Theme parks and nature parks
Magic Kingdoms and their Disney citizens, a Miracle Mile of retailing operations and parties that migrate between beach and club with the rising and setting of the sun. A short distance from major cities and you can be in wild, tropical wetlands like Everglades National Park, where alligators lurk in tall grasses and dolphins play in the passageways of mangrove swamps.
Art and culture There’s a riveting local arts scene particularly in southern Florida, inspired by Miami’s American Riviera and spearheaded by Art Basel Miami Beach. There are open air galleries and more museums than seem sensible, all tempered by the Caribbean cultures off the south coast.
When to go
Northern and southern Florida has a humid subtropical climate whilst the more southerly regions (Everglades and the archipelago) have a true tropical clime. The summer rainy season runs from May to October, downpours are plentiful but brief and it is sunny for most of the day and evenings. The hurricane season runs from June until November, peaking August /October time.
Cheap flights are more often found in the shoulder seasons in between the extremes of summer and winter. Consider travelling during the rainy season (although it’s not advisable during hurricane season) if you’re on a budget. It’s sunny for most of the day humidity climaxing in the late afternoon before clearing up again by evening time.The winter (October – April) is when most people arrive to escape colder weather of the northern hemisphere and when Florida’s humidity is relatively low. Hotels ramp their prices up during peak season, especially over the Christmas period and (if you’re doing the theme parks) during school holidays in the Orlando region.
Airports and airlines
Some useful information:
- The most popular airlines are: British Airways, Air France and Virgin Atlantic
- The most popular airports are: Orlando International Airport (MCO), Miami (MIA) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
- November is the cheapest time to fly to Florida
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