FAQs about Florida
Check out the average monthly temperatures, precipitation, and more for 117 Florida cities from U.S. Climate Data.
What are the average water temperatures of Florida’s beaches?
As a general rule, the water anywhere in Florida will be warm enough to swim between April and October.
When is the "season?"
In general, the summer months will be the high season in the northern part of the state, and the winter months will be the high season for most of the central and southern regions.
When is Spring Break? What areas are most heavily visited for Spring Break?
The holiday times during the spring break vary from school to school. Some start as early as late February; However, March to April are the months when most spring breaks take place. Spring break students visit destinations across the state, but the areas with the most spring break activity are Daytona Beach, Key West, Miami, and Panama City Beach.
What do I need to know about Florida’s wildlife?
Florida is home to a wide variety of the most amazing wildlife in the world, which is a huge draw for many visitors, environmentalists, and researchers. While alligators, crocodiles, sharks, snakes, bears, and other wildlife are prevalent in the state, according to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), attacks by these creatures are “very rare” occurrences. Despite that rarity, it is wise for visitors to learn more about The Sunshine State’s fauna. For safety tips and other information, please go to MyFWC.com.
When is hurricane season?
The Atlantic hurricane season is officially from June 1 to Nov. 30. The peak of the season is from mid-August to mid-October. Hurricanes develop over the tropical or subtropical waters around the world. In the Atlantic basin, the areas where hurricanes occur are the North Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. You can obtain real-time advisories for hurricanes/ tropical storms at the National Hurricane Center's website. Take into account how large Florida is. If a hurricane, for example, where to go near Pensacola, for example, then it is usually safe to visit other areas of Florida such as Miami and Key West.
If I have a disabled parking permit, should I bring it with me when I visit Florida?
Yes. Any special license plate or parking permit issued to a disabled person will be honored by any other state or district subject to the laws of the United States, or by a foreign country that issues disabled parking permits that display the international symbol of accessibility.
How can I travel within Florida?
One of the most efficient ways to travel within Florida is by rental car.
How can I get information on driving safely in Florida?
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) provides detailed driving and vehicle safety tips for operating a vehicle in the Sunshine State.
Does Florida require international travelers who wish to drive in the state to have an international driving permit?
You don't need an international driving permit to drive in Florida; you just need a valid driver's license, issued in your name, from your state or country of residence. While an International Driving Permit (IDP), while not required, is inexpensive and useful to have for identification purposes, even if you’re not planning to drive. It must be issued in your own country before you depart. Apply through the local or national branch of your automobile association. The application usually requires one or two photos, a current driver's license, an additional form of identification, and a fee. An IDP does not replace your regular driving licenses; carry both if you are planning to drive. An IDP is valid for one year.
How can I travel from the Orlando International Airport to local area hotels?
Transport available at Orlando International Airport includes car rentals, local bus service, shuttle service, and taxis. For further information, go to orlandoairports.net.
How can I travel from the international airports in Miami and Fort Lauderdale to local area hotels or to the cruise ports?
Transport available at both of these international airports includes car rentals, local bus service, hotel shuttle service, and taxis. For further information, go to miami-airport.com and broward.org/airport.