vacations in Florida

Florida Vacation Packages — 5 Tips

Florida VacationFlorida vacation packages are a great idea…if you know what to look for.  There are lots of great deals, but also “gotchas”.  Here are some tips on what to think about before you sign up for a vacation package to Florida.

Tip 1:  Where Do You Want to Go (and Do)?

Do you want to hang out in a particular city, beach or attraction?  Would you like to go touring around the state?  Ar you looking for a fishing trip?

There are an awful lot of vacation packages out there — having an idea of what you want to do helps you to better able to compare packages.

Tip 2:  How Long is Your Vacation?

Packages are available from 1 day on up.  Week-long Florida vacation packages are probably the most common, but you’ll find plenty of 3 and 5 day options.  And of course, 2 week packages abound as well!

Need longer?  Think about renting a house, or combining packages.

 Tip 3:  Vacation Package Prices

You want to get the best price possible, right?  Everyone has a different budget, but here are some thoughts at getting the best price you can.

  • Is your vacation date set in stone?  If you are flexible with your dates, you can get better prices than if you have to visit during the “high” season.  For the most part, “high” (i.e., most expensive) rates are from Thanksgiving to Easter, plus around holidays.  At Disney, however, Summer has high prices, but January has low rates (go figure).
  • Do you need airfare?  If you’re flying into the Sunshine State, will you arrange for your own airfare, or do you want want with it included?  Many times you can get a better deal on your own, so do some checking.
  • Getting around.  Once you’re at your destination, will you need a car to get around?  Word of warning — Florida cities generally do not have good public transportation options.  If you plan to spend most of your time at a beach house, or you’re on a tour a car might not be necessary.  But if you’re planning on going out about about at your destination, consider what ground transportation is offered in the package.
  • Is Food included?  Food, or at least a dinner or two, is sometimes included in a package.  If you notice two similar packages that are very different in rate, check to see if one includes food.  For example, Disney World has an option for dining that is very well-worth checking out if you’re planning on staying at a Disney resort.

Tip 4:  Read Before Signing!

This is really critical.  Now, no one wants to think about their vacation being cancelled or postponed — but things do come up.  It pays (literally and figuratively) to know what kind of cancellation clause you have in your package.

Some packages only let you cancel in the first few days after signing.  Some let you cancel up until the last minute.  And there are some that are not refundable at all.  Most are somewhere in between.

Be sure you read — and understand — the cancellation clause(s) in your Florida vacation package!

Tip 5:  Plan for Weather

This actually isn’t specific to a package, except during the most active tropical weather periods in Florida (typically August and September).  If you plan to spend your vacation at a Florida beach, ask about any “act of nature” clauses.

Also, there’s a joke about Florida weather, “If you don’t like it, wait 5 minutes and it will change.”  While this isn’t always true — sometimes we have day after day of rain — you might want to plan for what else you could do if it rains for a few days.

And Finally…

Have a great time on your Florida vacation!

Florida Vacation Spots – Here Are the Best

Florida vacation spots are places in the Sunshine State that hold a special magic.  Beaches, attractions, outdoor activities all spell a wonderful vacation holiday.  Obviously there are lots of places to visit, but what are some of the best vacation spots in the state?Florida Vacation Spots -- Key West Sunset

Guess what — I’m here to tell you!  As a Florida native, I know the ins and outs of the state, and can direct you to some of the best places to visit and stay.  Some are rather obvious, like Disney World or Daytona Beach.  Some are a little more of the hidden places around the state — for example, where you can swim with manatees or relax on a quiet Florida beach.

Florida + Vacations = Fun

Starfish on Sanibel IslandSo, you’re thinking about a vacation here in Florida?  Doesn’t matter if it’s a day or a month, you’ll very likely find something in these pages.

There are places you can go out and about to in a day, and places where you may want to kick back for longer.  And it doesn’t matter if you’re a visitor or live here — there are all kinds of neat places hiding around the state!

Some of my favorites include Sanibel Island, Ichetucknee Springs, Disney World and Devil’s Millhopper (isn’t that an interesting name)?  But I also love the Keys, places like Orlando and Daytona Beach and many of the Florida State Parks.

There are places like Lion Country Safari, some of the zoos and aquariums and of course the myriad attractions in St. Augustine.

I could go on and on…and as you’ll see in these pages, I do, LOL.  🙂

Florida Vacation Spots — Best of the Best

First, how can you find what you want in these pages?  You can use the search box in the upper right of the menu area.  You can also use the Categories area to find groups of pages you are interested in.

MacArthur Beach State Park KayakingIf you want to see my latest and greatest posts, check out the area marked as Recent Posts.

Anyway, that’s for finding something specific.  But you can also just browse and see some unique place that you had no idea was here in the Sunshine State!

Some of what I call the “best of the best” Florida vacation spots include:

  • AttractionsDisney, Universal, Seaworld and some you probably have never heard of.
  • Beaches  — We’ve got lots here in the state, so you’ll see quite a few.
  • Florida State and National Parks — if you love outdoor activities, the parks around the state are the place to be.
  • Florida Keys — these “islands in the sun” are definitely a destination in their own right (especially Key West)!

And a whole lot more!  After all, Florida is a state with both natural beauty and man-made wonders (like the cities and attractions).  Unless you are intent on snow-skiing on your vacation, Florida probably has something for you.  🙂  (Sorry, snow is the one commodity that is rare here.)

I hope that in these pages you’ll not only find the Florida vacation spots information you’re seeking, but also have fun reading and looking at the photos.  In other words, I want you to have a good time while you’re here on the site.

So get ready and set — and hang on tight for a fabulous Florida vacation!