Within walking distance of Universal Orlando™ theme parks and Universal CityWalk™, this hotel offers Early Park Admission* to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ ...
This nautical-themed beachfront resort has direct beach access and is less than 4 miles from Bal Harbour Shops, 6 miles from Aventura Mall, the Art Deco District, ...
Situated in the airport, in Miami, this hotel is close to Curtiss Mansion, Grapeland Water Park, and Miami Springs Golf Course. Also nearby are Miami Jai Alai ...
This eco-friendly hotel is located near the Fort Lauderdale airport and Port Everglades cruise port, and the Broward convention center. Downtown Fort Lauderdale ...
This all-suite hotel with its own convention center is within 6 miles of Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, and the Orlando Convention ...
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Curtiss Mansion and Miami Springs Golf Course. Miami Jai Alai and Grapeland Water Park are also ...
Located in Four Corners, this spa resort is within 12 mi (20 km) of Orange County National Golf Club, Old Town, and Disney's Hollywood Studios®. Disney Springs® ...
Located in Rocky Point, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of The Upper Tampa Bay Trail, Cypress Point Park, and Rocky Point Golf Course. Raymond James Stadium ...
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.
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.
Experience the various attractions at the famous Disney World theme park in Orlando.
Those that are embarking on Florida travel with a family will enjoy the attractions at the Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa Bay.
Head to Sarasota to tour the Ringling Museum of Art and attend the Ringling International Arts Festival held in October.
Florida is well-known for its alligator population, and Gatorland in Orlando has crocodiles and alligators from all over the world.
When it is time to sit down for a bite to eat, head over to the Capital Grille in Miami.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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