Best time to visit: December, January, February, March, April, May
Average high: 27˚C
Average low: 17˚C
Price of meals: 3/5
Holiday type: Beach / Culture / Family / Party
Florida earns its moniker as the Sunshine State for its 240 days of sunshine per year. Without a doubt, the state’s largest attraction to tourists are the numerous theme parks which attract visitors of all ages. However, this hot and humid corner of the USA has much to offer holidaymakers.
There is no shortage of theme parks, many of which are based in Orlando and are a short drive from one another. Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios and Epcot are just some of the most well-known, though it is worth venturing out to Busch Gardens for the more adult-friendly rides. Discovery Cove is another popular park where guests can swim with dolphins. Just be warned, a maximum of 1,300 guests are allowed in each day and tickets must be reserved.
All that adrenaline is likely to leave you in need of somewhere to relax and have a cool dip in the water, and nowhere is better for this than Miami Beach. This strip is also lined with a massive selection of clubs and bars for partygoers. Those preferring a more family-friendly atmosphere can take a trip to the island of Key West, where there is a beach, an aquarium and numerous other attractions for families.
If you are lucky enough to time your trip with a space shuttle launch, Florida is home to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center where you can witness lift off bright and early. Even if there is no launch, the museum is still well worth a visit.
Finally, nature lovers can head to the Everglades for a riverboat tour or Dry Tortugas National Park, both of which offer close encounters with the local wildlife, including caiman alligators. If you want to see their bigger cousins, we recommend visiting Gatorland, so you can see them from a safe distance.
Florida is hot throughout the year and rainfall is generally quite low. Thus, it is a destination best left until the winter or spring months to visit. Temperatures in June, July and August are frequently more than 30˚C. While that might seem appealing to some, it is also incredibly humid, which can make waiting in line at those theme parks quite unbearable. By October, the weather starts to cool and is much more tolerable. However, August, September, October and sometimes November are Florida’s hurricane season. April and May offer your best chance of reliable sun without the heat becoming stifling.
The price of eating in Florida out is slightly cheaper than the UK, although groceries can be costlier. A meal for one will average $15.50, while a meal for two will cost anything from $30 to $80, depending on where you choose to eat. Coffee is normally in the range of $2 to $5, while a bottle of water will be between 50c and $2. Alcohol drinkers will be pleased that the price of domestic beer is cheaper than the UK at about $5 (~£3.75), although imported beer is comparable at $6.50.
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