When to Go in Florida

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Florida is best known as The Sunshine State--its promise of warm winters has been attracting tourists for decades. While weather is an important consideration when planning a trip to Florida, there are a number of other to factors to consider. Each season offers pros and cons, and the following information is designed to help you decide when planning a vacation to Florida when to go.

Winter in Florida

Winter is the most mild season for weather in Florida. Because of this, it is also one of the busiest times to visit. In addition to the "snowbirds" (the retirees from the north who live in Florida between November and March) and many families looking to escape the bitter Midwest winters plan Disney World vacations in the winter. Since it is tourist season, there is plenty to do in Florida in the winter. Holiday boat parades take place in early December in many cities along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Similar to regular street parades, boat owners decorate their vessels with Christmas lights and play holiday music as they cruise along waving to the crowds. January and February tend to be the coolest months in Florida, with temperatures occasionally dipping into the 30s. They are also popular months for fairs and festivals.

Spring in Florida

Historically Florida has been a popular destination for college students on spring break, with Daytona, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West and Panama City Beach seeing the largest booms. Families also enjoy visiting in the spring, many to board cruise ships for Caribbean vacations. The biggest downside of visiting Florida in the spring is the rain. While March and April see moderate rainfall, May really kicks off the rainy season. Temperatures also start to rise in May.

Summer in Florida

Summer is the least desirable time to visit Florida. From June through September temperatures can soar into the mid-90s, and with 70 to 90 percent humidity, it can easily feel like 100 degrees outside. Also, hurricane season begins on June 1, and in recent years a majority of storms have made landfall in August or September. In spite of the weather, many families come to Florida in the summer because the children are out of school. Theme parks and beaches tend to be their busiest during summer months.

Fall in Florida

While limited to 2 months, Fall is arguably the best time to visit Florida. In addition to the mild weather and light crowds in October and November, many hotels and attractions offer deep discounts to guests willing to travel out of season.


March 18, 2010 change by amy.h (2 points)

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