Travel Time: 19½+ hours from East Coast (depending on duration of stop-over)
Weather: Sunny and hot year-round, with very mild winters.
Currency: USD (US Dollar)
Major destinations/attractions: Orlando, Miami, National Parks (Everglades), Kennedy Space Center & Walt Disney World
Holiday types: Beach/resorts, city break, theme park, wildlife & caravan
A Florida road-trip is the picture-perfect family holiday. Affectionately known as the ‘The Sunshine State’, Florida’s family-friendly beaches are fantastic for both a low-key relaxed getaway or activity-fuelled family fun. Florida’s coastline is riddled with impressive natural scenery and an amazing diversity of beach towns. Although many become major tourist hubs during peak seasons, there are also less frequented gems and more ‘classic’ Florida beach towns to be explored, often protected by wildlife and nature reserves.
Important marine and wildlife reserves are sprawled across Florida with countless opportunities for close-up and ethical animal encounters in their natural environment. Some of the best parks for children are McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary for a world-class animal rescue refuge, Loggerhead Marinelife Center for its turtle rehabilitation centre and children’s programs, and Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge for swimming with manatees. Orlando is great for children of all ages – Walt Disney World Resort and Universal’s several theme parks alone will keep the entire family entertained for days. Stay in a themed resorts to truly immerse the family in the experience.