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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.
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.
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?
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.
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 pretty lagoons create an exotic atmosphere at the recently refurbished Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive in Orlando. Relax in the whirlpools or sauna, burn off some energy with a swim and workout at the 24-hour fitness center and enjoy... More
Experience the best of the Walt Disney World Resort at the newly renovated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort Disney Springs Resort Area. As an Official Walt Disney World Hotel, a full complement of amenities and services awaits you at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista... 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
Seralago Hotel and Suites Maingate East in Orlando offers affordable rooms that please the budget traveler as well as suites designed for maximum comfort. Children come first at this hotel and several fun kid-themed accommodations are provided with two distinct sections:... More
Stretch out, relax and enjoy a spacious villa just three miles away from Walt Disney World. Settle into a special retreat surrounded by more than 1,400 landscaped acres when you hang your hat at Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake. This unique condominium resort... More
Built in 1990, the Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista offers convenient access to theme parks, entertainment venues and convention centers. This central Orlando, Florida, hotel sports a stylish lobby, spacious guest rooms and KidSuites that have a partitioned off area... More
Just south of the Magic Kingdom, you'll discover a resort that enchants children and grownups alike. Florida hotels promise deluxe accommodations and this remarkable Disney property epitomizes the concept with a stunning architectural exterior opening into a utopia of... More
Magical Memories Villas provide vacation rentals with pristine landscaping, private sparkling pools and spacious living quarters you can have all the comforts of home in a central Florida setting. Vacation homes, resort villas and townhomes have between one and seven... 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 will make you feel like you just entered a time warp... More
The Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort provides a natural lakeside setting right in the midst of the International Drive scene in Orlando. One or two-bedroom villas let you create your own vacation, amongst cultivated tropical flowerbeds and oasis-like water features. Each... More
Beautifully surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway, is Miami Beach Resort in Miami Beach. Guests may enjoy the heated pool or join a volleyball game on the beach. Those on business can make use of the fully equipped business center that is... More
With a bellhop helping you with your luggage, a 24-hour front desk, a multilingual staff and more, the Royal Palm South Beach Miami, a Tribute Portfolio Resort in Miami Beach, Florida, makes every effort to accommodate its valued guests. Guests can step out of the door... More
With 339 suites, the Newport Beachside Resort in Miami Beach also boasts a fitness center and a game room as well as a large conference room for the convenience of corporate guests. The hotel contains a luxurious spa and a popular salon where guests can enjoy... More
The Catalina Hotel and Beach Club in Miami Beach offers boutique-style lodging in an Art Deco landmark. The color schemes in the interior are dominated by red and white, which reflect the chic ambiance of the local area. With a setting that's inspired by a Japanese... More
With its colorful and eclectic style, the Chesterfield Hotel and Suites beckons clientele who want to revel in the best of what Miami Beach has to offer. Chesterfield guests can expect to be treated to the vibrant comforts of home and friendly conveniences that will make... More
The Dream South Beach in Miami Beach is a modern ultra-chic hotel featuring an art deco design scheme. There are 107 suites and rooms guests can choose from, all offering 37- or 42-inch wall-mounted flat-screen televisions. High-speed wired and wireless internet access is... More
Business6,600-square-foot ballroom and six meeting roomsWi-Fi and hard-wired Internet accessVideoconferencing equipmentPost-conference shipping More
Many of the rooms at the Miami Marriott Hotel Biscayne Bay in Miami, including all 21 luxurious suites, offer guests a scenic view of Biscayne Bay. The property has earned a Certificate of Excellence, partially because it specializes in providing facilities for family... More
Guests often feel a palpable sense of excitement as they step into the lobby of the RED South Beach Hotel in Miami Beach. A splash of red tiles defines the welcome lobby; from there, you will notice the deliberate placement of the color red in the furniture, decor and... More
When you stay at the Astor Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, you ll be treated to top-notch hospitality, and a picturesque view of the sea, from one of their guest rooms or suites. The hotel is perfect for group vacations and family trips, and offers rooms that can... More
A bright yellow and cool sea green facade and lush tropical foliage welcomes guests to the Naples Plaza Hotel in Naples, where travelers can enjoy Florida sunshine and friendly service at a hotel that has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The... More
DiamondHead Beach Resort in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, is an all-suite destination where guests can feel completely at home while enjoying their vacation. The hotel is located just a few steps from the beach sands along the Gulf of Mexico, and guests have access to... More
The tropical decor complements the laid-back vacation atmosphere at Outrigger Beach Resort in Fort Myers Beach. At this beachfront property, guests will enjoy sand, surf and shelling. Standard rooms for short-term guests and efficiency rooms suitable for extended stays... More
The Naples Bay Resort & Marina in Naples fuses European elegance with the tropical ambiance of Florida. Red roof tiles, striped awnings, arched doors and pastel facades highlight the Italian-themed architecture of this grand resort. A marina is integrated into this... More
La Quinta Inn & Suites Ft. Myers Sanibel Gateway in Fort Myers has 158 rooms, and each one comes equipped with a flat-panel television, free high-speed Internet access, a convenient work desk, a coffeemaker, a mini-refrigerator and a microwave. Guests staying in... More
Surrounded by cerulean water and sugar-white sand, the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina embodies a tropical resort on Florida's Gulf Coast. Built in 1953, this 12-acre property offers upscale accommodations in units such as Captiva, White Sand and Sanibel villas.... 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
Stay at the Holiday Inn Sanibel Island in Sanibel and enjoy the resort's expanse of private beach, perfect for sunbathing, shelling, snorkeling and swimming. While you're at the hotel, the professional room service will provide you with warm towels, complimentary cabanas... More
Encompassing 125 stunning acres directly on the Gulf of Mexico, is the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, in Naples. As Florida's only beachfront hotel with on-site golfing facilities, guests may enjoy an 18-hole game on an award-winning course. The multi-pool complex... 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
As you step foot inside your room at the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale, you quickly realize what makes this four-star hotel so special. White leather-front furnishings and modern decor create a premium look and feel at this South Florida haven. Ocean views,... More
Since its multi-million dollar renovation to ring in 2014, the Sea Club resort is the perfect embodiment of the Florida city in which it resides, combining updated kitchenettes, free Wi-Fi throughout, a stone-landscaped pool and comfy outdoor seating. The ocean hues and... 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