Florida Travel Guide
Plan your trip to the Sunshine State
More about Florida
We know Florida as one of the best places to embark on a cruise adventure to the Caribbean and beyond! You might know it for the vibrant culture of South Florida, beaches on both coasts, the Florida Keys, theme parks, Everglades, and more...
There's a reason Florida is so popular as a tourist destination, there's an unbelievable variety of activities. From the historic Treasure Coast and St Augustine in the northeast, down to the Space Coast and the Kennedy Space Center, South Florida's cruise ports are only part of the story in Fort Lauderdale's "Venice of America" or vibrant Miami. The Florida Keys remain a bucket list destination for many, and we've not even touched on the Gulf Coast!
Visas & travel documents
We recommend everyone planning a trip visits their government travel site for the latest information relevant to their trip:
Remember that this information can change at any time.
Please note that government guidelines may not represent the additional requirements of your airline or cruise transportation. If your passport is due to expire in the 6 months following your intended return home you risk being denied boarding / embarkation.
As Florida is part of the United States, visitors holding a US passport may simply be limited by their day to day obligations, such as family life or work. Canadians will need a valid passport to fly to Florida, passport holders may visit as tourists for up to 6 months, although considerable planning and documentation may be required to support a visit of such lengthy duration.
Florida is a year-round destination, but does experience a high season and a low season. Expect more visitors during the cooler months elsewhere on the continent, from December through March. Summers can be down right hot and humid, with an influx of visitors from South America escaping their winter or families from elsewhere in the US enjoying summer school holidays. September is by far the lowest month for visitor numbers, but it accompanies the peak of hurricane season in the Caribbean - April through November.
When to visit
As with the rest of the United States, vehicles travel on the right hand side of the road. No special licence is needed for visitors from Canada or elsewhere in the US. There is a toll system in place which adds definite convenience as you travel further south toward Miami, look for a SunPass in drug stores such as CVS or Walgreen's.
Florida has excellent connectivity via air to Canada and elsewhere in the United States. While many visitors arrive via Miami or Orlando for the parks areas, we recommend Fort Lauderdale for convenience. A number of other smaller airports exist up and down both coasts.
Driving into Florida from neighbouring Georgia or Alabama is possible year round.
Florida hosts the three busiest cruise passenger terminals anywhere on the planet. With Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral on the coast near to Orlando, and, also known as the Cruise Capital of the World, PortMiami in Miami.
Content is intended for information and planning purposes only. While we try our best to deliver accurate and current information, some items may not be as described. Please contact your Odyssean Travel advisor for further details.