Begin your trip in Florida where Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort is guaranteed to create magical memories for the whole family. Swap hair-raising rollercoasters for the sugar-white sands of Barbados’ beaches where snorkelling and wildlife spotting are sure to delight. Pair Florida’s tropical coastlines with the Barbadian island spirit and you’ve got yourself a winning holiday combination.
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So, will you hit the beach first or the theme parks?
Florida is famed for having a little of everything, from thrilling theme parks to breathtaking vistas and incredible wildlife. Visit coastal hotspots and vibrant cities or head down to the Florida Keys for some peace and tranquillity during your holiday. All while savouring delicious, fresh Florida cuisine, of course. Are you ready to discover Florida’s best side?
Orlando’s known as the Theme Park Capital of the World and for good reason: with Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, LEGOLAND, and more all to discover, it’s the perfect destination for thrill-seekers. Ride roller coasters, make a splash at water parks, and meet Mickey, Minnie and co. during your adventure.
From the golden sands of Florida’s Gulf Coast to the Atlantic east-coast beaches, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Experience the lively Daytona Beach, peaceful Naples, or head up to the Panhandle and discover Panama City Beach. Wherever you head, pack your sunscreen and swimming costumes and dive into either relaxation or adventure.
It’s no coincidence that Florida is known as the ‘Sunshine State’, thanks to its subtropical climate and near year-round mild temperatures. It’s the main reason visitors flock to the state each year dreaming of long lazy beach days under the sun. It can experience daily rain though, especially during the hurricane season that runs from June to November - but it’s brief!
With incredible attractions and many beaches with calm waters, Florida is the ultimate family-friendly holiday destination. Of course, there’s Walt Disney World Resort, but beyond that there’s plenty to see and do, whether you’re travelling with tiny tots or older teens. Swim with dolphins, visit museums, or take a road trip to the Florida Keys on an epic road trip.
Sun, sea, and driving on the left! What more could you need? Barbados may be small but she’s mighty and with flawless sands, shimmering sea and welcoming vibes, this is the ultimate tropical paradise. Its beaches are all public and open to everyone, so whether you’re splashing out on a five-star resort or staying in a modest apartment, you can enjoy the best of everything this Caribbean Island has to offer.
Boasting more than 50 gorgeous beaches, Barbados’ coastline will leave you speechless, with picture-perfect white sands, gently lapping waters and an abundance of water sports opportunities, it’s truly heaven on earth. The island’s west and south coasts are wonderful for families as the beaches are wide and the waters gentle, while the more dramatic north and Atlantic coasts provide spots to simply sit and marvel at the powerful waves from the comfort of dry land.
With a rich cultural heritage stemming from African, British, Irish, Creole and Indian influences, Bajan cuisine exudes flavour and flair and is best enjoyed by the beach. Naturally, seafood is king here, especially flying fish, which is one half of the country’s national dish and the other being ‘cou-cou’, a tasty mix of okra and cornmeal.
Barbados boasts some of the most beautiful hotels in the Caribbean, offering five-star services, first-rate spa and leisure amenities and luxurious accommodations fit for royalty. Many hotels overlook the sea with rooms and suites directly on the beautiful white sands, particularly on the island’s calmer west coast – the perfect spot for those show-stopping sunsets.
Rum, Rum, and More Rum
One of Barbados’ finest exports is its sweet rum. The island is known as the birthplace of rum and there are various attractions to learn about and sample this authentic taste of the Caribbean. Take an interesting distillery tour or simply sit back in a welcoming beach bar and indulge in a drink, or three!
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Florida & Barbados Holidays FAQs
Florida & Barbados Holidays FAQs
Florida & Barbados Holidays FAQs
The best time of year for Florida and Barbados multi-centre holidays is from mid-December to April. During these months, both destinations experience mild temperatures and low humidity, providing a warm, winter sun escape for UK holidaymakers.
From winter into early spring, Florida sees temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C, making it ideal for sightseeing and theme park adventures alike. Similarly, Barbados enjoys temperatures hovering around 25°C to 30°C, so it’s perfect for watersports and beach fun.
Pleasant weather conditions naturally bring more crowds to Florida and Barbados, so December to April is considered peak season. If you would prefer a quieter trip, both destinations benefit from year-round sunshine, so there’s no bad time to visit - although summers tend to be scorching hot and humid! Hurricane season from June to November can bring daily downpours too.
Barbados is regarded as one of the best family-friendly destinations in the Caribbean, and there are activities here to keep kids of all ages happy.
Carlisle Bay in Bridgetown is a popular beach for families. The surrounding bay has been turned into a protected marine park so it’s perfect for boat rides, kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving. Water babies can jump in the warm sea and look out for topical fish and turtles. Pebble Beach is another great spot for swimming with turtles.
Adventure lovers rejoice. Inland, Harrison’s Cave is a mysterious crystallised limestone cave with underground passages, streams and pools. Take a tram 50ft beneath the ground and discover a subterranean world of stalactites and stalagmites with a pool so clear you can see to the bottom. Above ground, there’s a nature walk through tropical forest, an aviary and a zipline. More exhilarating adventures can also be found at Rascals of Barbados Waterpark.
For animal lovers, Barbados Wildlife Reserve is a must-visit. Located in Farley Hill National Park, the reserve is filled with native Caribbean animals in their natural environment, including armadillos, pelicans, tortoises and caimans. Look out for cheeky green monkeys who like to make an appearance during afternoon feeding time.
Florida and Barbados share the same Eastern Time Zone (EST), so there’s usually no time difference between them, but there is one exception. Florida observes Daylight Savings Time while Barbados does not. This means that when Daylight Savings Time is in effect, there is an hour difference between them.
Florida and Barbados are each 5 hours behind the UK. If you’re travelling in March or November, make sure to check when US time zones change to Daylight Saving Time as their clocks go forwards or backwards an hour on different Sundays to the UK. The time in Barbados doesn’t change.
For Florida and Barbados twin-centre holidays, the best airport depends on where you want to go first. One of the top airports we recommend in Florida is Orlando International Airport (MCO) as there are direct flights from the UK and it’s located less than a half-hour’s drive from Walt Disney World Resort.
Another great choice is Miami International Airport (MIA) as there are non-stop flights from the UK - plus it’s the largest airport hub in Florida. It’s situated approximately 8 miles Northwest of Downtown Miami and it’s just 16 minutes by car or private shuttle service.
Your main airport for Barbados is Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI). It’s also referred to as Bridgetown Airport as it’s conveniently located just 8 miles Southeast of Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados. From there, you can pick up a taxi or rental car to take you to the city or your resort. If you’re unsure about which airport you need for your multi-centre holiday, don’t hesitate to call our travel experts who will be happy to help.
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Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort spans over 25,000 acres and has 4 theme parks - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom - so there’s something for everyone. The hard part? Choosing which attractions to visit first!
Of course, the best ones for you depend on your personal interests but no trip to Disney World is complete without visiting Cinderella Castle. The centrepiece of the Magic Kingdom park, the 189ft landmark is the gateway to Fantasyland. It’s surrounded by a pretty moat, making it an iconic photo spot. Inside, there are handcrafted mosaics which tell Cinderella’s story from orphan to princess.
Star Wars lovers should head to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, an epic ride which puts you right in the midst of an adventure as you attempt to escape the First Order. A state-of-the-art 3D simulator can be experienced at Avatar Flight of Passage while Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind takes you through the cosmos.
Fans of all things creepy should check out the classic Haunted Mansion where ghosts jump out as you ride along in Doom Buggies. If you want to climb the world’s tallest mountain, Expedition Everest is a thrilling rollercoaster with plenty of hair-raising turns. The Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride is also a classic and it has some excellent animatronics.
Since both Florida and Barbados have tropical climates with humidity and sunshine, it’s a good idea to pack lightweight, breathable clothing for your trip. Opt for loose-fitting t-shirts, dresses, shorts and tops to help you stay cool and comfortable in the heat.
Don’t forget sturdy footwear for sightseeing and flip-flops and swimsuits for beach days. Wear plenty of high-SPF sun cream, a wide-brimmed sun hat and sunglasses for all your outdoor adventures too. Both destinations are hot and humid so it’s important to stay hydrated when you’re outside in the sun. Bring a reusable water bottle so you always have something to drink.
While both Florida and Barbados aren’t typically associated with rain, we recommend packing a light rain jacket or a poncho for the occasional downpour. You might also want to bring a coverup to keep yourself warm when indoor venues crank up the air-conditioning.
If you love snorkelling, you’re in for a treat. Barbados has a wealth of breathtaking snorkelling spots which showcase the beauty of the Caribbean. A top choice is Carlisle Bay Marine Park where tropical fish swim around eerie shipwrecks.
Folkestone Marine Park is a designated marine protected area with crystal-clear waters that reveal a pristine world of artificial coral reefs. There’s also an aquarium and playground. Paynes Bay has the best of both worlds if you’re looking for a lively beach and fantastic snorkelling spots.
For a quieter snorkelling excursion, head to Batts Rock Beach and enjoy tranquil waters backed by tropical woodland. Speightstown, also known as Little Bristol, has some excellent places to snorkel at Heywoods Beach. You’ll be able to spot plenty of tropical fish and turtles here on your Barbados multi-centre holiday.
The closest beach to Orlando is Cocoa Beach which is about 58 miles to the East. It’s also the easiest beach to get to. If you’re craving some time on the sand, there are several shuttle companies that can whisk you from Orlando to the beach, the journey takes about an hour.
Alternatively, you can book a taxi or drive your own car. If you drive, you will need to be prepared for tolls. The quickest way is via the 528 E as it takes you straight to the East Coast, across the river and down to the beach.
Cocoa Beach sits on the Space Coast and it’s popular for the iconic Kennedy Space Center nearby. Enjoy soft white sand, crystal-clear waters and the largest surf school in the US.