Set in the heart of the Florida peninsula, Orlando is known as the world's main centre for attractions and theme parks since Walt Disney World opened in 1971. New rides and shows are regularly added to the immense list of entertainment on offer.
The year-round sunshine and shopping opportunities, luxury hotels and fantastic beaches and golf courses make it a the ideal destination for families and couples who want to spoil themselves.More >>
US Airways, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Continental Airlines, and Delta operate daily direct flights from London to Orlando International Airport.
For couples and families hiring a car might be the best way to go around Orlando; alternatives include taxis which are widely available as well as the Lynx bus system and the free Lymmo bus service which serves downtown Orlando and the main attractions.
A basketball match featuring Orlando's Magic team that plays between October and May; a trip to Daytona Beach, north-east of Orlando, for its iconic Daytona International Speedway motor-racing track and a visit to the Kennedy Space Center, the launching pad for Nasa’s space shuttles.
Shopping in Orlando is as exciting and diverse as it is in New York, Los Angeles and Miami thanks to a vast array of designer boutiques, nine shopping malls and independent shops on Park Avenue and in Downtown Orlando. The best malls include Mall at Millenia which hosts a branch of Macy's and Bloomingdale's and Florida Mall. For discounted designer items, go to Orlando Premium Outlets and for the pleasure of finding a bargain and some antiques, the fleamarkets offer a pleasant alternative.
Downtown Disney, Universal’s CityWalk and International Drive are the place to go for fantastic dining and drinking. Bahama Breeze, on International Drive, serves American meet Caribbean cuisine, and offers a great cocktail list for the parents and an appetizing kids' menu for the children. The Boheme Restaurant at the Grand Bohemian Hotel offers fine cuisine, musical entertainment and elegant setting to sip cocktails.
The atractions including world-famous theme parks which offer endless fun are the reason why visitors flock to Orlando. These are Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, Seaworld Orlando, Discovery Cove, and Busch Gardens Africa. To take a break from the thrill-seeking activities, a day out in the resort towns of St Petersburg and Clearwater, on the Gulf Coast is recommended. An 90 minutes’ drive from Orlando they offer beautiful family-friendly beaches and opportunities for fishing excursion, dolphin-watching cruises and speedboat rides.
Orlando is perfect for parents who want to treat their children, and themselves, to a fun holiday under the sun, including daily visits to entertaining attractions and some great shopping. It's also a great destination for young at heart couples who want a luxury and action-packed holiday.
Orlando has a sub-tropical and humid climate and enjoys year-round sunshine with average January temperatures of 22ºC and average July temperatures of 33ºC.
The best time to go is the dry season from October to May which benefit from more moderate temperatures and less frequent rainfall.
Orlando has many luxury hotels to choose from. Families might prefer to stay at one of the theme parks such as Disney World's deluxe and fun hotels or Universal Orlando's themed hotels. The Shores Resort and Spa, on Daytona Beach, is a romantic bayfront hotel best suited for couples. The Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center has something for everyone: a kids' club, the prestigious Canyon Ranch SpaClub and a golf course.