Florida Travel

Travel to Florida! The phrase conjures up a world full of destinations, from the frenetic pace of world-class theme parks to the slow, laid back catching the rays on a powdery, white sand beach with almost-bathtub temperature against the backdrop of the turquoise-blue Atlantic ocean or the Gulf.

The West Coast includes TampaClearwaterSarasota and Naples, as well as the Florida Keys to the south.

Central Florida includes Orlando and Kissimmee.

The East Coast includes CanaveralDaytonaFort LauderdaleMiami and Palm Beach.

All these locales can provide a relaxing … or busy … vacation atmosphere – whatever you desire.

In addition to wonderful beaches and warm Gulf waters, there are numerous attractions in west coast Florida. One of the finest is Busch Gardens, a theme park and zoo rolled into one! You’ll need a minimum of two day to experience this Park with all its roller coasters, live entertainment, and natural beauty.

Adventure Island Dinosaur World, the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo and University of South Florida Botanical Gardens are other attractions worth a look. Or spend a day (or more) relaxing on sandy beaches — some of them rated among the top 10 beaches in the U.S. — of Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Sarasota areas, or visit the Everglades while in southwestern towns located close to Fort Myers and Naples.

Florida offers more than you could hope to experience even in a two-week vacation.

For those who love shopping, Disney Springs shopping area has quality products as well as restaurants and entertainment. And best of all, it’s free! Staying on site at a Value, Moderate or Deluxe property, besides being an incredible experience itself, entitles guests to special perks such as free transportation from the Orlando airport via Disney’s Magical Express (subject to change), to early arrival or late stays at the various theme parks (check to see which parks are open), and is a value well worth considering, especially since you can dispense with a rental car, while taking a Disney bus, monorail or boat among the parks and hotels – included with the cost of your stay on site.

Universal Studios Orlando is a wonderful all-day to two-day attraction that has two distinct parks (needing an all park pass to move from one to the other, particularly important if you want to take the Hogwarts Express between the parks)! Particularly known for its emphasis on the Harry Potter series, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter also has wonderful rides for all ages. Citywalk is home to a dining and entertainment area that can carry into the wee hours if desired. Make it a particularly enchanted vacation by staying on one of several resorts on property, getting high quality amenities like express pass (front of the line), early park entrance, and package delivery to your room plus others, depending on hotel category booked.

The hotels – and rooms – are very spacious and designed by theme: for instance, we stayed at Portofino and discovered, on a visit to the actual town of Portofino in Italy, that it was a very realistic rendition! Add performances almost every evening by opera singers from a balcony, waterside with gondolas bobbing, and you have an authentic Italian experience!

SeaWorld, even without its signature orcas, is still a very interesting full day visit with its educational aspect of all things ocean-related. It also has lots of coaster rides for even the most daring and live shows that are worth a full day’s visit!

Discovery Cove is a theme park owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, and located in Orlando, Florida. It is the sister park of SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando, but requires a separate entrance fee. Visitors to the park can interact with a range of marine animals, including bottlenose dolphins. 

If you have children on the younger side, a visit to LEGOLAND is worth a day of your time. All things LEGO are featured at this resort dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions and the LEGOLAND Water Park, LEGOLAND is geared towards family fun! There is even a hotel on property to enjoy.

I have dealt with Danny at Almon Travel for six trips to Walt Disney World (2009-2016). The size of the groups has ranged from 2 – 11 persons. I have always found him to be very professional in his dealings and he listens to determine just what you are looking for. He is very knowledgeable about what Disney offers and if needed, he will contact them to get an answer to any unanswered questions.
He has offered helpful suggestions and alternatives but always had our interests as his priority.
He ensured that all aspects of our trip were taken care of, including booking restaurant reservations when the Disney Dining plan was part of the package. All relevant documentation was provided prior to the trip and he was always available to answer questions by phone or email.
I appreciate his knowledge and thoroughness in looking after my travel plans. I have no hesitation in recommending his services and look forward to dealing with him on future travel plans.   

Bill and Jackie – Westmount

Enjoy the beaches on the east coast! Most notable are Miami Beach, Cocoa Beach, and Fort Lauderdale Beach. And further north on the coast, enjoy the awe-inspiring, special enticement Miami has to offer. Take a “duck” tour or an open-bus ride, or watch one of many ocean-going cruise ships like Disney, Carnival and Royal Caribbean depart from this international port.

The Florida Keys are a string of tropical islands stretching about 120 miles off the southern tip of the U.S. state of Florida, between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. They’re a wonderful destination for a couple days and well known for fishing, boating, snorkeling, and scuba diving. The southernmost City of Key West is famous for Duval Street’s many bars, Mallory Square’s nightly Sunset Celebration, and the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

Got a group?

  1. The group leader who organizes and pulls together the group (usually 10 or more adults) may be eligible for promotions/discounts — check with your agent.
  2. All guests will be booked under the same number and should be located close together based on room category and availability.
  3. Any changes to one booking by the supplier will be automatically reflected in all bookings.
  4. The price per person can be lower than what is shown on the internet for individual bookings.

Remember … using a travel agent does not usually cost any more than booking by yourself on the Internet but you get the assistance you need to make an accurate booking and to look after you during the booking process, during the trip, and after the trip if you have experienced any problems.

Danny, at AlmonTravel helped put together a Caribbean trip along with a ten day Disney vacation package for our family last year. When planning our Disney trip, Danny took care of everything from travel to meal plans, attractions to hotels.  His wealth of knowledge helped make restaurant choices, passes, and park selections so much easier.  
Our family’s getaway experience was definitely one to remember, THANKS to Danny! His professionalism, quick response to emails & calls, patience, understanding and caring nature were nothing short of amazing!!! The next time we plan a vacation, we will be sure to contact him. We will definitely recommend him to our family and friends.

The Carters

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