Useful Info

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Average Florida Weather
Current Weather
How to get to Florida (from the UK)
Car Hire
Tourist Guides
Visa Waiver / Electronic System for Travel Authorization
Currency
Attraction / Park Tickets
Tipping
Clothing size conversion

Average weather for Florida:

Florida, 365 days a year sunshine!! Perfect for that family holiday!
The weather in Florida is generally sunny all year around.
Don’t forget your sunglasses, cap and sun block to protect your skin. Jeans and t-shirts are appropriate daywear if you are visiting in the summer months. A light jacket is recommended for winter month evenings.

Spring (March – May)
High temperatures in the upper 80’s. Lows possible in the 50’s. Plenty of sunshine but spring showers are common. 
You should be comfortable in swimwear, shorts and light clothing for the day, with sweaters for the cooler evenings.

Summer (June – September)
Daily temperatures can be in the 90’s. Late afternoon thunderstorms are possible, usually lasting only an hour.
Why not have a siesta in the villa during the afternoon, returning to the parks in the evening to view the shows.
Remember to cover up with high factor sun creams and drink plenty of water.

Autumn (October – December)
Plenty of sunshine with highs in the 80’s and lows in the 60’s. Ideal weather for those who don’t want the extreme heat of the summer.

Winter (December – February)
Temperatures are cooler but can still be in the 70’s during the day with lower temperatures in the evening around the mid 50’s. You will still want to pack your swimwear and light clothing but take long sleeved tops or jackets for the cooler evenings. The native Floridians will be noticeable for their ‘warm winter clothing’ but it’s more like warm spring weather for those of us used to the UK!

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Weather forecast:

 

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How to get there:

The main airlines that fly from the UK to Orlando are:

British Airways
Virgin
First Choice
Continental Airlines

Thompson

All offer good value flights, but it pays to try to purchase the flights during a sale period (for example the January sales)

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Car Hire:

Affordable Car Hire - www.affordablecarhire.com
Alamo - www.alamo.com
Auto Europe - www.auto-europe.co.uk
Avis - www.avisworld.com
Budget - www.budget.com
Dollar - www.dollar.com
Hertz - www.hertz.co.uk
Rental Cars (formerly Car Hire 3000) - www.rentalcars.com 

Rino Car Hire - www.rhinocarhire.com 
US Car Hire - www.uscarhire.co.uk
U.S. Rent a Car - www.usrentacar.co.uk
Yes Car - www.yescarhire.com

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Tourist Guides:

You can purchase a number of really good guide books from the UK to help you plan your holiday in Florida, and this is well worth doing if it is your first visit.

Also, when you arrive, look out for and pick up the numerous free guides and listings that have all the latest news on the attractions and maps of the area. Many of these have money off coupons for restaurants, shops, golf green fees etc. and can prove very useful.

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Visa Waiver / Electronic System for Travel Authorization:

There is currently a Visa Waiver in place for UK citizens traveling in and out of the USA on holiday. This means that, providing your passport is a recent passport and has an electronic tag on it, you will not be required to complete the temporary holiday visa form. However, International travelers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program are now subject to enhanced security requirements. All eligible travelers who wish to travel under the Visa Waiver Program must apply online for authorization through theElectronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] and the U.S. Customs and Boarder Control [CBP]).

All passengers traveling under the Visa Waiver Program are required to have an approved travel authorization prior to traveling to the United States by air or sea. Even non-ticketed infants are required to have an approved travel authorization, if they do not have a visa for travel to the United States. An application may be submitted by a third party on behalf of a Visa Waiver Program traveler.

Applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel to the United States. The Department of Homeland Security recommends that travel authorization applications be submitted at least 72 hours prior to travel. Unless revoked, travel authorizations are valid for two years from the date of authorization, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

If you do have to complete the temporary holiday visa form, it is common practice for the airline to provide you with one and allow you to complete it on your flight across to America.

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Currency:

The standard currency in America is the US Dollar. It is obviously recommended that you carry travellers' cheques for your own personal safety, and US Dollar Travellers Cheques can actually be used in transactions as cash at the majority of the most popular tourist attractions (e.g. Disney World, Universal etc.), restaurants, hotels and shops. It is recommended that you arrive in the US with about $100 in cash, including one dollar bills for tipping and taxis.

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Attraction / Park tickets:

Although you can purchase park tickets whilst you are in Orlando, it is advised that you purchase your tickets before you travel to avoid disappointment. You can go direct to the attraction/park operators or via a third party (some websites are listed below). It can pay to shop around, but please be confident with the company you are purchasing from:

Kissimmee Guest Services
Undercover Tourist
American Attractions
Floridatix
Maple Leaf Tickets

Please note that Orlando Villa Rental is in no way responsible for the content on these external websites and suggest that you use suitable caution when purchasing park/attraction tickets

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Tipping:

As in the UK, tipping is a common and expected practice. Suggested tips are 10-20% of the bill for meals in restaurants and the same to taxi drivers.
About $1 per bag or suitcase carried by bellboys or porters at the airport.
If you are going on an escorted tour, check beforehand whether tips are included. If not, the tour guide and others will expect a tip.

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U.S. women's clothing and shoe size converter:

Clothing and shoe size conversions are not an exact science. It’s best to try on clothes and shoes to be sure they fit properly. Here are some approximate size conversions:

Women’s Clothing:

US

UK

EUR

4

6

34

6

8

36

8

10

38

10

12

40

12

14

42

14

16

44

16

18

46

Women’s Shoes:

US

UK

EUR

5

3

36

6

4

37

7

5

38

8

6

39

9

7

40

10

8

41

11

9

42

 

Men’s Shoes:

US

UK

EUR

7

6

39.5

8

7

41

9

8

42

10

9

43

11

10

44.5

12

11

46

13

12

47

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