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    Tampa International Airport

    by traveldave Updated May 20, 2014

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    The main gateway to Florida's Gulf Coast is Tampa International Airport (TPA). Although the airport handles some international flights, most visitors from other countries would first have to make a connection in Miami or other American city before continuing on to Tampa. The airport is centrally located between Tampa and Saint Petersburg, five miles (eight kilometers) from downtown Tampa.

    Airlines serving Tampa International Airport: Air Canada, Air Wisconsin, American Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, British Airways, Cape Air, Cayman Airways, Comair, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Freedom Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Gulfstream International Airlines, jetBlue Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Midwest Airlines, Republic Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and WestJet.

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    Orlando International Airport

    by traveldave Updated May 20, 2014

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    Orlando is a popular vacation destination for Americans and, increasingly, foreign visitors due to Disney World, EPCOT Center, Universal Studios, and numerous other attractions. Orlando International Airport (MCO) is ten miles (16 kilometers) south of downtown Orlando. The airport has convenient transportation into the city, as well as to the nearby tourist attractions.

    Airlines serving Orlando International Airport: Aer Lingus, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Air Jamaica, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, American Eagle, Bahamasair, British Airways, Comair, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Dutch Antilles Express, Florida Express Jet, Frontier Airlines, GOL Airlines, Grupo TACA, jetBlue Airways, Lufthansa German Airlines, Midwest Airlines, Norwegian Air, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, US Airways Express, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Volaris, and WestJet.

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    Miami International Airport

    by traveldave Updated May 20, 2014

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    Miami is America's gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America; consequently Miami International Airport (MIA) handles more international flights than any other airport in the United States. The airport also handles flights to Europe and the Middle East. All major American carriers also fly into Miami from most American cities. The airport is located five miles (eight kilometers) northwest of the downtown area.

    Airlines serving Miami International Airport: Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas, AeroMexico, Aerosur, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, American Airlines, American Eagle, Avianca, Avior Airlines, Bahamasair, Boliviana, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Dutch Antilles Express, Finnair, GOL Airlines, Grupo TACA, Gulfstream International Airlines, Iberia, Insel Air, Jetairfly, LACSA, LANArgentina, LANChile, LANEcuador, LANPeru, Lufthansa German Airlines, Qatar Airways, Santa Barbara Airlines, SmartWings, Surinam Airways, Swiss International Airlines, TAM Brazilian Airlines, Transaero Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways, WestJet, and XL Airways France.

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    small train ride in Key West

    by gwened Written Mar 6, 2014

    a nice train ride in a little train to see all the important points of interest of Key West, great for the family and a break on walking.

    http://www.conchtourtrain.com/key-west-tour-works.html

    just read and have all the latest news and info on the ride; when we visited Key West even while living in FL we took as a nice thing to ride around with the kids. You might do the same;its great.

    riding the conch train station for the conch train the depot for the conch train
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    how to get to and out-ormond beach

    by gwened Written Feb 2, 2014

    best is to come by car, along I95 to exit Granada Blvd or SR40 towards the beach going east.you hit the beach straight. Plenty of parking on the beach or the shopping centers near it. along the ocean further parking by bicentennial park in ormond by the sea
    omni parking at 315 Greenwood Ave

    Votran is the bus service in nearby Daytona Beach with some limited rides into Ormond Beach
    http://www.votran.org/
    further down in Daytona Beach you also, have a stop terminal for Greyhound buses for inter city and inter state travel, the terminal is at 138 S Ridgewood Ave
    http://www.greyhound.com/

    My souvenir is to remember of my Ford Mustangs there white outside and red Inside, photo.

    garaged Ford Mustang inside my Ford Mustang
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    Car Hire

    by Madasabull Written Dec 12, 2013

    You really have to hire a car for your trip here, as everything is so far apart. Before we left the UK, we thought the Theme Parks were a bit closer together than they turned out to be, and if we hadn't booked a car before we left, we would have been in trouble.

    As a great tip, book a car that you feel will be just big enough for yourselves and your baggage, without being really cramped in. Then when you arrive to pick up your keys with the hire company, start to go through the motions with the booking, and if it looks like the hire company is just going to let you continue with your booking, suggest to him/her that you would have got a bigger car but couldn't really justify the extra cost. If he/she bites, you can start haggling.

    If he/she still doesn't get talking about a cheap upgrade, then you must ask if there are any upgrades available. If there are, then you can start haggling for a price your happy with.

    On our trip to Orlando, we had booked a standard saloon car, but after haggling an upgrade, we managed to get a Chrysler 300C Hemi V8 for only $200 more for the 2 weeks. What a bargain, and we loved it. My teenage daughters loved it too and said it was like a gangster car :)

    The big 300 while in Florida the first time. The Kia Sportage while on the 6 week road trip.
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    How to get in and out of Miami

    by gwened Written Dec 10, 2013

    the all inclusive site for transports info is in contact below. I did the car here and it was great.

    you have the bus system here
    http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/metrobus.asp
    and the pdf file of the bus lines here
    http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/library/system-maps-web.pdf

    the metrorail or train on upper level tracks open air is for about 25miles and its here
    http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/metrorail.asp

    the map of stations for the metrorail is here
    http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/metrorail-stations.asp

    then you have the metro mover or monorail a la Disney for 4,4 miles here
    http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/metromover.asp
    map of stations here
    http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/metromover-stations.asp

    for fares, tariffs passes etc read this one
    http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/fares-and-passes.asp

    the main tourist org of the area tells you about public transport options here
    http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/visitor-resources/transportation/public-transportation

    official cruise and travel info is at the port of miami official site here
    http://www.miamidade.gov/portmiami/cruise-main.asp

    the international airport of Miami is here
    http://www.miami-airport.com/

    great tool for driving direction to airport is here
    http://www.miami-airport.com/driving_directions.asp

    as well as the route planner
    www.mapquest.com

    talk about South beach express, airport to South beach info here
    http://www.miami-airport.com/bus_and_rail_info.asp

    more info on transport from the downtown business association here
    http://www.downtownmiami.com/public-transportation/

    the water taxi to move you over the intracoastal from Mainland to beachside is here
    http://www.watertaximiami.com/

    one limo service I took and still there is Padrino
    http://www.padrinolimousine.com/

    and a good taxi company is yellow cab taxis
    http://www.yellowcab.com/

    enjoy the sunshine.

    SR 826 palmetto my take on transports traffic at the Palmetto Expy SR 826
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    Southwest Florida International Airport

    by Jefie Written Nov 27, 2013

    Many people traveling to Southwest Florida look for flights to Tampa, having no idea that the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers also offers several direct flights (some are seasonal only) to many US and Canadian destinations. Its central location in Southwest Florida makes it a very convenient place to travel to, and its smaller size also results in shorter lines for ticketing, security, etc. Again, a very good choice for your trip to Southwest Florida!

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    cruising terminals and getting around

    by gwened Written Jan 7, 2012

    indeed my old neighborhood, port terminal is big. The sites map posted before will help you,and this site will tell you all about the terminal and transportation from a cruising point of view
    http://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/newport.cfm?ID=42

    hope it helps and enjoy the sunny side of FLL

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    moving about and hotel

    by gwened Written Nov 27, 2011

    oh 20 yrs even Disney has change a lot ,so welcome back ::)
    This outfit can get you places and recommended by local hotels
    http://www.platinumtrans.net/

    there is the bus service in orlando but not well developed in the parks area at
    http://www.golynx.com/
    when I live in the area i use the car so public transport have no experience.
    another long establish shuttle transportation company that has a very good reputation is Mears
    http://www.mearstransportation.com/

    The time is ok, depends on what you like to do the most, I think a more even distribution of disney and universal should be 5/5/4;but its a personal choice on the things you want to see the most.
    cheap hotels abound closer to Kissimmee and Disney area, this site list them or most all in all price ranges and its official
    http://www.orlandohotels.com/
    hope it helps your planning,cheers

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    Metro Mover à Miami

    by floche2001 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Un bon moyen de visiter de façon orginale Downtown Miami est de prendre le Metro Mover. C'est gratuit et il parcourt en aérien le centre de Miami en boucle fermée en une dizaine de minutes.

    Super sympa. On passe même au travers de certains immeubles.

    A partir de la station 1st Street 2 Metro Mover se croisent 1st street Une vision superbe de la ville

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    Water Taxis

    by ak47uk Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Water Taxi offers transportation and tours in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The Water Taxi makes scheduled pickups and stops at many restaurants, attractions and shopping areas. A Water Taxi tour is also a great way to get acquainted with the area. Group tours, theme parties, sunset cruises and other options are available. You can get an all day ticket for around $5

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    Cash-Free on Florida's Turnpike - Pay By Plate

    by TravellerMel Written Mar 16, 2011

    There is no more stopping at the toll booths on the Florida Turnpike! According to the website: "... on the Turnpike segment located between Milepost 0 in Florida City and Milepost 47 at the Miami-Dade/Broward County line. The conversion to all-electronic open road tolling on this stretch of the Turnpike was February 19, 2011. "

    It was freaky for us to just blow through the toll booths, but apparently they take digital images of your license plate when you go through, and will send an invoice in the mail once a month. We'll have to see how this works out...

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    Reaching accommodations from airports

    by alza Written Oct 12, 2010

    Hi Rebecca,
    Further advice & links about transportation from Miami Airport to Fort Lauderdale, based on my "old" personal experience. I often went to Deerfield Beach (NORTH of Ft.Lauderdale), from either Miami or Ft.Lauderdale Airports.

    First I saw where the Renaissance Hotel Ft. Lauderdale is located.
    Then saw that the TRI-Rail Ft. Lauderdale is at Broward Blvd and NW 22nd Street (by the I-95) -- not far from Renaissance though you'd need a cab (or bus, but cab is simpler.)

    NOTE: TRI-Rail also goes to Ft.Lauderdale Hollywood Airport at Dania Beach, careful to exit at right stop.

    CHECK-OUT Renaissance Hotel website for options they suggest from either airports. Hotel does not provide shuttle service.
    Also, they leave out the TRI-Rail option from Miami Airport suggestions but I think it could be a good one. Look into TRI-Rail from BOTH airports.
    SuperShuttle Shared Ride Van Service from Miami Airport to Ft.Lauderdale is @USD80, expensive compared to TRI-Rail.

    I once needed to go from Ft.Lauderdale Airport to Deerfield Beach (NORTH)to visit parents who had their own car there -- so didn't need to rent one. I was advised to use the Airport's Shared Ride Van Service.

    I landed in Ft.Lauderdale at 6:00 a.m., everything was closed. Waited until 9:00 a.m. for a Van to be full enough to go NORTH. Drop off at my parents door, all went well. Reasonable fare, USD13 I think, I gave the drive USD20 (not that you *have* to tip but I only had 20s.)
    Mention is sometimes made of need to RESERVE Van Service but that was NOT necessary when I used it. You register with the attendant, giving him your direction. He's the dispatcher to North and South & sends out vans when they have enough customers to go.
    With this in mind, consider all options in links below. BTW, Broward is the name of the county where Ft.Lauderdale is located.

    "MIAMI Intl Airport: Tri-Rail commuter train station is located just outside the airport. Free shuttle service to & from the train station is available the lower level Central Terminal E bus station to passengers using this service. Please contact Tri-Rail directly to inquire about the rates & schedules for the train service. (NOT NECESSARY, see schedules somewhere on the links.)"

    http://www.tri-rail.com/rider_info/ntm_wday.asp

    http://www.miami-airport.com/bus_and_rail_info.asp

    http://www.broward.org/AIRPORT/TRANSPORTATION/Pages/Default.aspx

    http://www.broward.org/Airport/About/Documents/Transpchoiceposter.pdf

    Enjoy your cruise and Ft.Lauderdale after it. You may enjoy going to Boca Raton, among other things there's a small boutique-type mall I really liked there (shopping and good lunch places.)

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    renting cars in florida

    by cochinjew Written Jun 13, 2010

    I rent cars all the time in Miami but Orlando as Pedro mentioned is a little different. As always renting a car in a city location would save you a bundle of money since they add on an airport charge on a daily basis. some car rental companies have restrictions on the number of days you can rent, i think it is 30 days with AVIS but i am not sure. since you have plenty of time to check things out, you can look at the separate websites of the car rental companies
    The most popular budget rental companies are Alamo and Enterprise. then there is national budget etc and the usual ones, Avis and Hertz. If you can, rent from Hertz or Avis, they may be a little more expensive but the service is better.
    since you are not resident in the usa, please check whether your auto insurance at home or the credit card you use would cover the insurance. if you have to take insurance the rates would go up dramatically. sometimes as much as 100 per cent. but you must have insurance since florida has a very high rate of uninsured drivers.
    you can also look around whether there are cheaper deals in miami. all depends upon where you are flying into.
    the first tip is
    you would save money by not renting at airport locations.

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