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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Kissimmee

When to go

Kissimmee has a warm to hot climate, making it popular destination throughout the year. The hottest months are from April to October, with temperatures soaring to 32°C between May and September and remaining in the high 20s during the rest of this period.

Even in the cooler months from November to March you'll experience temperatures of over 22°C, and the winter nights are mild too. Cheap holidays to Kissimmee are in abundance at this time, and it's a great destination to visit throughout the year if you're looking to avoid the cold.

Health and safety

Florida is known for its mosquito population, so in order to minimise the chance of being bitten, you should take necessary precautions. You can do so by avoiding standing bodies of water and by protecting your skin when outdoors with mosquito repellent.

As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip.

If you're visiting Kissimmee specifically to take part in sports or watersports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information and for the latest health and safety information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/health.

Some hospitals may ask non-US residents to pay a deposit on admittance. You should direct any requests for funds to your travel insurance provider in the first instance and only pay the hospital if you're advised to do so by your travel insurance company.

Passports and visas

Prior authorisation is needed to enter America, either by acquiring a visa or through the Visa Waiver Programme. The VWP allows most British citizens to enter the US for tourism purposes for a period of up to 90 days.

You will also need to receive authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation, ESTA, at least 72 hours before you travel. This process provides the airline with information about you such as details of your passport, country of residence and address of your first night's stay in the USA. To find out more and to apply visit the ESTA website.

If a child is travelling with only one parent or someone who isn't their parent or legal guardian, you may be required to provide certain documents at the border.

By law, you must carry your passport with you and may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/entry-requirements.

Getting around

Orlando International Airport is just 24 kilometres from the centre of Kissimmee and most tour operators include transfers as part of a holiday package so getting to your resort is easy.

The city of Kissimmee covers a 44-kilometre area, and it is possible to get around on foot or by bus. If you're hoping to travel beyond Kissimmee into Orlando to visit the theme parks and the Walt Disney World Resort, the best way to get around is by hiring a car, which is simple to do as long as you have the correct documentation – a valid driver's license, proof of insurance and a major credit card.

It's also easy to navigate West U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee's primary tourist corridor, using the brightly coloured guide markers along the way.

Advice for travellers with children

Kissimmee is full of things for children to enjoy. Just being under the gorgeous Florida sun should be enough but this area also has many natural lakes, rivers, beaches and streams. Shingle Creek National Park is a lovely day out for all the family where, aside from the boat rides, there is a playground and picnicking area. Other playgrounds include the Lakefront Park, which even has a children's splash pad to cool off and have fun in.

The Old Town theme park is perfect for children with some old fashioned fairground attractions and family friendly American grills. The historic downtown area is just as welcoming, and some of the bars are happy to allow children.

And as Orlando International Airport is only 24 kilometres from Kissimmee, it's easy to get there too. Book All Inclusive holidays to Kissimmee and you'll find all your drinking and dining options sorted, with family-friendly venues within stumbling distance of your hotel room.

Electricity

Connector type: Two- or three-pin plug, type A or B Voltage Info: 120 Volts

Emergency information

The number to call for emergency assistance of any kind during your stay is 911.

British Consulate in Miami

If you're a victim of crime or affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner contact the British Consulate in Miami.

Address: 1001 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami, FL 33131, USA Phone: (+1) (305) 400-6400

Hospital

Florida Hospital Kissimmee provides the latest treatments and many departments including cardiovascular and an emergency department.

Florida Hospital Kissimmee Address: 2450 N Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee, FL 34744, USA Phone: (+1) (407) 846-4343