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How much money should I take on holiday to Florida?

How much money should I take on holiday to Florida?

The south-easternmost U.S. state is popular among tourists because of the hundreds of beaches, renowned art scene, cultural influences, buzzing nightlife, and great theme parks such as the Walt Disney World. The Sunshine State is one of most appreciated U.S. destinations for Brits in search of warm weather and entertainment, but you need to know what to expect in terms of expenses too.

You’re probably asking yourself ’ How much money should I take on holiday to Florida?’’

Well, Florida is definitely not the cheapest destination in the States.

How you travel and the length of your stay will dictate your budget, obviously.

Most Brits spend about two weeks in Florida, and solo travellers can expect to spend £1,000-£1,500 for the whole stay, while couples usually take about £2,000-£2,500 with them. A family with two kids may spend around £4,000.

Holiday ClassEstimated Amount Needed Per Day (Per Person)
Budget£215 Day
Mid-range£320 Per Day
High-end£572 Per Day
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These are the average budgets for a 14-day holiday which includes food, beverages, a few souvenirs, and entertainment. You will also need to consider accommodation and transportation within the state if you wish to see as much of Florida as possible.

Now, let’s discuss the prices in Florida in more detail so you can get a better idea of how much money you should take on holiday in the sunniest of all states.


Solo tourists traveling on a budget can book a bed in one of the many hostels in the state for as low as £19 per night. Couples can expect to pay somewhere between £43 and £73 per night for a good 3-star hotel, while family rooms can usually be booked for as low as £52 per night at an inn.

As you can see, prices vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose and how far from the city center it’s located. Keep in mind that some property types such as hostels offer a shared kitchen where you can cook your own food, thus allowing you to save money on such expenses.

When booking your accommodation, you should also consider location. If the property is far from the city center, you may need to spend more on public transportation or gas.

Food and Beverages

On an average, a single person can spend as little as £10 per day on food in Florida if they cook their meals at the property they’re staying at and as much as £30 per day if they choose to eat out. Couples usually spend £40-£60 per day on food, but if you enjoy a gourmet experience from time to time you will definitely need to take more money with you.

For those of you that enjoy a few glasses of wine or other alcoholic beverages with your dinner, consider bringing an extra £15 per day for drinks. An evening at a bar or club will run about £24. But if you’re not into alcohol, then you’re in luck because you will be spending only around £0.60 on bottled water per day.

Local Transportation

If you plan on moving a lot within the city you’re visiting, you will need to use the local buses, subway, taxis, and other means of public transportation. An active traveler can easily spend about £15 solely on local transportation, so keep this in mind as well when planning your spending budget.

Hiring a Car

If you’re only planning on the staying in one or two cities and your aim is to spend as much time at the beach as possible, then you probably won’t need a car. But it would be such a shame to stay in one place when there’s so much to see in Florida. Car rental rates here are actually reasonable, and there’s quite a competition in this industry, which only means you will find low fares if you know where to look. You can rent a car for as low as £8 per day, so hiring a car will definitely not affect your budget too much. Bring your friends to save more money!

Walt Disney World

Most tourists visiting Florida make a stop at one of the most famous amusement parks in the world – the Walt Disney World in Orlando. This popular attraction comprises four theme parks and two water parks, and it’s a kids’ favorite destination in Florida. But it does come with a price…

A 2-day ticket with one park for one adult costs £175 while a 7-day ticket with unlimited access to all parks costs £369 for one adult. A 2-day ticket with one park for one child costs £165 while a 7-day ticket with unlimited access to all parks costs £349 for one child. Note that an adult is considered anyone over the age of 10 while the prices for children apply to anyone between the ages of 3 and 9.

So, a couple spending two days here can expect to pay £350 for their entry tickets while a family of four (parents plus two kids under the age of 10) will need to shell out £680. Come prepared!

When to Visit

While accommodation and other expenses may not be affected by tourist periods, you may still want to know when and when not to visit Florida. Christmas and spring break are usually peak tourist seasons when you may experience long restaurant lines and clogged causeways. You should also avoid booking your trip during the hurricane season which runs from August to October because it usually creates a few logistical problems. Now, when is the best time to visit Florida?

We suggest booking your stay mid-winter and late spring because there are the considered to be the high-value times.

Final Thoughts

It’s hard for anyone to make an exact estimate of how much money you should take with you on your holiday to Florida. However, the prices discussed in this article should give a pretty good idea of how much you can expect to pay for essential things such as food, drinks, accommodation, and transportation. Other things such as souvenirs for the loved ones back home and entry tickets to theme parks can be considered optional if you really want to save money.

But you can never have too much money on you, so it’s best to bring some extra pounds just to be safe. Best bring your credit card along with your debit card so you won’t run out of money. There’s temptation everywhere in the Sunshine State, whether we’re talking fine dining, designer clothing or entertainment!

But if you want to travel on a budget, you can definitely achieve this!

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