This holiday to Florida, the ‘sunshine state’ has something for everyone. Start in Orlando, the theme Park Capital of the World, and explore thrilling parks, enjoy the adrenalin rush of the innovative rides and see movies brought to life. They say it takes more than 62 days to experience every visitor attraction in Orlando, so squeeze in as much adventure as you can before heading to the white sandy beaches, clear gulf waters and warm sunshine of St Pete’s Beach for some relaxing fun in the sun.
Your holiday to America starts in the heart of Orlando, a city famous for its world leading theme parks and activities to keep you entertained all day long. Orlando’s most iconic landmark is undoubtedly the turreted Cinderella Castle that stands in the centre of the original Disney theme park, the Magic Kingdom, at Lake Buena Vista. Universal Studios is a must-see attraction for movie lovers. Visitors are invited to go behind the scenes and become involved in the movie action, while the Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios offer thrilling rides, shows and attractions on five different islands. One of the latest and most popular attractions at Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Universal will open Volcano Bay its new water theme park in Summer 2017.
After the action and adventure of Orlando the soft white sand and warm waters of St Pete’s Beach will bring a welcome change of pace. St. Pete’s Beach is a postcard-perfect seaside destination, on Florida’s Gulf Coast, with a seemingly endless expanse of sand at the seafront. You might be lucky enough to see dolphins frolicking just off shore as you relax at this incredible beach resort. St Pete’s is a great destination for water sport enthusiasts with eight major barrier islands off shore as well as parasailing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), windsurfing and kiteboarding.
Orlando-If staying at a Disney-owned resort, take advantage of the Extra Magic hours, where lines are short and crowds are small! It's the best time to visit some of the more popular attractions while feeling like you're the only ones in the park!
Orlando-For priority seating reservations at Walt Disney World restaurants, call 407-WDW-DINE or visit http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/restaurants/ up to 180 days before your visit to make your dining reservations.
St Petes-Shell Key is a quick boat ride from St. Pete. The beach is more of a laying out and looking for shells beach rather than for swimming. There are a lot of boats and jet skis coming close to shore which I found annoying for snorkeling.