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Hiring a car in Florida

Florida is truly the Sunshine State, with year round sunshine and a beautiful coastline all around the peninsula, with the Gulf of Mexico on the east coast and the Atlantic on the west. Served by 18 airports, many of them receiving direct international flights, holidays in Florida can start with Florida car hire down by Miami, towards the middle in Orlando, or up north by Jacksonville. There are some great deals on Orlando flights, where you can pick up cheap Florida car hire at the airport.

Places to visit in Florida

Once you have hired a car you can drive north to Daytona Beach, or inland over to the Gulf side to Tampa, carrying on down to St Petersburg. If you stick to the Atlantic coast, you'll want to take in the extremely glamorous West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and then go inland to the amazing Everglades. There are a series of small islands off the coast of Florida called the Florida Keys, with Key West being the most popular holiday destination and the southernmost point in the USA. A few "must sees" in Florida include the Kennedy Space centre at Cape Canaveral, Palm Beach and St Augustine, the oldest city in the USA.

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Florida, and any additional charges.

Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Florida. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Florida!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.