weather report for the showers that happen every summer afternoon
  • Love Bugs – A term for March Flies and their unique mating habits
  • No See Ums – Small biting insects

Major Cities / Airports

  • Miami / Miami International Airport (MIA) – Sultry salsa and sunshine in south Florida
  • Orlando / Orlando International Airport (MCO) – There’s more adventures and romance than you’d think in the shadow of the mouse
  • Fort Lauderdale / Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) – The Venice of America
  • Tampa / Tampa International Airport (TPA) – Florida’s 3rd largest city and gateway to the Gulf Beaches
  • Fort Meyers / Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) – Gateway to Sanibel Island
  • Orlando / Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) – How to reach Orlando on Allegiant Airline
  • Jacksonville / Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) – Florida’s largest city and gateway to St Augustine and Amelia Island
  • Palm Beach / Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) – The closest you’ll get to the Gulf Stream and the last clear water before the Mid-Atlantic Bight
  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater / St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) – The barrier islands of Tampa Bay
  • Pensacola  / Pensacola International Airport (PNS) – Home to the Oriskany,  the world’s largest artificial reef
  • Key West / Key West International Airport (EYW) – The fast way to America’s tropics
  • Tallahassee  / Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH) – Florida’s capital city
  • Sarasota / Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) – Siesta Key could be America’s best beach
  • Gainesville / Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) – Home to the University of Florida
  • Destin / Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) – The world’s luckiest fishing village
  • Panama City Beach / Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) – St Andrews Bay has the world’s largest bottlenose dolphin population
  • Daytona Beach /Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) / Speedways and boardwalks on the Atlantic Coast
  • Melbourne  / Melbourne International Airport (MLB) – Home of the Indian River Lagoon
  • Naples  / Naples Municipal Airport (APF) – Oceanfront resorts on the Gulf Coast
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