Combined and split into five distinct areas - North Florida, Central Florida and West Central Florida, the East Coast, Gulf Coast, and The Keys - the most south-easterly state of the US conjures such a mix of emotions to those who venture here. With over 1,300 miles of coastline, sandy beaches are a dime a dozen in this sun-splashed land. Dive into the Sunshine State with an open mind and you’re sure to be surprised. Find the perfect accommodations from our wide variety of vacation rentals that will suit your taste and needs. From beach and waterfront, executive style houses, luxurious villa rentals, townhomes, and condo rentals to charming houses with gardens. No matter if you’re a solo traveler, a couple on a romantic getaway, a family on a Disney World vacation, or a group looking to soak up some sun, Owner Direct Vacation Rentals can provide the perfect base for all your Florida adventures!
Whether your vacation is for the weekend, a whole week, or a whole month, you’ll get to enjoy the convenient and resort-style amenities like home theaters, heated private pools, hot tubs, saunas, fireplaces, BBQ grill, hammocks, fishing docks, and more at many of the vacation rental accommodations. Not to mention other offered amenities of a home rental such as gorgeous & fully equipped kitchen (which some owners even stock with kitchen staples), spacious bedrooms and living rooms, backyard or patio balconies, gardens, extra room for sports gear, parking, and games room with foosball, pool table, darts, game consoles, and more!
If you think that’s great, even more amenities can include flat screen TVs (some homes have it in every room), cable, free phone calls in the US & Canada, WiFi, washer & dryer, cot/crib, and highchair. If you decide to stay in a condo unit, you’ll have access to additional amenities like the fitness center and clubhouse. For beachfront, make the most out of the tiki huts, beach chairs, and lanais. Aside from linens and towels, some owners provide paper products, soaps, and laundry supplies as well in their lodging. Jackpot!
Most travelers come here for the beaches that are so extensive and diverse, you could spend most of your day surfing, sailing, and other water sports. The theme parks around Orlando, like Disney World & SeaWorld, really are worth a day or two to relive childhood memories. Miami parties like a rockstar, while St. Augustine seems stuck in 16th century colonial Spain. You can plan a boat ride through the Everglades, drop out of sight on Big Pine Key, or spot an A-list celeb in one of the South Beach clubs. Florida is a place where culture, nature, and plain old fun fuse seamlessly together.
Florida dishes up a world of flavors, pulling from the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico’s seafood bounty for meals to remember. The flavors of Miami skew largely Latin, where you’ll find some of the best Cuban, Brazilian, Argentinian, and Peruvian restaurants in the country. Not to mention authentic NY bagels, sushi, French fare, and more!
On the state’s Gulf Coast and in the Panhandle tastes tend toward the simple grouper sandwiches and fried seafood which are popular staples - along with ubiquitous key lime pie, made famous in the Florida Keys. Downtown Orlando surprises visitors with its thriving Asian district. In Apalachicola, on the Gulf, don’t miss a heaping platter of Florida’s most famous oyster crop. The state’s favorite seasonal seafood by a long shot is the stone crab, fresh on menus from mid-October to mid-May.
Florida has major airports all over the state that see arrivals from across the country and around the world. The biggest and best connected are Miami International Airport (the hub for South America and Caribbean flights), Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Orlando International Airport, and Tampa International Airport.
While all the major cities have public transportation, it’s best to have your own wheels to make the most of your time and to reach outlying attractions with ease.
It’s called the Sunshine State as it is a year-round destination, but be aware that May to September can be fiendishly hot and humid. Don’t forget your sunscreen! The ideal cooler but pleasant weather runs from March to early-May and mid-October to late November. Orlando and its theme parks are also extremely busy in March and early April and from June to mid-August and thoroughly packed at Christmas and New Year.
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