From loop-de-looping roller coaster rides to enchanting meets with Cinderella et al, glowing tropical bays and coral reefs coloured in red and orange and blue, there are all sorts of reasons why Florida villas remain such a popular holiday pick. Here, you'll range from north to south across the Sunshine State to learn all about the types of stays you can choose in this corner of the US this year.
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If you've decided the Sunshine State is the right place for you this year but aren't sure what rental you're after, it can help to delve into the range of villas, condos, apartments and family homes that are in the offing. You'll discover pads with deluxe family kitchens and sprawling lounges, while others put private swimming pools and big BBQ-ready gardens front and centre. You might want to learn more about seafront spots in buzzing resorts like Clearwater or Palm Beach, or get to grips with the various Florida villa rentals around the world-famous theme parks of International Drive.
Don't make the mistake of thinking all Florida villa holidays are the same. This is a vast state, ranging from family-fun resorts on the Panhandle to the tropical isles of the Florida Keys. The upshot? There are all sorts of different homes away from home on the menu, whether that's a Disney-themed pad near Orlando's corkscrewing rides, an historic home in old Ybor City or a salt-washed cabana by the shimmering reefs of Key Largo.
Big, small, simple, luxurious – Florida vacation rentals come in all shapes and sizes these days. Choosing the right sort of place for you and the family is the first step in putting together an exciting Sunshine State adventure. So, start thinking about what amenities you'll need, whether a private pool and big kitchen are musts and – perhaps most importantly – which world-class theme parks, quartz-sand beaches or buzzing cityscapes you'd like to be close to.
You'll be greeted by big-eared Mickey Mouse and the soaring towers of Cinderella's Castle down in the Orlando district of Lake Buena Vista. The whole area and its neighbouring towns are packed with enchanting villas near Disney World. They are the places to stay if you want to be the first sliding through Splash Mountain or rattling over the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad come morning, not to mention the last out of thought-provoking Epcot come evening.
On the doorstep of Disney World, holiday villas in Orlando come with all the excitement of the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot, as well as the thrill of Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Theme parks aside, there's great shopping to be had in downtown Orlando and the flea market-style Magic Mall, along with a bumper selection of restaurants for eating out courtesy of Restaurant Row. Also within reach of Orlando's theme parks are villas in Kissimmee, where the holiday rentals are a popular alternative for travellers in search of less boisterous surroundings.