Sunny Florida is America’s peninsula of fun, relaxation, and adventure. From Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, and the many professional sport teams to the Everglades, beaches, golfing galore, and sport-fishing in the Atlantic and in the Gulf of Mexico…this state offers just about everything to any who are seeking an adventurous vacation. Whether your family is seeking a great summer getaway, or you are seeking a hot beach spring break experience, Florida has it for you. The virtual year round ideal weather makes this an anytime of year hot spot.
Most Popular Beaches
When most people think about Florida they think about beaches, and Florida has many popular beaches to check out.
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Travel & Transportation - The most popular airports are located in Tampa, Miami, Palm Beach, and Orlando, all of which offer International Service. Though most visitors choose to fly when they visit Florida, driving is always an option for those residing in the U.S. or Canada.
Entry Requirements - No entry requirements for U.S. citizens. Be sure to bring your photo ID, which is necessary if you are flying or plan to acquire a rental vehicle.
Languages Spoken / official language – English is the official spoken language.
Currency – The official currency is the U.S. Dollar.
Tipping - To appropriately tip you want to give between 15-20% of your total for restaurants, taxi, and other services.
Taxes –Florida state sales tax is 6%.
Electricity – 120 Volt, 60 Hz
Immunizations Health Issues - No immunizations or health issues that are noteworthy for the state of Florida.
Florida Marriage License & Wedding Requirements Information
A couple who intends to be married in Florida may obtain a marriage license from Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8am to 5:30pm at any Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Hours may vary so be sure to call ahead. The license does not need to be issued in the county that the ceremony will take place in. The ceremony must take place in the State of Florida to be considered valid.
There is no waiting period for Florida residents that have both completed a state sanctioned marriage preparation course within the last year. There is a 3 day waiting period for Florida residents who have not taken the course. In addition prospective brides and grooms are now required to read a 16-page booklet which describes situations such as how a court would divide their assets and information about child support payments. Court Clerks are allowed by law to waive the three-day waiting period in the event of a “hardship” case. Also, the waiting period does not apply to non-Florida residents.
A marriage license is valid for 60 days.
The fee is $88.50, payable in cash only. Couples who have completed the state-sanctioned marriage preparation course within the past 12 months are only charged $56.00. (Note: Fees for marriage licenses are set by the Florida Legislature, and are subject to change)
No premarital examination or blood test is required to obtain a marriage license in Florida.
Both applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a marriage license in the State of Florida. If an individual is under 18 years of age but older than 16 years of age, a marriage license can be obtained with parental consent. If a parent has sole custody or the other parent is deceased, the permission of one parent is sufficient. If a person is under the age of 16, the marriage license has to be issued by a county judge, with or without parental permission. If a minor’s parents are both deceased and there is not an appointed guardian, he/she may apply for a marriage license. A minor who has been previously married may also apply for a license. A minor who swears that they have a child or are expecting a baby, can apply for a license if the pregnancy has been verified by a written statement from a licensed physician. A county court judge may at his/her discretion issue or not issue a license for them to marry.
Both parties for the intended marriage must provide the Clerk’s Office a valid photo ID. Accepted forms of ID’s are driver’s license, State Identification Card, Valid Passport, a I-94 card, Government or Military Identification Card along with a valid Social Security Card.
If either party has ever been married and divorced, or widowed, the date of the divorce or date of the spouse’s death must be supplied. If the divorce or spouse’s death occurred within the past 30 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate is required.
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Climate Information & Best Time to Travel
Florida’s climate is mild enough throughout the year, that there is a wide variety of great destinations that can be enjoyed anytime - Disney World and other attractions as well as plenty of coastline with wonderful beaches.
If the time of year for your travel is flexible, you might want to consider average weather conditions and typical tourist seasons. The average temperature throughout the year is in the 80’s throughout the whole state.
High & Low Season for travel
The high travel season is in the winter months and the low travel season is in the hot and humid summer months.
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Local Attractions & Must Do’s
Walt Disney World® Lake Buena Vista, FL - Visit the wonderful world of Disney! Enjoy days filled with excitement and something for everyone at each of the four world famous theme parks. Bring the whole family and discover the magic at Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios, and Magic Kingdom.
South Beach - Miami’s South Beach is a world famous hotspot with a reputation as a spot to see and be seen. Celebrity sightings are a popular occurrence on the white sand beaches and at all the trendy nightclubs. Enjoy the people watching or visit the many art galleries and museums, stylish restaurants, distinctive specialty shops and boutiques, and more.
Florida Keys - Starting just 15 miles south of Miami, enjoy the scenic and laid-back Florida Keys. A three hour drive takes you through some of the most picturesque ocean views around. Each of the keys has its own unique style and attractions, including world class Sport fishing, beaches, the southernmost city in the US, and more. Visit one or all five keys: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key, and Key West.
Fort Lauderdale Beach - This popular Florida hotspot boasts over seven miles of beautiful beaches, with plenty of recreation options. Enjoy jet skiing, boating, wind surfing, snorkeling, volleyball, rollerblading, deep-sea fishing and scuba diving. Ft. Lauderdale Beach is also known for its popular seaside promenade filled with shops, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and entertainment venues.
Panama City Beach - With more than 27 miles of white sand, Panama City beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. Surrounded by crystal clear waters, beach goers can enjoy relaxation in the sun or take in the adventure of jet skiing, snorkeling, diving and more. Off the beach, the city offers an array of restaurants from casual to award-winning, as well as hot nightclubs, live performances, or arts and cultural attractions.
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center - Orsino, FL - Explore the exciting world of space travel at the Kennedy Space Center, located on the east coast of Florida midway between Jacksonville and Miami, the historic location all of the U.S. human space missions! At the visitor’s center, don’t miss live action theatrical shows, see IMAX space films on gigantic five-story screens, walk through a full-size Space Shuttle mock-up, view rockets throughout history in the Rocket Garden, and more!
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - With an endless array of attractions, from rides and shows to a zoo and the Serengeti safari, Busch Gardens is the ultimate family adventure park! The best way to experience the park is on the Thrill-Seeker Tour, where your guide will take you to the front-of-the-line on all major rides. For a wild experience, get up close and personal with rhinos, giraffes, orangutans and more on the Animal Adventure tour! Don’t miss any of the thrilling rides, kid’s attractions, live shows, restaurants, shops and games.
Daytona International Speedway - Nicknamed the World Center of Racing, this 480-acre motorsports complex is best known for the popular Daytona 500, this year in its 50th annual running! However, the racing excitement doesn’t stop there. Check out events such as the Pepsi 400, the Gatorade Duel at Daytona, the Chevy Silverado HD 250, or any of the action-packed races on the year-round event calendar!
Sea World - Sea World will exceed your expectations with countless rides, shows, and attractions, all designed for family fun! Don’t miss SeaWorld’s latest features including the expanded, four-acre Shamu Happy Harbor playground, the new baby killer whale, live performances including the stunning show ‘Believe,’ and Sea World at Night spectacular!
Most Popular Hotels
Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, Orlando, FL - “Orlando’s family friendly full service resort” is the home of the original “KidSuites.” The Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Lake Buena Vista is located just 1 mile to Walt Disney Theme Parks and minutes to all other major attractions.
Sheraton Orlando - The Sheraton Orlando-Downtown Hotel surrounds you with the convenience of all the unexplored excitement Orlando has to offer, right at your finger tips. Escape to Orlando where you can enjoy sporting events, the downtown business and cultural district, theme parks, and nearby beaches. At the Sheraton Orlando - Downtown Hotel you don’t just stay here, you belong.
Quality Inn Orlando - The Quality Inn Maingate West is located in the middle of the “attraction” universe. Located 1.5 miles from Disney World’s main gate. Because we are an Official Disney Ticket location, our guests may purchase their Disney Park tickets in our lobby, avoiding the long ticket lines.
Orlando Continental Plaza Hotel - The Orlando Continental Plaza Hotel (formerly known as Riande Continental Plaza Hotel) is located on Orlando’s world- famous International Drive across from the Wet’n Wild Water Theme Park. Guests enjoy a deluxe complimentary breakfast for all your family. Every room boasts a mini-refrigerator, in-room safe and a remote controlled color cable TV. When you are ready to frolic in the warm Florida Sunshine State, be sure to visit the hotel’s sparkling blue outdoor pool and spacious sundeck and relax on one of the many lounge chairs. For fun inside, the hotel offers an electronic Game Room , Gift Shop, Discount Lobby Ticket Booth, Transportation Booth and Lobby and Pool Area Wireless Internet.