Fun in Florida just got even cheaper
Flights to Florida from the UK take approximately nine hours, so you get plenty of time to chill out before the excitement begins.
Florida is home to many of the best theme parks and waterparks in the world, including the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios and SeaWorld Orlando. If you’re planning on making the most of these attractions during your stay, try shopping around for ticket discounts in advance or buying multi-ticket passes to make extra savings. If you stay in one of the Walt Disney World Resort’s 24 on-site hotels, many provide free shuttles into the park and benefits like Magic Hours, so you can arrive before or leave after everyone else.
Right in the heart of the action, Lake Buena Vista is located on the eastern edge of the Walt Disney World Resort and just a short walk to the evening entertainment at Disney Springs. For a cheap holiday to Florida, Lake Buena Vista features a range of budget-friendly restaurants, shops and waterparks nestled around picturesque lakes and a white sand beach where you can relax and unwind with little cash required.
Just a 25-minute drive from the main theme parks is ChampionsGate, which is famous for its golf courses. For those who don’t fancy perfecting their handicap, you have a cheap day of relaxing by a lagoon, renting a bike or spending an afternoon window shopping in one of the many alluring shopping malls.
Cheap days out in Florida
Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of fun days out in Florida that won’t cost an arm and a leg. On the western edge of Orlando, International Drive connects the area’s main attractions and houses the Orlando Premium Outlet, packed with bargains and discounted stores. You’ll also find a wide selection of all-you-can-eat buffets and budget diners lining the 23-kilometre-long road.
Although the thrills of Disney World and Universal Orlando are just a short drive from Davenport and Haines, these small towns offer visitors the chance to explore the surrounding scenery without splashing the cash. With a number of beautiful parks and lakes nearby, affordable days here can be spent hiking, biking, canoeing, horse riding and fishing.
Also, if you travel during off-peak season from mid January to March you’ll benefit from some of the cheapest deals.
Other cheap holidays to take a look at
Aside from Florida, cheap holidays can be found in a variety of destinations around the globe, such as lively and historic Mexico, the Eternal Islands of Spring that are the Canary Islands or the east-meets-west country of Turkey.
If you’ve set your sights on Florida, check out our travel guide for advice to help you plan your perfect trip. And to get you started, here are some of the top cheap hotels in Florida.
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If you're looking for fantastic value and convenience, the Rosen Inn At Pointe Orlando is ideal. As well as having three pools, a playground, mini-market, games room and a buffet restaurant where kids eat free, this motel-style hotel offers easy access to Orlando's main attractions, such as Pointe Orlando, where you'll find a huge range of budget-friendly restaurants and shops. Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando are also just a few minutes' away via the hotel's free shuttle bus.
Close to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld, the Clarion Inn is the perfect spot for an action-packed break. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus to the main theme parks, as well as Orlando Premium Outlets Vineland and Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores. There's a great pool and dining scene too - including two affordable restaurants and a shop. The rooms feature handy extras like microwaves, refrigerators and coffee makers so you can save money and go Self Catering for some meals.
Rosen Inn International offers a free shuttle bus to most of Orlando's main theme parks, which are just a few minutes drive away. When you're not at the parks, the hotel offers two pools, a fitness room, a playground and a games room for children. There are also a couple of affordable food and drink options at the hotel, including a buffet breakfast and dinner, American diner and deli serving snacks. You'll also get evening entertainment three nights a week, a lounge and a bar serving cheap drinks, plus free Wi-Fi.