Cheap Florida Vacations

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Other states' tourism boards would be so lucky to have Florida's ready-made allure: year-round sunshine, theme parks galore and miles of sugary coastline. Add to the list one more motivator: cheap Florida vacations. The cash-strapped can always count on the beaches for Mother Nature's gifts, from sunrises and sunsets to dolphin spotting. And for families: Disney World and all in its ilk, whose packages make for an affordable Florida travel getaway -- especially during the off-season.

Use our handy guide for cheap things to do in Florida by region, and book your trip to the land of pink flamingos and lost shakers of salt.

Cheap Vacation Packages

Cheap Florida Vacation Packages

Universal's Loews Royal Pacific Resort

4 stars
4.1 / 5 253 reviews
Tropical enchantment and movie magic create a remarkable experience with every stay at Universal's Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Centered in the heart of beautiful Orlando, this property is surrounded by swaying palms and lush island-styled landscapes. Loews Royal Pacific Resort redefines the room with a view, offering suites that overlook more than 300 acres of tropical gardens. A pool connects with the resort's private lagoon, and it's all yours to see from one of three stately guest towers. The property offers on-site golfing, shopping and a fitness center. Try out the in-house dining experience at Emeril's Tchoup Chop, or feast in the Indonesian splendor of the Island's Dining Room. The Royal Pacific has a coveted AAA Four Diamond award, which is given for stylish and modern amenities and great services. Key facts1,000 guestrooms 51 suitesPet-friendly (refer to hotel pet policy; fees may apply)85,000-square-feet of conference/event spacesOutdoor pool with lagoonGymGift shopRestaurants: Emeril's Tchoup Chop, Jake's American Bar, Orchid Court Sushi Bar, Bulla Bar & Grille, Islands Dining Room and Orchid Court Sushi BarFree Wi-FiFull-service spa24-hour room serviceChildcare services NeighborhoodTwo of the most exciting theme park destinations in the area are just a quick stroll or boat ride away. Immerse yourself in all things cinema at Universal Studios Florida. From movie sets to roller coasters, the action seems unlimited. Explore the Islands of Adventure and rub shoulders with Harry Potter, the Incredible Hulk, and Dr. Seuss before finishing your day with shopping and the sparkling nightlife along scenic CityWalk. Hints and tipsYour stay comes with special privileges that include complimentary water taxi rides, visits from your favorite themed characters, and priority restaurant seating.
Value Theme Park benefits + Enjoy in-room Wi-Fi
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Ramada Gateway Hotel

3 stars
3.0 / 5 441 reviews
Family-friendly accommodations close to Orlando attractions The Ramada Gateway Kissimmee is a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor hotel that removes the hassle of Disney travel -- it sells tickets onsite and transports guests to the main gate. Value-priced, the no-frills property also extends other conveniences, including free Wi-Fi, a kids-eat-free deal at the Smokehouse Grill, two outdoor pools and a game room for the kids. In addition to Disney, several major attractions are nearby, from Universal Studios to SeaWorld. Highlights Walt Disney World Good Neighbor hotel with free scheduled shuttle service to theme parksKids 9 and under eat free at the Smokehouse GrillPool tables, shuffleboard and video gamesTwo pools -- one heatedTickets to attractions sold onsite Rooms The 353-property tempers bold, tropical prints on drapes and bedding with subdued walls and accent furniture. Ramada Gateway Kissimmee guests choose from exterior courtyard spaces with pool views or parking lot access or tower rooms with panoramic vistas. Standard amenities feature Wi-Fi, a mini-refrigerator, microwave, two queen beds and cable TV. Features The Ramada Gateway Kissimmee eases the process of traveling with kids, starting with free daily scheduled shuttle service that drops visitors at Disney theme parks. Children 9 and under also can dine for free at the Smokehouse Grill, which boasts several items under $10. The Pepsi Deli -- just off the covered tropical garden -- is another casual dining option. Transportation Orlando International Airport (24 minutes)Orange County Convention Center (15 minutes) Attractions Walt Disney World (3.2 mi./5.2 km)Animal Kingdom (1.8 mi./2.8 km)ESPN Wide World of Sports (2 mi./3.2 km)Epcot (3.7 mi./6 km)Old Town Kissimmee (4.3 mi./6.9 km)Downtown Disney (7.7 mi./4.8 km)SeaWorld Adventure Park (9.1 mi./14.6 km)Gatorland (11.2 mi./18 km)Wet N' Wild (11.5 mi./18.5 km)Universal's Islands of Adventure (12.1 mi./19.5 km)The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (12.1 mi./19.5 km) Business 8,500 square feet of event spaceBusiness center in lobbyFree Wi-Fi Policies and feesRollaway beds are available for an additional $20 per night.Kids 9 and under eat free with a paying adult at the Smokehouse Grill.
Value NO RESORT FEE- KIDS UNDER 9 EAT FREE
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Holiday Inn ORLANDO - LAKE BUENA VISTA

4 stars
4.2 / 5 149 reviews
Welcome to the Holiday Inn Orlando - Lake Buena Vista This official Walt Disney World® hotel is fresh from a $35 million top-to-bottom makeover, making it the perfect place to stay during your vacation to the Walt Disney World® Resort. With 323 upgraded rooms, lobby and business amenities and facilities, you are sure to enjoy the comfort and convenience of our charming Orlando hotel. Whether you are in town for a weekend getaway, destination wedding or family vacation, our newly remodeled hotel in Lake Buena Vista puts you in the center of it all. Located within the Walt Disney World Resort, our hotel is just a short walk from everything the Downtown Disney ® area has to offer, as well as several Orlando attractions, golf courses and shopping. If you're in Orlando on business, feel free to utilize our 10 different meeting rooms with space for 18 to 600 guests, on-site audio/visual equipment, catering services and sales & meeting professionals. During your vacation, enjoy our choice Orlando hotel amenities, which include free high-speed Internet access, a delicious on-site restaurant and lounge, brand new 32" LG® LCD HDTVs and Bath & Body Works® bath amenities in every room
Value No Resort Fee, Kids Eat Free, Free Breakfast for 2
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River Park Hotel and Suites - Port of Miami

2 stars
2.4 / 5 413 reviews
Budget-friendly hotel in downtown Miami near the Financial District A location next to the Miami River and budget rates lure business travelers to this downtown Miami hotel. The James L. Knight Center and the Miami Convention Center are steps away from the property. Guests find an outdoor pool, fitness center and 24-hour business center on premises. A spacious lobby fitted with tray ceilings and crystal chandeliers set the tone for the traditional style of the hotel whose rooms feature city or river views. Highlights Riverfront hotel within walking distance from Miami's Financial DistrictShuttle to Port of Miami (fees apply)Outdoor pool and sundeck overlooking the Miami RiverFitness center Rooms Clean comfortable rooms use floral bedspreads and striped drapes and valances to create traditional elegance. Depending on the room, windows look out to downtown Miami or the river. Standard amenities include free Wi-Fi access, cable TV and free continental breakfast. Features Miami's Financial District is nearby, and the hotel is a popular choice for business travelers. The property makes it convenient for cruisers as well. For $6 per person, a shuttle transports guest to the Port of Miami. Reservations are required. Transportation Miami International Airport (7 mi/ 11.3 km)Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (24 mi/ 38.6 km) Attractions James L. Knight Center (0.02 mi/ 0.03 km)Fort Dallas Park (0.02 mi/ 0.03 km)Miami Convention Center (0.2 mi/ 0.3 km)Miami River Walk (0.2 mi/ 0.3 km)Miami Art Museum (0.4 mi/ 0.6 km)Miami Beach Convention Center (5 mi/ 8 km) Business24-hour business centerMeeting and banquet facilitiesClose to Miami's Financial DistrictFree Wi-Fi   Policies and feesValet Parking rate is $20 daily per car.Refrigerator fee is $5 Some charges may incur taxes. Guests must be at least 21 years old to check in.
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The Catalina Hotel and Beach Club

4 stars
3.2 / 5 654 reviews
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 people-watching hub Maxine's. The Catalina celebrates its boutique style with bold design elements such as stark white seating and linens and sumptuous red walls and lamps. Poolside beds reflect South Beach's quintessential luxurious approach to everyday living. HighlightsTwo rooftop pools, three bars and two restaurants, including South Beach favorite Maxine'sFree shuttle from Miami International AirportFree happy hour from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.VIP passes to South Beach clubs Rooms Who says white has to be boring? The hue makes a dramatic statement when paired with red walls or damask-print. Floor-to-ceiling curtains lend softness to the rooms, where Tempur-pedic mattresses, 300-count Belgian sheets and goose down comforters are standard amenities. Space isn't an issue. Each room holds enough square footage to accommodate an in-house masseuse. Features  The hotel hands out VIP passes to the hottest clubs, but the property is a nightlife magnet on its own. Visitors can sample sashimi in Kung-Fu Kitchen & Sushi or mingle with other singles at the rooftop pool. Go ahead: Order a cocktail from the cabana bed.   When it's time to catch a flight home, guests can cut their travel time via the free airport shuttle. An in-house system also enables visitors to modify, buy and confirm their flights from the hotel lobby. Transportation Miami International Airport (12 miles)Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (27 miles) Attractions Lincoln RoadOcean DriveCollins AvenueArt Deco Historic DistrictDowntown MiamiMiami Beach Convention Center Business Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access available Policies and feesCredit card is required upon check-in. No cash deposits are accepted. The hotel will authorize your credit card at check in for up to $100 per night of stay in addition to nightly room rate. Please understand that if you are using a Check Card, this authorization will limit your card use for up to 10 days or until your issuing bank releases the authorization hold. Resort fee is $15 plus tax per night payable at property and includes airport pick up from Miami International Airport, complimentary happy hour from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily and two beach chairs and beach towels per day. Must be at least 18 years of age to check in. Valet parking costs $32 a day. Please be advised, the airport shuttle's last pickup from Miami International Airport is 6pm on 12/31/11.
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Cheap Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
Washington DC Orlando Sat, Sep 20 - Sat, Sep 27 $145
Washington DC Fort Lauderdale Sat, Sep 27 - Tue, Sep 30 $145
Baltimore Miami Mon, Sep 29 - Sat, Oct 4 $209
Dallas Tampa Wed, Sep 17 - Sat, Sep 20 $135
Washington DC Fort Myers Tue, Nov 4 - Tue, Nov 11 $125
New York Jacksonville Sat, Sep 20 - Fri, Sep 26 $185
Boston West Palm Beach Mon, Dec 22 - Mon, Dec 29 $195
Tampa Pensacola Mon, Sep 15 - Wed, Sep 24 $295
New York Sarasota Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 $195
Philadelphia Key West Sat, Oct 4 - Wed, Oct 8 $410
Newark Daytona Beach Wed, Sep 3 - Tue, Sep 9 $241
Fort Lauderdale Tallahassee Mon, Aug 11 - Wed, Aug 13 $262
Los Angeles Valparaiso Thu, Sep 4 - Sun, Sep 7 $446
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Best time to take a vacation to Florida

  • Best Time to Go

    Florida vacations are great anytime of the year. The weather is mild year-round, with a subtropical and tropical climate. Annual temperatures are between 65oF and 84oF. Florida is a popular tourist attraction for individuals seeking to travel away from cold temperatures, or to enjoy the hot climate in the summer. Travelers can find bargain deals on hotel accommodations between June and September. Winter season is a little more expensive for Florida visitors due the tourist peak season between December and April. Autumn is a season of cool weather, and a relaxed atmosphere. Anytime is a great time to visit Florida’s amusement parks.

Insider tips for Florida travel

  • Disney World

    Experience the various attractions at the famous Disney World theme park in Orlando.

  • Sarasota

    Head to Sarasota to tour the Ringling Museum of Art and attend the Ringling International Arts Festival held in October.

  • Capital Grille

    When it is time to sit down for a bite to eat, head over to the Capital Grille in Miami.

  • Busch Gardens

    Those that are embarking on Florida travel with a family will enjoy the attractions at the Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa Bay.

  • Gatorland

    Florida is well-known for its alligator population, and Gatorland in Orlando has crocodiles and alligators from all over the world.

Florida highlights

  • Florida highlights
  • Panhandle

    Think of the Panhandle as Florida's cousin from the Deep South; same family, different accent. Explore the area for traces of Southern roots, from plantation-style homes in Tallahassee to rustic seafood shacks in Apalachicola. As a family destination, it's easy on the budget thanks to a bevy of residential-style hotels designed for extended stays and pint-sized entertainment (read: lazy rivers and water umbrellas). Outside, revel in Mother Nature's freebies: state parks made for trekking and stretches of powdery sand to sink in.

  • Tampa Bay

    Tampa's all-American appeal is obvious from mansion-studded and rollerblader-frequented Bayshore Boulevard and during rollicking fests such as Guavaween and the Gasparilla Pirate Parade. Amble the brick-lined, iron-wrought streets in historic Ybor City and think you're in New Orleans – until you're teased by the flamenco dancers and heaping plates of Cuban fare at the Columbian Restaurant. Beyond the "metro," frugal Florida travelers won't have to sacrifice outdoor time for fun. Tampa Bay residents practically live on the beach, from pristine Fort de Soto Park (a regular on Dr. Beach's best beaches list) to tidy Pass-A-Grille, a coast dazzled by the pink palace otherwise known as Loews Don CeSar Hotel.

  • Miami

    Don't be discouraged by the couture kittens, yacht partiers and Mazarati drivers in South Beach; despite the emphasis on affluence, not everyone lives large in America's Riviera. Tourists can still partake in the excess from afar. Follow the lighting equipment to Lummus Park to spy on a photo shoot or wander by the bistro tables along Ocean Drive. You might spot a movie star. And for budget-sensible fun from the beach, hotel hop the Art Deco district with your camera; those neon-lit facades and sexy lounges are worth capturing even if you're not a guest in the penthouse suite.

  • Orlando

    Mickey Mouse will always have our hearts at Disney World – that's a given. Beyond the theme parks, however, are local Florida travel diversions that don't have to break the bank, starting with an inner tube ride down Rainbow River Rock State Park. On dry land, escape to the World of Orchids for fragrant, jungle air, catch the daily parade of ducks in the Peabody Orlando or dare to stare in the eyes of a gator at Gatorland, more contained and only slightly less intimidating a setting than Alligator Alley.

  • Florida Keys

    Florida beach towns tempt with postcard flair, yet extra style points go the Keys, which spells paradise from every Hemingway bungalow, coral reef and beach bar. The main drag – Duval Street – is a free exercise in people watching, thanks to wall-to-wall bars, souvenir shops, bikers, drag queens and free-roaming Key West Gypsy chickens and roosters. Yes, we said it, anything goes in the Keys.

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