5 Must-Follow Florida Vacation Tips for EU Visitors

For many families around the world, an Florida vacation is a dream come true. Visitors are sure to fall in love with the state’s famous theme parks, cultural attractions, world-class beaches, and exotic wildlife.

Although most of Florida’s 113 million annual visitors are domestic travelers, Europeans planning a visit to the Sunshine State make up an important part of the total as well. If you’re one of these international tourists, a trip to Florida may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. That’s why it’s important that you make the most of it.

Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your Florida experience.

#1. Arrange Your Days Strategically

Plans for high-speed rail have been in the works for years, but at this point, Florida still doesn’t have the kind of statewide rapid transit you’d find in the EU. The state is mostly car-reliant, and most of the major cities and attractions are at least an hour or two apart from one another. Driving can consume valuable time; that’s why you need to plan out what you want to do to maximize your visit.

If you’re coming mainly for the theme parks in the Orlando area, for example, you probably won’t want to venture much farther than Tampa or Cape Canaveral. If Miami is a must-do during your trip, though, be aware the drive from Orlando is at least four hours each way. Instead of driving south, then back again, consider doing everything you want to do in Orlando, then visit Miami at the end of your trip and fly home from there.

#2. Be Conscious of Local Transportation

Rail service is limited even within urban areas, and public transportation tends to rely on buses. You can consider renting a car or relying on Uber; however, this can get expensive…especially if you want to visit other parts of the state.

We recommend first checking to see if your hotel offers complimentary shuttle service. Many hotels in the Orlando area will pick you up from the airport, then offer complimentary shuttles to Disneyworld, Universal Orlando, and other attractions.

Beyond that, remember to think about the bus system. The Orlando Lynx system provides continuous service throughout the Orlando metro area, all for just $16 for a 7-day pass. Just remember to buy the pass ahead of time; they’re not available on the bus.

#3. Buy Tickets Early

If you’re visiting the theme parks, there are several advantages to buying tickets online before you head to your destination.

The biggest plus is in the price; if you pay at the gate, you will be paying full-price which, for a single day ticket, is now well-over $100 per guest over nine years of age. However, shopping for tickets online may mean a steep discount, along with other perks like coupons for in-park discounts and other deals. As an added plus, buying tickets ahead of time means you can skip the line at the park, saving you between 30-60 minutes at the beginning of your day.

Just remember to buy from a reputable site that is compliant with EU regulations on personal data protection and security.

#4. Plan Each Day

Most people don’t want to adhere to a strict schedule when on vacation, but remember: some planning can help you enjoy your time more.

Going back to the theme parks, for example; Disney is famous for their dining. However, reservations for the resort’s most desirable experiences tend to fill-up months in advance. We recommend that you start booking your reservations as far in advance of your trip as possible (Disney takes dining reservations up to 180 days in advance).

Then there’s the FastPass; the magic “get out of line free” ticket that let’s you skip through a shorter line for popular attractions. Like dining reservations, you must select fast passes in advance, and the most popular rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom and Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom fill-up weeks or even months ahead of time.

#5. Take Advantage of Everything Florida Has to Offer

Maybe you’re coming for the theme parks, or for the beach…but if you’re already here, why not check out both? As mentioned earlier, Florida has an incredible variety of attractions to offer, so don’t be afraid to step outside of the standard fare.

Within an hour’s drive from Orlando:

  • Kennedy Space Center: Home of NASA and the US space program.
  • Cocoa Beach: World-famous surf and sun spot.
  • Legoland: Family-friendly theme park based on the classic toy.
  • Busch Gardens: African-themed park known for thrilling roller coasters and animal attractions.

Further out in the state:

  • The top-ranked beaches in the country, including Clearwater, Siesta Key, and Miami Beach.
  • St. Augustine: Oldest continually-habited European settlement in North America.
  • Salvador Dali Museum & Chihuly Collection: World-famous art collections in St. Petersburg.
  • Key West: Relaxed island party town, as well as the long-time home of Ernest Hemingway.
  • Crystal River Preserve: Pristine spring waters & home to the iconic Florida manatees.
  • Everglades National Park: Incredible expanse of wetlands in Southern Florida, home to alligators, panthers & other samples of famed Florida wildlife.

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