Florida remains one of the most exciting US states for visitors of all nationalities, boasting phenomenal homegrown fruits, stunningly diverse landscapes, and the best beaches and theme parks in the country. Given the lack of good intercity public transportation, the huge number of parking lots and the wide roads, driving in Florida is a real joy and automobile hire is the best way to make the most of your visit to the Sunshine State.
The best time to visit southern Florida is between mid-December and mid-April, though this also marks high tourist season. If you feel comfortable with daily afternoon downpours (followed by more sunshine!) and relentless heat, you’ll find tourist destinations more manageable in the summer. Tourist season in northern Florida runs from the end of May to the beginning of September. Hurricane season lasts from June through November.
The native language of the United States is English, the native language of the vast majority of Floridians. However, 20% of the state’s inhabitants speak Spanish as a native language, and in certain metropolitan areas, Spanish outranks English as the native language, such as in Miami and parts of Tampa.
The currency is the US dollar. Currency exchange is highly available at airports and popular tourist destinations, and credit cards are accepted at the vast majority of businesses.
There are airports in most towns in Florida, so be specific with your choice of destination for air travel. You may be surprised to find that you can get much closer to your intended destination than expected. The major international airports are in Orlando, Miami, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale, and these are each excellent places from which to pick up your rental car. Automobile hire is available in virtually every Florida town and urban area.
Travellers headed to Florida for its glorious offering of theme parks can pick up rental cars along any of the major interstates or highways that intersect Orlando, though booking a car for pickup at the airport is perhaps the most convenient. Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and downtown Orlando are all around just 20 minutes away from the airport in good traffic conditions. Renowned Cocoa Beach is less than an hour away.
Beach goers will want to head to Miami International Airport, where Miami Beach is just a 25-minute drive from the airport. Take even more advantage of Miami’s location at the tip of Florida by taking the 22-mile drive into the Everglades or the spectacular drive south along the keys to Key West. This 3.5-hour drive is definitely worth it, and taking advantage of the secluded beaches along the way is highly recommended.
While Florida’s major cities are bustling with activities to keep any avid traveler busy, automobile hire is hands down the best way to make the most of your Florida vacation. With some of the best beaches and most unique landscapes in the continental United States, Florida is a state that is best explored via individual car.