Holidays to Florida take you to an oasis of emerald green waters, beachfront cities with unparalleled shopping, and world-famous theme parks. Embark on your Florida holiday and explore this former Spanish colony; a state lined with beaches and blessed with beautiful sunshine.
Surrounded by two great oceans, it’s no surprise Florida boasts hundreds of miles of endless beaches. Discover the Gulf Coast’s long stretches of white sand, shimmering in the Floridian sun, or head to the east coast and watch the surfers and paddlers bob amongst the thrilling waves. These stunning beaches sit against a backdrop of some of the USA's most vibrant cities. From Miami and Fort Lauderdale to Tampa and Daytona Beach, uncover charismatic beach-side metropolises with a diverse charm that’s hard to ignore.
Outside of the cities, Florida’s spellbinding wildlife awaits. You may well spot its iconic alligators, but there’s even more to experience, whether you’re kayaking through mangroves or exploring Everglades National Park. Witness some of the 500 native species of bird, amazing turtles, and bottlenose dolphins. If you’re after a touch of romance, head to Florida Keys. A natural paradise stretching out over 120 miles, this archipelago offers up a world of nature, sunshine and breath-taking coral reefs.
Florida: Home to World Renowned Theme Parks
Even the most vivid imaginations couldn’t conjure up a wonderland to rival the one that awaits in Orlando. If you’re travelling with kids or are a big kid yourself, meet beloved characters, experience the rides, and enjoy exceptional entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort™, and even The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.
Get the most from your trip to Florida by visiting a few of its best destinations. If you’re a nature lover, stop off at a few of the state’s national parks, including Everglade, Dry Tortugas, or Biscayne. Combine a city break in Miami with a Florida Keys island-hopping adventure, or perhaps spend some time visiting beaches along the stunning Gulf Coast before exploring the delights of Orlando.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Florida holidays. With so many options for your Florida holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.
Orlando And Florida Keys Twin Centre Holidays
Twin Centre Holidays To New York And Orlando
There’s a wealth of things to enjoy and explore in Florida, from Miami’s vibrant street art, to Everglades National Park and beautiful white sand beaches. With so many places to go, sights to see and tastes to sample, Florida has everything you need to create an amazing journey and lifelong memories.
Everglades Airboat Ride
The Everglades National Park is actually the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Its unique landscape is home to numerous rare and endangered species including the manatee and American crocodile. The most fun way to see the park and to spot wildlife is on an Airboat ride - its exhilarating and something you will want to do again and again.
Kayaking through the mangroves
You won't get closer to nature than this and you don't have to be a professional at kayaking. Through the quiet winding lakes, creeks and mangrove tunnels you will paddle as you look out for rare birds, fish and dare we say, reptile!
Universal Orlando Resort™
Take your holiday to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort. There are three incredible theme parks, including Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park. It’s also the only place where you can experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at two parks, connected by the Hogwarts™ Express. Plus, with six on-site hotels to choose from, the fun need never end!
Walt Disney World Resort
It’s the place where dreams come true. Imagine six fantastic Disney Parks, two exciting night-time entertainment districts, and a state-of-the-art sports complex. Now add in countless opportunities for dining, shopping, recreation and relaxation – and all in an area the size of Manhattan and it’s easy to see why Walt Disney World Resort is the number one holiday destination in the world.
“There is so much to see and do in Florian, and getting around is so easy. Hire a car and add a few extra USA states to your Florida holiday. It would be a shame to visit only one side of this fantastic state.”
“For some of the best shopping in Florida be sure to visit Sawgrass MIlls. Just make sure you give yourself enough time – the mall is massive. If you only have a short time to shop then I would recommend planning your visit beforehand. “
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Florida holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
First established in 1959, the Daytona 500 is a historic 500 mile motor race that is held every year during the month of February at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach.
Florida State Fair
The annual Florida State Fair is held each February in the city of Tampa. With a packed schedule of live music, exhibits, rides and games, the fair proudly celebrates Florida’s agriculture industry.
Florida Strawberry Festival
Florida Strawberry Festival first began back in 1930 and has been an annual tradition ever since. For 11 days between February and March, the quiet town of Plant City comes to life to celebrate the local strawberry harvest with live music, agriculture exhibits, arts and crafts, and a carnival midway.
Florida Film Festival
The Florida Film Festival is a well-established ten-day film festival that has been running for three decades and features current independent and international films. Many films that are prized with Academy Awards are first screened here. Taking place in Central Florida with two primary venues in Winter Park and Maitland, you can enjoy the chance to mingle with renowned filmmakers and celebrities while sipping on hand-crafted cocktails and tucking into fine cuisine.
Florida Seafood Festival
Experience Florida Seafood Festival, a two day annual event that takes place in the historic town of Apalachicola within Franklin County. You can feast on delicious seafood and watch Oyster shucking contests and blue crab races. There are also plenty of arts and craft stalls and musical entertainment for you to enjoy.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Florida holiday. Here are a few of our favourite foodie dishes.
Key Lime Pie
If you visit Florida Keys, you’ll find Key Lime pie everywhere, which is made with a crumb crust and has a smooth and zesty lime filling, before being topped with delicious and sweet meringue. It is the zingy Key limes that make all the difference to this flavoursome dessert.
One of the world’s most famous sandwiches, the Cuban sandwich consists of fresh Cuban bread filled with roasted pork, sliced ham, melted Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles. It is served toasted.
Florida Stone Crab
The best time to enjoy a dish of delicious stone crab in Florida is between October and May, when they’re caught fresh off the Atlantic Coast. Unlike other types of crab, stone crab is cooked, cracked, and served up alongside mustard sauce. The best place to find this delicious dish is from seafood shacks along the coast.
Florida Orange Juice
Florida’s enjoys a long growing season and so it boasts a bounty of fresh tropical fruits and vegetables. One of the most iconic is, of course, the orange. Orange juice is a favourite across the state. While there’s nothing more refreshing than a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, it also makes its way into many Floridian sauces, marinades and sweet confections.
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