Orlando Named Best Warm Destination For Winter Travel

It’s getting cold out, which means it’s that time of year that Florida starts getting busier and busier. It should come as no surprise to Floridians that Orlando was named the best warm destination for winter travel.

In 2016, Florida saw approximately 112.4* million visitors (not including residents). That large number may not even include all of the people who flee the north to come to the sunshine state. Since most seasonal residents own houses in Florida, they are considered part-time residents.

Now with winter slowly setting in many are planning to escape the cold and embrace the Florida sunshine in cities like Orlando. WalletHub took an in-depth look at which cities in the U.S. are the best winter destinations.

The study analyzed more than 60 of the largest metro areas, grouped as “warm” or “cold,” to determine the cheapest and also easiest to reach destinations this winter. Analysists compared the cities along 32 key metrics, including two weeks of flight data, safety indicators, and weather predictions.

Orlando came in as the best warm destination for winter travel, but it wasn’t the only Florida city ranked in the top 20. Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater came in 12th, Lakeland/Winter Haven came in 14th, Jacksonville came in 15th, Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach came in 16th, Pensacola 18th, and Cape Canaveral 19th.

In the further breakdown, Sarasota/Bradenton came in first for highest travel costs & most hassles followed by Melbourne (third).

Orlando was fifth for most attractions and first for most warm-weather attractions. Miami also came in the top five for most warm-weather attractions.

Orlando offers some attractions and warm weather that make it highly favorable for families to travel to during the winter season.

For the full study visit WalletHub.com.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.