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.
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.
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.
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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.