Florida, one of the US conference and expo capitals proves you can truly mix business with pleasure

ByRichard

March 3, 2023
Florida has a wealth of attractions and experiences to offer for a business traveller attending a conference or expo in the Sunshine State. Florida has a wealth of attractions and experiences to offer for a business traveller attending a conference or expo in the Sunshine State. 

Florida has a wealth of attractions and experiences to offer for a business traveller attending a conference or expo in the Sunshine State.

According to seasoned travellers, it’s best to purchase theme park tickets in advance for the best deals. And don’t underestimate the Florida sun and humidity. Stay hydrated and consider planning indoor activities or pool time during the mid-afternoon. If you’re visiting the Florida Keys during the summer, be sure to bring an umbrella.

Orlando, known for its theme parks, is also a top destination for water sports and outdoor fun. For thrill-seekers, Universal Studios Florida offers a range of exciting rides.

Florida is more than just Disney. It offers a variety of experiences, from the fabulous Disney parks to the Everglades, which are teeming with wildlife such as alligators, birds, turtles, and snakes. Orlando, known for its theme parks, is also a top destination for water sports and outdoor fun. For thrill-seekers, Universal Studios Florida offers a range of exciting rides.

Getting to Florida

By Air

Florida’s largest airports are Orlando International Airport and Miami International Airport. Other notable airports include Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Tampa International Airport, Daytona Beach, and Jacksonville.

By Train

Amtrak trains offer daily connections between New York and Miami, stopping at Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and other destinations along the way.

Visa Requirements

If you’re visiting the United States from overseas, you’ll need to check if a visa is required. The U.S. government’s Visa Wizard is a handy tool for this and UK passport holders will require an ESTA.

Best Time to Visit

Florida is known for its year-round sunshine, making it an attractive destination at any time of the year. However, the most pleasant temperatures in the south are during the winter months, from November to May. During this period, temperatures can reach 77°F (25°C), perfect for lounging on Miami’s beaches, visiting Orlando’s theme parks, or cruising around the Florida Keys. However, keep in mind that hurricane season lasts from June to November.

Getting Around

By Car

While Miami and Orlando are easy to navigate without a car, travelling across the state is most convenient with your own transport. Car and motorcycle rentals are readily available.

By Bus

Greyhound buses connect Florida’s major cities. Local buses will take you to the beach and smaller towns. Timetables and fares can be found here.

By Train

Amtrak offers daily train services between Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, and Tampa.

Ridesharing

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are widely available in Florida.

By Bicycle

Florida is largely flat, making cycling a popular way to explore. Bike-sharing systems such as CitiBike and Lime are available in Orlando and Miami.

Local Information

The standard voltage in the United States is 120 V, and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. The U.S. uses a plug with two flat parallel pins. The currency is the U.S. Dollar, and ATMs are readily available. Credit cards are widely accepted.

Tipping is customary, with the usual rates being 15-20% in restaurants, $1-2 per drink for bartenders, $1-3 per bag for bellmen, $2-$3 per night for housekeepers, 15-20% for taxis/rideshare drivers, $1-$2 per person for shuttle drivers, and 10-20% for tour guides.

Local Customs

The legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 21 years old. Beach etiquette is taken seriously, so respect people’s space on the beach. While English is commonly spoken, Spanish is also frequently used, especially around Miami and Orlando.

Top Resorts in Florida

Florida boasts an array of luxurious resorts. Topping the list are The Swan and Dolphin Resort, White Elephant Palm Beach, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Sandpearl Resort, The Colony Hotel, and The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens. These establishments offer stunning ocean views, easy beach access, and world-class services, making them ideal for a business traveller looking to unwind after a conference.

Florida offers a diverse mix of attractions and experiences for the discerning business traveller and well to the Sunshine State.