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Florida at a glance

Ahhh, Florida! Its gorgeous beaches, warm weather and inviting locals have rightfully earned it the nickname, “The Sunshine State”. Indulge in the sizzle and heat of Miami’s Latin culture, relive your childhood at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, relax in Caribbean style in the Keys or paddle the serene rivers of Northern Florida in a kayak. After you’ve checked these from the list, have lunch with an astronaut at the Kennedy Space Centre, sip from the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, hike the rugged trails of Ocala National Forest and head to the island of Sanibel to collect the most beautiful of seashells.

Florida is known internationally as a beach destination, and while the state has many other attractions, no trip to the Sunshine State would be complete without at least one beach day. These are 10 of the top rated beaches in Florida:

  • Del Ray Beach
  • Clearwater Beach
  • Naples
  • Sanibel Beach
  • South Beach
  • Siesta Key Beach
  • Atlantic Beach
  • Key West
  • Palm Beach
  • Captiva Island

Florida essential facts

  • Capital: You may think Miami or Orlando, but the capital is actually Tallahassee.
  • Driver’s License: A valid Canadian driver’s license is acceptable. Drivers must between 19 and 25 years old (depending on state and rental company), and possess a valid credit card in their name.
  • Entry Requirements: A valid passport.
  • GMT Time: The eastern part of Florida falls into the Eastern Time Zone which is -5hr, while the western part of the Florida panhandle is in the Central Time Zone which is -6hr. Daylight savings is applied.
  • Languages: English, although Spanish is widely spoken near Miami and in the Keys.
  • National Airlines: Florida does not have its own national airline.
  • Population: Approximately 19,527,542.
  • Electricity: 110-120V, 60HZ.
  • Departure Tax: No departure tax to be paid locally at the airport.
  • Taxes: Each county in Florida dictates the local sales tax, as per the Florida Government. Sale tax is typically between 6 and 7%.
  • Tipping: Tipping is not required, but expected. In restaurants, bars and clubs a tip of 15% is normal. Bellhops and doormen typically receive $1 per bag, Checkroom attendants $1 per garment and parking attendants $1 per vehicle. At hotels, chambermaids routinely get $1 - $2 per day.
  • Climate: North and Central Florida have a humid subtropical climate and South Florida has a tropical climate. The majority of the rain falls between June and September.

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