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Cheap flights to Florida

Florida is one of the 50 states of the United States of America, particularly in the south-eastern region. It is bordered by the Straits of Florida to the south, the Gulf of Mexico to the west, Alabama and George to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Of the 48 adjoining US states (the continuous United States), Florida has the longest coastline, bordering both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Sunshine State, as Florida is known, is a strange yet wonderful place where the imagination runs wild and free. One will find that architecture and cuisine is greatly influenced by European American, Native American, African American, and Hispanic heritages. The state is divided into four regions, Florida Panhandles, North Florida, Central Florida, and South Florida.

Walt Disney World Resort - In Bay Lake, Florida is an entertainment complex that is the flagship of Disney's massive worldwide theme park empire. Disney World consists of 27 themed resort hotels to choose from, four theme parks with various thrilling rides, four golf courses, two water parks, a camping resort, a residential area, and various other attractions. The park also features animal encounters, interactive exhibits and stage shows, water rides, galleries, and play areas.

Universal Studios Florida - One component of the Universal Orlando Resort is the theme park Universal Studios Florida, wherein visitors are invited to "ride the movies." The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Simpsons Ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D and Revenge of the Mummy are among the rides inspired by movies and can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. Don't forget to witness the live shows, or to allow the kids to enjoy designated play areas.

SeaWorld Orlando - This marine-life based zoological park is also a theme park owned and maintained by SeaWorld Entertainment. It features thrilling water rides such as a variety of slides and a pool playground. The Dolphin Plunge in particular is a popular ride, as it involves sliding down a tube that goes through an underwater world with friendly Commerson's Dolphins!

Clearwater Beach - This beach comprises of a resort area and a residential area situated on the Gulf of Mexico on the west central coast of Florida. The white sand beaches along the gulf are perfect for family vacations, offering beach activities such as jet skiing and boat tours, in addition to shopping and dining facilities.

How to get around within Florida

Travelling in and around Florida is possible using a number of public transportation options. Connecting the major cities of the state are the Greyhound and Red Coach bus services. As for trains, Amtrak Silver Star and Silver Meteor run on slightly different routes but both stop at the same stations within the state. However, fares for the trains can be slightly expensive compared to taking the bus.

Orlando is known as the Car Rental Capital of the World due to the many tourists who avail of this service, although car rentals can be arranged at any major airport. Note that the legal driving age is 15 provided the driver has a learner's permit, 16 for the restricted license, and 18 for an unrestricted license.

How to get there

There are four international airports that serve Florida: Orlando International Airport, Miami International Airport, Tampa International Airport, and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The primary airport is the Orlando International Airport, which operates flights with Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, WestJet, and more.  

Flights to Florida

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