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Information about Florida

Planning a trip to Florida? Browse our articles for information on Florida including the best golf spots, theme parks and shopping opportunities. Our articles feature all you need to know about this sunshine destination, from whether you need to hire a car in Florida to a seven-day itinerary for the perfect family trip.

Shopping in Florida
Shopping in Florida

A trip to Florida is a fantastic way to enjoy the sun and take in the thrills and spills of theme parks like Walt Disney World Resort and attractions in International Drive. But did you know that Florida's also a pretty lively place for some of the world's best shopping opportunities?

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Theme Parks of Florida
Theme Parks of Florida

We're talking big scale, roller coaster-laden, favourite film character-packed theme parks. The kind you can get lost in for days – Florida practically invented them. Of course our list includes the parks at the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios Florida. In fact, they're so great that we've given them their very own play-by-play.

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Your guide to Key West
Your guide to Key West

Key West is an island, sure, but not in a conventional sense. It bears all the signatures of an island – clad in coastline, surrounded immediately by the ocean – but is actually connected to mainland Florida via bridge, making day trips here as easy as it gets.

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Golfing in Florida
Golfing in Florida

There are over 1,250 golf courses to choose from in Florida – more than in any other US state – meaning that, outside the fantastical delights of Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios, Florida is a top holiday destination for golfing enthusiasts.

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Villa vs Room Only in Florida
Villa vs Room Only in Florida

One of the first decisions you need to make when planning for your Florida holiday is whether you're going for a hotel room with everything catered for, or a Self Catering holiday home that offers more space.

With villas in Florida proving some of the most outstanding in the world, it's a question worth giving even more time and consideration to. Luckily, we're here to help you weigh out the benefits of both, so that you can make an informed decision before you pack your bags and fly out.

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Visiting natural Florida
Visiting natural Florida

Florida might be privy to some of the best beaches and theme parks in the world, but this state also offers untouched landscapes of the more laid-back variety. We're talking Florida State Parks – of which there are an incredible 161 in total – plus the uber-famous Everglades National Park. The latter is the one you've seen in films, with airboats whizzing down narrow waterways as crocodiles and alligators slip up to the surface.

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Why you should rent a car in Florida
Why you should rent a car in Florida

Florida is one of those sprawling states whose attractions are wide and varied. Sometimes you just want to get between A and B without the hassle of a shuttle bus, taxi or train — and that's where hiring a car comes in. It's without a doubt the easiest and most convenient way to get where you want to go, when you want to go in Florida. There are so many reasons to rent a car in Florida, but here are a few at the top.

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7-day itinerary for families in Florida
7-day itinerary for families in Florida

The Sunshine State of Florida serves up activities for all ages, from toddlers to teens and grown-ups. If you've hired a car you can combine the mega-parks with smaller attractions, beaches and the natural beauty of the Everglades for an action-packed week in Florida. Read on for our seven-day family holiday itinerary.

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Your guide to International Drive
Your guide to International Drive

International Drive – also known as I-Drive – is Orlando's answer to the Las Vegas strip. It's essentially the go-to place for all things entertainment, dining and shopping in this part of Florida, as it connects all the best tourist activities this USS state has to offer. With that in mind, it's easy to get around, with shuttles like the I-Ride Trolley taking you to many of the area's best pit stops.

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The adult's guide to Florida
The adult's guide to Florida

Florida isn't all mouse ears and princess dolls – it's as much a dream holiday for adults as it is for kids. Many of the resorts surrounding the Walt Disney World Resort offer their own array of incredible amenities, such as more dining than your stomach will know what to do with and plenty of bars and activities geared toward older audiences. What's more, many are still close enough to Disney territory so as to be supremely convenient.

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