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Central Florida

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Central Florida is a favorite destination for visitors due to the beaches, theme parks, NASCAR races, natural springs, golf courses, and the NASA facilities that put a man on the moon.


Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 70 73 77 82 88 90 92 91 89 84 78 72
Nightly lows (°F) 47 50 54 58 65 71 72 73 71 64 56 50
Precipitation (in) 2.9 2.9 4.0 2.4 2.9 7.5 7.3 7.7 6.5 3.0 2.2 2.6

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The weather in Central Florida is humid subtropical with mild but notably more distinct seasons than most of South Florida. The seasons in Central Florida based on temperature and precipitation are:

Spring in Central Florida is generally from Mid-January to Mid-April with average highs ranging from the low 70s to the low 80s and average lows ranging from the mid 40s to the low 60s. While spring is generally mild, isolated cold snaps have been known to occasionally bring nighttime temperature below freezing. However, this weather is usually short lived and is normally followed by warm weather.

Summer is long, hot, and humid in this region lasting from Mid-April until Early November. Average Daytime temperature range from the low 80s to the mid 90s and nighttime temperatures range from the upper 50s to the mid 70s. Thunderstorms are very common during this season especially during the traditional summer months of June, July, and August.

Autumn or Fall is from Early November to Mid January with average highs ranging from the low 80s to the low 70s and lows ranging from the low 60s to the upper 40s. However, cold snaps have been known to bring temperatures below freezing during the traditional winter months making it feel much more like winter in places further north. Deciduous trees will also go bare during some cold snaps like they do every autumn in cooler climates. However, it is very different than in places further north as the trees will generally turn brown and go bare within a couple of days instead of showing a wide array of colors. While thunderstorms are not as common as they are in the summer, hurricanes and tropical storms are very common in Early Autumn and will usually bring lots of rain and wind to the area.

Winter in this region is usually isolated to randomly occurring cold snaps in December, January, and February. Snow is very rare in this region and frost occurs at most a couple of times a year during cold snaps.


  • East Central Florida - Ranges from the theme parks in the center of the state to the Atlantic coast.
  • West Central Florida - Stretches from the Gulf Coast inland. Also referred to as the Suncoast or the Tampa Bay area.


  • Cape Canaveral - Home of the Kennedy Space Center and Port Canaveral
  • Clearwater - Offers miles of beautiful beaches
  • Cocoa Beach - Beach community near Kennedy Space Center
  • Daytona Beach - Home of Daytona International Speedway
  • Kissimmee - Spring Training home of the Houston Astros
  • Orlando - Home of Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld
  • Ormond Beach - Offers miles of beautiful beaches and home to Tomoka State Park
  • Saint Petersburg - Home to Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays
  • Tampa - Home of Busch Gardens Theme Park

Other destinations[edit]

Central Florida is home to many natural springs. Many have been incorporated into state parks. The springs are great during the summer months because the water stays at a constant 72 degrees and the water is perfect for cooling off. Many visitors also go to the springs to spot manatees and alligators and to go boating. Some of the more popular natural springs destinations are listed:

  • Alexander Springs - Lake County
  • Blue Spring - Volusia County
  • DeLeon Springs - Volusia County
  • Juniper Springs - Lake County
  • Rock Springs - Lake County
  • Weeki Wachee Springs - Hernando County
  • Wekiva Springs - Orange County
  • Zolfo Springs - Hardee County



English is the official language of the state. However, the Spanish language is making inroads throughout the state. Native-born Floridians will usually speak in a southern accent. However, after the migration of millions of Americans from other states to Florida, the southern dialect is becoming diluted with other accents.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Full sized Hotel, with all anemnities and services, directly within Orlando International Airport itself.
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO) - your choice airport for Disney World and the surrounding attractions in East Central Florida. Located south of Downtown Orlando, this airport offers car rentals and free shuttles to Disney World for visitors.
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA) - airport closest to the beaches of the Gulf coast and Busch Gardens in West Central Florida.
  • Daytona Beach Int'l Airport (DAB) - airport closest to the beaches of the East coast in East Central Florida.

Be aware that there are more airports throughout Central Florida which may get you closer to your ultimate destination; watch for these smaller airports while researching your destination.

By boat[edit]

Coastal cities have excellent year-round marina facilities, often serving large, luxury yachts. Port Canaveral on the Atlantic Coast and Tampa Bay on the Gulf Coast serve as cruise ports.

By train[edit]

  • Amtrak Auto Train offers service with its southern terminus located in Sanford, about halfway between Daytona Beach and Orlando. The Amtrak Auto Train carries passengers and automobiles between Sanford and Lorton, Virginia, effectively serving as a car-rail link to Florida from the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. You can easily drive your car to your destination in Central Florida after departing from the Auto Train.

By bus[edit]

Central Florida is served by Greyhound Bus Lines, which has scheduled stops in Orlando and other cities. The Greyhound routes connect with other major cities in the United States of America.

By car[edit]

  • I-95 runs north-south along the Atlantic coast throughout the entire Central Florida region. It connects with Jacksonville to the north and Miami to the south.
  • I-75 runs north-south through the middle-west of Central Florida, and connects to Ocala to the north, and Fort Myers in Southwest Florida.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

By train[edit]

  • Commuter Rail [1] - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in cooperation with local government officials in Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Osceola counties and the federal government, are currently working on a 61-mile commuter rail project, using existing Amtrak and CSX freight rail lines. The commuter rail line will roughly parallel Interstate 4, and is projected to start service in 2014.

By bus[edit]

  • LYNX - Public transportation by Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority. [2] With the main hub centered on Orlando, bus service provided in Osceola, Orange, and Seminole Counties. Some buses link to neighboring counties. Service to Disney World is available.
  • SCAT - Public Transportation by Space Coast Area Transit, offers bus service around Brevard County [3].
  • VOTRAN - Volusia County Transportation service. [4] Offers buses, shuttles, special services for the disabled and elderly. Connection offered with LYNX to reach Orlando.

See[edit][add listing]

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse in Ponce Inlet


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With two coastlines, seafood is extremely popular in Central Florida. Some favorite dishes in the area include:

  • Conch (pronounced "conk") - These chewy clams are served tenderized with lime juice, raw, and chopped in salad. Also chopped, breaded, and fried as conch fritters and in conch chowder (usually red and spicy).
  • Mahi Mahi - A firm, white fleshed fish; delicious when served grilled, blackened or Cajun-style.
  • Grouper - One of the mildest fishes available; served fried, blackened, broiled, or grilled as an entree. Fried grouper sandwiches are also popular.
  • Yellowfin Tuna - A firm, flavorful semi-dark meat fish often served grilled, broiled, or blackened.
  • Florida Lobster - Known as a spiny lobster, the Florida lobster has no claws like Maine lobster. Florida lobster tails are broiled and served with melted butter.

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All the counties throughout Central Florida are "wet" counties. Alcoholic beverages are sold in both taverns and liquor stores. The Florida State Alcoholic Beverage Control (Police) frequently conduct raids for underage drinking in tourist areas, particularly during Spring Break. There are places in the area for clubbing mainly in Orlando and the beach tourist areas. There are also many biker bars around the area because of periodic motorcycle rallies.

Tropical Drinks[edit]

Some tropical drinks that are popular in Central Florida, include:

  • Planters Punch - 1 oz. lemon juice, 1/2 oz. lime juice, 1 oz. passion fruit juice, 1 oz. pineapple juice, 1 1/2 oz. rum. Combine ingredients over shaved ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
  • Rum Runner - 1 1/2 oz. rum, 3/4 oz. blackberry brandy, 3/4 oz. creme de banana, splash of grenadine, splash of lime juice.
  • Bahama Mama - 1 oz. orange juice, 1 oz. pineapple juice, 1/2 oz. grenadine, 1/2 oz. rum, 1/2 oz. coconut flavored rum, 1 cup crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.
  • Pina Colada - 1 shot rum, 2 oz. coconut milk, 3 oz. pineapple juice, 1 cup ice. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Cuba Libre - 2 oz. rum, Coca Cola, lime wedge.

Stay safe[edit]

The Safety rate is very high.

Get out[edit]

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