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Huge stretches of beach, a choice of world-renowned theme parks and some of the best wildlife areas in the US all make Florida a very popular travel destination. Mangrove forests, Art Deco neighbourhoods and Latin flavour all add to the Sunshine State’s significant appeal.
From November through to May, Florida’s dry season offers cooler temperatures that make it more comfortable when queuing for rides at the big resorts.
August through to October is the rainy season. In the late summer months you’ll coincide with the school holidays, which means flights and resorts are much busier.
Although the pretty consistent warm weather makes Florida a year-round destination, if you can fly off-peak you can find better deals on flights from UK destinations. And Florida’s position as one of the world’s best holiday destinations means there is always a good choice of direct and indirect flight options whenever you want to travel.
It’s always better if you can book early to bag a bargain flight ticket to Florida. And, if you can be flexible about when you travel and where you travel from you could be quids in.
Here are two tools you can use when searching Expedia for Florida flights.
There are numerous departures to Florida from London, with several options for flights usually available each day.
The biggest airports in Florida are located in Orlando, Miami and Tampa, all with direct flights from the UK. Orlando is the busiest, dealing with more than 17 million passengers each year, with Miami International a close second with around 16 million.
Other large airports in Florida can be found at Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and Jacksonville.
All major airports have extensive rental car facilities, or are served by public transport and shuttle services which will take you to your resort or accommodation.
Indirect and direct plane tickets to Florida are available from a number of different carriers.
The best way to cover the sun-baked ground in Florida is with a rental car. These are available at all major airports as well as in all large urban areas. You can book in advance with Expedia to get the best rates.
Petrol is cheap, but do watch out for inflated prices in and around the airports as they tend to be inflated to catch out car rental returns.
There’s a good road network connecting the major cities in Florida, with major highways including Interstate 4, Interstate 95, Interstate 10 and the Florida Turnpike.
Bus services, such as the Greyhound and Megabus, connect the major cities but, unless you’re sticking to a tight budget, getting your own rental car is generally the best option.
Amtrak operate a train service connecting Jacksonville and Miami, and ferry links operate in the Keys and other coastal destinations.
Miami is one of the biggest and most iconic cities in the US. It’s unmistakable Art Deco style is at its best in the Miami Beach area. The South Beach part of the city is where you’ll find a huge selection of bars and clubs – and maybe even the odd celeb hanging out – with a big stretch of sand to catch some rays. There’s also Little Havana, home to a big Cuban population, as well as the elegant Coconut Grove.
Elsewhere, the Everglades are a unique wetland ecosystem which you can explore on a fan boat. Just watch out for the alligators!
Head up to Orlando, where you’ll find world-class theme parks and even more beautiful beaches, or drive south to explore the laid-back lifestyle of the Florida Keys.
In general UK citizens don’t need a visa when travelling to the US and can stay for a period of up to 90 days. However, it is worth checking before you travel as there are some exceptions, especially for dual citizenship holders.
In place of a visa you will need to get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation through the Visa Waiver Programme before you travel.