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As a native New Yorker, I've done this trip very many times via both car and plane. And I would only consider flying. It will be cheaper, faster, and much more pleasant for all. JetBlue is the best option in terms of comfort, though not the cheapest (if that's your main concern.) Countless other carriers do that route as well. The only exception in my ...


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As you may have already found out on the Disney site, there are various "park hopper" tickets that let you go to more than one park on the same day. We spent an entire week at Disney World in 2009 and didn't see everything. That was staying at a Disney hotel close to Epcot, with early admission and late exit to/from the parks (only available to Disney-...


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We went to Disney this March (beginning of the month) and it was almost empty (5 minute lines for almost every attraction). This was before the school break. I followed this link that gave me the dates to avoid (see the site for reasons): February: Presidents Week Mid-March to Mid-April: Spring Break May: Memorial Day Weekend Mid-June through Mid-August ...


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The best time, generally, is when kids are still in school. This won't guarantee a less crowded park, but it helps. This means late Jan/early Feb, as long as you dont go around Presidents Day, late April/early May, late Sept through early November (though this is also Epcot Wine and Food festival time leading to larger crowds in EPCOT), and early December. ...


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In short, the weather is great, especially towards the end of that period. The hurricane season is over (it lasts until mid November or so), and it's not extremely hot & humid like it can be in the summer. In Havana, average max temperatures are between 26 and 28 °C (79-82 °F), while average min temperatures are 19-20 °C (66-68 °F). See e.g. this chart ...


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For wait staff at restaurants: from 10%-20%, depending on quality of service. For the bell-hops (the person that takes your bags to your room): $2+ ($1/bag, with a $2 minimum). Here is a good reference source.


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In general you're going to find that car rental agencies will include a surcharge for drivers under 25. In many cases it's actually a matter of law of the minimum age for renting, so it's a matter of company policy and the jurisdiction you're in. After some quick googling, I found the underage driver surcharge list by state for Budget car rentals. If you ...


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I guess it depends where you are from. For Cubans, February is considered the coldest month of the year, and you will not see many Cubans in a beach during this period. However if you are coming from a country with a "real winter", it will probably be a paradise for you. If you plan visiting a beach in the north shore near Havana City, or doing some scuba ...


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Orlando to New York is 1740km so expect driving time to be more than 24 hrs whereas flying is 2hrs 30 min and should cost you around USD160/- one way. Dont forget to include cost of stay if driving.


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You could possibly be charged with driving a vehicle without the owners consent, but more importantly if you are not a valid driver then you are driving without insurance. Driving without insurance is illegal in Florida. You should also be aware that the insurance you don't have doesn't just protect you against damaging the car. In the US, if you seriously ...


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I've made this drive 3 times already and depending on what your driving depends on gas cost. If you fill up before you leave its 3 additional full tanks to Long Island 20hrs on avg because there's always one area of super bad traffic. We saved our stops for food/gas around meal times or in case of emergency but driving 75 seemed to be our choice of speed, 80 ...


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You are not required to obtain or use a SunPass transponder to travel on Florida's Turnpike, but it may simplify your life. Of course, if you forego it, you should avoid lanes, booths, or roads indicated as SunPass Only, which will incur a toll-by-plate charge in addition to the toll— and to which your rental car company will add a significant surcharge. As ...


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The IDP is only valid together with a regular driver's license. It might be necessary or not but it does not replace the original license. In Florida, it's actually not necessary to have an IDP anymore. So the real question is wether your original license is recognized in the relevant jurisdiction. Apparently, all licenses from countries party to the 1949 ...


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Shingle Creek State Park is billed as the northernmost part of the Everglades. When I worked in Orlando 1, I used to like to unwind here, as its pretty empty. Facilities aren't great, but you get a wonderful sense of the cypress trees and what the flora and fauna are like. I can't say I ever saw a lot of wildlife, but the trees themselves are fabulous. I ...


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Florida is a big state— the distance from Jacksonville to Homestead is comparable to that between San Francisco and Los Angeles, or Washington to Myrtle Beach— and so weather and water conditions will vary a good bit north to south as well as on the Gulf of Mexico side as opposed to the Atlantic Ocean side. In fact, Henry Flagler had built hotels in Palm ...


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This is actually easily checked. National Data Bouy Center provides data in various places. Weather Underground And from personal account of Swimming in the Atlantic in Miami one New Years Day a few years ago. But for me 68°F is fine but I know others that won't go in until it reaches 80°F.


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Driving I-95 from Baltimore to Florida is a very long day by itself. If you do it straight, its about 12 hours or so. I-95 passes through (or around) some major cities: Washington, DC (even a quick drive along the "Mall" will let you see the White House, Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, etc...) Price: GAS. Richmond, VA (Again, drive ...


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Not yet a real ferry service, but the first US cruise to Cuba is supposed to sail today. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article74753237.html UPDATE: the cruise sailed and arrived in Havana: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article75096132.html As passengers cheered, Carnival Corp.’s Fathom Adonia ...


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I was in Orlando and the area in November 2010 (hoping to see Discovery launch; sadly there was a technical problem). We did a few things, including an airboat tour in the swamps. Note that the everglades themselves are in the national park, and therefore no airboats are actually in the everglades. There are a ton of companies if you search, but the one ...


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Reservations are generally recommended during the high season November-April. I was there in January and all the campings were packed. If you can plan in advance I'd say a reservation is better. Flamingo http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/flamcamp.htm


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Yes, it's completely safe. However, I camped at Flamingo a few weeks ago and the mosquitoes were horrendous. They were manifold and super aggressive, which had a serious impact on our enjoyment of the trip. I'm sure it varies a lot with the weather, but bear that in mind.


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There are two campgrounds with different features and policies Flamingo http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/flamcamp.htm Long Pine Key http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/longpinecamp.htm You can also opt for backcountry camping http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/backcamp.htm If you meant safe then yes, it is quite safe once you take the usual ...


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Just to provide the answer by @user31253 some flavor since it's a direct quote: From official website of one of the Ferry Companies CubaKat Experience Passenger Ferry Service to Cuba from Florida In early May 2015, the U.S. government, through the Department of Treasury, began issuing licenses to American ferry operators to provide service to Cuba. ...


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This is an update from March 2016. The ferry company mentioned in the other answer now states: [...] as January 2016, ferry operators are still awaiting final approval and licensing from the Cuban government. Because of this, CubaKat (and other ferry companies) are waiting to begin full operations. and CubaKat’s goal is to offer our ferry service, ...


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There are two kinds of toll arrangements that most rental car places in Florida do- They pay your toll You rent the transponder In either case, you probably want a transponder, because: You get to go through the faster lanes There are a lot of toll gates in Orlando and on the way to Everglades In some instances, you are charged more (like 75 cents) if ...


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The surcharges imposed by some rental car companies are not astronomical like Choster's referenced Bloomberg article. I recently (August) used a rental car (Enterprise) in Florida for a trip from north Florida to Miami and passed several toll-by-plate stations. The cost was $3 plus the toll, not $20 as claimed in Bloomberg. I paid cash at the remainder ...


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I know link only answers are frowned upon, but this and this is your only answer. We are not lawyers or ATF agents to untangle this. In short: if you are on a visa, then you are prohibited. If you are on a visa waiver, then you can continue with reading this.


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I found that Disney has a page listing rooms suitable for larger groups. All of these have a suite layout with one or more bedrooms separate from a lounge area that generally includes a sofa bed in some form.


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I've stayed at 3 of the WDW deluxe villa resorts and used both the 1 and 2 bedroom units... they are very nice and come with great amenities. Out of Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Beach Club Villas, BCV is my favorite if only for the awesome pool and location (walk into Epcot). For other recommendations, I'd check out the Marriott Vacation ...



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