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Holidays in Florida

Holiday in magical Florida

From the impossibly beautiful beaches of Miami and the Gulf Coast to the world-class theme parks in Orlando, Florida is truly captivating. Discover paradise on your Florida holiday and take time to soak up some rays.  It is the Sunshine State, after all. 

Where to stay in Florida

Hotels in Florida

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Florida Villas

Florida villa holidays

We pride ourselves on our hand-picked range of Florida holiday villas, each of which are located in quiet areas just a short drive from all the action in Orlando, as well as the glorious sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast.

Group Booking

Large families and groups

For 10 or more guests, we will provide you with a dedicated booking consultant for a more personal touch and to create a holiday tailored to you.

Free Car Hire

USA and Canada car hire

Rev up your motor, set the sat-nav and make sure you’ve got a tin of sucky sweets in the glove box — we’re heading off along the highways and byways of the USA and Canada

Partnered with Alamo/National, we’re able to offer you car hire in over 280 locations within North America and Canada with award winning service, plus:

  • Free Additional Driver in Fully Inclusive package  
  • 2-hour grace period
  • Online check in to speed up the pick up process
  • Gold Plus package which includes Child Seats, GPS, tank of fuel, underage driver fees, 3 additional drivers
  • Free one ways within Florida and within California, free one ways between California and Nevada and Arizona
  • Free Ski racks
  • Reps and dedicated area in Orlando

Essential information for Florida

Local time
-5hrs
Currently
Language
USA flag
American English
Currency
US Dollar $
Official currency of the United States
Flight information
9-10h
Orlando/Miami
Direct flights
Flight Schedule
Daily flights from across the UK to Orlando and Miami
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Do I need a Visa?

Yes. You'll need to obtain approval no less than 72 hours prior to travel to the US via the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Why visit Florida with Virgin Holidays?

Fly, stay and cruise with Virgin

We're number 1 in Florida. You can fly direct to Orlando with Virgin Atlantic, with multiple flights a day from a choice of UK airports. You can also fly direct to Miami daily from London Heathrow.

Stay in a hotel booked with Virgin Holidays and to top off your holiday, set sail around the Caribbean on a choice of cruise lines, including Virgin Voyages. One holiday, three amazing Virgin experiences.

We cater for kids

Let us help make your kid's trip fun and hassle free. Joining 'Kid Crew' gives them their passport to fun, a dedicated amenity kit and a great range of in-flight TV. You can also pre-order a kid's meal. Leaving you free to sit back and enjoy your Virgin Atlantic flight.

All the park tickets you need

Whether you’re a thrill seeker, looking for family fun, or keen to soak up the atmosphere that Florida’s theme parks have to offer, Virgin Holidays have you covered. With different ticket types to choose from and our reassuring price promise, you can start planning your magical holiday straight away.

Your holiday is protected

Our people on the ground know how to look after you – and they do. Nothing is more important to us than your holiday happiness and safety. So we make sure our hotel partners are up to scratch.
And, as you’d expect, we’re ATOL and ABTA bonded.

Soak up the Sunshine State with Florida holidays

Swaying palms, warm sands, miles of blue ocean – no, it doesn't get much better than a trip to Florida.

The aptly named Sunshine State is home to some of the world’s most celebrated theme parks and the idyllic beaches of Miami and the Gulf Coast. You’ll find wetlands brimming with rare and protected wildlife, as well as mangrove islands and semi-tropical swamps. Trips to Florida are a world away from the everyday.

Let’s take a look at some of Florida’s most exciting destinations.

Miami lives up to its reputation for sun-soaked glamour. Time to whip out those glad rags and head to the stylish beach bars. And on Ocean Drive you’ll find a whole range of celebrated cafes, shops and restaurants. Here’s our shortlist of must-sees for your Miami holiday:

  • Beaches: Been dreaming of white sand between your toes and the kiss of a warm breeze? Miami is home to some of Florida's most impressive beaches. Pack your swimming gear, sun lotion and a good book and head down to South Beach and Art Deco District for laid-back vibes and famous views.
  • Shopping: Miami is a haven for retail therapy. Check out the Miracle Mile (you’ll find it in the heart of the Coral Cables) or Bal Harbour – there’s a luxurious selection of designer boutiques here, as well as some elegant restaurants, so make sure you work up an appetite.
  • Nightlife: Couples and groups will love Miami’s nightlife. When the sun goes down, head to South Beach. It’s studded with bars and nightclubs featuring some of the world’s most famous DJs. Or try Nikki Beach Miami on Ocean Drive, which is both a sophisticated eatery and a nightclub.
  • Where to stay: The Fontainebleau is the height of celebrity, having hosted Elvis, Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Roger Moore also visited, with the hotel featuring in the 007 film Goldfinger. The ultramodern W South Beach is great for couples, with luxury cabanas, the Bliss spa and award-winning Mr Chow Chinese restaurant.

Did you know that the Florida Keys consists of over 1,700 islands? The star of the show is undoubtedly the ocean; embrace a slower pace of life as you take in pristine beaches, protected coral reefs and a range of water sports. Here are a few of the things that are waiting for you with our Florida package holidays:

  • Marine life: Key Largo is where you’ll find the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Take a tour on a glass-bottom boat, and spend the day spotting the colourful marine life beneath you. If you want to dip your toe into scuba diving, check out Dry Tortugas and see if you can spot historic shipwrecks.
  • Natural beauty: For 360-degree ocean views, you can’t miss the Seven Mile Bridge, arguably the most recognisable attraction in the Florida Keys. Start in Duck Key and drive over the bridge to Key West. You’d be hard-pushed to find a more scenic place to watch the sun go down.
  • Lively towns: In Key West, you’ll also find a grid of quaint streets lined with inviting restaurants and bars, as well as one of Hemingway’s former homes. Head to the waterfront to try some local craft beers.
  • Where to stay: The Casa Marina Resort and Beach Club, Waldorf Astoria is Key West's original grand resort, with vast swimming pools and the largest fitness centre in the area. Hawks Cay on Duck Key is great for those who love the water – surrounded by the aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the resort offers fishing, diving and watersports.

Orlando is the home of excitement. Fun-loving families have the choice of six internationally celebrated Disney theme parks at the incredible Walt Disney World Resort. Get ready for the holiday of a lifetime – the kids won’t forget this in a hurry (and we don’t think you will either). Here’s your definitive list of must-dos:

  • Theme parks: Orlando isn’t dubbed the ‘Theme Park Capital of the World’ for nothing. At Universal Orlando Resort, the movies come to life – perfect for Harry Potter™ fans and thrill-seekers. At Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, check out adrenaline-fuelled rides like Splash Mountain or introduce the kids to their favourite Disney characters.
  • Nature highlights: When you’ve had your fill of rides, take advantage of Orlando’s beautiful natural scenery. The spectacular Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve is ten minutes by car from Walt Disney World Resort, but feels like it’s miles away. The peaceful pine woods and wetlands are perfect for a relaxing day out (extra points if you spot a tortoise!).
  • Where to stay: If you want to be in the centre of the action, then staying on-site’s the way to go. At Universal Orlando Resort each hotel is within walking distance or a complimentary shuttle ride away from the three Universal theme parks and the Universal CityWalk entertainment complex. Over in Walt Disney World Resort, Polynesian Village is just moments away from the Magic Kingdom Park by monorail.
    Alternatively, off-site hotels are ideal for a relaxing location with easy access to both the parks and Orlando itself. Vista Cay Resort is situated next to International Drive, meaning you’re a stone’s throw from restaurants, bars and shops. The Red Lion Hotel Orlando is located in Kissimmee, just half a mile from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park – perfect for little ones who can’t wait to witness the magic.
    If you’re looking to get away from it all, you can relax just 30 minutes from both resorts in your own villa at The Balmoral at Water’s Edge, with access to a friendly clubhouse, pool area and even a kayaking lake.

For those seeking serenity, Florida’s Gold Coast and Gulf Coast will feel like paradise. As well as some of the world’s most impressive beaches, there are a whole host of outdoor activities to try out. Check out our highlights for some inspiration:

  • Beaches: On the Gulf of Mexico, Clearwater is the ultimate spot for relaxing. If you fancy trying something new, pump up the adrenaline with a range of water sports, from surfing to diving. Or stretch your legs by exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding area on a hike. Otherwise, head to the Atlantic shoreline for the famous sands of Daytona Beach, known for its boardwalk and pier with numerous arcades, as well as the renowned Speedway NASCAR races in February. For surfing fans, you can’t go wrong with Cocoa Beach, situated just an hour’s drive from Orlando.  
  • Eating and drinking: Seafood lovers shouldn’t miss Pier 60 in Clearwater. Freshly caught seafood has never tasted so good – especially when enjoyed in the sunshine. Wandering around Wandering around St Almonds Circle in Sarasota with its collection of individual boutiques, family run restaurants and relaxing coffee shops is a relaxing (and delicious) way to spend an afternoon too. Make sure you sample the mangoes.
  • Where to stay: The Sheraton Sand Key is made for beach lovers, with a stunning location right on what’s been voted one of America’s top ten beaches. Don’t miss the fresh salads and soups at the hotel’s Island Grill. La Playa Beach Resort Naples is perfect if you want to treat yourself, with stunning views over the Gulf of Mexico and a luxurious in-house spa.

Florida has it all: sun, sea, sand, not to mention the incredible seafood, thrilling theme parks and abundance of natural beauty. Your unforgettable holiday starts here – find out more about Florida hotels with Virgin Holidays.

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We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the  Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

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For extra piece of mind, new bookings made before 30 September 2020 for travel up 30 April 2021 also have the flexibility to amend free of charge. If you need to change don’t worry, you can move your holiday as far out as 31 December 2021 subject to availability.

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With many customers needing our help, we are prioritising those customers due to travel before 31 December 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

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Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected.  

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

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We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

You're holiday is going ahead as planned


If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. You can call our team on 0344 472 9499 who can look at options for you.

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Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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