Quick Guide to Florida
Florida is known as the Sunshine State, and with good reason. Located in the south-east of the USA, most of the state is a peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, so there are more beaches than you can shake a stick at. Temperatures are warm year-round, and downright sizzling in the summer months.
If you're looking for a cheap holiday to Florida then Orlando is your best bet, with plenty of direct flights to Orlando from the UK and no end of package deals including accommodation and entrance to the parks.
Orlando is a dream holiday destination for families, with plenty of theme parks featuring everything from death-defying roller coasters and swimming with sharks to shopping for magic wands and getting Mickey's autograph. The parks, including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Magic Kingdom and SeaWorld, just keep getting bigger and better every year. You can save by booking a package holiday that includes entrance to theme parks. There are plenty of ticketing options available too if you prefer to buy when you arrive. You can purchase park 'hopper' tickets that as the name suggests, allow you to hop from one park to another, and these can often be booked through your hotel concierge if you're looking to avoid the queues.
It's not just theme parks in Orlando; shopping at the Florida Mall and the designer outlet stores in Lake Buena Vista is pretty fabulous. There are also countless restaurants offering a wide range of cuisine, and in the evening there's plenty of entertainment at Downtown Disney (child-friendly) and Pleasure Island (not so child-friendly).
If theme parks aren't your thing, fear not, because from the big-city buzz of trendy Miami and the luxury of West Palm Beach to the wildlife in the Everglades, Florida has it all.
Fab holidays for:
Theme parks, Beaches, National parks
Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Miami International Airport
Did you know?
Florida State Law says if an elephant is left tied to a parking metre, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a normal vehicle.