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Experience Your Best Florida Vacation
The Sunshine State is about more than Mickey Mouse. The world outside the Magic Kingdom casts its own spells with candy-colored Art Deco hotels, pearly white beaches, and a wide variety of flora and fauna.
With highlights ranging from the manmade (Walt Disney World) to the all-natural (Everglades National Park), Florida can do no wrong as a destination spot. Its miles of coastline, endless summers and affordable, kid-friendly hotels, mean that it's bound to be on your list of vacation spots at least once. Let Orbitz help you plan your trip, starting with the best time to go, the top 10 attractions and insider tips on all things related to Florida travel.
Flights to Florida
|Dallas||Orlando||Wed, Sep 30 - Wed, Oct 7||$97|
|Atlanta||Miami||Mon, Nov 16 - Tue, Nov 17||$78|
|Dallas||Tampa||Mon, Aug 17 - Wed, Aug 26||$81|
|Dallas||Fort Lauderdale||Mon, Aug 31 - Tue, Sep 1||$87|
|Chicago||Fort Myers||Mon, Nov 9 - Tue, Nov 10||$138|
|Providence||West Palm Beach||Tue, Sep 8 - Sat, Sep 12||$167|
|Washington DC||Jacksonville||Tue, Sep 8 - Sat, Sep 12||$137|
|Tampa||Key West||Mon, Sep 28 - Thu, Oct 1||$305|
|St Louis||Pensacola||Wed, Sep 30 - Wed, Oct 7||$289|
|Atlanta||Sarasota||Tue, Aug 18 - Thu, Aug 20||$175|
|Dallas||Daytona Beach||Tue, Aug 18 - Tue, Sep 1||$184|
|Baltimore||Valparaiso||Tue, Sep 1 - Tue, Sep 29||$242|
To a Floridian, cold is any temperature that dips below 70 degrees. Accustomed to two climates -- hot and hotter -- the locals don't waste the sunshine, but those not familiar with the humidity and tropical temps should stay away during certain times of the year.
Weather-wise, the mildest seasons are fall, winter and early spring. However, with those cooler temps come the crowds, especially in cities such as Miami and Orlando, a huge draw for spring breakers and snow birds. Summer is a staple for families en route to the theme parks.
Hurricane season officially covers the period between June and November, but the state has seen storms hit outside these months.
Some Florida beaches outlaw public drinking; an exception is Madeira Beach. You can thank me when you're sipping a bottle of Corona in your bikini.
Pelican Hotel on Ocean Drive
For an offbeat, but still highly stylized, South Beach experience, check in at the Pelican Hotel on Ocean Drive. Created by Diesel Jeans, the hotel boasts theme rooms that will truly get you excited about what's behind the door. Executive Zebra, anyone?
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Want to skip Disney World this year? Plan a trip to Ichetucknee Springs State Park, which is best explored by inner tube.
This might just be Florida's most quirky bar: ICEBAR Orlando. Nowhere else in Florida will you get to don a thermal cape just to drink vodka -- chilled, of course -- in a setting where even the bar stools are made out of ice.
Blue Spring State Park
Even in 'winter time' the water temperature is still in the 70s in Blue Spring State Park, also a designated wildlife refuge for manatees.
Tropical landscaping and lagoons create an exotic atmosphere at the recently-refurbished Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive in Orlando, known as the Official Hotel of I-Drive 360 and Home of the Orlando Eye. Relax in the whirlpools or sauna, burn off some... More
When booking your stay, ask for a room far away from the elevators to enjoy the quietest space.Odd numbered rooms have a view of Downtown Disney, which is an excellent way to watch the fireworks displays in the area. GeneralWyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, Orlando,... More
Baymont Inn and Suites is a non-smoking hotel with all the comforts of home. For families, there is a free shuttle service to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resorts and SeaWorld Orlando. For business guests, there is an 812 square foot meeting room which... More
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Visit the guest relations counter to purchase discounted tickets for Disney World, Universal Studios and other attractions.Jump on a shuttle to many of the attractions for a small fee. GeneralSeralago Hotel and Suites Maingate East - Orlando, FL LocationSeralago Hotel... More
To save time on grocery shopping and preparing meals in your villa's kitchen, give Garden Grocers a call.The market delivers a large variety of grocery items to the Orlando and Daytona Beach areas for an additional charge. GeneralMagical Memories Villas - Disney Area,... More
Disney groups hotel properties into three categories: value, moderate and deluxe. Pop Century is a value resort, great for families on a budget. Themed around trends spanning the 1950s through to the 1990s, the exterior makes guests feel like they've entered a time-warp... More
Walt Disney World (9.7 mi./15.7 km)Gatorland (0.8 mi./1.4 km)SeaWorld Adventure Park (2.7 mi./4.4 km)Epcot (5.2 mi./8.3 km)Downtown Disney (6.7 mi./10.8 km)Animal Kingdom (11.4 mi./18.4 km)Universal's Islands of Adventure (9.2 mi./15 km)The Wizarding World of Harry Potter... More
The Mediterranean-inspired Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek resort mixes elegant neutral decor with a playful family atmosphere. Kids will love the large outdoor play area, which also comes with swimming pools, a lazy river and exciting water slides, while indoor... More
Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club is ideally situated near Orlando's top destinations, including Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort and SeaWorld Orlando. The 600 acres of nature preserve make a magnificent backdrop for the award-winning golf course. This unique... More
South Beach (3 mi/ 4.8 km)Gianni Versace's Casa Casuarina (3.6 mi/ 5.8 km)Bal Harbour Shops (4.6 mi/ 7.4 km)American Airlines Arena (8.5 mi/ 13.7)Port of Miami (8.9 mi/ 14.3 km)Aventura Mall (10.4 mi/ 16.7 km)Coco Walk (14.3 mi/ 23 km) GeneralLeisure activities are... More
Collins AvenueSouth BeachViscaya Museum and GardensAncient Spanish Monastery GeneralThe tropical setting at Newport Beachside Resort appeals to couples on a romantic getaway, families on a summer vacation or business people staying in the area. At guests' request, the... More
Sophisticated but fun, the Catalina Hotel and Beach Club Miami Beach combines the classic elegance of Europe with the hip vibe of a beach club. The decor is relaxing with soft neutrals and splashes of color. It's resplendent with two pools, four bars and a rooftop... More
Collins Avenue (0.0 mi/ 0.0 km)Art Deco District (0.0 mi/ 0.0 km)Washington Avenue (0.2 mi/ 1.3 km)Lummus Park (0.3 mi/ 0.5 km)Jackie Gleason Theater (1 mi/ 1.6 km)Lincoln Road (1.1 mi/ 1.8 km) General The hotel is ideally situated for visitors wanting to be close... More
With an Art Deco exterior enhanced by palm trees, the Dream South Beach in Miami Beach offers comfortable lodging in an atmosphere that combines modern styling with tropical influences. The heated outdoor swimming pool located on the rooftop is surrounded by chaises and... More
Business6,600-square-foot ballroom and six meeting roomsWi-Fi and hard-wired Internet accessVideoconferencing equipmentPost-conference shipping More
Miami is all about color and RED South Beach Hotel greets guests with the brightest in the sea, coral red, umbrellas and baroque mirror frames. Hotel highlights include patio restaurant, swimming pool and beachfront right across the street. Refined guests enjoy staying on... More
Original 1936 Vitrolite panels light the entrance to this Art Deco jewel in the heart of South Beach. The 42-room hotel is more minimalist than its flashier competitors and has been restored to its initial splendor. The expansive lobby has a tiled floor and dramatic... More
The Palms Hotel and Spa - Preferred Hotels & Resorts stands majestically on the northern end of the strip next to its own private beach. The AAA four-diamond hotel reflects the grandiose tropical mansions in South Florida and oozes seaside luxury after a $20... More
Coconut GroveDowntown MiamiAmerican Airlines ArenaCarnival Center for the Performing ArtsPort of MiamiDowntown Coral GablesMiami Convention CenterMiami Beach Convention Center GeneralThe hotel is set in the exclusive waterfront enclave of Coconut Grove. The hotel spaces... More
Fort Myers Hotels
Comfortable, spacious rooms with Florida-friendly amenities like balconies and an outdoor pool make the Naples Plaza Hotel a great choice for vacationers and business travelers on a budget. Proximity to swanky Naples, beaches, shopping and attractions seals the... More
Unlike chain resorts, the Diamond Head Beach Resort is an independently owned resort hotel on the sugary-white sand beaches of Fort Myers. This all-suite hotel boasts familiar amenities like a heated beachfront pool and day spa, but with a casual, unpretentious vibe.... More
Continuously owned by the same family for 40 years, the Outrigger Beach Resort offers families an affordable beach vacation. Relax on the beach, read by the pool, sip a cold drink or get involved in a volleyball game. A vacation at the Outrigger Beach Resort is like... More
The Naples Bay Resort feels like an exclusive waterfront village where every amenity and service is a phone call or short walk away. Guests enjoy the finest personalized service, sophisticated accommodations and an ambiance that is like no other in Naples, all with a... More
The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa boasts a great location at the tip of Estero Island, straddling trendy Naples and laidback Captiva and Sanibel islands. The resort offers a comprehensive vacation experience for parents as well as the kids. An on-site sailing school,... More
Resort offers family vacationing at its finest on Captiva Island. South Seas Island Resort, on a secluded Captiva Island is located on a 330-acre Wildlife Preserve. Create a memorable vacation experience by choosing from a broad range of accommodations for families... More
The Naples Beach Hotel holds status as Naples' only beachfront hotel with on-site championship golf and tennis, plus 317 remodeled rooms and suites. Guests unwind at a beachfront pool, complete fitness center and luxury day spa. The hotel has four great restaurants,... More
The Sanibel Inn is a casual beachfront resort for guests who enjoy a peaceful, nature-filled setting for their vacation. Stroll the beach, hunt for shells and savor the shaded respite of the gardens. It is the best of both worlds at Sanibel Inn. RoomsAll 94 guest rooms... More
Bellasera features 100 luxurious studio, one, two and three bedroom suites. One step inside and you'll know you're in Naples. From the decorative crown molding to the granite countertops and marble vanities, all Bellsera suites feature the bold luxury, architecture and... More
Everything Fort Myers has to offer is at the doorstep of the Lighthouse Resort Inn and Suites. Located in the heart of Fort Myers “Times Square” with more than 40 shops and restaurants and across the street from the beach, the Lighthouse Resort Inn and Suites offers... More
Fort Lauderdale Hotels
Request a room with a south-facing balcony for the most beautiful views.If you enjoy getting a little theatrical in your sight-seeing - or have kids that do - try a pirate cruise around the coast, complete with costumes and face-painting for the younger ones, and a fresh... More
Ocean Manor Beach Resort channels the best of the South Florida lifestyle, from the beachside tiki bar to the luxury penthouses with sweeping views of the skyline and Atlantic Ocean. Long before a multimillion dollar makeover, the hotel also hosted A-listers like Johnny... More
The hotel's north-facing rooms give shy travelers the quietest stay, while view-seekers will adore the 9th floor.Check out the selection of Mediterranean-inspired restaurants on the fishing pier, or head toward the city center along Commercial Street for favorite grills... More
Dubbed the grand lady, the Hollywood Beach Resort Cruise Port holds a prominent spot in local history. Built in 1925, the Hollywood Beach Resort Cruise Port was designed to mirror the classic Mediterranean revival style. After extensive renovations, the hotel's interiors... More
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Chic, oceanfront retreat in Hollywood, Florida with indulgent amenities and unforgettable views.Easy to access from Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports, the Diplomat is perfect for leisure and business travelers alike.With a luxurious spa, beachfront pools, private cabanas... More
The Universal Palms Hotel surrounds you with all the tropical essentials you would expect from a South Florida establishment, from its jungle-wrapped swimming pool to its rocky waterfalls. Inside, the Venetian Restaurant showcases the hearty passions of Italy in its... More
Beachcomber Resort and Villas in Pompano Beach features a private beach and two outdoor pools in addition to several on-site dining options. From a well-lit work-space to complimentary wireless Internet access and an in-room safe, Beachcomber guests enjoy a variety of... More
Few hotels encapsulate the laidback luxury of Fort Lauderdale quite as well as The Westin Beach Resort and Spa. Perched right on the waterfront, with a 6,335-foot sundeck crowning the hotel's brilliant blue high-rise, guests will take in the Atlantic Ocean in all of its... More
This tropical beachfront resort is a playground for both kids and kids-at-heart. The Island Grand is surrounded by meandering canals and miniature golf greens. The grounds have so much built-in entertainment that guests never have to leave the 20-acre property. There are... More
The Alden Beach Resort is the Right Place on St. Pete Beach! Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico on five lush acres this beachfront resort offers a perfect combination of comfort, value and recreation. All suites feature: fully equipped kitchenette with microwave,... More
Wyndham Garden Clearwater Beach, located directly on pristine Clearwater Beach, has 500 feet of private beach to host numerous activities and drink service for an unmatched Florida vacation. Catch some shade in the beachside cabanas or listen and dance to your... More
Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort is nestled on the pristine shores of St. Pete Beach, where vacationing couples and holidaymakers can view the 33,500-gallon aquarium at Guy Harvey RumFish Grill. Enjoy various water activities like stand-up paddleboards,... More
The Beachcomber Beach Resort and Hotel, located directly on St. Pete Beach, provides a resort style atmosphere on 5.5 acres of lush tropical landscaped gardens and private sand. The resort is perfect for a fun-filled family vacation or weekend getaway. Catch fiery sunsets... More
Located on 13 acres of sugary sand on St. Pete Beach, the Sirata Beach Resort combines warm Gulf breezes with famous West Coast sunsets. Guests can stroll along the sandy beaches, swim in the pools and whirlpools or, if they are lucky, catch a glimpse of wild dolphins... More
The Resort and Club at Little Harbor is part of the residential village in Ruskin known as Little Harbor. The community, filled with Anglo-Caribbean architecture and lush tropical landscaping, offers restaurants, lounge, tiki bar, secluded beach, marinas and recreational... More
Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island, Florida is located in a picture-perfect location, offering the best of the area's recreation, shopping and entertainment with a complete selection of accommodations and amenities. The spacious studios, efficiencies, penthouses and... More
Best Western Bay Harbor offers waterfront accommodations near Busch Gardens and the Florida Aquarium. Recently renovated, the hotel offers convenient access to many local attractions and the airport. Guest rooms feature balconies with bay or city views and free high-speed... More
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The Grand Plaza Beach resort is the tallest and closest hotel to the Gulf of Mexico on St. Pete Beach. Leisure or corporate travelers will find a sanctuary of more than five acres of lush beachfront gardens. Just outside the rooms, guests can step onto the cool, white... More
Daytona Beach Hotels
The recently refurbished Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center sits on the north end of Daytona's spectacular 23-mile stretch of white-sand beach. Condo-style suites include kitchens and views of the Atlantic or the picturesque Halifax River. A variety of water... More
Located a couple miles south of the Daytona strip, this full service oceanfront resort immerses its guests in comfort, serenity and natural beauty. The spectacular beach is wide, silky-soft, and stretches as far as the eye can see. Spend days splashing in the surf, biking... More
The Shores Resort & Spa is a few miles south of the Daytona Beach strip, an appropriately remote location for this sophisticated, stylish retreat. From the soothing full-service spa to the romantic gourmet restaurant, this resort oozes comfortable elegance. Spend days... More
A longtime fixture on the Daytona strip, the Plaza Resort & Spa provides the ultimate family beach getaway. The towering structure rests on Daytona's world-famous beach, and serves as a haven for swimming, sunning, bike riding and fishing. Private balconies provide... More
The Royal Floridian Resort is an upscale oceanfront property located on the shores of Ormond Beach, Fl. The properties ideal location and array of amenities make the Royal Floridian Resort a perfect place to stay while vacationing in the Daytona Beach area. The resort... More
Loyal patrons return to The Cove on Ormond Beach year after year for its friendly service, spacious condo-style accommodations and peaceful setting well north of the more bustling Daytona strip. Guests flock to the wide, 23-mile long beach for sunning, swimming, walking... More
It's a good thing Wyndham Ocean Walk's condominium-style suites are suitable for extended stays. Getting the kids to leave won't be easy. In addition to the World's Most Famous Beach, the resort features a Kids Program and an elaborate pool complex with a lazy river. All... More
The Daytona Beach Regency is the perfect location for a Florida beach vacation. Just steps away from the boardwalk, this well equipped all-suite beachfront resort offers spacious accommodations, organized activities and an indoor and outdoor swimming complex complete... More
With its plush lawn, palm trees and soft green paint scheme, guests feel the vibe of the Caribbean the moment they arrive at the El Caribe Resort and Conference Center. The magnificent beach and warmly decorated rooms only enhance the vibe. Beach lovers and water sports... More
This vibrant resort on a breathtaking beach caters to families. Perry's Ocean Edge Resort suites have separate rooms with bunk beds, and offers a year-round Activities Program. Most rooms feature views of the ocean and 23-mile stretch of beach ideal for swimming,... More
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Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World, a collection of parks that include the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, Disney's Blizzard Beach, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, is the template that all other theme parks attempt to duplicate. Behind those iron gates are dreams come to life and memories to be relived: that first picture of Cinderella's Castle, donning a pair of embroidered Mickey ears, parading with kids on your shoulders along a Main Street studded by ice cream parlors and trinket shops. This, indeed, is a magical kingdom.
Thank Spanish explorer Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles for landing on the shores of this Northeast Florida town, also called the Old City. Remnants of the conquistadors linger everywhere, including the most famous fort in Florida: the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the United States. Notably, the city is also where Ponce de Leon is said to have stumbled upon the Fountain of Youth. Want a drop? Visit the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park to sip from the legendary spring, then find a mirror and watch for signs that it worked.
Tampa doesn't really need a downtown: It has Ybor City. While the former checks out at 5 p.m., Ybor is just getting started, amping up with a global soundtrack of hip-hop clubs, reggae, Top 40, blues and indie music. Along La Setima, or 7th Avenue, visitors also get a taste of Tampa's immigrant past. Stroll by restaurants and brick buildings that once employed cigar workers. In the Centro Ybor section, catch a movie or improv show or, browse the shop before your authentic Cuban meal at Columbia Restaurant.
It's fitting that there's only one road into the Keys: Highway 1. After combing miles of crystal sand and diving into reef-rich azure waters, who would be in a rush to leave? Home to Jimmy Buffet and Ernest Hemingway, the Keys consist of more than 400 islands filled with cute bungalows and beach bars. Begin your aquatic journey during a snorkeling trip off Key Largo, and don't forget to round out your trip with a picture by the Southernmost Point in the continental U.S.
The eye candy comes in all colors here, an area known to the rest of the world as America's Riviera. This is where the moneyed, hard-bodied and couture-bedecked come out to play. What other zip code -- besides Hollywood, of course -- counts so many celebrities as residents? A typical day in SoBe might start with brunch at a cafe on Ocean Drive, watching models in Lummus Park and lining up to get into the hottest club to see the latest and greatest European DJ. Perhaps the most fun, though, is hotel hopping in this historic Art Deco District. Like a true singleton, you'll never be happy flirting with just one.
Siesta Key Beach
Dr. Beach, the foremost expert on beaches in the United States, chose Siesta Key Beach as his No. 1 pick for the Top 10 beaches for 2011. We can't argue with him. With heavenly, pure white sand and turquoise waters as far as the eyes can see, Siesta Key Beach will remain a perennial favorite for those hunting for that perfect sunset or seashell.
The Panhandle, almost a country of its own, is a loose term applying to the Northwestern region of Florida. Its proximity to Alabama dashes Southern flavor on the landscape and the residents, from live oaks to twangs. While South Florida heats up come fall and winter, the opposite rings true for the Panhandle, which draws more tourists during summer. Immaculate condo hotels and less-crowded beaches have made it popular with the stroller set.
Daytona International Speedway
There's a reason why Daytona International Speedway's grandstands are packed to the hilt with more than 150,000 fans. Everyone is an adrenaline junkie. Race cars of every make -- stock cars, go-karts and more -- zoom by, fueling a love for an all-American past time. If you'd rather be behind the wheel, try the Daytona 500 Experience, an interactive simulator that brings to life the bumpy, jarring ride. Is the game too wimpy for you? Book an actual ride during the three-lap Richard Petty Driving Experience to call yourself a speed demon.
Orlando wouldn't be Orlando without theme parks, and this one certainly keeps fueling the fantasy. At Universal Studios, which covers Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure, kids of all ages feed their adrenaline rush aboard rides such as the Men in Black: Alien Attack, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman and Shrek 4:D. Skip the soda and sweets; if this place doesn't leave you buzzed, then maybe you need to meet Harry Potter.
Everglades National Park
Equal parts fantastic and creepy (in the good way), the third-largest national park in the United States blows the mind with 1.5 million acres of waterways, mangroves, endangered species, flora and fauna. The 100-mile wildlife habitat beckons adventurers to go on nature walks, canoe rides and wet hikes through the precious ecosystem. It's chock full of wonderment from start to finish, especially upon that first sighting of an American Alligator.
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