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The US city of Orlando is at the heart of the state of Florida and due to its renowned theme parks it is one of the most popular visitor destinations on the planet. International Drive, Walt Disney World and nearby activity hubs are not easily reached on public transport, making a self-drive the best transport option. The cheapest vehicles are often found when you compare car hire online.
Orlando International Airport, 10 miles southeast of the city centre, is the chief arrival point for international visitors. Buses are the only public transport option in the city. Due to the heat and high humidity in the city, walking long distances is not really an option for getting around and air-conditioned car hire in Orlando is much more comfortable.
Drivers with their own vehicles are not limited to the central Orlando historic quarter on the shores of Lake Eola. Theme parks, the district's legendary golf courses and east coast beaches can be conveniently reached. Fuel costs in Florida are considerably lower than in the UK and driving is the most economical means of exploring. Rental firms such as Avis, Budget and Enterprise provide service in Orlando.
In the city itself, public buses suffice as a transportation choice but locations outside the downtown area are easier to get to with a hire car. Orlando is in the middle of the central Florida road network. The I-4 links the city to Tampa and Daytona Beach. Other major routes offer links to regional tourism sights. International Drive stretches southwards and begins close to the I-4's Junction 77. Driving here is on the right.
Walt Disney World Resort is a 20-mile trip when using car rental in Orlando. The top end of International Drive is a 15-minute drive. SeaWorld, Gatorland and the Wet 'n Wild Water Park are all located on this road. Recreation facilities can be found to the north at Seminole State Forest. Cocoa Beach is around one hour's drive east and offers surfing among its many draws.
Orlando has two annual climatic seasons. The wet season stretches from May until the end of September and is very humid with temperatures regularly exceeding 35°C. The cool season from October to April is much more conducive for visitors. Daytime temperatures are still in the region of 22°C, even in January, and while there is some rainfall, it is infrequent.