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Rent a car in Florida to explore the Sunshine State at your own pace. With a car, you can easily drive to all the major attractions of Florida, such as the Florida Keys, the Everglades, Jacksonville, Daytona, and Disney World. The road infrastructure throughout the state is excellent, and in many areas the scenery you will drive through is beautiful. With so much to see and do in the different corners of Florida, you will be glad of your car rental, as a way to move quickly and independently through the countryside.

It's your choice: Where to go in Florida

There are two major airports in Florida: Miami International Airport and Orlando International Airport. Both airports have car rental services at the arrivals lounge. Flying to Miami brings you to a major city, beautiful beaches, and the nearby Everglades National Park. Orlando lies further north, and is the ideal destination to explore lakes, beaches, and visit Disney World. You can get direct flights to Florida from most European cities. The flight time from London to Florida is approximately 9 hours and 30 minutes. Airlines offering direct flights from Europe to Orlando and Miami include Norwegian Air, Air France, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Emirates. These airlines all offer multiple flight options every day, making it easy to plan your Florida holidays.

Things to do in Florida

Disney World is the most popular attraction in Florida. Just a 30min drive away from the city of Orlando, the theme park is made up of four different sections — Hollywood Studios, the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and EPCOT Park. Each park creates its very own atmosphere, so you can easily spend a week at Walt Disney World, enjoying the variety of attractions. The Magic Kingdom is the park most people immediately associate with Disney World, as it is home to the iconic Disney Castle. The Kennedy Space Center in Titusville is just one hour's drive away from Orlando Airport. For space exploration enthusiasts, this will be the highlight of the holiday. The Kennedy Space Center recounts the history of the space race, explains NASA's plans for the future, and offers a guided tour to the rocket launch pads, where you will also get to see the inside of a Saturn V rocket. The whole experience is highly interactive, ideal for families with kids.

Important info about Florida

The whole of Florida is made up of very flat terrain. So much so, that the 27m-high Space Mountain ride in Disney World is one of the highest elevation points in the state. Explore the Everglades, famous Floridian swamplands that are an integral part of this flat landscape. The best way to discover the Everglades is by booking an air-boat tour. During the tour, you can look out for alligators, turtles, and a variety of birds and snakes. Alternatively, go kayaking on one of the state's many rivers and keep a look out for the manatees, a friendly type of marine mammal. Another sight worth seeing are the Florida Keys, a series of small islands joined by bridges. This is one of the most picturesque landscapes in Florida, and the high bridges between the islands offer drivers panoramic view points over the islands. Rent a car in Florida to drive from island to island and stop off at your leisure for a picnic or a meal at one of the local cafes.

Weather in Florida
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Country United States of America
Language English and Spanish
Currency US dollar
Time-Zones ET
Country Code +1

Good to know

In Florida, people drive on the right-hand side of the road and the cars are usually automatic. Your driver's licence will be accepted by the authorities, as long as it is written in English. Otherwise, you need to acquire an International Driving Permit. In Florida, you are allowed to turn right on a red light. This may take some getting used to, but it does allow traffic to move more efficiently. Keep in mind that there is a toll system on many roads in Florida. The easiest way to pay these tolls is to purchase a toll-disk when you hire your car. At the end of your holiday, the car rental company will charge your credit card for all the tolls that you went through.

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Our tour suggestion for Florida

Pick up a map of Florida at the car rental agency if you didn't bring your own map. This will help you find the best routes to reach your chosen destinations. The most iconic road trip in Florida is the drive along the Florida Keys. Start off by driving to the Keys from Miami International Airport, a distance of about 165 miles. Take your time to explore each of the islands on your way to Key West. Head back to Miami for some urban sightseeing, before driving north on Highway 1 and Interstate 95 to Saint Augustine. The drive takes about 6 hours, so you can take your time and stop overnight, for example in Daytona Beach. Saint Augustine is the oldest colonial city in the United States, and it has a wealth of historic architecture to explore.

What to taste in Florida

Florida is known for its excellent Creole cuisine. Try the shrimp and grits, a tasty dish based on cornmeal that is served at all times of the day. Conch fritters are a popular dish that reflect the Carribbean influence on Floridian gastronomy. The marine molluscs are deep-fried in a crispy batter and served as a snack. Deep-fried gator tails are another local speciality for the adventurous palate. And one of the signature dishes to finish off a Florida meal is the traditional Key Lime Pie. This recipe originated on the Florida Keys, where fresh limes grow most of the year.