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 Cabana Bay Beach Resort

3 stars
4.0 / 5 44 reviews
Colorful retro-themed resort for the whole familyTake a break from the hectic everyday life and escape to Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. This family-friendly resort in Orlando features comfortable accommodations and an array of on-site recreational amenities. Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort is set in an enviable location, within a mile from famous theme parks such as Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. For on-site entertainment, tourists can enjoy the 1950s-inspired bowling alley, outdoor swimming pool with sand beach and dive tower waterslide, and a lazy river with waterfalls and cannons. The resort also has an arcade games room, fitness centre, Universal Orlando attraction ticket centre, parking (fees apply), and free Wi-Fi access in public areas. Dining options at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort include Starbucks coffee shop, Bayliner Diner, Galaxy Bowl Restaurant, and lobby and pool bars. 3 Reasons To StayLazy river and large swimming pool with waterslideBowling alleyFree shuttle buses, walking paths to Universal Orlando Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort RoomsEchoing the 1950s and 1960s vibe, the 1,800 rooms at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort showcase vibrant color schemes and a nostalgic feel of a bygone era. While the units may feature a throwback style, the in-room amenities are decidedly modern to ensure comfort and convenience. The rooms are appointed with flat-panel TV with HD channels, Wi-Fi access, safe deposit box, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, ironing equipment and hairdryer. Family suites come with living room and kitchenette. Things To Do:Islands of Adventure (0.4 mi / 0.64 km)The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)Wet 'n Wild Orlando (0.6 mi / 0.96 km)Universal CityWalk (0.6 mi / 0.96 km)Universal Studios Florida (0.9 mi / 1.44 km)SeaWorld Orlando (3.9 mi / 6.24 km) Policies and feesEarly park admission is one hour prior to regularly scheduled park opening to one Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando. This is valid in selected attractions at each park.
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Seralago Hotel and Suites Maingate East

3 stars
3.1 / 5 903 reviews
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, which is divided into two distinct sections: one for the adults and one for the little ones with junior bunk beds, a junior bed, and several fun kid-themed accommodations. Cool off after a morning in the humid Florida air, and practice your freestyle in one of two Olympic-length pools, or watch as the kids splash around in their own designated swim zone. During the evenings, families can get cozy in front of the hotel's big screen to watch a complimentary family movie. Key facts Free parkingShuttle servicesDining: The Vineyard Cafe, The People's Choice Food Court & General StoreBars: Tropical Treasures Pool Bar, The Court Street Bar614 guestrooms3 pools, 1 for kids2 whirlpoolsTennis courts, basketball, sand volleyball court, playgroundComplimentary family movies at hotel theaterArcade games room NeighborhoodThe Serlago Hotel and Suites is located three miles from Disney World, and gives guests easy access to the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, SeaWorld, Universal, Epcot and Animal Kingdom. Make friends with playful dolphins at Discovery Cove, just a short drive away. The shuttle services offered to guests will ensure that you spend your time enjoying local attractions, rather than fighting traffic or searching for parking spots. If you want to leave the Disney resort for an afternoon of shopping or a family dinner, visit nearby Old Town Kissimmee. There you'll find an assortment of restaurants and shops to explore. Hints and tipsVisit the guest relations counter to purchase discounted tickets for Disney World, Universal Studios and other attractions.Jump on a shuttle to many of the attractions for a small fee.
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Walt Disney World Swan

4 stars
3.9 / 5 237 reviews
OverviewDisney's Swan Hotel is famed for its modern design and touch of elegance – the Florida hotel was designed by award-winning architect Michael Graves. Allow yourself to be transported to an island atmosphere – you can relax on the three-acre tropical landscape, complete with rock caves and cascading waterfalls, enjoy its white  beach, whirl pools and waterslide. Take a break from the kids and send them to the fully supervised Camp Dolphin, leaving you time for pampering at the Balinese-themed Mandara Spa – choose from a variety of treatments or the full-service hair and nail salon. Alternatively you could sip a cocktail or sample a gourmet snack from the Cabana Bar and Beach Club where the music keeps the scene lively. Need to get some all-important business done at the Walt Disney World Swan during your break? There are also conference facilities with 84 meeting rooms for catching up on work, or you can gather for an informal meeting within the numerous banquet rooms. Key facts 759 guestrooms Four restaurantsFive pools and barFour tennis courtsHealth club and spaBabysitting and childcare servicesTransportation to Walt Disney WorldPrivate beachConference center and 84 meeting rooms NeighborhoodIncorporating all the magical soul of Walt Disney World, the Swan Hotel is located within walking distance of theme parks like Epcot. It is also a short shuttle ride away from other Disney parks and the Downtown Disney area filled with entertainment, shopping and dining options. The Orlando International Airport is only a 20-minute drive away. If nature's your thing make time to visit Disney's Animal Kingdom – you'll be able to see over 1,700 animals from 250 species, there's the opportunity to go on safari, or even see a Broadway-style play. Hints and tipsThe Swan Hotel is actually a Disney "sister" property. It is a Starwood Resort, but shares the same "Extra Magic Hours" given at other Disney-owned properties. To obtain a view of the nightly Epcot firework display, you should book an Epcot Fireworks View Room with balcony.
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River Park Hotel and Suites - Port of Miami

2 stars
2.5 / 5 288 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 / 5 539 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
Atlanta Orlando Tue, Dec 2 - Mon, Dec 8 $72
Washington DC Fort Lauderdale Sat, Nov 15 - Tue, Nov 18 $117
New York Miami Sun, Feb 1 - Wed, Feb 11 $155
Washington DC Tampa Tue, Dec 9 - Tue, Dec 16 $89
Dallas Fort Myers Fri, Nov 14 - Wed, Nov 19 $107
Newark Jacksonville Tue, Dec 16 - Sun, Dec 21 $193
Washington DC West Palm Beach Sun, Nov 16 - Thu, Nov 20 $137
Tampa Pensacola Tue, Mar 31 - Wed, Apr 8 $294
New York Sarasota Fri, Nov 14 - Tue, Nov 18 $204
Boston Key West Mon, Nov 24 - Thu, Dec 4 $407
Pittsburgh Daytona Beach Thu, Jan 8 - Fri, Jan 23 $250
Fort Lauderdale Tallahassee Sat, Dec 13 - Wed, Dec 17 $367
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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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