Monday, July 29, 2013

Romantic Orlando (by Aimee Claire)

Orlando is the fifth largest city in the US state of Florida, and is nicknamed ‘The City Beautiful’. Originally named Jernigan after its first permanent settler, Orlando experienced its ‘Golden Era’ during the late nineteenth century, thanks to its orange-growing orchards. The city is famous today for its extensive tourist attractions, including Disneyworld, Epcot Center and the Universal Orlando Resort, comprising SeaWorld, Gatorland and Wet n’ Wild Water Park. Romantic attractions There is more to Orlando than just cartoon characters and getting wet. For those going to Orlando with romance in mind, there is the popular horse-drawn carriage ride that takes couples through the streets of downtown Orlando. Something a little more expensive, but also a bit more unusual, is a helicopter ride over the town, with the pilot pointing out the famous sights. Some flights also fly over the lakes of Central Florida, presenting the opportunity to see some of the area’s wildlife. Although generally thought of as a family attraction, the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at the Magic Kingdom is perfect for lovers. Find the perfect viewing spot, such as at the Polynesian Hotel, the Contemporary Resort, or get a little privacy by taking a boat out on the Seven Seas Lagoon, and then sit back and watch the firework display. For a sophisticated evening out, head to the Vines Grill and Wine Bar. Here, you can dine on gourmet food made with organic and locally sourced ingredients, and choose from an extensive wine list, whilst listening to a live jazz band. Where to stay There are plenty of big hotels in Orlando, yet despite their size, they still offer a taste of romance for those seeking it. The Caribe Royale Orlando on Lake Buena Vista, is perfectly placed for all the major attractions, but also boasts a host of in-house amenities, including a spa and wellness center, golf course, games room, tennis court and hot tubs. For 5-star service, try the Peabody Orlando with its superior rooms and spa-like bathrooms. Another high-class hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Orlando has all the usual facilities, with in room iPod docking station, 37” flat screen TV, and marble bathrooms complete with bathrobe and slippers. Weather in Orlando and when to go The peak season is during the school holidays, June through to August, and the weather is hot, though not uncomfortably so. The slow time is in September, so there are some good deals to be had, but it is also the heart of the hurricane season. January through to March is an ideal time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds, and the weather is still good, in the 70°s and 80°s during the day, dropping to 50°s and 60°s of a night. Getting to and around Orlando The main, and busiest, airport in the area is the Orlando International Airport and many airlines fly to Orlando, with Air Transat flights having some very good deals. Once in Orlando, it is very easy to get around by car, although there are many tolls on the roads and very little free parking. Article by Aimee Claire Visit MondoExplorer Orlando

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