Find out why Florida is the top long-haul destination for holidaying Brits...
Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter enchant little kids, while big kids are enthralled by an abundance of sunshine, unbeatable shopping, the Art-Deco highlights and nightlife of Miami, and the gorgeous chain of islands known as the Florida Keys. Mix this up with a friendly American welcome, delicious food and opportunities to get close to the native wildlife, and you've got a tasty recipe for the perfect holiday.
Florida hotels come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and will fit every taste and budget...
From budget motels to five-star luxury hotels, you can find every kind of accommodation in the 'Sunshine State'. As with most of the US, hotels in Florida, especially those in the main tourist areas, are generally of a good standard and offer clean, comfortable and large rooms, often with two queen beds or a king-sized bed. Even the most basic road-side motels usually throw in a decent breakfast too.
In Orlando, you can book hotels to enjoy family holidays on International Drive, within the Disney or Universal theme park areas, or in nearby Kissimmee.
For east-coast adventures, visitors to Miami can splash out on luxury hotels with an Art-Deco twist, while hotels in Fort Lauderdale house guests looking to explore this elegant city, perhaps before joining a Caribbean cruise from the busy port. You can find good Florida hotels in Daytona Beach and close to the excellent Kennedy Space Center, which are both further north on the east coast.
Tampa Bay is on the west coast of Florida and is home to acres of beaches and fun times at Busch Gardens. The seaside cities of Naples and Sarasota are also on the Gulf Coast of Florida and offer many luxury hotels.
Florida is famous for its range of world-class attractions, where unforgettable memories are made...
This state is jam-packed with opportunities to have a good time. Whether you are old or young, you cannot fail to enjoy yourself in Florida.
Top five attractions
Everglades National Park
Journey into the wilderness and see crocodiles and other wildlife in this protected subtropical area of wetland.
The theme park capital of the world is home to Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Studios resort, SeaWorld and many other bastions of family entertainment.
Kennedy Space Center
Explore part of America's space programme at this world-famous launch site. The visitor complex finds many ways to keep guests entertained and educated.
This chain of islands on Florida's southern tip is a favourite destination for holidaymakers on road trips. It's as close to the Caribbean as you're going to get - in every way possible.
Sizzling Latin flavours and dazzling Art-Deco architecture make Miami a hotspot for tourists. The beaches also lure holidaymakers.
There's always something happening in Florida, whenever you choose to visit...
The sun shines year round in Florida, which keeps visitors coming in every season and ensures that lively events take place throughout the year. Here are three of the best:
Art Deco Weekend; January: Discover all you could wish to know about this striking form of architecture, which is so prevalent in Miami, during this weekend celebration.
Kissimmee Old Fashioned 4th of July: Join in the fun on Independence Day (even if it's a celebration of independence from Great Britain!). This fantastic event in Kissimmee, near Orlando, is one of the state's best - and it's absolutely free to attend.
Christmas in Orlando: The magic of Disney adds a truly memorable element to the festive season. The weather is warm, the sun shines and holiday cheer abounds - what better time to see Orlando than in December?