The Love Florida Guide
We hope you find this Guide to Orlando and the rest of Florida both informative and useful. We aim to provide answers to all the questions you might have!
The State of Florida
Florida is located on a large strip of land between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida (Known as the pan handle). It is bordered on the north by the states of Alabama and Georgia, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is close to the Caribbean, in particular the Bahamas and Cuba.
Florida’s easy going, warm lifestyle translates to casual, informal clothing, both day and night. Shorts and sandals are the norm. Restaurants range from simple outdoor cafes to elegant candlelit dining rooms, none of which requires jackets or ties. Most places generally request shirts and shoes.
Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, with the Florida Keys bordering on a true tropical climate. Cold fronts can occasionally bring cool to cold temperatures to the entire state during late Fall/Autumn and winter. Florida averages 300 days of full sunshine a year. The seasons in Florida are actually determined more by rainfall than by temperature with mild to cool, relatively dry winters and autumns (the dry season) and hot, wet springs and summers (the wet season). Florida does have a Hurricane season that runs from April to the end of November. Although the hurricanes (4) of 2004 that crossed over Central Florida, caused considerable damage, it is quite rare to have this many hurricanes directly hit Florida. It has never been hit by 4 in one year before and the last time it was hit by 3 was back in the 1900’s. In all the years we have been going we have not had much disruption from them at all. Read More about the weather.
We will cover all the Orlando Theme Parks including, Walt Disney World with The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom. The Disney water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Also Sea World, Discovery Cove, Busch Gardens and their water park, Aquatica. Universal Studios and the Islands of Adventure. We will also bring news of new attractions as they are announced.
We will give lots of travel tips related to Florida. It could be the best places to buy your attraction tickets, to book your car hire and even the best places to get your holiday cash. Much of the info is from our own longtime experiences.
We can also help with suggestions on where and when to book your flights.You can save some serious money if you know where to look.
Shopping & Dining
These are two of our favourite pastimes in Orlando, so along with the general tips we will try to give reviews & comments about the best places to eat and to shop, where to get the bargains and discount cuopons.
Using coupons is commonplace in the US so don't worry about asking for any savings. Also we will give advice on tipping, this is again a different culture to many visitors from outside the US.