Best_Time_To_Visit_Florida__ by marcusjames


Best Time To Visit Florida ?

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I am always being asked when is the best time to visit Florida, and to be
honest my usual reply is “Any time !” My reasons for such a sweeping
statement are many and varied, but as you will discover, there is a time
of year that will appeal to everyone.

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Moving chronologically through the calendar, January and February are
usually considered off peak months, which means that if you are looking
for a little less crowded theme park experience, this is an ideal time to
travel. Lines for major attractions are short, and often non existent,
and the days, although warm and pleasant are not debilitating.

This is a popular time for seniors to travel to Florida, often to escape
the winter conditions in their home land or state. And these “snowbirds”
as they are known, have been around a while and are savvy enough to know
a great vacation opportunity when it presents itself.

Many families also take the opportunity to travel at this time of year
when accommodation costs, especially in privately rented vacation homes,
tend to be at their lowest. After all, you get all the usual luxury you
would expect, but for a lot less money, so it really makes a lot of

March and April can, dependant upon the year of travel, include the
Easter break. Without exception, Easter is the most popular time to
travel to Florida. Many vacation homes will actually book out Easter and
the surrounding weeks up to three years in advance, so it is important
that if you are restricted by school vacation schedules that you don’t
drag your heels. You can expect the theme parks to be busy, but remember
that these places are huge, and well equipped to handle large crowds and
keep them moving throughout the day.

May and June are often considered the respite months after the hustle and
bustle of Easter, and again you will discover the parks are less crowded,
excluding the half term UK vacation slot towards the end of May /
beginning of June, which again is very popular. Temperature wise, things
really start to hot up now, as we head into the full glory of the
Floridian summer. However, June marks the official start of the “rainy
season”, which is actually a little less scary than it sounds.
At this transitional time in the meteorological calendar, weather
conditions are rapidly changing from late spring to early summer, and as
a result, it is not unusual to experience a short shower around mid
afternoon. The good news however is that these showers last on average
approximately 20 minutes, before returning to the glorious sunshine for
which Florida is famed.

July and August are considered peak months in the vacation calendar, as
it is the time when most folks are granted their annual leave from work.
Temperatures can soar into the high nineties and beyond. It is a busy
time for vacation home rentals and theme parks alike, but also an
excellent time to work on getting that gorgeous bronzed tan !

September slowly begins to lead us out of the summer months and begins to
transition us in preparation for Autumn (or the fall). Temperatures begin
to slide to a luxurious 85 degrees, and the humidity levels drop off too.
Once again, the theme parks take a respite after the events of another
fun packed summer period.

By October and November, the temperatures have reached a modest 70 – 80
degrees throughout the day, but you will notice a slightly cooler night
time scenario. Of course by cool, I’m not talking scarves and mittens,
this is Florida after all ~ but a lightweight jacket or sweat shirt will
help to keep you comfortable on your nocturnal travels. Again, another
excellent time to visit, as theme parks are a lot less crowded, (with the
exception of the end of October ~ yet another UK half term break), and
ideal if you find the hotter temperatures a little to much to handle.

And so to December. Always a magical time in Florida and this is
reflected by the stunning array of decorations and parades in both the
theme parks and in the local communities. But here is a little known tip
for those of you who always thought travelling at Christmas way out of
your league … Between 1st and 15th December most airlines tickets and
vacation homes are available at brilliant rates. The reason ? Most
families are gearing up for Christmas itself, with all that that entails,
and so this two week pre-Christmas slot tends to get overlooked ! So my
advice would be to give the family a pre-Christmas treat and snag a
bargain at what is a wonderful time of year.

Of course, as you would expect, the weeks including Christmas Day and New
Years are extremely popular, and are priced accordingly. However, you
haven’t lived until you have witnessed the New Year firework displays
that Disney produces. They are literally out of this world.

So, in conclusion, when is the best time to visit Florida ? I stand by my
original answer, and say, unreservedly, “Anytime !” Because each and
every month of the year holds something unique and special for anyone
travelling to the sunshine state. Go ahead, stick a pin in a calendar and
try it out for yourself ~ I guarantee you won’t be disappointed !

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