Winter sun holidays in Florida
Have fun in the sun on a Florida winter holiday
With the sunniest winter climate in the eastern United States, and the highest January temperatures in the country, you can’t really go wrong with a winter sun holiday in Florida. Peninsula Florida is surrounded by warm water, and with the sun shining year-round, it rarely gets cold. South Florida, meanwhile, has a subtropical climate, with balmy days and high temperatures throughout the winter months. For sun, sea and sand from November through to February, Florida’s a great bet when you want to escape the British climate. And besides the beautiful beaches and paradisiacal conditions for enjoying them, there are so any things to see and do in the Sunshine State: from theme parks to water sports, you’re ensured a fun family holiday.
Of course, deciding where to stay can prove difficult when planning a holiday, but HomeAway has thousands of Florida villas for you to choose from. Whether you’re traveling with a group of friends or jetting off on a family vacation, you can guarantee HomeAway has the property for your budget and brood. For unrivalled space and privacy, and great value for money besides, simply browse through our private holiday rentals today. From Miami to Orlando, we have the perfect property in your dream destination.
Top places to visit in Florida
The Florida Keys comprise around 1,700 islands, extending south of Florida’s mainland. A destination famed for its stunning beaches and excellent scuba diving opportunities, it’s the ideal location for a spot of rest and relaxation. Simply laze on the sand and take a dip in the warm, clear sea, or explore the spectacular Biscayne National Park: with an abundance of protected reefs, brimming with diverse marine life, it’s a great place to spend the day. In the evening, indulge in the fantastic, fresh seafood available, finishing your meal with the local speciality, Key Lime Pie.
Whether it’s you or the kids craving a trip to Orlando, you’ll find so much to keep you entertained. Disney World is the largest and most renowned theme park in the world, while the Universal Studios are an unmissable attraction. Of course, there’s also Sea World, the Islands of Adventure, Wet and Wild, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove to consider, as well as magnificent landscaped gardens, wildlife parks, museums and art galleries! There truly is no end to the attractions on offer in Orlando - whether your interests lie in golf, scuba diving, or bargain shopping at the mall.
Known as the ‘Venice of America’, Fort Lauderdale is a coastal city famed for its impressive canal system. Located throughout the east side of Fort Lauderdale, between the holiday hot-spots of the city’s downtown and coast, the canals are a great place to enjoy a morning stroll, making your way over bridges and down to the sea. Peruse art galleries, museums and boutiques along the way, before arriving at the shore and sunbathing under the slow, swaying palm trees. After all, you’ll need to rest up if you want to sample Fort Lauderdale's famously vibrant nightlife!
St Augustine is the oldest settled city in the United States, having been founded by the Spanish in 1565. A fantastic spot in Northern Florida for those interested in history and heritage, it boasts a large, beautiful fort and plenty of museums to peruse. The romantic atmosphere is perfect for holidaying couples, who can spend the day visiting various historical sites, or take a tour of the San Sebastian Winery. Stroll up to the St Augustine lighthouse for fantastic views over the bay, before relaxing by the sea in the evening, enjoying local, Spanish-style cuisine.
Sanibel Island is a beautiful destination, particularly for families eager to escape Orlando’s crowds! A barrier island of miraculous natural beauty, its waterfront is deemed part of the Darling National Wildlife Refuge, brimming with colourful shells and seabirds. Rent a bike for the day and explore the island at your own pace, or book a boat tour and spot pelicans around the lighthouse. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy for the remainder of your stay: you can go scuba diving and snorkelling, play tennis and golf, or spot tiny chameleons which thrive in subtropical Sanibel Island.