When is the best time to visit Florida?
Named by Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de León, Florida means ‘flowery land.’ It’s known for its sunshine, amusement parks, oranges, and the Kennedy Space Centre. North of Lake Okeechobee (a huge expanse of water!) the climate is subtropical and humid. Travel south of this lake for tropical temperatures (Miami awaits you).
In summer, the temperature rarely exceeds 38°C – it usually hovers around 32-34°C. Florida’s lowest temperatures occur in January, normally reaching 4-7°C. Although Florida is nicknamed ‘The Sunshine State’, it’s known for its volatile weather. Yes, you will enjoy beautiful sun during summer, but Florida is also prone to rainstorms, lightning, hurricanes, and tornados! Hurricane season is between June 1st and November 30th.
The best time to visit Florida is usually in spring or autumn. Early October is often lauded as ideal, as temperatures still hover around the mid-20s and you should avoid the crowds. Remember that most places will be jammed during school holidays or events, such as Thanksgiving or Spring Break. As per usual, opting for the shoulder seasons will guarantee good weather at lower prices.
That said, if your aim is to explore Florida by hiking or kayaking, you may want to try the winter season. As far as winter weather goes, Florida is relatively mild, and you won’t have to put up with summer’s sweltering conditions. It’s also ideal for flights, as long as you’re not travelling over the festive period. Florida has some beautiful, natural areas to explore, so dig out your hiking boots!
When is the cheapest time to fly to Florida?
It depends where you’re flying to in Florida. Obviously, off-peak seasons are your best bet. Tampa and Jacksonville are cheapest to fly to from October to March time. However, Orlando and Miami are a little more restrictive. Orlando stays cheaper between November and February, while Miami’s off-peak season is between September and June. Miami’s travel prices peak drastically in July, so we’d recommend steering clear during this month. Bear in mind that Christmas, Thanksgiving and American public holidays will all be more expensive periods for travel and it will be harder to find good deals. It’s worth taking this into account when booking your flights – if you need to travel at a more expensive period, you can use our Flight Finder to help you find your best option.
Which resorts in Florida are most popular?
For the most popular resorts in Florida, you will have to part with a reasonable amount of cash. However, these resorts know how to show travellers a good holiday. Let’s take a look at the top contenders.
For a romantic resort destination, Little Palm Island is a luxury option for couples. During the day, you can go fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, or kiteboarding. By night, enjoy decadent meals in the resort’s well-staffed restaurants.
Golf-lovers won’t be able to resist this exclusive retreat. When you stay with the Hill Club and Lodge, you are awarded all the resort’s golf membership privileges, dining services, and access to spa treatments. Just what you need after a day spent on the green.
A great beach escape, this resort is mere footsteps away from sun, sand, and sea. This resort is kid-friendly and comes with golfing facilities, tennis courts, water sports, adventure tours, and plenty of hiking/biking options. A fantastic place to bring the family.
Another coastline wonder, the Ritz-Carlton is a luxury resort with stunning views. There are no less than seven dining experiences on offer, a wonderful spa, and a great selection of water sports to enjoy during the day.
Based in a quaint area of colourful clapboard houses, this opulent resort has oceanfront rooms and fantastic spa treatments. There is a lot on offer for children, including local attractions and kids’ activities. With charming harbour scenery, you can relax with a cocktail by the pool and Jacuzzi.
Which destinations in Florida are cheapest to fly to?
All the most popular tourist destinations tend to revolve around Orlando. The majority are just a short drive from the city centre, so it’s best to get a cheap flight and then rent a car. Of course, there are plenty of other great attractions in Florida, but these are some of the most convenient to reach:
Disney World, Florida: 20 minute drive from Orlando.
Kennedy Space Centre: 1 hour drive from Orlando.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 25 minute drive from Orlando.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: 20 minute drive from Orlando.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer a more scenic attraction, the Everglades National Park is just half an hour’s drive outside of Miami, so we’d highly recommend visiting this stunning, natural landscape, if you’re heading south.
How long is the flight from the UK to Florida airports?
Florida is a big place, but you can expect direct flights to take roughly the same amount of time from the UK, no matter which city you choose to visit. Most hover around the 9 hour mark, except for Jacksonville, which takes a few hours longer.
London to Tampa: around 9 hours, give or take.
London to Orlando: around 8 hours 45 minutes.
London to Miami: 9 hours, give or take.
London to Jacksonville: 11 hours, give or take.
Are there direct flights to Florida?
There certainly are. It’s up to you if you’d prefer an indirect service or not. A direct flight to Florida will usually take around 9 hours, depending on where you’re flying from and to. Bear in mind that indirect flights will stretch out your travelling time considerably, so it’s worth taking this into account when you’re booking your holiday.
How much is a flight from the UK to Florida?
As per usual, it depends on when you’re travelling. It’s particularly important to avoid Miami in July, if you don’t want to fork out a fortune. Here’s a general overview of ticket prices throughout the year:
London to Tampa: £300 - £550
London to Orlando: £350 - £550
London to Jacksonville: £420 - £600
London to Miami: £420 - £1,100
Which airlines should I fly with to Florida?
Because we don’t want to tell you how to organise your holiday, here are the airlines that fly to Florida from the UK. Take your pick!
Direct from the UK:
Thomas Cook Airlines
Indirect from the UK:
TAM Linhas Aereas
Air New Zealand
Are there any low cost airlines that fly to Florida?
British Airways and Thomson Airways aren’t budget airlines, but they can do you a really good deal. We’d recommend comparing flights online to find the best deals. With the airlines that fly to Florida, you’re at least guaranteed a reasonable amount of quality and service, which is preferable for the long flight.
How do I get around in Florida?
Taxis are an obvious choice, if you need to cover short distances, but remember to tip about 15% of the fare – tipping is big in the USA, and Americans may be offended if you don’t part with a gratuity. Most people opt to rent a car; use of public transport is an option, but is a less popular method of travel for tourists. However, if you want to rely on bus lines, you’ll be glad to hear that fares are usually extremely cheap in the US, so this is a cost-effective mode of transport.
Because Florida is almost completely surrounded by sea, it’s great for sailing and is usually a big cruise ship port. If you love exploring the ocean, there are plenty of options, and you can try reaching coastal towns and cities by boat.