Nicknamed the Sunshine State, it's true when they say summer (and adventures) never really end in Florida.
From world-famous theme parks to tropical islands to city streets filled with Latin and Caribbean sights, sounds and smells, Florida has it all. Follow your Intrepid leader as you wander the vibrant streets of Little Havana using all five senses as your compass, zip through Everglades National Park on an airboat in search of alligators and manatees, or eat and drink your way through the historic Española Way. There are more adventures waiting for you off the mainland in the Florida Keys, from kayaking in coastal mangrove forests, exploring colourful coral reefs and uncovering the history and secrets of Key West.
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Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage.
All travellers are required to produce:
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
- If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.
If you’re travelling to Florida from other states or overseas, the main airports are Orlando, Miami, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville. These airports are serviced by most major commercial US airlines. Orlando and Miami have regular flights from the UK and Europe. You may also be able to take a train interstate with companies like Amtrak and Brightline, depending on where you’re coming from.
If you're driving to Florida, you can take one of three interstate highways: I-95 or I-75 from the north, and the I-10 from the west.
Mainland Florida is well connected and easy to get around by car or public transport. Bus companies like Megabus and Greyhound offer daily services to popular cities around Florida including Orlando, Miami and West Palm Beach. It’s an affordable and comfortable way to get around.
If you’re planning on travelling in the north and south or to the Florida Keys archipelago, you might be better off renting a car if you're not travelling as part of a tour. Although there are good public transport networks, having a car allows you to travel around with ease and you won't have to rely on buses or trains.
Northern parts of Florida such as Jacksonville and Tallahassee have a temperate climate with seasonal weather variation, including below-freezing temperatures and a chance of snow in winter. Central and southern areas like Miami and the Florida Keys have a tropical maritime climate and only two seasons: wet (summer/fall) and dry (winter/spring). Florida summers are generally very hot and humid with daily highs often reaching the mid-90s (°F).
The wet season is hot and human with average daytime highs hovering around 91 °F. Thunderstorms are common, as well as the occasional hurricane, between June and September when it’s particularly muggy. The dry season starts in December through May; it's dry and sunny throughout most parts of the state with daytime highs averaging a pleasant 75°F (24°C) in the south, and a cooler 64°F (18°C) in the north
Because of its sub-tropical climate, you can have an amazing vacation in Florida any time of year. March to August is the busiest time of year, especially down south around Miami when throngs of students head down for spring break. Theme parks are also packed during summer. If you don’t handle the heat too well, avoid going between June and September as this is when it’s most humid. Hurricane season peaks from mid-August to mid-October.
The low season is from October to January and it’s much easier, and often cheaper, to book accommodation and tours. The coldest months are November through January, and although it’s never freezing, if you want to make the most of Florida’s beaches and turquoise waters, the warmer months may be best. February, March and September are the shoulder seasons when you have a good balance between weather and smaller crowds.
There is so much to see and do in Florida including attending these epic and fun-filled annual events:
- Florida Folk Festival
- Miami F1 Grand Prix
- Winterfest Boat Parade
- Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival
- Sugar Sand Festival
What to pack for Florida really depends on the type of vacation you want to have. Weather-wise, summer in Florida is hot, wet and humid so pack plenty of t-shirts, shorts, skirts and tank tops, as well as a lightweight waterproof jacket or poncho. Winter is mild so pack similar items, plus a couple of warm layers such as jeans or sweat pants and a sweater for when the temperature drops in the evening. Regardless of when you visit, you’ll want to bring a comfy pair of shoes to explore on foot, a bathing suit, a day pack and a reusable water bottle.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.