The Florida peninsula is a huge melting pot of cultural influences, natural wonders, magical kingdoms and buzzing cities. There aren’t many places where you can experience tropical wetlands, Latin culture, Art Deco architecture and pristine beaches all on the same day. Which goes some way to explaining why it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US.
Peak season runs from October through to April. It may be winter elsewhere in the US, but it’s still sunny and warm in subtropical Florida. In recent years, however, the peak period has been extending through the spring and into early summer – but be aware that it can get very hot in the southern half of the state in June and July.
The periods of April to May and September to November are when you’ll find the most comfortable temperatures. At this time accommodation rates are lower and there’s a bigger selection of Cheap Flights to Florida. Watch out for hurricane season, which generally starts in June and carries on until November, and also for Spring Break when things can get a little rowdy.
In general, if you avoid the school vacations, it’s possible to find lower airfares to Florida for most of the year when you search flexibly with Orbitz.
Select ‘Nearby airports’ and you can see a big choice of flights from other convenient departure and arrival points. This can open up a range of cheaper flight deals to Florida for you.
If your travel dates aren’t set in stone, then select ‘My dates are flexible’ to see other great value Florida flights. It’s often possible to find bargain flights to Florida on certain days of the week.
The filter options on the left side of the screen and the drop-down menu at the top can also help you find the most suitable flights. These include price, direct and indirect options, preferred departure times, airlines and more.
Miami International Airport handles around 45 million passengers a year. This puts it inside the top 30 busiest airports in the world. It’s a major gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean.
Orlando International Airport is located six miles outside the city. It’s the busiest airport in the state and thirteenth most used in the US. Its proximity to many of Florida’s biggest and best theme parks makes it the primary transport hub for many visitors.
Tampa International Airport is serviced by over 20 major carriers and serves more than 85 non-stop destinations throughout North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. It’s also one of only two US airports to have scheduled flights to Cuba.
Most of the largest US air carriers operate direct flights to several of the major airports in Florida.
One of the most popular and convenient ways to explore Florida is by hiring a vehicle. There are car rental agencies everywhere in Florida, including all major airports, and you can book before you travel with Orbitz.
There are several main bus providers, including Greyhound and Megabus, with services connecting the bigger towns and cities.
There’s also a limited train service operated by Amtrak and many of the larger resorts and parks also run comprehensive shuttles to and from the airports.
Located on the southeastern tip of the state, Miami is a real melting pot of influences. With a big Latin flavor throughout the city – and a party scene centered around South Beach – it’s a whole lot of fun. But there are also plenty of cultural highlights, including the stunning Art Deco architecture of Miami Beach.
Disney’s Magic kingdom, Universal Studios, SeaWorld – just three of the many hugely popular theme parks you can find in Orlando. The city also has a relaxed downtown and a long stretch of beach where you can soak up some sun.
A place like no other on earth, this incredible swamp-like landscape is a unique ecosystem and a must for anyone visiting the state. Take an airboat ride through the gator-infested waters and lose yourself in this vast natural wonder.
If you’re visiting the parks, it’s best to arrive early as the more popular rides are quieter then. Take plenty of fluids, as waiting around in the Florida sun can get very hot - and don’t forget the sun cream.
Florida is in the Eastern time zone.