A stay in the Sunshine State will provide you with an infinite number of lovely balmy days, ideal for surfing on large waves, zipping across swamps in airboats, and hiking along trails and waterways. Apart from the natural gems, acres of clear lakes, and dense woods, Florida offers vibrant, sophisticated cities that lure tourists with their vibrant and colourful streets, world-class museums, and friendly inhabitants. The southernmost state of the US offers a variety of cultures and cuisines.
Your dream trip can be accomplished by renting a car with Driveboo. Check out the offers of all local car rental companies and book your rental car in Florida online. The endless opportunities of beautiful Florida will be within your reach. All you need to know about driving in American traffic—and the destinations you don’t want to miss—can be found below.
When is the best time to travel to Florida?
The tropical monsoon climate makes Florida an all year round holiday option. Holidaymakers who love to spend long days in the sun should book a trip between November and April before the rainy season starts. Watch out for the hurricanes that infrequently hit Florida from the beginning of August.
A trip around Florida with a hired car
Due to a wide choice and the plethora of car hire companies available in each city across Florida, it can be difficult to make a decision. Therefore, the easiest thing to do is using the services of one of the companies located at one of the three major airports in Florida. These three airports are: Miami International Airport (MIA), Orlando International Airport (MCO), and Tampa International Airport (TPA). Each of these airports can become a great place to start your long-awaited journey around Florida.
Is an international driver's license required to hire a car in Florida?
Due to an agreement between the USA and the UK most, drivers arriving in Florida will usually be allowed to use their national driver's license to drive a hired car. Such a licence will stay valid for one year. Still, there are plenty of companies requiring their customers to be holders of an international driver's license. Therefore, it’s a good idea to plan your car hire before you arrive in Florida so you can ensure you have the correct license well ahead of time.
Speed limits in Florida
The following local speed limits will allow you to avoid long hours at police stations or paying fines for speeding violations. The typical speed limit is 25-35 mph (40-48 km/h) in urban areas, with a maximum speed of 15 mph (24 km/h) allowed in restricted areas, for example, in the vicinity of schools.
There are different speed limits on motorways—55 to 75 mph (88 to 120 km/h). Remember to pay attention to any police cars you see on your travels. They will often surprise drivers with random radar checks. Speed controls are commonplace, not only in Florida, but also in the entire USA.
Driving a hired car behind a school bus
When you spot one of the famous yellow school buses in front of your rental car, you must stop for as long as the driver has the stop sign out. Passing by is forbidden and is punishable with large fines.
Where can I park my hired car in Florida?
Caution! The entire country and every vehicle is right hand drive.
Finding your way around the USA will be a piece of cake if you already know the European rules for parking. The curbs are marked with different colours, indicating whether or not parking in a given spot is allowed. On the streets of Florida, the following types of marking apply:
5 minutes during business hours
Short-term parking (usually 10-25 minutes)
Temporary loading zone where the driver is not allowed to leave the car
Highlights to see in Florida, hire a car and start a roadtrip
Whether you came to Florida for its sunny beaches or to spend countless hours in one of the world-famous amusement parks, you will be astonished by the diversity of attractions that Florida holds in store for you. You will be delighted by the delicious food served in local restaurants and the intriguing exhibitions held in the state’s art galleries, and thrilled by the many historical sites that can be found around the southernmost state.
Everglades National Park
Nature lovers should definitely head up to the Everglades National Park, which was created in the first half of the 20th century. It covers almost 1.5 million acres and spans impenetrable swamps and deep marshes. There is one main river flowing through the national park from Lake Okeechobee, which is home to such animals as otters, crocodiles, and sometimes even panthers.
Walt Disney World
Families with children will easily be able spend a day full of fun in the famous Walt Disney World, which is considered the most popular of all the attractions in the state. It offers entertainment dedicated to children and their parents.
Universal Studios is located in the beautiful city of Orlando. Here, you will have the opportunity to take multiple rides, the themes of which are based on movies released by Universal. There is a plethora of shops and restaurants inside as well.
Kennedy Space Center
Anyone interested in astronomy really shouldn’t miss the Kennedy Space Center, where important space shuttle launches took place in the past. The centre offers a wide variety of exhibitions on the history of space exploration.
A trip around Florida wouldn’t be complete without a visit in Miami City. The famous Miami Beach is one of the most popular attractions among holidaymakers. Lined with high palm trees, it offers a wide strip of sand stretching along the azure waterfront.
Salvador Dali Museum
For those who are into art, St Petersburg offers the Salvador Dali Museum, which is housed in an extremely modern setting. Inside, tourists will learn more about the artist’s masterpieces and life. It provides a great insight into his development as a painter and as an artist.
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