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Holiday to Florida.

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by dudi, 2 Apr 2008.

  1. dudi

    dudi Senior Member

    Location:
    Ipswich, Suffolk
    The wife & I are thinking of taking a holiday to Florida.

    No idea what it's like, ws thinking a fly-drive might be a good idea as it's fairly big over there...

    anyone got any info/suggestions/warnings/recommendations/experience?

    Cheers
     
  2. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Just enjoy yourself - it's great !
     
  3. Aint Skeered

    Aint Skeered New Member

    We went a few years back in February, nice and quiet then.
    I do not like driving, but I found it dead easy.
    You've basically got to go for it, when your out there, and recover when you get home.
    Do the touristy bits, Sea World, Universal Studios, (especially Jaws, such a laugh)
    Take a Air boat ride, just brilliant.
    Be prepared to spend sh*tloads of cash, clothes are dirt cheap. And be prepared to diet heavily when you get home.
     
  4. killiekosmos

    killiekosmos Über Member

    We've been 8 times with kids. It is really good. Lots of opportunities to spend $$$$$. I'd suggest Orlando as first port of call. Lots of charter airlines fly into Orlando-Sanford (about 30miles north of Orlando but with its own toll road - cheap - into the tourist bits.)

    Best places to stay - hotels in Lake Buena Vista, International Drive (south) Highway 192 Kissimmee areas.

    Thousands of hotels - easy to book on-line or as a package. Buy theme park tickets on line too.

    You'll love it.

    (I'm available as a guide for a small fee)
     
  5. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Just book the flights and car and maybe the first and last night's hotel. Then just wing it. There are plenty of hotels. On street corners are dispenser things full of voucher books that will get you money off at stores, parks and hotels.

    The first time we went we stayed in Orlando for a week, then on the second just drove, finding a hotel wherever we got to at the end of the day. Then we flew back from Miami.

    Places worth going (we thought so)-

    Orlando (parks)
    Tampa (parks)
    Clearwater
    Sanibel Island
    The everglades -do the air boat thing
    You can give the Keys a go, but we got fed up of driving and weren't very impressed.
    Miami
    Fort Lauderdale

    Oh, and one of the most breathtaking things I think I've ever seen was the Apollo rocket they've got at Cape Canaveral. It's worth driving over there to the east coast just to take the tour.

    And have a look at the weather for when you plan to go. Our summer months are incredibly hot and sticky over there -until the storm comes at about 3pm each day.
     
  6. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    I second Mister Paul. The voucher books can be a really good idea. You can also find them in fast food outlets. Definitely go to the Keys if you have time (my favourite bit of Florida) and avoid Miami, it's horrible. The far side over near Sarasota is nice too.
     
  7. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    You can also get cheaper tickets to the themes parks through some services where folks , for example, have bought a week's ticket to a theme park and aren't going to use it. So they give it to an agent, who then sells it to you for a day or two to use, and then you give it back for them to sell to the next person.

    Big discount on the usual prices, and the agent comes to your villa to give you the ticket / take your money and they also come and take it back again, meaning you're not having to get off your own lazy holiday @rse to do it yourself :blush:
     
  8. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    Not sure if this is possible with the big parks anymore. Disney you have to use a finger or thumb print to get in on a ticket (FM would love this) so I wouldn't have thought they were transferrable.

    Been to Orlando & Florida more times than I can remember with work and holiday. The first time there just isn't enough time to do it all. Some people love it (me - golf, water sports on the gulf coast, parks, etc) some people hate it (my brother - but then he's just miserable). It depends on your budget and personal preferences as to what you like; I had a friend who swears he preferred to do all the non-touristy stuff in an air conditioned Winnibago whereas I prefer a bit of luxury and usually rent a 4 bed house in Davenport. Managed to make it a cheap holiday this year as Virgin stuffed up our flights last year and gave us airmiles sufficient to pay for 2 flights this year. :biggrin: Off on 20th May.
     
  9. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    Try attractionticketsdirect.co.uk for attraction tickets.

    http://www.attraction-tickets-direct.co.uk/

    If you're on a budget, fly with Travel City Direct on a fly drive is my advice.

    http://www.travelcitydirect.com/florida/

    Alternatively, try what they call a two or three centre holiday. My first time out I flew into Miami did a few days around the Keys, drove up the gulf coast to Orlando for the attractions and stayed in Clearwater for a few days over a weekend sometime in the middle of the holiday. You really need three weeks minimum IMO to justify the cost and distance travelled.

    I have personal contacts for longer term places to stay in Orlando if that helps anyone. Just personal recommendations of good people I have used in the past.
     
  10. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Never having been, my only advice would be to avoid the hurricane season. Every year, there are dazed Brits on the news going "Like, it's like, really windy out and everything...?" And I can't help wondering if they really thought it through...
     
  11. OP
    OP
    dudi

    dudi Senior Member

    Location:
    Ipswich, Suffolk
    Excellent, thanks for the info guys!

    We've just booked our flights... £558 all told for 2 adult returns with in flight meals... not too bad!

    just got to find car hire now!