Florida Flights:

Flights to Florida

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The state of Florida is in the far south east of the United States and its west coast forms the eastern edge of the Gulf of Mexico whilst the Sargasso Sea and eventually the Atlantic Ocean is to the east. Best known for its warm year round climate, cities like Miami, natural scenery such as the Everglades and the Keys, and for Walt Disney World.

Florida is served by three international airports in Orlando (MCO), Miami (MIA) and Tampa (TPA). Flights to Florida from South Africa are indirect and have either one or two stops, depending on the city that you choose to fly into. Flying into Miami or Orlando will only require one connection while Tampa International Airport is reached by two stop flights. Airlines offering flights to Florida include American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, United Airlines, US Airways, Continental, South African Airways, and British Airways.

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The Tourist Attractions in Florida:

The Florida Panhandle

The area known as the Florida Panhandle is the north-western section of the state and includes the capital city of Florida, Tallahassee. Although this part of Florida is attractive and has a variety of attractions it’s not what most visitors come to the state to see.

North Florida

North Florida attracts a few more visitors, primarily the largest city in the state, Jacksonville, is interesting and there’s also the historic town of St Augustine to see too.

Central Florida

It’s in Central Florida that things start getting really interesting! Centred around Orlando, which is sometimes referred to as the theme park capital of the world, places like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios attract the biggest numbers of people.

Walt Disney World has expanded hugely since first opening in 1971 with the Magic Kingdom. Epcot was added in 1982, Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 1989 and Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1998. There are also two large Disney water parks plus an area called Downtown Disney, and Disney’s Wide World of Sports. The resort also contains numerous hotels and other places to stay, all based on different themes.

Following the success of the Disney Resort, Universal Studios decided to open their own attraction in Orlando. Universal Studios Florida opened in 1990 and grew to include the Universal City Walk area and Islands of Adventure theme park too. Though not as large scale as the Disney Resort, Universal is still a major attraction in Orlando. Others include SeaWorld and Gatorland.

Apart from the Orlando area, Central Florida also offers the beautiful beaches around the Tampa area, the famous Daytona Speedway, Kennedy Space Center, Busch Gardens and Cypress Gardens.

South Florida

South Florida is best known for Miami, the Everglades and the Florida Keys.

Miami is popular for its beaches, lifestyle and architecture. The Art Deco district is one of the top tourist spots, and of course Miami also makes a good starting point from which to explore the Everglades National Park and for touring south into the Florida Keys. The Keys is an archipelago of about 1700 islands containing attractive little towns and great diving spots.

When Should You Visit?:

Florida, especially South Florida, has a sub tropical to tropical climate meaning it’s usually warm all year round, and although snow is extremely rare it does occasionally fall in the winter!

With warm temperatures Florida should be good for visiting at any time of the year, but from August the risk of hurricanes is high. Spring is very pleasant because the temperatures haven’t yet got too high and humidity levels are a little lower. From spring to summer, afternoon storms are very common in Central Florida but only last about an hour and help to clear the air for a while.

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