Your 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.
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Newly renovated resort close to Universal Studios and SeaWorldThoughtful kid-friendly amenities and lush grounds paint the Wyndham Orlando Resort -- near Universal Studios and SeaWorld -- as the perfect setting for a family vacation. With two outdoor heated pools and... More
Experience the best of the Walt Disney World Resort at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort. As an Official Walt Disney World Hotel, a full complement of amenities and services awaits you at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort. Take pictures while dining with Disney... More
Orlando Inn offers theme park shuttle and kids stay free with an adultBaymont 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... More
Free shuttle to Walt Disney World and nightly moviesThe Seralago Hotel & Suites Maingate East hotel appeals to families on a budget. Located within walking distance from Old Town Kissimmee, the 614-room property anticipates parents' needs, from kid-themed suites to... More
Tropical resort boasts 12-acre water park near Disney's backyardThe Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake boasts 1,400 acres of land, four golf courses, a 12-acre water park, seven pools and nine restaurants. Those figures only scratch the surface, however. With all... More
Family-friendly hotel with swimming pool, shuttles and moreThe Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida is situated 20-minute from Walt Disney World resort, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. Better still: The hotel offers shuttle service, which is included in... More
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
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In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Dolphin is your gateway to Central Florida's greatest theme parks and attractions. Come and discover our magical surroundings and luxurious facilities. We are an Epcot Resort, offering... More
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Fully-furnished and pet-friendly luxury villas, condos and homes A bounty of two-, three- and four-bedroom accommodations draws families and groups to this collection of luxury villas, condos and single-family vacation homes at Magical Memories Villas. Proximity to major... More
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
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Travel through time at Disney's Pop Century Resort, where you're able to transport back in time to visit decades of the 20th Century! From jukeboxes, bowling pins and 8-track tapes, to laptops and cell phones, the memorabilia, crazes, and catch phrases that defined the... More
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Disney shuttle service and free Wi-Fi for leisure travelers Pretty palms and expansive outdoor pools attract theme park visitors to these one- and two-bedroom villas at Sheraton Vistana Villages close to Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios. The private, serene... More
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Spacious residences with pool access near Orlando attractions The Legacy Vacation executive-style pool homes solve the space challenges each family faces when going on a trip. The Kissimmee vacation rentals cater to groups as large as 12 guests and are available as... More
The Hyatt Regency Orlando is a custom-built Orlando destination catering to the meetings and conventions industry nationwide. The hotel is a masterpiece of contemporary design and luxurious decor and furnishings. Our luxury accommodations match world-class lodging with a... More
Transportation Orlando International Airport (20 minutes)Orange County Convention Center (6 minutes) Free shuttle to theme parks plus kid- and business-friendly amenities The Point Universal Orlando Resort is a Universal Orlando Partner hotel on International Drive... More
Mediterranean-style luxury and a tranquil woodland settingThe Wyndham Grand Orlando, Bonnet Creek is set on 500 acres of woodland and has the serenity of a lakeside getaway. This idyllic setting is still close to the fun of the Walt Disney World Resort and Orlando's... More
Tropical retreat near golf course and Walt Disney WorldMystic 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... More
Miami Beach hotel with water sports rentals and sparkling water views This Miami Beach hotel has the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the city and Intracoastal Waterway on the other. As such, the hotel treats guests to partial or full views from every room. The traditional... More
Modern luxury facing the sea in the heart of South BeachFeatured as one of Conde Nast Traveler UK & US Magazine’s “Hot Hotels of 2013", The James Royal Palm Miami Hotel creates a welcoming haven for discerning travellers looking for a modern beachfront retreat in... More
South Florida splendor at this Sunny Isles Beach hotel An oceanfront setting with rows of thatched-roof cabanas tempt couples and families to this Sunny Isles Beach resort. The hotel was once a playground for stars such as Sammie Davis Jr. and Tina Turner. The hotel... More
Stylish South Beach hotel with free happy hour and bustling nightlife When in South Beach, lounge, dine and cocktail like the locals. The nightlife sizzles at the Catalina Hotel and Beach Club, thanks to two rooftop pools, three bars and two restaurants, including the... More
South Beach boutique hotel marries old and new Miami Beach The hotel is located in a prime area of South Beach, between Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive. Jetsetters appreciate the Art Deco exterior details with contemporary interiors. The hotel has 90 rooms and... More
Dream South Beach, winner of the Orbitz Best Stay and Gold Key Award for Best Guest Room Design, is a fashionable Art Deco-inspired paradise located in the heart of South Beach. Our hotel is surrounded by stylish boutiques, the hottest clubs and is just 50 yards from... More
Contemporary Biscayne Bay hotel retreat hosts executives, cruisersPristine views of Biscayne Bay, a picturesque marina and business amenities lure pre-cruise travelers and executives to Miami Marriott Hotel Biscayne Bay, a luxury hotel near the Port of Miami. The 600-room... More
Miami Beach, Florida
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Experience Miami with color and style on the north end of South BeachMiami 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... More
Art Deco boutique hotel near South Beach clubs, shops and restaurantsOriginal 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... More
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Riverfront, business-friendly hotel in downtown MiamiThis downtown Miami hotel houses travelers doing business at the next-door Miami Convention Center. The Hyatt Regency Miami has miles of space to host conferences and social gatherings in-house. The property is a magnet... More
The naturally refined Palms Hotel & Spa combines genuine service, laid-back sophistication and oceanfront serenity into a destination where complete wellness and environmental awareness are at the center of each experience. Soul reviving spa experiences at our Aveda... More
Exclusive Coconut Grove waterfront sanctuary with spa-like amenities The Mayfair Hotel & Spa is located across from the retail and dining center CocoWalk. The 179-room luxury boutique hotel brims with ethnic touches. Find Japanese hot tubs on the balcony and... More
Perfectly situated in South Beach, The Carlton South Beach is only steps away from the world's most pristine beaches and in the heart of the Art Deco District. A Carlton Hotel guest is never far from world class shopping, nightlife, restaurants, Lincoln Road or the... More
North Miami Beach, Florida
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The Holidays Golden Glades Boutique Hotel in Miami is an excellent choice whether you are looking for a Miami vacation hot spot or traveling on business. The hotel prides itself in offering exceptional friendly and efficient service to all hotels' vacationers and honored... More
Fort Myers Hotels
Upscale shopping and boutiques in downtown Naples are just a short drive away for guests at the BEST WESTERN Naples Plaza Hotel. Many travelers choose this property for the brand recognition, but theres so much more to enjoy. Hotels in Naples are minutes from the white... More
The only full-service beachfront resort on Estero Island. Sparkling sugar-white beaches, heated Gulf-side pool and spas, Chloes restaurant and lounge, Cabanas pool and beach bar, 124 one bedroom suites, private screened balconies, fitness room, watersport rentals,... More
Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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Family-owned Fort Myers beachfront hotel provides affordable family vacationsContinuously 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... More
Naples luxury resort offers waterfront lifestyle on Fifth AvenueThe 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... More
Airport and spring training proximity at budget hotel in Fort Myers Spacious, comfortable rooms, free breakfast and a heated olympic-sized pool are among the highlights at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Fort Myers Sanibel Gateway, where guests have easy access to Fort... More
Luxe Gulf resort welcomes kids 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... More
Resort offers family vacationing at its finest on Captiva IslandThe South Seas Island Resort, on a secluded Captiva Island location on a 330-acre Wildlife Preserve, creates a memorable vacation experience by providing a broad range of accommodations for families large and... More
Deluxe beach resort offers great value for family vacationsHoliday Inn gives guests a lot for their money at this intimate beachfront resort, without the resort fees. Comfortable rooms are well appointed for vacationers who are minding their wallet with free beach chairs,... More
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Championship golf and tennis at beachfront Naples resortThe 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... More
Quiet and casual intimate Sanibel resortThe 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, savor the shaded respite of the gardens, and then, if a little more... More
Enjoy the Gulf Breeze at Our Hotel in Cape Coral, FL. Fifty miles south of Sarasota and just across the bridge from Fort Myers, FL is where you'll find the quaint peninsula city of Cape Coral. This planned city with more than 400 miles of canals is home to a host of great... More
Fort Myers, Florida
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Luxury Four Diamond resort overlooking Sanibel and Captiva IslandsOverlooking Sanibel Island on 85 lush acres of landscaped waterfront gardens, the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa is a serene, 4-diamond resort that recently joined the Marriott chain of resort... More
Modest airport hotel convenient to Fort Myers beachesSpring training fans and travelers heading in and out of Southwest Florida International Airport will find a comfortable, affordable night’s sleep at the Best Western Airport Inn. Basic, yet accommodating, the Best... 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
Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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Beach proximity and great value in downtown Fort MyersEverything 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... More
Fort Lauderdale Hotels
Modern stay in Fort Lauderdale with ocean views, pool and bistroThe B Ocean Fort Lauderdale has 240 rooms with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Families on vacation or visitors on business trips find the location ideal: The hotel is close to the Las Olas... More
Affordable oceanfront Fort Lauderdale hotel with poolThe Sea Club Resort attracts travelers who appreciate an on-site pool, easy beach access, and rooms with waterfront views. Guests indulge in ocean views from The Deck Restaurant or pick up souvenirs in the gift shop... More
Nightly entertainment, a lively tiki bar and residential amenitiesOcean 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... More
Free airport shuttle serving FLL travelers and a free breakfast Business and leisure travelers target the Best Western Fort Lauderdale Airport Cruise Port for affordable rates and an accessible location near the Broward County Convention Center and the Port Everglades... More
A modern oasis serving cocktails and views on the Intracoastal WaterwayThe Crowne Plaza Hotel Hollywood Beach Resort lures guests with stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway--a glorious sight from the infinity edge pool and the room balconies. Located directly... More
A return to tradition at a casual Fort Lauderdale beach resort A roomy veranda with rocking chairs signifies the casual appeal of Pelican Grand Beach Resort, a family-friendly hotel right on the oceanfront. Visitors enjoy watching time go by in the zero entry pool, lazy... More
Fort Lauderdale hotel between the Atlantic and Intracoastal Waterway Next to posh Los Olas Boulevard and tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, the Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach satisfies both leisure and business travelers. The... More
Located directly on the beach, the Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort - formerly the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort - is set in the city of Ft Lauderdale. Guests will find the hotel is conveniently located only minutes from the Ft Lauderdale Airport and historic Las Olas Boulevard.... More
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The Grand Lady of the Port Everglades Cruise PortDubbed 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.... More
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Mega resort offers a golf course, infinity pool and full-service spa The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood Florida calls the pristine shores of Hollywood home, a magnet for families, golfers and spa lovers. The high-rise property earns style points for sweeping... More
Welcome to the Fort Lauderdale Universal Palms Hotel. This hotel is located in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale, conveniently situated 1 block west of I95 at Commercial Blvd exit. The hotel has been recently renovated with an exquisite lobby and front desk as well as pool deck... More
Executive class luxury and three acres of lagoon paradiseSleek, renovated rooms and executive amenities are only part of the allure at The Westin Fort Lauderdale, which is just minutes from beaches, The Palm Aire Golf and Country Club and the Isle of Capri Pompano Casino.... More
Contemporary rooms and a heated outdoor poolGuests en route to Butterfly World, Port Everglades and the Dania Jai Alai find La Quinta Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Tamarac to be a solid choice for budget leisure travel. The property manages the basics, including... More
Tropical South Florida hotel with a lovable tiki barThe palm tree-lined beach sets a blissful scene at the Beachcomber Resort & Villas, a Pompano Beach hotel where two large outdoor pools are the center of the action. When beachgoers are finished playing volleyball or... More
A full resort experience in a wonderland of water The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale boasts an enviable location between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. Regardless of room location, guests unwind in luxury thanks to amenities like dual... More
Twenty-acre beachfront playground for adults and kids alikeThis 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... More
All-suites hotel centrally located on intimate Rocky Point Island Sailport Waterfront Suites is Tampa's only all-suite waterfront destination, overlooking the sparkling waters of Tampa Bay. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, visitors will find the resort... More
St Petersburg, Florida
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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
Private beach with activities and drink service on Clearwater BeachWyndham 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... More
St Petersburg, Florida
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Tropical Oasis on St. Pete BeachGuy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort is nestled on the pristine shores of St. Pete Beach, where vacationing couples and holidaymakers can enjoy various water activities like fishing and diving. The intimate atmosphere at this... More
Five and a half acres of private beach on Gulf of MexicoThe 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... More
The sugary sands and dolphins of the islands -- on Florida's West Coast 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... More
Acres of residential properties on banks of the Little Manatee RiverThe 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... More
Treasure Island, Florida
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A treasure on Florida’s west coast 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... More
Treasure Island, Florida
Everyone needs an escape from the daily routine Come visit us at the Treasure Bay Hotel and Marina to relax and recuperate. Boat owners will love our prime location on Boca Ciega Bay and new marina that is able to accommodate a wide variety of watercrafts. If you are here... More
Clearwater Beach, Florida
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Luxury resort and spa on Clearwater Beach with gym and poolside cabanas Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa is set in an idyllic locale, balanced between turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the picturesque inter-coastal waterway. The newest and... More
Waterfront property on Tampa's Rocky Point near Busch GardensBest 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... More
Florida style in the heart of Tampa, and walking distance to everything The InterContinental Tampa, tucked away in the Westshore business district, is just minutes from the Tampa International Airport. The casual sense of elegance, along with its Florida style and... More
St Petersburg, Florida
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Fun and sun near St. Pete Beach, with a revolving restaurant up top 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... More
Serene Tampa hotel with spa, Koi pond and pool The Tahitian Inn Hotel Café & Spa in Tampa, Florida offers guests spacious rooms, extensive spa facilities and a fully-equipped fitness center. The hotel also has a fine restaurant that covers breakfast and lunch, while... More
Daytona Beach Hotels
Daytona Beach, Florida
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Condo-style oceanfront resort just minutes from Daytona speedway 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... More
Daytona Beach, Florida
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Enjoy modern comforts and natural beauty at Daytona oceanfront inn 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... More
Luxurious, romantic getaway at chic oceanfront resort on Daytona shoresThe 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... More
Savor ocean breezes at family-friendly beachfront Daytona spa resort 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... 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
Oceanfront, all-condo resort near Daytona Beach is family destination 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.... More
Kids are the stars at family friendly oceanfront Daytona Beach resortIt'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... More
Sunshine, sandcastles at Castillo Del Sol oceanfront in Ormond BeachAppropriately named the “Sun Castle,” sun, sand and a breathtaking ocean are the main attractions at this Ormond Beach hotel. Several miles north of Daytona Beach, Ormond is quieter and less crowded, but... More
Daytona Beach all-suite beach resort creates Florida vacation memories The Daytona Beach Regency is one of the few all-suite hotels in the heart of the Daytona Beach strip. It is across the street from the convention center and a short drive to Daytona's speedway. But... More
Daytona Beach, Florida
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Family friendly beachfront resort brings flavor of Caribbean to Daytona 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... More
Treat the kids to beach vacation on the ocean’s edge in Daytona BeachThis 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... More
Enjoy beaches, Central Florida attractions at Daytona oceanfront resort The Caribbean-style Plaza Ocean Club attracts families seeking a beach vacation as well as those wanting to explore Central Florida. The location on famed Daytona Beach creates the ideal sun-and-sand... More
Daytona Beach, Florida
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Recharge the batteries at quiet, boutique Daytona resort on ocean This boutique resort rests on an idyllic spot south of the Daytona strip. The 23-mile long beach is the main attraction, luring guests for sunning, swimming, or more active pursuits such as fishing or bike... More
Atlantic Ocean breezes in Daytona Beach Relax in tropical style in Bahama House on Daytona Beach, directly facing the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Commissioned tropical landscape paintings by Sandy Lloyd adorn the walls of the hotel, enhancing the tropical... More
Flights to Florida
|Minneapolis||Orlando||Wed, Jul 23 - Wed, Jul 30||$138|
|Newark||Miami||Tue, Aug 26 - Wed, Sep 3||$196|
|Washington DC||Tampa||Tue, Apr 8 - Fri, Apr 18||$148|
|Atlanta||Fort Lauderdale||Sat, May 17 - Sat, May 24||$138|
|Boston||Fort Myers||Fri, Mar 28 - Sat, Apr 5||$148|
|Newark||West Palm Beach||Mon, Apr 7 - Tue, Apr 15||$178|
|New York||Jacksonville||Tue, Apr 8 - Mon, Apr 14||$148|
|Tampa||Key West||Tue, Apr 1 - Wed, Apr 2||$218|
|Washington DC||Pensacola||Tue, May 20 - Thu, May 29||$200|
|Philadelphia||Sarasota||Sun, Apr 20 - Wed, Apr 23||$220|
|Pittsburgh||Daytona Beach||Mon, Mar 31 - Thu, Apr 3||$222|
|Houston||Valparaiso||Tue, Apr 8 - Mon, Apr 14||$222|
Best time to take a vacation to Florida
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.
Insider tips for Florida travel
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.
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.