Even in January, Florida only reaches lows of 16 degrees. July and August, the busiest time for holidaymakers to visit the state, regularly see highs of 30 degrees – and this can feel unbearable if you’re out in the heat for a sustained length of time! Stay safe, and take the time to cool down with our top tips for dealing with the Florida heat.
Get up early and avoid the midday heat
The middle of the day, when the sun is at its highest in the sky, is – no matter what country you’re visiting – always the hottest time of the day. Whatever you’re planning on doing in Florida, it’s wise to avoid being directly in the sun between the hours of 1 and 4pm. Waking up early is advisable, especially if you’re heading to the beach or a crowded tourist destination.
Alternatively, you could visit many tourist hot spots later in the evening – particularly if you have older children with you. Theme parks often stay open late, and Disney’s Magic Kingdom remains open until 1am, with other areas in Disney closing between 6pm and 12am. Likewise, Universal Studios is open in the summer months until 10pm.
Take advantage of free water in theme parks
If you are heading to a theme park, it’s important you keep cool and hydrated. It’s very easy to become dehydrated and unwell in such busy destinations, and queuing in long lines definitely doesn’t help the situation.
Buying drinks throughout the day can become very expensive, especially if you’re visiting Florida with a large family. Guests at Disney, Universal and Seaworld should take advantage of the free water on offer throughout the parks. If you’re in a restaurant or passing by a kiosk, ask for a free ice water and the staff should be happy to provide with no charge.
Don’t forget to pack sunscreen
It might seem like an obvious tip, but sunscreen is such an easy item to forget. Reapplying your sunscreen is particularly important if you’re heading to one of Florida’s many water parks.
To tackle the heat and protect against dangerous UV rays, pick up an SPF cooling mist. We recommend using a minimum SPF 30 in Florida, and even higher for children or people with fair skin. The price of sunscreen is similar, if not a little cheaper, in Florida. If you need to save space in your suitcase we recommend packing a small bottle and picking more up from a supermarket as soon as you arrive!
Enjoy a range of indoor activities
Take a break from the sun for a few days, and plan some fun indoor activities into your holiday itinerary instead. Visit the upside down world of Wonderworks, explore the Orlando Science Center, take the kids Go-Karting or treat yourself with a shopping day at The Mall at Millenia.
Everyone loves the heat, but too much of a good thing can be dangerous. Be smart, hydrate, and take some time to sit back and enjoy Florida in the shade.