Orlando in Florida is a favourite city for families, couples and solo travellers alike. It is no wonder, considering the region's warm climate, family-friend activities and the plethora of cultural sites and attractions to visit and explore which includes more than a dozen theme parks.
Visitors will find the best time to travel to Orlando is any time of the year, although the season between November and April is ideal for its dry, cooler temperatures. The rainy period begins in May and ends in September, while June to October is on standby for potential hurricanes.
A visit to Orlando will provide visitors with plenty of cultural and entertainment activities to enjoy, such as Orlando's largest festival in February, the Mount Dora Arts Festival with over 300 artists participating in music and theatre. The Orlando Carnival in the last week of May presents a Caribbean-style Mardi Gras parade, while Independence Day on July 4th comes complete with concerts, festive parades and evening fireworks. For those wishing to partake in a more culinary event, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, hosted at the Walt Disney Resort, commences in late September and concludes in mid-November.
Before travelling to the United States, British visitors should find out if they are eligible for the US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), designed to permit visits for up to 90 days. During the duration of your stay, your passport must be valid. Do note that since Orlando operates at the Eastern Time Zone, this leaves it five hours behind London (UCT/GMT -4). Take this into account in the event you need to make travel arrangements or hotel reservations by phone before your trip.
Budget-conscious visitors will be happy to know that the cost of living in Orlando is generally less expensive than in London. That allows more room for checking out all the local food and liquor establishments.
To travel from Orlando International Airport to the city centre, take bus numbers 11 or 51 by Orlando's local bus service, Lynx. Single tickets cost approximately $2, while day travelcards are around $4.50, with weekly travelcards (7 days) costing approximately $16. Taxis are cheaper than in London, and depending on your location and route, will cost approximately $40.