|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 3% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||January||Best time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 311||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 210||From Toronto to Orlando|
C$ 347 - C$ 801
24 - 34 °C
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When to fly to Florida
The peak tourist season for vacations to Florida (the southern part of the state) is October through April. Orlando’s theme parks are busy year-round, with the highest peaks coinciding with school vacations, including spring and summer breaks. Summer is the busy season in northern Florida. Florida remains a popular destination for spring-break vacations, and those weeks are busy as are long holiday weekends.
Winter is the off season in northern Florida. If you don’t mind the heat in Southern Florida, you can usually find cheap flights and discounted hotel rates in the summer.
Florida is known as the Sunshine State with good reason. Tourists the world over are drawn by its great beaches, theme parks, and – of course – wonderful weather. Long summers are followed by warm winters. It’s no wonder that so many Canadians escape the cold and take flights to Florida. Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León gave the peninsula the name La Florida, meaning “flowery land.” With more than 1,600 kilometers of shoreline, it’s no surprise that Florida is a top destination for travellers in search of sand and surf. The western side of the peninsula, situated on the Gulf Coast, has warm seas and soft white sands. The Atlantic coast is made for the surfers with bigger, rougher waves and broader beaches. Some of the world’s most beautiful beaches can be found in the southern state: Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin, Sanibel Island, and Anna Maria Beach off Bradenton.
The central part of the state has all the do-not-miss attractions for your next Florida holiday. Orlando is amusement park heaven, packed with Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Kennedy Space Centre, Cypress Gardens, Bok Tower Gardens, Daytona Speedway and Gatorland. Once the kids have gone to bed, Orlando turns up the heat to party. For a trip with unrivaled nightlife, Miami’s South Beach lays claim to being “the coolest place on the planet,” but the rest of Florida is no slouch when it comes to partying and is serviced by many international airports. A cheap flight to Fort Lauderdale reveals six seaside communities, stocked with plenty of bars and clubs. Nearly two-thirds of all Major League Baseball teams make Florida their home for spring training. Major league sports are a big part of Florida year-round, with NFL football, NBA basketball and two NHL hockey teams calling the state home.
Depending on your city of departure and arrival, the flight to Florida from Canada averages 2h 45m to 3h 20m in duration. Nonstop flights are the shortest option, with Miami, the southernmost destination city, taking the longest time of direct flights at 3h 18m. Adding stopovers may add substantial time to travel, but it can also reduce ticket prices significantly, which is the draw of many Florida ticket deals and vacation packages.
Canadian citizens can find flights from Canada to Florida with direct service from multiple cities. Toronto has the most nonstop flights available, but passengers can also fly direct from Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Hamilton. Destination cities include Orlando, Miami, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale, with flights available from multiple airlines.
Florida is a large state, so most tourists will rent a car to drive around during their stay. Those who are visiting a major city or theme park area like Orlando, of course, may find theme park shuttles and public transit buses that can take them back and forth to save the hassle of parking and crowds. Greyhound offers bus service throughout the state and Amtrak has train lines available in select cities, but most U.S. states are best seen by hopping in a car. When travelling to the keys or other intracoastal areas, ferries and charter boats are popular since they offer a much nicer ride. Most major cities are only a couple of hours apart by car, so flying between major points is a moot point in most cases.
Florida is primarily known for two things: theme parks and beaches. Florida is home to Disneyworld and the Disney family of parks, Universal Studios Florida, and many other theme parks and family attractions. Surfing enthusiasts can head to Cocoa Beach, which is home to Ron Jon’s Surf Shop. The Everglades offers swamp tours and other activities for adults and families alike. Miami is a popular destination for those looking for the hottest spot in the state, as Miami is home to plenty of great beaches, bars, and some of the best nightlife in South Florida. The Florida Keys, including Key West, are also great destinations to visit during your stay.
Canadian residents must provide proof of citizenship when entering the United States, but there are multiple documents that can be used. Travelling by air does require a passport that is valid through the duration of the stay or a Nexus card at select designated airports with self-serve kiosks, for all travellers. Travel by land and water has different requirements, although a passport is the easiest to present. Also accepted are enhanced IDs and licenses, Trusted Traveller Program cards, and other documents proving citizenship.
The southern end of the state is subtropical and the northern is warm and temperate. October through April is mild and humidity is low in Orlando and points south. Summer in central and southern Florida is hot and muggy with rain storms. Winter in northern Florida has generally mild days with temperatures in the teens (Celsius). It can snow and occasionally there is a hard frost, but the cold doesn’t last very long.Summer in the north is hot and sticky, but temperatures rarely go into the 30s.For all of Florida, the hurricane season is June to November, and there’s a high probability that big storms will come through.
Although some cities have public transportation, you need to check that it goes where you want to go and at convenient times. Driving is generally the best way to go from town to town and across the state. Depending on the distance, booking cheap domestic Florida flights may be a better option.
Florida is great for bicycling. Although biking in the cities isn’t recommended, there are bike paths along the coasts and long-distance trails in central Florida. Plus, Florida is flat: its highest point is 105 metres above sea level.