Disney theme parks are notoriously pricey, but these proven tips and tricks can help you save hundreds

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  • Disneyland and Walt Disney World have reopened to all visitors.
  • The parks are notoriously expensive, but you can save hundreds with some creative planning.
  • Here are our top 14 expert tips for saving money on your next Disney Parks vacation.
  • Head to Insider Reviews for more travel recommendations

There are no two ways about it: Planning a family vacation to the Walt Disney World or Disneyland resorts can be an expensive proposition.

The cost for tickets, food, and souvenirs alone can rapidly add up; it skyrockets when you factor in airfare, hotel, car rental, parking, and other incidentals. For a family of four, for a five-night stay, the average price of the trip is approximately $4,500 and can quickly increase by the hundreds, if not thousands.

While there are few discounts on admission, there are proven ways to save significant money elsewhere that won’t hinder the enjoyment or limit the experiences. After all, not having to stress about money makes for a far more enjoyable time – the key is to plan ahead and know what to expect.

As a travel writer who has covered Disney vacations extensively for over a decade, I have figured out the best ways to maximize the fun while keeping costs down. These top tips, based on what I’ve learned over the years, can help ease the damage a Disney vacation could have on your bank account.

In addition to money-saving tips for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, I’ve also included a few that are unique to each property. Here are the best tips for saving money on a Disney parks vacation.

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Top tips to save money on Disney vacations

Pick the right time to go

As with any popular destination, prices for resort stays tend to rise during peak season, especially during school breaks in the summer, Thanksgiving week, and the days around Christmas and New Year. Weekends are always more expensive as well. Traveling during non-peak dates may be a challenge, but you can save an average of $400 a night.

Forgo the Park Hopper

Disneyland and Disney World are comprised of multiple parks, each with its own entrance fees. As the name suggests, Park Hopper is an option that lets you visit multiple parks per day, but you will pay significantly more for this privilege. The difference between a single park ticket and one with Park Hopper can be up to about $85 per day; for a family of four, that’s a savings of $300 to $350.

Another reason to skip the Park Hopper concerns logistics. There’s plenty to do at each of Disney’s parks, so I recommend dedicating an entire day to one park, instead of stressing to rush to another. You can take it slow and enjoy all the amenities of a single park. This is especially true for Walt Disney World, where the parks are located far apart and you would waste time shuttling from one to another.

Explore your ticket discount options

While Disney doesn’t generally offer discounts on park tickets, there are a few money-saving options to explore before paying full price. First, nail down how many days you plan to be in the parks; there is a price break depending on how many days you visit. For example, if you go to Disney World for just one day, it would be about $109 per day. If you opt to go for five, the price drops to $88 a day. Keep in mind that the standard tickets don’t include water parks, golf courses, and other non-theme park areas.

Know a friend or relative in Florida? State residents can save 40% off a four-day ticket in addition to other discounts. The catch is that the resident must be present and show verification at the time of entry, so they will need to be included in your group. If it’s a close family friend or grandparent, that may not be an issue. From time to time, Southern California residents may also receive a similar offer.

Make wise restaurant choices

There is a large selection of dining options at either resort and prices range from budget to premium. For example, a New York Strip at the upscale Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel costs $58 (that is just for the steak, sides not included). But at the casual Bengal Barbeque eatery inside Disneyland, you can enjoy a delicious Bengal Beef Skewer for $5.49.

The key is to research the various food outlets available at the park you will be visiting, basing it on your budget and family’s eating habits. If you don’t care about sit-down meals and can run on hot dogs and churros from a street cart, you can cut down on food expenses.

Note that some restaurants, such as the aforementioned Steakhouse 55, are still temporarily closed.

Get food delivered

Another option for cutting down on food costs is to have groceries delivered to a hotel, as many rooms have mini-fridges and microwaves – great for stocking up on water, sodas, snacks, and even quick-heat and pre-made meals and alcohol. If your room has a full-sized kitchen, consider cooking some meals “at home” or for bringing inside the park (see our tip above). Amazon Prime delivers to hotels, while Garden Grocer specializes in Disney World deliveries.

Bring a refillable water bottle

With all the walking you will do, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially during the hotter months in Florida and California. Skip the bottled water the park sells (a bottle of Dasani costs around $4) and opt for a money-saving and environmentally friendly refillable water bottle instead.

You can fill water bottles at restaurants or one of the refill stations. But keep in mind, refill stations are few and far between, and due to COVID-19 cleanliness protocols, it is harder to fill your own water bottle.

Insider Reviews recommends the Vapur Element and Hydaway Collapsible Water Bottle because they are lightweight when empty and easy to pack.

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Stick to a souvenir budget

Disney is skilled at dividing guests from their money, especially when it comes to keepsakes. In most areas of the parks, you won’t be able to go more than 20 feet without being lured by the siren song of souvenirs. It can be very tempting to walk away with a droid from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ($99) or a replica of the Enchanted Tiki Room Sign ($150), but try to keep those temptations at bay.

Instead, spend your money on less expensive, classic park items that will hold their value (in sentimental ways), such as a pair of Mickey Mouse ears with a name embroidered on them (about $23) or, my favorite, a hand-cut silhouette from one of the artists on Main Street ($10).

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Tips to save money at Walt Disney World

Stay at a value resort

While Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa are lovely, they are also expensive – the Grand Floridian starts at around $400 per night. If a hotel is purely a place to sleep, Disney’s Art of Animation or Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort are two of the more inexpensive options inside the Disney bubble, starting at around $179 a night.

Check out all our choices for the best Disney World hotels here. If you’re willing to stay at a non-Disney resort, there are also many excellent hotels in Orlando and Kissimmee from as low as $66 per night, depending on the season.

If you want to go deluxe, consider renting DVC points

Disney Vacation Club (DVC) is Disney’s popular timeshare program that lets you rent studios, villas, and suites at one of the deluxe resorts. Membership is a big investment, but my friends who joined have been pleased with the program. Here’s a secret: You can take advantage of the program without being a member, by renting DVC points.

When you rent DVC points, you are essentially booking through a DVC member, not Disney. For a negotiated fee, you get access to their points and preferred rates (a member has a set number of deductible points that must be applied in order to get those rates), which can make those deluxe resorts drop down drastically in price.

For example, the price for a deluxe studio at Disney’s Riviera – depending on the date – is $559 a night, but you can rent points and pay about $275 for the same night. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, a studio is $616 a night, but with DVC points you pay $380. You are basically getting the same room for almost half the price. And, it’s not just for Florida: DVC also includes California properties.

Companies such as David’s Vacation Club Rental and the DVC Rental Store can facilitate the points rental from DVC members, and the booking process is similar to a regular hotel reservation. There are plenty of caveats with this system, so make sure to go over all the restrictions and conditions from the broker or DVC member.

Schedule a non-park day

Save on park tickets by scheduling a non-park day. There are many ways to get a Disney resort experience, including spending hours by the pool, checking out the lobbies and restaurants at hotels, and heading to the Disney Springs shopping and entertainment center. Keep reading for our suggestions on free stuff to do at Disney World.

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Tips to save money at Disneyland

Stay at a Good Neighbor hotel

There are only three Disney-owned hotels within Disneyland – the Grand Californian, the Disneyland Hotel, and Paradise Pier. While the hotels are fantastic and convenient, they are also expensive. For example, rates at the Grand Californian start at $586 a night. Thankfully, there are lots of affordable options surrounding the park. Read our roundup of nearby hotels ranging from the budget-friendly Hampton Inn & Suites to the new JW Marriott, which, even though it is a four-star property, is about half the price of the Grand Californian or the Disneyland Hotel.

Splurge on the MaxPass (when it’s back)

While the MaxPass program is currently on hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, the MaxPass is well worth the extra $20 per ticket and will enhance the experience by saving you time. The MaxPass allows you to make FastPass selections from your phone and eliminates the need to trek over to the attraction to manually pick up a FastPass from a kiosk. A FastPass, for those unfamiliar, allows you to join a much shorter line for a ride (the feature is also paused).

Get the Disney experience for free

Admission to Disney’s parks is expensive, but there are several fun attractions you can check out that don’t cost a penny. They add to the overall Disney vacation experience while keeping the cost down. (Some of these places and activities may be temporarily closed or unavailable.)

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Consider waiting until next year

While Disneyland and Walt Disney World are open for business, to get the most bang for your buck, it might be best to wait. There’s a case for going now: reservations are required and capacity is controlled to promote distancing, so it’s less crowded than normal. But parades, fireworks, most live entertainment, the ease of the FastPass system, and close-up character encounters have yet to return. Dining options are also limited, and some hotels haven’t reopened.

Instead, take this time to plan and save up for the trip. When all of the parks’ amenities return, you and your family will have a more memorable experience.

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The 25 best Airbnbs in Florida, including a yacht in the Keys, an art-filled condo in Miami, and a Disney-themed house in Orlando

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Best Airbnbs in Florida for Spring Break

  • With travel picking up, many are seeking a summer beach getaway or are ready to hit theme parks.
  • Florida offers a wide range of vacation appeal, from white-sand beaches to lively cities.
  • We found the best Airbnbs in Florida, from the Gulf Coast down to the Keys.

The Sunshine State continues to eagerly welcome visitors and with travel picking up as summer gets into full swing, many are seeking a trip to the beach or are ready to get back to visiting cities. And with Disney World once again open to all visitors, theme parks are another major draw.

While some are ready to get back on planes, road trips and vacations within easy driving distances continue to be popular trends. Florida, in particular, is easily accessible from many American cities and an especially appealing option for East Coasters looking for some sunshine.

While there’s plenty of gorgeous hotels in Florida to choose from, the state also a wide range of fantastic Airbnb options. Whether you’re ready to enjoy the magic of Disney World, want to party in South Beach, or are ready to kick back and relax on the white-sand beaches of the Gulf Coast, we found Florida Airbnbs to suit all tastes.

You can browse all the best Florida Airbnbs below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best Airbnbs in Florida, sorted by area and then price from low to high.

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Cozy home in Miami

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Unlike many other Miami listings, this property offers the chance to stay in a house rather than an apartment. For this listing, it’s all in the details. The bright blue “Eat” sign in the kitchen matches blue accents that appear across the home, right down to the bowls in the cabinet. Beach towels, an umbrella, and beach blankets are provided, and a travel crib is also available for new parents.

Many reviewers cite the outdoor space as an advantage, specifically noting the various decks, grill, and even an outdoor garden as top features. One reviewer called the yard “gloriously tropical and serene; the photos simply don’t do it justice.”

The full-sized kitchen and washer/dryer make it a great fit for a week-long stay, and it’s walking distance to Midtown Miami and the Design District.

Cottage with a private pool in Miami

Best Airbnbs in Miami - Cute cottage w/ pool near Brickell & Little Havana, $120

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Located near the trendy Brickell neighborhood in Miami, this home is named “La Casita Blanca” by the host for its all-white exteriors. It features modern decor throughout in soothing neutral tones, but here it’s really about enjoying time outside in the stunning and fenced-off yard. In addition to the lush lawn and garden wall, there’s a cute eating nook and lounge chairs for relaxing and soaking up some sunshine. 

When you’re ready to cool off, dive into the kidney-shaped pool featuring dolphin mosaic tiles. However, keep in mind that while this is a guest house that’s completely separate, the yard and pool are shared with the main house nearby. 

 

Contemporary studio with views in Miami

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Rated five stars for communication, check-in, and location, the apartment’s Superhost thinks of even the smallest of details, including a bottle of champagne upon arrival.

The apartment has a refreshingly clean, simple, and elegant feel with clear dining chairs, a small writing desk, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests also have access to a pool, hot tub, and gym, though those facilities may be impacted by COVID.

Coconut Grove is charming and full of shops and restaurants. If you seek the sand, the beach is just a short ride away.

Oceanview condo in Miami Beach

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Nothing is more pleasing than staying in an Airbnb that feels like a hotel and this property has all the makings of a dream beachfront stay.

The sleek, modern decor is coupled with resort-like amenities such as the pool, gym, and tennis courts, in addition to the prime beach location. It’s also likely cheaper than you’ll find at a nearby hotel in peak season.

Art-filled condo in downtown Miami

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The downtown Miami apartment features sleek white and gray interiors and plenty of contemporary art decking its walls. One serious perk is the huge, private balcony with views of the skyline and Biscayne Bay. King-size beds and a Roman tub for a sumptuous stay, while a dedicated workspace in one of the bedrooms means you can also use this spot as a home base for a working vacation.

A shared gym with a dry sauna, plus a pool area that includes four separate hot tubs are building amenities. Restaurants, shops, and a convenience store are also right downstairs. 

Trendy apartment in Miami

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If you’re looking to take advantage of Miami’s vibrant art district, consider a base in vibrant Wynwood. This listing is just a short walk from the revered Wynwood Walls, which are an anchor of the local art scene, surrounded by plenty of shops and restaurants.

The home harbors the same aesthetic of Wynwood itself: young, hip, and trendy. Its four-guest capacity is perfect for small groups (despite only having one bedroom), and the apartment is part of a larger complex with a pool and gym. 

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Relaxed pad in Fort Lauderdale

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The granite kitchen, serene bathroom, and in-unit washer/dryer all make this home a great pick for a week-long stay for up to four guests. The interiors are thoroughly modern with a tile backsplash in the kitchen, a long kitchen island that doubles as a bar with black stools, and uniquely tiled flooring in the bedroom.

Past guests praise the shower as the highlight, with one describing it as “a dream shower with great pressure.” The fenced-in pool is shared only between three units, so it’s easier to maintain social distance than at a larger complex. There’s also a backyard with a pool, grill, and lounge chairs.

Modern apartment near Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale

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This home is an elegant base in the upscale Colee Hammock neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale. Built in the 1960s, the building was crafted a huge oak tree in the courtyard.

Inside, you’ll find uniquely shaped rooms and minimalistic but updated decor that still has beachy flair via palm-print wallpaper in the white kitchen and a leopard rug in the living area.  A private patio adds additional hangout space, complete with a charming hammock. 

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This contemporary house is right near the beach and is especially ideal for families. It features plenty of space for spreading out and one room with Twin-size beds that’s just right for kids. The open-concept living area includes a media console and comfy couch for at-home movie nights, and the modern kitchen is great for enjoying meals in.

Large sliding glass doors lead to a fenced-in yard with a private pool and huge patio area that includes a gas grill. If you’re driving here, you’ll especially enjoy that this home has a driveway for free and easy parking. 

Sleek luxury condo in Hollywood

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For those who want to enjoy all Fort Lauderdale has to offer at a quieter home base, consider staying at this spot in Hollywood, which is only a 25-minute drive away.

With a minimalistic kitchen and waterfront terrace, this condo embraces luxury with hotel-like perks such as an inviting pool, hot tub, gym, and tennis court. It’s directly on the beach, making it easy to maximize your time on the sand. Best for couples, it houses up to two guests.

Decor is stylish but inviting, with neutral furnishings accented by beachy and bright photographs. There’s also a small balcony complete with two chairs for enjoying the views.

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Condo with pool near Disney Springs in Orlando

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You won’t have to worry about traveling too far to hit the theme parks at this condo that’s just one mile from Disney Springs.

This place is packed with great family amenities, including a shared, on-site pool. The apartment itself features a private hot tub, bunk beds for the kids tucked in the hall, and a plush King-size bed for parents in the bedroom. Contemporary decor, like an elegant gray couch, glass dining table, and pop art pieces, add an upscale feel. There’s even a small balcony for enjoying the view.

Palm Beach-style apartment in Orlando

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Get a taste of vintage Florida charm in this high-end kitsch space with bright colors everywhere you look. A light blue couch is accented by pink floral pillows, while an egg chair in the corner and turquoise stools are equally eye-catching seating options. 

This listing is especially ideal for couples looking for a quirky and fun stay. It’s located in Winter Park just outside downtown Orlando, making it great for nights out enjoying the dining and nightlife scene of the area. But if the beach is on your radar, the apartment also provides complimentary beach essentials for you to use during your stay.

Huge townhouse with a private pool in Orlando

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This an appealing listing for numerous reasons, especially for large families or pods of friends traveling together. The interiors are sophisticated with leather sofas earth-toned accents throughout.

But it has a playful side too, with some of the bedrooms including Star Wars and Disney motifs that kids will surely love. Another major draw here is the private pool, ideal for a lazy day at home or cooling off after a busy day at the parks.

Lake Buena Vista and all its attractions are right at your fingertips making this listing’s location an equally attractive reason to book. 

There’s scattered availability over the next few months, with full availability starting in August.

Spacious townhouse for Disney families in Kissimmee

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This huge, five-bedroom townhouse is only five miles from Walt Disney World. It’s well-equipped with a full-sized kitchen and themed bedrooms for the kids or kids at heart, decked out in full Disney paraphernalia.

When you inevitably tire out from the theme parks, retreat to this cozy space or take a dip in the community’s on-site pool. However, it’s worth checking with the host on if the space is currently open.

Harry Potter-inspired home in Kissimmee

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Harry Potter fans, we’ve found the ultimate house for a future visit to Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Just a 10-minute drive to the theme park, every inch of this home is covered in Hogwarts nostalgia and can accommodate up to 13 wizards or muggles with five themed bedrooms.

One reviewer raves: “This place is simply one of a kind, location is great and the communication with Sofi was outstanding. Despite having nine guests nobody felt cramped and all which is a testament to how well the property is designed. This is the Gold standard for being a host.”

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Studio near Duval in Key West

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This cozy apartment is small but expertly laid out to maximize space. It includes a comfy Queen-size bed, a full kitchen with modern granite countertops, a separate dining area, and an oversized wardrobe for easy unpacking. It even has a small, furnished deck that’s an ideal spot for your morning coffee.

This home’s best amenity is its location. Found just a block from Duval Street, the lively main drag, you’ll be close to many of Key West’s top attractions. As an added bonus, it also comes with a free and private parking spot.

Resort-style apartment in Key Largo

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The idyllic Florida Keys are known for remote scenery and relaxed vibes, and this property makes it easy to savor both. The apartment is actually part of a beach resort with breathtaking views, beach access, a great pool and hot tub, as well as tennis courts, though you should confirm their operation with the host before booking.

It’s newer to Airbnb so reviews are limited, but the resort itself has an 8.0 rating on Booking. Aside from the basics, the resort also offers many perks, such as a poolside bar, an on-site restaurant, decks for fishing and boating, and grills. 

The apartment itself has a modern kitchen with high-end appliances, and includes beachy details like starfish lamps, palm leaf-patterned bedding, and ocean-themed artwork.

Sailing yacht in Key West

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Three bedroom sailing yacht, $224

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For a truly unique stay, consider this spacious sailing yacht. The ship is more spacious than you might think, with three full bedrooms that feature a Queen, Full, and Twin beds. 

The vintage Mason boat is decked out in midcentury modern furnishings with fun turquoise accents and wood trim. Enjoy a meal with a view in the cozy eating nook that features big windows. There’s a four-burner gas stove, an oven, and a refrigerator and freezer in addition to a grill for making meals onboard. 

When you’re ready to enjoy the ocean, just hop right into the water.

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Waterfront home on Pine Island

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Found on Pine Island not far from Fort Myers, this Airbnb is an ideal stay for anyone seeking a getaway surrounded by nature where they can easily hit the water. Take a ride along a bike trail that runs the full 18-mile length of the island, or hike within the numerous nearby nature preserves.  

But you can also enjoy the water right outside the front door here. This home is right on its own dock and comes with kayaks and paddleboards. Boat rentals are also available for fishing trips or sailing. Lucky guests might even catch dolphins swimming by.

The home itself is lovely with floor-to-ceiling windows to highlight the water views.  Two modestly-sized bedrooms come with Queen beds, and there is a pull-out sofa for any extra guests.

Chic apartment in Tampa

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Hardwood floors, a gorgeous kitchen, and minimalist lighting — you might want to live here. This apartment fit for four people is sophisticated and includes amenities like a lovely balcony, community pool, gym, and grill, and the host recently noted that the pool is now open for guests, though the gym and some other amenities remain closed until further notice.

It’s also a quick five-minute drive to downtown Tampa. If this home gets snatched up, the Superhost also lists some other beautiful properties around Tampa. 

Home with tennis and beach access in Sanibel Island

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Found on picturesque Sanibel island, this sun-filled home makes it easy to enjoy the tropical vibes. Just right for those seeking a quieter escape, the house is in a lush residential neighborhood lined with trees. Staying here comes with perks like access to a community pool and tennis courts, and it’s also just a short bike ride or walk to Bowman’s Beach.

Double-height ceilings, floor-to-ceiling patio doors, and terra cotta tile give the living room a breezy feel. There’s a well-appointed kitchen and breakfast area, and a screened-in porch has an additional table and chairs for dining or entertaining.

This property is also pet-friendly for those traveling with four-legged friends.

Waterfront home in Clearwater

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This listing is self-described by the host as “the perfect space for a couple” and comes complete with a waterfront view, beach chairs, and the option to rent jet skis and paddle boards.

Time spent on land will also be positive, based on past guest reviews noting the studio’s cleanliness, coziness, and proximity to Clearwater’s shops and restaurants. The studio has a minimalist chic aesthetic with an entirely wooden wall behind the bed, a midcentury modern-style armchair, and wall sconce light fixtures.

Spacious waterfront home with private pool in Marco Island

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Ideal for large families or big groups there’s plenty of space to entertain and spread out here. The sprawling first floor features an open kitchen and two living areas, each with plush couches, coffee tables, and beach-chic decor, including white wicker furniture and pale blue accents. 

In the backyard, take a dip in the 23-foot heated pool or just enjoy the canal views from the large screened-in porch. When you’re ready to hit the beach, the garage is stocked with a beach cart, beach chairs, sun tent, and bicycles. 

Located on a waterway where fishing and kayaking are encouraged (in fact the house has fishing poles and kayaks and life jackets for guests to use), the house is also just a 15-minute walk to Tigertail Beach and the JW Marriott on Marco Island.

Quaint studio in Sarasota, $252

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This cute and cozy Sarasota home has all the makings of a tranquil couple’s weekend. Facing the Gulf of Mexico, the waterfront studio comes complete with the necessary items to relax and escape, such as a deck dotted with beach chairs, chaise lounges on the water, and even complimentary housekeeping, if you want to request it.

While it does have a full kitchen, the apartment isn’t huge, so it’s best for couples or solo travelers.

Beachy condo in Panama City Beach, $228

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Panama City has long been the epicenter of spring break activity in Florida, but lately its turned its party reputation around and become a quieter destination for families, too. In line with that, this picturesque beach house promises to be far more peaceful than you might expect of PC.

Drink your morning coffee while gazing out at the ocean from the waterfront balcony, or grab an appropriately-spaced chair by the beach or pool. With a King-sized bed and bunk beds, it accommodates up to six guests and would be great for families or small groups. 

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FAQ

When is the best time to visit Florida?

The best time to visit Florida is from October through May. June through August is typically humid and there are high chances of a tropical storm. However, that means summer is the best time to find deals, while the winter sees prices surge. 

Where should I stay in Florida?

The best place to stay in Florida depends entirely on your vacation plans and needs. If you want to visit Disney and the other theme parks, you’ll want to be in Orlando or Kissimmee. 

Gulf Coast beach areas offer soft white-sands and turquoise waters that rival the Caribbean. Clearwater, Destin, Naples, and Marco, and Sanibel Island are all popular and beautiful areas.

Of course, if you prefer the big cities and plenty of art, culture, and nightlife, then Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota, Tampa, or West Palm Beach will be especially appealing. 

What is there to do in Florida?

Florida is best known for its beaches on both coasts. But there’s plenty to do beyond sunbathing and burying your toes in the sand (though there’s nothing wrong with just doing that!).

Of course, there are the theme parks, including Disney World, Universal, Epcot, Legoland, and so many more. In Miami, you can wander through the murals of Wynwood, eat at world-class restaurants, shop at upscale boutiques, and enjoy the nightlife and lively clubs. The so-called Space Coast gets its name thanks to the Kennedy Space Center, which you can visit.

Nature lovers can explore the Everglades, float on a tube down a river in Ginnie Springs, swim with manatees, snorkel, or head out on a fishing excursion. There is also plenty to do off-shore, from chartering a fishing boat to snorkeling at an artificial reef.

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Disney World is phasing out temperature checks for guests on entry, but will keep them for areas of its Florida resort

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  • Disney World will slowly drop temperature checks for guests on entry, but will keep them in some areas.
  • Florida Orange County Department of Health said temperature checks are unnecessary and wasteful, WFTV reported.
  • Disney Land in California opened at 25% capacity last week.
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Disney World said it will start to phase out temperature checks for guests from this weekend.

“Following the advice of the CDC and our local health officials, we will phase out onsite temperature screenings at Walt Disney World Resort for Cast Members beginning May 8 and Guests on May 16,” Disney World said in a statement on its website.

Guests will still be asked to wear face masks, except when eating, drinking, or taking photos outside at the Orlando-based resort.

Social distancing rules will also be reduced from 6 feet to 3 feet, after reopening in July last year.

Dr. Raul Pino, health officer for the Orange County Department of Health, said last week that checking temperatures “makes no difference” and could be a waste of resources, WFTV reported.

Temperature screenings will still be required for entry to some locations, including at the resort’s hotel restaurants.

Guests with a temperature 100.4 F or above will not be allowed entry, along with the rest of their party, the statement said.

California-based Disney Land reopened last week at 25% capacity. The park is open to California residents only.

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Tech jobs, sun, and no income tax: experts explain why Florida is poised to keep growing even after the pandemic

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Florida’s population grew by 2.7 million over the last decade.

  • Florida’s population grew by 14.6% in the last decade – and the pandemic has accelerated this.
  • The state famously has no personal-income tax, and its banking and finance industries are booming.
  • But the rise in remote working, its lack of lockdown, and attractive house prices are also drawing people in.
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More and more workers are moving to Florida during the pandemic – and the sunny climate isn’t the only reason why.

Top companies are opening new offices in the state, and the rise in remote working is giving staff more freedom to choose where they want to live.

Florida’s population grew by 2.7 million – or 14.6% – between 2010 and 2020, according to US Census data. This is double the rate of overall US population growth.

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“It’s not just retirees – it’s tech workers leaving San Francisco,” John Boyd, the CEO of Boyd Consultancy, said.

Businesses are flocking to Florida

“Florida certainly has a winning formula for business attraction,” Boyd told Insider.

In particular, Florida is becoming a hotspot for banking and financial services, while Miami is as emerging as “one of the hottest new tech hubs in North America today,” he said.

Hedge fund Elliott Management is moving its headquarters to West Palm Beach, private-equity firm Blackstone plans to open an office in Miami, and Goldman Sachs is considering the state for its asset management division. Even Subway is shifting some business units to Miami.

Software company Civix and Sonesta International Hotels are opening new offices in Orlando, too.

Deloitte has invested $63 million in Orlando since 2014, while KMPG chose Orlando for its $450 million global training center, which Barnes said is the largest capital investment in KMPG history, according to Casey Barnes, vice president of business development at the Orlando Economic Partnership.

Colliers previously told Insider that interest from out-of-state firms in South Florida real estate is “torrential” – and they’re looking for much bigger officers than before, too.

Average salaries are climbing

As these businesses open offices in Florida, the job-market in the state is booming, too.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of job search engine Adzuna, told Insider Florida’s job vacancies are back at pre-pandemic levels and the number of unemployed is reaching record lows while average city salaries are climbing.

The number of financial-services employees in Florida has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels with nearly 600,000 people working in the sector. New York, on the other hand, is rebounding much slower, and still has around 30,000 fewer employees in the sector than it did in early 2020, according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Casey Barnes, vice president of business development at the Orlando Economic Partnership, told Insider that Deloitte has created more than 2,200 new jobs in the city since 2014, while KMPG chose Orlando for its $450 million global training center, which Barnes said is the largest capital investment in KMPG history.

Adzuna said that tech company Oracle is the top company hiring in Florida on its site. Boyd said that financial services and tech workers are leaving cities like Boston, Chicago, and New York to move to Florida, but some are coming from overseas in India and Brazil, too.

And billionaires including Charles Schwab, Carl Icahn, Tom Brady, and Peter Thiel have all bought homes in the state.

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Activist investor Carl Icahn moved his eponymous company to Miami earlier this year.

And it’s not just finance and tech workers who are benefitting from Florida’s growing economy. The state is also hiking up its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2026, too.

Working remotely gives people more freedom

The rise of remote working has also made it easier for workers to relocate independently of their employers.

Boyd said that the pandemic has created “a time of historic mobility for both companies and people.” Companies are increasingly letting staff work from home on a permanent basis, which allows them to save on real estate costs, he said.

There is growing momentum for companies to let employees work from home permanently. Facebook, Twitter, Salesforce, and Ford have said their employees can remotely post-pandemic, and some companies are canceling office leases.

“Orlando was an ideal place to live, work, and play prior to COVID-19, and the region’s offerings will only be more valuable to professionals in the pandemic’s wake,” Barnes told Insider.

This was something Alexandra Scherbich, global head of B2B marketing at Tenth Revolution Group, found when she relocated to Tampa from London in April 2019. She told Insider that managing her colleagues in the UK could be challenging from abroad because of the time zone differences, but that she is able to now dedicate her afternoons to meetings with clients on the West Coast, which would have been much harder in the UK because of the eight-hour time difference.

Florida has a pro-business environment

Florida famously doesn’t have a personal income tax, and this is one of the major motivators for migration, Boyd told Insider. He added that many people moving to the state come from high-tax states that don’t have such a pro-business environment, like Connecticut and New Jersey, as well as New York, which recently announced plans to bump up its income-tax rates for its wealthiest residents.

“And the other part of all this is, you know, economic development really comes down to leadership at the end of the day,” Boyd said.

“Governor DeSantis is a good salesman-in-chief of the state of Florida,” he said. He added that Miami’s Mayor Francis Suarez was positioning the city as a major tech market.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Florida has sun, sea, and no lockdown

Florida has also remained largely open during the pandemic compared to other states. This led to people choosing to make Florida their primary residence for the pandemic, Kelly Smallridge, CEO of the Business Development Board (BDB) of Palm Beach County, told Insider.

When people relocated to Florida, they started enrolling their children at nearby schools, and soon found themselves settled down in the state, Smallridge said.

Barnes said that many companies are choosing to expand in or relocate to Florida because “they see it as a destination that will attract workers and their families.”

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Florida’s lifestyle also attracts people to the state.

“Most executives will go take a swim in the beach before they even go to work,” BDB’s Smallridge said. “And, you know, they never have to shovel snow and they don’t have to ride with the subway.”

Scherbich said that, alongside work opportunities, the climate was part of her reason for migrating. She added that she’s settled into the city well and that it has a large UK expatriate community.

Housing and living costs are lower than New York

House prices have gone up around 10% over the past year as more people move to the state, but Florida still has a “very attractive” real-estate market compared to some other major markets in the US, Boyd said, adding that there are affordable housing options “in virtually all parts of Florida.”

The average price for a house in Florida is $277,429, rising to $323,094 in Palm Beach County and $407,245 in Miami, according to data from Zillow. In New York, in comparison, average house prices are $323,094 for the city and $649,490 for the state.

And it isn’t just houses that cost less in the Sunshine Site. Overall living costs in Orlando are 6% lower than the US average, Barnes said.

Florida’s transport networks are growing

There are a lot of transport developments in the pipeline for Florida, too, Boyd said. This includes Brightline, a rail system with investments from Richard Branson’s Virgin, which connects Miami to West Palm Beach, with expansion plans Orlando and Tampa.

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The Boring Company is also building a tunnel in Las Vegas.

And North Miami Beach official told Insider’s Grace Kay the city is in early talks with Elon Musk’s The Boring Company over a possible plan to build a one- to two-mile tunnel to tackle congestion.

The state has more than 100 public airports, and Tampa’s direct flights to London were part of Scherbich’s decision to relocate to the city.

Orlanda in particular bills itself as the “tomorrowland of transportation,” Barnes said. This includes serving as a hub for one of the world’s first jet-powered flying taxis, which will depart from more than 10 locations across Florida. The aircrafts by German startup Lilium will be based at Orlando’s Lake Nona, which Barnes said it “a growing testbed” for smart city technology.

“The signal is really ahead of the curve,” Boyd said.

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The best non-theme park hotels in Orlando and Kissimmee for amazing pools, spas, golf, and cheaper prices

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  • With warm weather and iconic theme parks, Orlando is one of the world’s most popular tourist spots.
  • Many hotels are Walt Disney World resorts, but there are plenty of choices outside the parks, too.
  • We picked the best hotels in the Orlando and Kissimmee area priced under $200 for your next trip.

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I’ve been visiting and editing guidebooks about Orlando for 15 years, and have witnessed Orlando and adjacent Kissimmee evolve dramatically, with a healthy mix of new resorts, independent lodging, and national hotel chains, and most offer some kind of shuttle service to the big theme parks.

Though many come to the Orlando area for the theme parks, alternative hotel options are growing and staying off-site means cheaper prices, varied accommodations, and higher-value food and drink, all without the immediate, looming presence of The Mouse. Though, if you’re looking for the best Walt Disney World hotels and resorts, we have those, too.

Browse all the best Orlando hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best hotels in Orlando, sorted by price from low to high.

B Resort & Spa

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There’s a charming retro feel to the exterior of this Disney Springs-area hotel, a nod to its former life as the Royal Plaza (the place was fully renovated in 2014). Though it’s actually a Disney-owned property, it hardly feels it compared to other theme park hotels and you’d never know thanks to interior elements such as gleaming marble, by multi-colored chairs, and oversized lamps in the lobby. 

The property confidently walks a fine line between adult and family-friendly, with fun amenities such as iPads to borrow and a Kids Zone video game arcade. The pool area, which many rooms face, is zero-entry with a classic, Miami-style look filled with palm trees, sleek lines, and a bar. 

The rooms are large and airy, with dark blues and grays standing out against white walls and light fittings. They’re sizeable enough for families and come replete with Aveda toiletries.

COVID-19 procedures are available here

Castle Hotel

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This International Drive hotel was previously considered to be solidly in the tacky-kitsch arena, but after a 2013 multi-million dollar renovation, it has been elevated into Marriott Bonvoy’s prestigious Autograph Collection.

Gone are the cartoonish pinks and purple accents, replaced by elegant whites and silvers, flanked by striking towers that conjure up a castle-like image. Though stepping into the lobby is more akin to entering the world’s most glamorous hunting lodge, with shiny furniture, chandeliers, and mirrors mixing with deer skulls. The sophisticated rustic mix continues in guest rooms, which feature intricately carved wooden headboards.

Guests can loll by the alluring circular pool, which boasts a dolphin-themed fountain as its centerpiece or take a break in the spa or gym facilities. There is also a bistro restaurant and a cocktail lounge.  

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Caribe Royale Orlando

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There’s really no missing this huge pink complex that’s just a five-minute drive from EPCOT. It’s classier than it sounds, though, and the resort’s Italianate lobby is suitably plush with a hexagonal skylight and opulent greenery. 

The rooms are largely neutral with lots of space and comfortable living areas, especially in the family-sized apartment-style suites. Families and convention guests are kept largely to their own towers, which helps keep it from feeling overrun. 

The dining highlight is the Venetian Chop House, a decadently furnished, award-winning restaurant with crystal chandeliers and wood-paneled booths. There are a handful of more casual options, too. 

Another stand-out amenity is the resort’s pool area with interactive play areas, waterfalls, and an impressive 65-foot water slide. There are also tennis and basketball courts, a gym, spa, as well as fishing (catch and release), and a mile-long jogging and biking trail. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort

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This Hilton resort shares convention and other facilities with its sister property, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, and offers almost comparable levels of comfort and amenities with a more family-friendly slant. 

The lobby feels bright and spacious thanks to pastel shades and pale stone floors that reflect the daylight. The ceilings feature striking (but not racy) murals of women in vintage bathing costumes. The rooms are perfectly comfortable, if unremarkable, but do come with Hilton’s Serenity beds, and some offer views of fireworks from the surrounding parks. 

The main draw, especially for families, is the pool area with a lazy river, water slides, and cabanas. Guests can also make use of the golf course and spa, which are amenities that are shared with the Waldorf Astoria. 

Also shared are the varied dining options, though the on-site Italian bistro, La Luce, comes highly recommended and is operated by Napa Valley chef and restaurateur Donna Scala.

COVID-19 procedures are available here

Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center

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Run by Marriott and primarily geared to convention-goers, the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center also offers close proximity to Disney and an impressive array of amenities that will appeal to families and adult business travelers. 

The approach has the air of an upscale country club, with palatial spaces, columns, and marble. The hotel also boasts a unique four-and-a-half acre atrium housing a Floridian eco-system of gators, fish, caves, and sand sculptures, among many other things. Guests can visit various themed sections such as Everglades, St Augustine, Key West, etc. 

All rooms were renovated in 2012 and sleep up to five people. Many have atrium views and private balconies, as well as noticeably pleasant granite-topped bathrooms. 

The hotel’s five restaurants include a steakhouse, Caribbean bistro, and a seafood restaurant, part of which is a replica sailboat. The pool area is a mini water park and there’s also an adults-only pool for relaxing.  

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

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Part of Marriott’s niche Kessler Collection, this property in downtown Orlando is steeped in the portfolio’s usual esoteric design. The lobby is a symphony of red tiling and fabrics and dozens of paintings and sculptures add to the art-forward ambiance. It’s well worth taking a tour of the property’s impressively eclectic art collection. 

The rooms are swathed in plush velvet, and bold color choices such as purple and gold create a slightly kitschy, but decadent look that certainly stands out amid the usual Floridian design. In effect, this hotel feels more like a Vegas property than an Orlando one. 

The flagship restaurant, Boheme, serves modern American cuisine and is similarly sultry with dark woods and scarlet curtains. Its neighboring sister cocktail lounge is dominated by a Grand Bosendorfer Piano, which allows for a great Jazz Brunch at the weekend. 

The hotel’s rooftop pool is relatively modest by Orlando standards but is perfectly pleasant and heated year-round. The spa reflects the playful design of the hotel. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Reunion Resort & Golf Club

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This Wyndham Grand property just west of downtown Orlando is a favorite with golfers, offering three championship courses. The setting could not be more perfect in a plum spot amid two and half thousand acres of landscaped gentle hills. 

A grand, tree-lined driveway brings guests up to the looming towers of the main hotel, with the lobby stepping up the grandeur even more with chandeliers and shining marble floors. 

The main building houses one and two-bedroom suites, while family-sized villas towards the golf courses are also available. All accommodations are fitted to a very high standard with gold and beige color palettes and dark wood finishes that really drive home the sense of quality. The villas are large enough to entertain with high-end granite kitchens. 

Three golf courses are the main attraction, designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tom Watson, and there are a number of swimming pools, as well as a spa and gym. The 11th-floor restaurant, Eleven, serves a gourmet American menu and Italian and sushi options are available elsewhere on-site.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

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The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is probably as close to Disney as you can get without actually being part of the campus. Its 1,500-acre sprawl is jam-packed with so many amenities that even the normally-dreaded resort fee seems reasonable. The overall aesthetic is a little 1990s but there are so many distractions that guests will soon overlook it. 

The guest rooms replicate Hyatt’s Asian-influenced, sleek design with rain showers, private balconies, and a chaise lounge. Rooms on the upper floors enjoy the bonus of being able to see the fireworks from Disney and EPCOT, and most rooms overlook the on-site lake. 

The jewel in the amenities crown is the lagoon-style pool complex, which has water slides, waterfalls, and caves and is arguably the best resort pool in the city. On land, there are tennis courts, biking trails, rock climbing, and 45 holes of golf. Hemingway’s is the signature restaurant, serving elevated Floridian classics, and there are four other large eateries to explore. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

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A name made famous in New York stands as arguably the most luxurious hotel in Orlando. It echoes the original property with a golden dome and famous clock in the grand, circular lobby and monochrome floor tiles in guest rooms. But unlike New York, this Florida outpost comes with the added bonus of a world-class golf course attached to the hotel, with beautiful links that endow the place with a scenic view. 

Beige and gold accents mean guest rooms bathe in a regal light and enjoy high-end linens, toiletries, Italian marble bathroom fittings, and the technical amenities expected from this lofty brand.

The hotel’s signature restaurants set the dining standard in the region with an on-site steakhouse, Bull and Bear. A dozen more casual options (some shared with neighboring sister property Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek) offer every option from Italian to sushi and coffee. Two large pools are classically glamorous, and the spa is indulgent with a full menu of treatments, some of which employ decadent local ingredients like Florida honey. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

More on the methodology behind our hotel choices

My experience: I’ve been visiting Orlando and writing about hotels in the area for 15 years. I’ve been to most of these hotels myself and can vouch for their value and hospitality.

COVID-19: We only selected hotels that prioritize the health and safety of their guests with new cleaning policies.

Amenities: Knowing that not everyone comes to Orlando to go to theme parks, we selected hotels that have a wealth of on-site amenities from lavish pool complexes with water parks to sumptuous spas, world-class golf courses, buzzy dining, kids clubs, and excellent fitness facilities.

Location: But if you do want to hit the theme parks, they’re very close and most hotels offer shuttles to avoid the hassle of parking.

Value: We chose hotels that are not only cheaper than most within theme park limits, but offer larger, more up-to-date rooms alongside excellent services and amenities. 

Ratings: We researched reviews and ratings on trusted traveler sites such as Trip Advisor, Hotels.com, Booking.com.

Guests: Our best hotels in Orlando appeal to families, couples, business travelers, and more.

FAQ: The best hotels in Orlando

What is the best area to stay in Orlando, Florida?

If you want to go to the theme parks, Lake Buena Vista is as close as it gets. The nearby picture-perfect town of Celebration is a great place to stay if you want to be in the area, but not the thick of it. International Drive is home to tons of restaurants and shops and is also close, while Downtown Orlando has tons of non-theme park things to do.

Where should adults stay in Orlando, Florida?

Despite the kid-friendly approach of most hotels, many family-friendly resorts seek to attract adults without children by promoting features like adults-only pools and other grownup endeavors such as spas and golf.

How many hotels are in Orlando, Florida?

The Orlando metro area boasts well over 120,000 hotel rooms, the second-highest in the country behind Las Vegas. And although a substantial number of rooms are within Disney theme parks, the strong convention trade, as well as traveler needs, have driven the growth of high-quality hotels all over the city. 

How much does it cost to stay in Orlando, Florida?

Prices vary enormously, though non-Disney hotels are far cheaper than what you’ll find within the theme park grounds.

Peak season prices usually surge between mid-December to April and the period from March to May sees fewer crowds and pleasant temperatures. Summer will be cheapest but expect stormy humid weather.

However, anytime school is not in session, prices can rise to attract families with kids. Busy convention schedules may also drive up prices.

What is there to do in Orlando, Florida?

Orlando has been home to Walt Disney World since 1971, which expanded to open Epcot, Animal Kingdom, MGM Studios, and many shopping and entertainment complexes in addition to the Magic Kingdom.

But Disney is hardly the only theme park. Brands such as SeaWorld and Universal have also set up shop with the latter recently opening the wildly popular Harry Potter World.

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The 22 best Airbnbs in Florida, including an oceanview condo in Miami, a themed townhouse near Disney World, and a cottage in Key West

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Best Airbnbs in Florida for Spring Break

  • Despite the ongoing pandemic, many travelers are looking to book warm and sunny escapes to Florida.
  • According to experts, private Airbnbs are a safer option than hotels right now.
  • We gathered a list of top-rated Airbnbs across major destinations in Florida.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Sunshine State continues to eagerly welcome visitors since lifting most of its travel restrictions. And while many travelers are thirsting for a warm-weather escape or a trip to the beach, most vacationers have safety as a top priority right now.

Although vaccine rollouts have started, there is still no firm guarantee when it comes to travel safety. It’s crucial to follow guidelines and advice from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and practice safety measures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining social distancing. This is especially true when visiting popular and potential hotspot areas like Miami, which recently started enforcing curfews to curb crowds.

However, if you are considering a closer-to-home getaway or even a staycation, it’s worth noting that experts say private Airbnbs are likely safer than hotels. This is because entire homes with full-size kitchens reduce interactions with others, especially when compared to busy hotel lobbies and elevators. Airbnb also announced rigorous new procedures as part of its Enhanced Clean Program that all hosts must now follow.

With pandemic fatigue setting in, vacations within easy driving distances have been on the rise. Florida, in particular, is easily accessible from many American cities and an especially appealing option for East Coasters looking for some sunshine.

You can browse all the best Florida Airbnbs below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best Airbnbs in Florida, sorted by area and then price from low to high.

Cottage with a private pool in Miami, $132

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Book this cottage with a pool starting from $132 per night

Located near the trendy Brickell neighborhood in Miami, this home is named “La Casita Blanca” by the host for its all-white exteriors. It features modern decor throughout in soothing neutral tones, but here it’s really about enjoying time outside in the stunning and fenced-off yard. In addition to the lush lawn and garden wall, there’s a cute eating nook and lounge chairs for relaxing and soaking up some sunshine. 

When you’re ready to cool off, dive into the kidney-shaped pool featuring dolphin mosaic tiles. However, keep in mind that while this is a guest house that’s completely separate, the yard and pool are shared with the main house nearby. 

This home has wide availability starting at the end of June.

 

Cozy home in Miami, $143

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Book this Buena Vista home starting at $143 per night

Unlike many other Miami listings, this property offers the chance to stay in a house rather than an apartment. For this listing, it’s all in the details. The bright blue “Eat” sign in the kitchen matches blue accents that appear across the home, right down to the bowls in the cabinet. Beach towels, an umbrella, and beach blankets are provided, and a travel crib is also available for new parents.

Many reviewers cite the outdoor space as an advantage, specifically noting the various decks, grill, and even an outdoor garden as top features. One reviewer called the yard “gloriously tropical and serene; the photos simply don’t do it justice.”

The full-sized kitchen and washer/dryer make it a great fit for a week-long stay, and it’s walking distance to Midtown Miami and the Design District.

This home still has some dates in April and has plenty of availability from May onward.

Contemporary studio with views in Miami, $210

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Book this Miami apartment with views starting at $210 per night

Rated five stars for communication, check-in, and location, the apartment’s Superhost thinks of even the smallest of details, including a bottle of champagne upon arrival.

The apartment has a refreshingly clean, simple, and elegant feel with clear dining chairs, a small writing desk, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests also have access to a pool, hot tub, and gym, though those facilities may be impacted by COVID.

Coconut Grove is charming and full of shops and restaurants. If you seek the sand, the beach is just a short ride away.

This apartment has some availability starting in May.

Oceanview condo in Miami Beach, $356

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Book this beachfront apartment starting at $356 per night

Nothing is more pleasing than staying in an Airbnb that feels like a hotel and this property has all the makings of a dream beachfront stay.

The sleek, modern decor is coupled with resort-like amenities such as the pool, gym, and tennis courts, in addition to the prime beach location. It’s also likely cheaper than you’ll find at a nearby hotel in peak season.

This home has good availability over the next few months.

Trendy apartment in Miami, $362

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Book this Wynwood apartment starting at $362 per night

If you’re looking to take advantage of Miami’s vibrant art district, consider a base in vibrant Wynwood. This listing is just a short walk from the revered Wynwood Walls, which are an anchor of the local art scene, surrounded by plenty of shops and restaurants.

The home harbors the same aesthetic of Wynwood itself: young, hip, and trendy. Its four-guest capacity is perfect for small groups (despite only having one bedroom), and the apartment is part of a larger complex with a pool and gym. 

This home has wide availability starting in mid-April.

Art-filled condo in downtown Miami, $385

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Book this art-filled condo starting from $385 per night

The downtown Miami apartment features sleek white and gray interiors and plenty of contemporary art decking its walls. One serious perk is the huge, private balcony with views of the skyline and Biscayne Bay. King-size beds and a Roman tub for a sumptuous stay, while a dedicated workspace in one of the bedrooms means you can also use this spot as a home base for a working vacation.

A shared gym with a dry sauna, plus a pool area that includes four separate hot tubs are building amenities. Restaurants, shops, and a convenience store are also right downstairs. 

This home has good availability starting in May.

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Modern apartment near Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, $125

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Book this modern apartment starting from $125 per night

This home is an elegant base in the upscale Colee Hammock neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale. Built in the 1960s, the building was crafted a huge oak tree in the courtyard.

Inside, you’ll find uniquely shaped rooms and minimalistic but updated decor that still has beachy flair via palm-print wallpaper in the white kitchen and a leopard rug in the living area.  A private patio adds additional hangout space, complete with a charming hammock. 

The property has plenty of availability over the next few months.

Relaxed pad in Fort Lauderdale, $126

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Book this Fort Lauderdale apartment starting at $126 per night

The granite kitchen, serene bathroom, and in-unit washer/dryer all make this home a great pick for a week-long stay for up to four guests. The interiors are thoroughly modern with a tile backsplash in the kitchen, a long kitchen island that doubles as a bar with black stools, and uniquely tiled flooring in the bedroom.

Past guests praise the shower as the highlight, with one describing it as “a dream shower with great pressure.” The fenced-in pool is shared only between three units, so it’s easier to maintain social distance than at a larger complex. There’s also a backyard with a pool, grill, and lounge chairs.

This home still has scattered dates open, with more days opening up in May.

Beach house with private pool in Fort Lauderdale, $235

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This contemporary house is right near the beach and is especially ideal for families. It features plenty of space for spreading out and one room with Twin-size beds that’s just right for kids. The open-concept living area includes a media console and comfy couch for at-home movie nights, and the modern kitchen is great for enjoying meals in.

Large sliding glass doors lead to a fenced-in yard with a private pool and huge patio area that includes a gas grill. If you’re driving here, you’ll especially enjoy that this home has a driveway for free and easy parking. 

The property still has some availability during the months of May, June, and August but is booking up fast.

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Palm Beach-style apartment in Orlando, $95

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Book this retro apartment starting at $95 per night

Get a taste of vintage Florida charm in this high-end kitsch space with bright colors everywhere you look. A light blue couch is accented by pink floral pillows, while an egg chair in the corner and turquoise stools are equally eye-catching seating options. 

This listing is especially ideal for couples looking for a quirky and fun stay. It’s located in Winter Park just outside downtown Orlando, making it great for nights out enjoying the dining and nightlife scene of the area. But if the beach is on your radar, the apartment also provides complimentary beach essentials for you to use during your stay.

There are still scattered dates in April and May with a wide-open calendar starting in June.

Condo with pool near Disney Springs in Orlando, $110

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Book this condo near Disney Springs starting at $110 per night

You won’t have to worry about traveling too far to hit the theme parks at this condo that’s just one mile from Disney Springs.

This place is packed with great family amenities, including a shared, on-site pool. The apartment itself features a private hot tub, bunk beds for the kids tucked in the hall, and a plush King-size bed for parents in the bedroom. Contemporary decor, like an elegant gray couch, glass dining table, and pop art pieces, add an upscale feel. There’s even a small balcony for enjoying the view.

Located in a gated community, availability is good starting in April.

Huge townhouse with a private pool in Orlando, $231

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Book this townhouse starting at $231 per night

This an appealing listing for numerous reasons, especially for large families or pods of friends traveling together. The interiors are sophisticated with leather sofas earth-toned accents throughout.

But it has a playful side too, with some of the bedrooms including Star Wars and Disney motifs that kids will surely love. Another major draw here is the private pool, ideal for a lazy day at home or cooling off after a busy day at the parks.

Lake Buena Vista and all its attractions are right at your fingertips making this listing’s location an equally attractive reason to book. 

There’s scattered availability over the next few months, with full availability starting in August.

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Spacious townhouse for Disney families in Kissimmee, $186

Best Airbnbs for Spring Break in Florida

Book this Kissimmee townhouse starting at $186 per night

This huge, five-bedroom townhouse is only five miles from Walt Disney World. It’s well-equipped with a full-sized kitchen and themed bedrooms for the kids or kids at heart, decked out in full Disney paraphernalia.

When you inevitably tire out from the theme parks, retreat to this cozy space or take a dip in the community’s on-site pool. However, it’s worth checking with the host on if the space is currently open.

This home still has good availability over the next few months.

Harry Potter-inspired home in Kissimmee, $368

Best Airbnbs in Florida for Spring Break

Book this Kissimmee home starting at $368 per night

Harry Potter fans, we’ve found the ultimate house for a future visit to Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Just a 10-minute drive to the theme park, every inch of this home is covered in Hogwarts nostalgia and can accommodate up to 13 wizards or muggles with five themed bedrooms.

One reviewer raves: “This place is simply one of a kind, location is great and the communication with Sofi was outstanding. Despite having nine guests nobody felt cramped and all which is a testament to how well the property is designed. This is the Gold standard for being a host.”

This home still has some availability in April, with more dates open in May and beyond.

Studio near Duval in Key West, $135

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Central based studio one block from Duval, $147

Book this central Key West studio starting from $135 per night

This cozy apartment is small but expertly laid out to maximize space. It includes a comfy Queen-size bed, a full kitchen with modern granite countertops, a separate dining area, and an oversized wardrobe for easy unpacking. It even has a small, furnished deck that’s an ideal spot for your morning coffee.

This home’s best amenity is its location. Found just a block from Duval Street, the lively main drag, you’ll be close to many of Key West’s top attractions. As an added bonus, it also comes with a free and private parking spot.

This spot is popular, but has a few scattered dates open over the next few months.

Sailing yacht in Key West, $220

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Three bedroom sailing yacht, $224

Book this sailing yacht starting from $220 per night 

For a truly unique stay, consider this spacious sailing yacht. The ship is more spacious than you might think, with three full bedrooms that feature a Queen, Full, and Twin beds. 

The vintage Mason boat is decked out in midcentury modern furnishings with fun turquoise accents and wood trim. Enjoy a meal with a view in the cozy eating nook that features big windows. There’s a four-burner gas stove, an oven, and a refrigerator and freezer in addition to a grill for making meals onboard. 

When you’re ready to enjoy the ocean, just hop right into the water.

This boat has a few open dates in May and June, with more dates opening up starting in July.

Resort-style apartment in Key Largo, $324

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Book this Tavernier apartment starting at $324 per night

The idyllic Florida Keys are known for remote scenery and relaxed vibes, and this property makes it easy to savor both. The apartment is actually part of a beach resort with breathtaking views, beach access, a great pool and hot tub, as well as tennis courts, though you should confirm their operation with the host before booking.

It’s newer to Airbnb so reviews are limited, but the resort itself has an 8.0 rating on Booking. Aside from the basics, the resort also offers many perks, such as a poolside bar, an on-site restaurant, decks for fishing and boating, and grills. 

The apartment itself has a modern kitchen with high-end appliances, and includes beachy details like starfish lamps, palm leaf-patterned bedding, and ocean-themed artwork.

This home has availability starting in May.

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Chic apartment in Tampa, $161

Best Airbnbs for Spring Break in Florida

Book this Tampa apartment starting at $161 per night

Hardwood floors, a gorgeous kitchen, and minimalist lighting — you might want to live here. This apartment fit for four people is sophisticated and includes amenities like a lovely balcony, community pool, gym, and grill, and the host recently noted that the pool is now open for guests, though the gym and some other amenities remain closed until further notice.

It’s also a quick five-minute drive to downtown Tampa. If this home gets snatched up, the Superhost also lists some other beautiful properties around Tampa. 

This home still has a few openings in April and more dates open starting in May.

Beachy condo in Panama City Beach, $228

Best Airbnbs in Florida for Spring Break

Book this Panama City Beach condo starting at $228 per night

Panama City has long been the epicenter of spring break activity in Florida, but lately its turned its party reputation around and become a quieter destination for families, too. In line with that, this picturesque beach house promises to be far more peaceful than you might expect of PC.

Drink your morning coffee while gazing out at the ocean from the waterfront balcony, or grab an appropriately-spaced chair by the beach or pool. With a King-sized bed and bunk beds, it accommodates up to six guests and would be great for families or small groups. 

This home is popular and largely booked up, but still has a few scattered dates in April.

Quaint studio in Sarasota, $252

Best Airbnbs for Spring Break in Florida

Book this Sarasota studio starting at $252 per night

This cute and cozy Sarasota home has all the makings of a tranquil couple’s weekend. Facing the Gulf of Mexico, the waterfront studio comes complete with the necessary items to relax and escape, such as a deck dotted with beach chairs, chaise lounges on the water, and even complimentary housekeeping, if you want to request it.

While it does have a full kitchen, the apartment isn’t huge, so it’s best for couples or solo travelers.

This home has good availability over the next few months.

Sleek luxury condo in Hollywood, $292

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Book this Hollywood condo starting at $292 per night

With a minimalistic kitchen and waterfront terrace, this condo embraces luxury with hotel-like perks such as an inviting pool, hot tub, gym, and tennis court. It’s directly on the beach, making it easy to maximize your time on the sand. Best for couples, it houses up to two guests.

Decor is stylish but inviting, with neutral furnishings accented by beachy and bright photographs. There’s also a small balcony complete with two chairs for enjoying the views.

This home has availability in April, but is booking up quickly for summer.

Waterfront home in Clearwater, $313

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Book this Clearwater home starting at $313 per night

This listing is self-described by the host as “the perfect space for a couple” and comes complete with a waterfront view, beach chairs, and the option to rent jet skis and paddle boards.

Time spent on land will also be positive, based on past guest reviews noting the studio’s cleanliness, coziness, and proximity to Clearwater’s shops and restaurants. The studio has a minimalist chic aesthetic with an entirely wooden wall behind the bed, a midcentury modern-style armchair, and wall sconce light fixtures.

This home has good availability over the next few months.

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The best US destinations to travel to in March, plus where to stay and socially distant activities to enjoy

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  • Traveling in March can mean big savings for those comfortable with hitting the road right now. 
  • With safety in mind, these spots have fantastic outdoor activities and socially distant dining options. 
  • We found top US vacations for March, from mountains for the end of ski season to warm getaways.

With the ongoing pandemic, most travelers are still turning to domestic destinations, road trips, and locations that offer easy social distancing and access to the outdoors. As we approach the one-year mark of many of the early shutdowns, and with spring breaks for kids quickly approaching, many travelers and families are seeking safe vacation options for a change of scenery.

Below, we highlight some of the best places to travel in March, whether it’s to take advantage of savings, catch the tail end of ski season, or warm up with some sun. All of our choices are domestic options that offer plenty to do outdoors, which we detail below, along with socially distant dining options and top hotels to stay at.

However, you may also want to consider booking an Airbnb, since most are offering contactless check-in and experts and the CDC have noted private vacation rentals are often a safer option than hotels due to limiting contact with others.

It’s also worth noting that traveling at all during this time comes with inherent risks, and every traveler needs to evaluate these at a personal level for themselves and their loved ones. We always recommend following guidelines from the CDC, wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands frequently. 

That said, if you do decide to travel, March proves itself as an especially great time to get in on deals, especially in destinations where the month is considered shoulder season. In popular mountain towns, where prime ski season conditions with warmer days on the slopes are a possibility, many rates are below their January and February peak. Plus, there’s plenty of savings to be found in coastal retreats and sun-filled destinations.

Across the US, these are some of the best places to travel in March, including top hotels to stay in for each destination.

Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley, Indiana

Already bought your EPIC ski pass this season? You’re in luck, as Sun Valley Resort, which is celebrating its 85th season, won’t require reservations here if you have one, making this the ultimate destination for that last-minute ski trip. Those with Epic passes can also save 20% on lodging at Sun Valley Resort through the end of the 2021 ski season.

If you’re not into downhill skiing, Sun Valley also has impressive cross-country skiing, which you can take on solo or with a guide from Sawtooth Mountain Guides. Starting from the snow-dusted Galena Lodge, you can access the North Valley Trail System for snowshoeing and over 25 kilometers of packed trails that are right for every experience level.

And if you’re wondering if skiing is safe right now, the good news is that experts say the answer is largely yes, as long as proper precautions are taken.

Other highlights in Sun Valley include Sun Valley Lodge’s outdoor ice rink, a postcard-worthy scene with snowy mountain peaks in the backdrop, as well as nighttime stargazing at Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, the only recognized International Dark Sky Reserve in the US.

For those who are seeking some urban glamour and shopping, head downtown to unique storefronts. Visit Earl’s Authentic Clothing for quality men’s woven shirts and denim, Gilman Contemporary Gallery for art and exhibitions of established and up-and-coming artists, Independent Goods for hand-crafted pieces, and Silver Creek Outfitters for gear and mountain-inspired decor. 

Where to stay in Sun Valley

Limelight Hotel Ketchum near Sun Valley, ID

The Sun Valley Lodge is somewhat of a cult classic. Dubbed America’s first ski resort, its charming history that dates back to 1936 is well preserved, even if today the rooms are comfortable, contemporary, and alpine-inspired. Rates start from $297. 

Trendy and with plenty of perks, the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum offers guests dedicated shuttles to Sun Valley Ski Resort as well as around town, has outdoor hot tubs and fire pits, and is filled with outdoor spaces. It’s also pet-friendly, so you can bring along your furry friends. Rates start from $227.

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Newport, Rhode Island

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Newport is most alive in the summer, but the late winter and early spring season in this seaside town should not be overlooked. The many historic hotels have deeply discounted rates at this time, and there are fewer crowds to deal with. Pair that with the fact that this New England destination is within driving distance to many major Northeastern metropolitan areas, and it’s hard to resist.

With temps in the mid-40s this time of year, you can bundle up and spend an ideal day outdoors by simply window shopping (or actually shopping) Thames St, which is brimming with decor, clothing, gift, and specialty shops, like Rhode Island Reef, a stylish CBD store. 

A walk along Cliff Walk which backs up to the glittering Gilded Age mansions this town is famous for is also an enjoyable way to spend time, and really a must for any Newport itinerary. You can watch the Atlantic Ocean waves crash from the upper loggia at The Breakers, the grandiose display of Vanderbilt prosperity that is just one of the many homes open for tours in town. Its massive size at over 125,000 square feet makes it pretty easy to spread out even though you’ll be indoors most of the time. However, a walk around the estate’s grounds proves just as memorable if that’s more comfortable.  

Two of Newport’s best-kept secrets include the Newport Car Museum, a fantastic collection of pristine vehicles, and Aardvark Antiques, where estate and collectible treasures of every variety can be found. If you’re not shopping indoors at this time, they have plenty of outdoor and garden pieces to peruse, too. 

When you’ve worked up an appetite, the private Snowfish igloos at Gurney’s Newport will make you feel like you’re having lunch outside in the summertime, especially on a sunnier day. Drivable from Newport, Ocean House in Westerly, Rhode Island also has an incredible fondue village eating option with private gondolas for those diners that appreciate a good theme. 

Where to stay in Newport

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If you’re looking to have that hotel experience in the most socially distanced of ways, consider booking a beach cottage at Castle Hill Inn. Detached from the main inn, you’ll have a private hideaway with a comfy bed and sitting area to unwind and many of the cottages feature whirlpool tubs or cozy fireplaces to keep you warm.

The main draw, though, is the panoramic view of Castle Hill Inn’s private beach, sand dunes and coastline, not to mention the fancy homes that make up Newport’s famed Ocean Avenue drive. It can all be seen from the private deck of your cottage, whether there’s snow or a sunbather on the sand. Rooms start from $575 per night. 

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Orlando, Florida

The Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Show

Not only is March a great time to visit Orlando according to Priceline (which is reporting that the cost of visiting is down 31.76% during this time), there are some exciting activities you won’t want to miss. The Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Show begins on March 3, with plenty of outdoor kitchens serving food directly from the garden, plus beautiful topiary displays and those popular sculptures of your family’s favorite Disney characters.

While there is an obvious risk to visiting a theme park at this time, the Orlando parks have strict new COVID-19 protocols in place, with social distancing enforced and capacities extremely reduced. This means a more enjoyable experience for visitors, too, with wait times at rides and attractions much shorter than pre-pandemic times. 

Beyond the parks, you can also enjoy the pleasurable March climate at one of the city’s many other outdoor attractions, which include picking oranges at Showcase of Citrus, riding 200 acres of ATV trails at Revolution Off Road, and exploring charming and oft-overlooked Winter Park by an open-air boat tour across three tranquil lakes.

The city has always had plenty of al fresco dining options, and many of the restaurants at Disney Springs and Universal’s CityWalk have or recently adopted their outdoor dining offerings. Pro tip: To avoid crowds, look into restaurants outside the parks, including The Osprey, a Baldwin Park eatery focused on seasonal ingredients with an attractive open kitchen and bar.

While you can’t travel to Japan at the moment, you can head to Kabooki Sushi in Sand Lake, just a few minutes from Universal’s gates, for grade-A quality sushi dishes. The Stubborn Mule is also a popular option for a delicious weekend brunch or American fare that will leave you wanting more. 

Where to stay in Orlando

Caribe Royale Orlando hotel

The quiet, comfortable boutique Alfond Inn would be our top choice this March. The hotel serves guests breakfast in a beautiful courtyard, complete with chirping birds and the sound of a soft fountain, and has a fantastic outdoor rooftop pool. Midweek rates at the end of March can be found for as low as $212 per night

Orlando, of course, is jam-packed with hotels for any personality, and there are a few running discounts during the month of March. The Rosen Plaza Hotel is offering rates starting at $89 per night through March 14; meanwhile, the Caribe Royale has a buy two-nights, get one free Winter Escape package that is valid through April 30.

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New York, New York

Central Park Mall  - New York, NY

Seeing “the city” in its most innovative and resilient form, as it rehabs itself and starts to attract tourists again, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and your support of its businesses will go a long way. 

Recently opened in New York and accepting visitors with 75% reduced capacity is Edge, where it’s wise to book ahead to experience this stunning outdoor observation deck with panoramic skyline views. Just around the corner, you can also snap photos in front of The Vessel, despite the attraction being closed to explore at the moment.

With fewer crowds than normal, you can also be the first to set your eyes on the recently renovated Moynihan Station, especially if you decide to arrive by train. The modern, light, and bright new commuter hall is currently attracting architecture buffs as it attempts to restore some of Penn Station’s former glory. 

Tolerable winter conditions in March mean you should pack a warm coat so you can explore Central Park, which, if you’re lucky, may get a picturesque dusting of snow this time of year. It’s also where you’ll spot New Yorkers of all kinds, getting some much-needed exercise in socially distanced ways.

While indoor dining has just reopened in New York, the hospitality industry there has been no stranger to shutdowns and, therefore, figuring out innovative ways to serve outdoor diners. Some of the best right now include Scarpetta‘s dreamy, private dining chalets; Sola Pasta Bar’s private cottages filled with gorgeous Floratorium silk flowers and small firefly lamps; and Crown Shy‘s individual yurts. Double Chicken Please, a quirky Lower East Side bar that opened during the pandemic, is also serving quirky hot dogs and drinks from a classic frankfurter cart.

Where to stay in New York

the high line hotel new york

With average daily hotel rates in the city under $150 in March, according to Priceline, the once-cost prohibitive metropolis is within better reach than ever. We found rates from $90 to $191 for mid-month weekend dates at Gild Hall, Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, and Nomo Soho. Even posher, trendier hotel players including The High Line Hotel, The Ludlow, and The Knickerbocker Hotel can be secured for under $250 per night.

Visitors looking for a little more privacy and less interaction in New York will want to browse the current deals on Airbnb, which include this attractive studio with rotating artwork and furnishings that has birds-eye views.

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Washington, DC

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Whether or not you’ve visited DC before, you haven’t seen it in its glory until you’ve experienced the cherry blossoms while they’re in bloom. Be warned though, this is technically high season in DC, and even during the pandemic, hotels might be busy, especially mid-month and afterward. According to STR, a hotel market data company, average daily rates for hotels are technically down 20 to 30% in DC depending on the week, but you should still expect crowds around the pretty, pink trees that line the Tidal Basin when the city is most abuzz.

Pro tip: Even with social distancing in place, The Tidal Basin is usually the busiest spot to see the cherry blossoms, but there are also picture-perfect scenes with fewer crowds in East Potomac Park which extends to Hains Point.

In addition to flower-gazing, there are other outdoor activities to enjoy, like hopping over to the fabulous gardens at the Smithsonian. The museum itself is currently closed, which means it’s the perfect time to enjoy the attractive but often overlooked outdoor spaces here (free of charge) that feature seasonal plants, a pollination garden, a World War II vegetable garden, and more.

Discerning foodies will also want to check out the city’s food scene, which is finally receiving the accolades it deserves. Head to The Wharf, which is within walking distance from the cherry blossoms, where you can enjoy numerous shops and restaurants, many with outdoor seating. Delicious dining options here include the Vietnamese Moon Rabbit and old-fashioned-style (and highly Instagrammable) treats from the Southwest Soda Pop Shop.

Where to stay in DC

Rosewood Hotel Washington, D.C. exterior

The recently-opened Rosewood Washington, DC is the city’s finest choice for accommodations right now. Featuring 55 rooms, including 12 suites and six townhouses, the plush, contemporary furnishings throughout are ideal for stretching out and relaxing. Rooms start at $250 per night, a good value for this luxury offering, and feature something unique in the city: stunning, nature-centric views.

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Park City, Utah

Main Street - Park City, Utah

A quintessential US destination for skiers, there’s something in this mountain-adjacent town for everyone. The slopes are the obvious draw here, but you can snowmobile in the majestic Uintas, hop on a dog sled or even take a horse-drawn sleigh ride if you please. For those who prefer shopping and a more apres experience, the shops and restaurants that pack Main Street and all their small Western town charm can easily fill an afternoon. 

Those comfortable with beauty and spa services at the moment should consider all the R&R opportunities available to them in Park City as well. Whether you need a massage or not, the heated outdoor infinity pool at the Stein Eriksen Residences’s Silver Aspen Spa is worth checking out. 

In order to offer guests a safer, outdoor dining experience this season, the St. Regis Deer Valley has set up yurts that seat up to eight. Each of the yurts are based on three skiing disciplines—slalom, moguls and aerials—and feature constantly-rotating menu items for lunch, après and dinner seatings. For a small town, Park City is also filled to the brim with extraordinary restaurants and bars. Treat yourself to award-winning Italian fare at the Cena Restaurant, or head to Yuki Yama Sushi for a world-class experience.

Where to stay in Park City

Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley - Park City, Utah

No hotel is more synonymous with abundance and luxury than the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley. In addition to their divine on-site restaurant, The 7880 Club, this splurge-worthy hotel offers exquisite on-mountain dining experiences. Room types range from standard deluxe rooms to expansive and immaculately-designed homes available through Stein Eriksen Residences, which are ideal for families or those looking to spend an extended stay slopeside. Rates start from $696.

Meanwhile, even in a resort town like Park City, weekend rates as low as $236 can be found in the month of March at Treasure Mountain Inn, which is notable for its close-to-the-action location at the top of Main Street. 

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The 9 best Airbnbs in Orlando, from a family home with its own arcade to a condo right by Disney Springs

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  • Thanks to its world-class theme parks, Orlando is a popular year-round destination.
  • The city can be expensive during peak times, but we found top-rated Airbnbs under $300 per night.
  • Experts and the CDC also say Airbnbs are safer than hotels due to minimized contact with others. 

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Orlando remains one of the most-visited cities in the United States. The proliferation of world-class theme parks has meant decades of development and ever-increasing visitor numbers. Theme park capacities are more strictly controlled right now and some live entertainment is on hold, but nevertheless, people are looking to take advantage of fewer crowds and shorter lines for the bigger theme park rides.

Florida has been one of the more aggressive states in terms of reopenings and Disney World has been open again since July, albeit with new COVID protocols in place. 

Even as the vaccine rolls out, no trip is 100% safe, and there is always a risk of exposure to the virus. It is important that visitors pay close heed to the protocols and hygiene practices suggested by organizations such as the CDC and WHO. Masks are required everywhere in the main theme parks, and all attractions will have guidelines and signage to promote safety and social distancing measures. Orlando is a potential hotspot, and anyone traveling there should comply with local guidelines and consider their own personal risk factors before booking a trip.

That said, there is still a healthy demand for Airbnbs in Orlando, and experts and the CDC say that private vacation rentals are a safer option compared to large hotels and resorts at this time. Staying in a private rental certainly allows more control over personal space and less mingling with the general public. 

When booking via Airbnb, guests can rest assured that the company has rigorous new procedures for all hosts. These are part of the company’s Enhanced Cleaning Protocol. However, it’s still wise to double-check and confirm the specific protocols that your individual host has in place.

The city of Orlando has a good selection of affordable Airbnb options for all types of travelers, including solo adventurers, couples, and families.

We compiled our top picks for Orlando Airbnbs based on the following criteria:

  1. Airbnb listings are for the entire home/apartment, per current expert recommendations.
  2. These homes offer strong value. Every listing is under $300 per night (though prices can go up during peak seasons), and each is highly-rated, with a review score of 4.6 or higher.
  3. Every listing has air conditioning and a good range of modern conveniences and standout amenities.
  4. Properties are well-appointed, stand out either for design or location (or both), and are close to top attractions, like the theme parks.

Here are the best Orlando Airbnbs, sorted by price from low to high.

Family condo with pool one mile from Disney Springs, $89

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Book this family condo starting at $89 per night

One of the more taxing things about a family vacation to Orlando is traveling to and from the theme parks, so it pays to look for places close to the action so that you can spend more time enjoying your trip. This modern condo is incredibly affordable and can serve as the ideal base for your group.

Sleeping up to six people and located just one mile from Disney Springs, this place comes with everything you could need for fun family times. The big ticket item is the shared pool that makes for a relaxing place to enjoy some downtime and end-of-day relaxation. The apartment itself comes with a hot tub and bunk beds that the kids will love, all framed by high-end, contemporary decor, like a plush gray couch, glass dining table, and pop art pieces. There’s even a small balcony for enjoying the view.

Located in a gated community, availability is good through February and March and wide open from April onwards.

Rating: 4.95

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Tree house tiny home, $92

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Book this tiny tree house starting at $92 per night

Tiny house living is all the rage, and this rustic, forest-themed unit is a stylishly memorable way to see what all the fuss is about. The woodland-esque home is actually a renovated carriage house that dates back to 1926.

Dark wood, exposed beams, and an explosion of plant life make for a wonderfully evocative interior design, and it almost feels like a real tree house. The plush living space and four-poster bed with designer mattress are smartly slotted to maximize the 260 square-foot space, and the comfort levels belie the size. 

Downtown Orlando is just a five-minute drive away, and the theme parks are all within easy striking distance.

The house is understandably very popular and is booked up until April and May, when dates start to open up a little more.

Rating: 5.0

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Retro Palm Beach-style apartment, $95

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Book this retro apartment starting at $95 per night

This apartment is a stylish homage to Old Florida, with vintage charm throughout that mixes high-end kitsch with bright colors.

Coral shades mix with tropical motifs such as pineapples and flamingos. Statement furniture pieces such as funky mirrors and egg-style easy chairs with cozy green pillows complete the look. The retro glamor brings to mind a seaside version of “Mad Men,” elevated with an interior designer’s eye.

The modern comforts will appeal to couples looking for a quirky but welcoming place to stay, and the location in Winter Park is just outside downtown Orlando, so it’s well situated for nights out enjoying the dining and nightlife scene. The place also comes with beach essentials should you want to explore further.

Availability is great from early March onwards.

Rating: 4.94

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Lakefront tiny home, $100

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Book this lakefront tiny home starting at $100 per night

This tiny house is called The Ritz, a name that reflects its many alluring features. Though it calls itself a tiny home, it’s actually fairly spacious, with two bedrooms and room for up to five guests to stay very comfortably. The most obvious five-star attraction is its location on the sunny shores of Lake Fairview, a tranquil spot to retire to after a day at the parks.

The Ritz boasts a host of high-end fixtures and fittings, such as a modern stainless steel fridge and Italian tiling throughout. The open-concept plan is full of light, and two distinct bedroom areas, including a loft, mean there’s still plenty of privacy to be found. Picture windows show off the neighboring scenery and extras such as a kayak and fishing poles make the outdoor life accessible.

The house has a few days available in February and March, but really opens up from April and May onwards.

Rating: 4.83

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Family-friendly dome for nature lovers, $125

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Book this dome house starting at $125 per night

Eco-conscious nature lovers will be thoroughly charmed by this rustic-looking geodesic dome that offers one of the region’s most distinctive accommodation options. Located in Clarcona, just to the north-west of downtown Orlando, this unusual pad is built into its own tree-framed cove, with birds, butterflies, and exotic foliage abounding.

The dome houses up to six guests, and the organic-looking exterior gives way to a thoroughly modern and clean interior. A yellow and gold color palette mixes with light wooden floors to create a bright, joyful ambience. Leather sofas and modern fittings are arranged around all manner of cute nooks, and families especially will love the ample space.

It’s not too rural, though, and the place boasts fast Wi-Fi and modern conveniences.

There’s some availability for March and April, but the property really opens up from May onwards.

Rating: 4.97

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Townhouse with a private pool, $134

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Book this townhouse starting at $134 per night

A wealth of elements come together to make this an especially appealing listing. To start, the interior design hits urbane, sophisticated notes that swerve the tackiness that resort rentals often default to. Leather sofas and assured, earth tones result in a chic, mature look.

It’s a huge, five-bedroom property that can house up to 13 guests, and there’s a playful side to some of the bedrooms, with Star Wars and Disney motifs that kids will love. A lovely, open-plan design floods the place with light and the covered, private pool is a serious perk for post-park relaxation.

Lake Buena Vista and all its attractions are right on the doorstep and the central Orlando location is tough to beat.

There’s very good availability throughout March and from April onwards.

Rating: 4.86

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Smart home with a luxury pool, $177

Luxurious Smart Home with pool, orlando airbnb

Book this smart home starting at $177 per night

There’s a definite adult feel to this self-described ‘Smart Home’. The owners have incorporated the latest technology and some impressive, custom-made designs to create a pad that young, hip guests will especially enjoy.

Up to eight guests can stay here across three bedrooms. The real crown jewel is the backyard space. The pool and hot tub are lit with colorful, fiber-optic lights that can be controlled via your phone. The yard has bespoke fixtures and includes a hibachi grill, as well as a swim-up bar with six seats. Outdoor air conditioning and a fog machine also add to the tech-savvy allure.

The high-end design stretches through into the interiors as well, with spa-like bathrooms and trendy furniture, such as the booth-style dining table and dark bedframes complemented by white rugs and wooden floors. Located just north of Downtown Orlando, this house is a steal for the right group, and there’s good availability from March onwards.

Rating: 4.66

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Historic and chic apartment in Winter Park, $225

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Book this historic apartment starting at $225 per night

This historic Winter Park apartment features original Spanish roof tiles and whitewashed century-old brickwork. This is a rare chance to stay in a historic Floridian building, with design features such as the striking cypress wood ceilings and beautiful French doors that open up onto the brick patio.

It’s especially ideal for a couple looking for something a little more romantic than the norm, and the interiors are a carefully integrated take on contemporary chic. Whites and creams provide a great background for the original features, and the wooden panels of the kitchen add a touch of class.

The dining and nightlife of Park Avenue, the main drag in Winter Park, are just a block away, with Downtown Orlando just a short drive beyond that. 

There is great availability from March onwards.

Rating: 4.96

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Spacious house with an arcade, $285

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Book this house an arcade starting at $285 per night

It’s hard to imagine a more kid-friendly rental than this huge house that even comes with its very own arcade. We’re not just talking two or three games, either. There’s a whole range of stand-up video game units. Plus, there’s also a covered pool outside, and the home boasts its own theatre with cinema-style seating with massage chairs and a big screen.

The house can host up to eight people and, with three bedrooms, there’s privacy and space for everyone to spread out. The kids can truly look after themselves in a place like this, located in the residential but well-connected Winter Hills neighborhood.

There’s some availability for February through April, with more dates opening up for the summer.  

Rating: 5.0

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

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