The best vacation homes near Universal Studios in Orlando

Enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, dive under the sea with Spongebob or hang out with the marvellous Marvel characters that grace some of Florida’s best rides and attractions.

Whatever your reason for visiting Universal Studios in Orlando, you’ll want to make sure your accommodation is every bit as exciting as the theme park itself.

Featuring movie-inspired rooms and family friendly facilities, these luxury vacation homes are all less than half an hour’s drive away from Universal Studios – and they have some amazing bonus features that will make your visit extra special. Scroll down to see which homes made the final cut.

Reunion Resort 463

Harry Potter themed room at a vacation rental near Universal Studios

With a private pool, a spa area, a home theater and some of the best themed rooms in Orlando, this seven-bedroom vacation home in Reunion Resort takes the Universal magic to another level.

Kids can transport themselves to Hogwarts through a secret door, which leads to a bewitching Harry Potter-themed bedroom. Featuring bunk beds and bookcases, it’s perfect for young muggles who are excited about visiting the theme park.

Other in-villa perks include arcade games, a karaoke room, a Playstation 3 and a pool table. It’s a magical place to stay.

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Reunion Resort 2500

Vacation rentals near Universal Studios

There’s no shortage of space at this vast vacation home near Universal Studios. Within easy reach of several other theme parks, it has 13 bedrooms and sleeps a whopping 34 guests, allowing you to gather the entire family and prepare for an action-packed Orlando vacation.

What else makes it such a great pick for families visiting Universal? Well, there’s the indoor sports hall, the large swimming pool, the slick game room, and the plush private cinema. And that’s before you even discover the colorful themed bedrooms…

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Reunion Resort 594

Spongebob themed room near Universal in Orlando

Fancy spending a night under the sea with Spongebob and his friends? At this quirky, nine-bedroom vacation home in Reunion Resort, you can.

The sprawling home offers a private pool, a spa area and a game room – plus a whacky Spongebob Squarepants-themed bedroom with bunk beds and vibrant wall art. And, as the vacation home is so close to Universal Studios and Disney World, you’ll never be far away from lively shows, magical parades, and heart-stopping world-class rollercoasters.

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Reunion Resort 422

Reunion Resort has some themed villas near Universal

Can you imagine what fun the kids could have in this play room, which comes with its very own slide?

Sleeping up to 20 guests, this spacious home also offers a private pool, three game rooms, a cinema room and life-affirming views of the golf course. It’s just a short drive away from Universal, where you and the family can get lost in the world of Hogwarts or Marvel comics in no time at all.

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Reunion Resort 469 

Reunion Resort, near Universal Studios, has a Minion-themed bedroom

Would you like to be part of the Minions crew? This colorful themed bedroom is the perfect complement to the Despicable Me-themed rides, dining facilities and shops available at Universal Studios.

The nine-bedroom Orlando villa is located in Reunion Resort, a quick drive from Universal Studios. Offering swanky living areas, a private pool and a home cinema, it’s the perfect family vacation rental near Universal Studios.

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Reunion Resort 453

Harry Potter themed home cinema

A short drive away from Universal, this incredible Orlando villa has all the facilities you need for a fun-packed family vacation. Enjoy early morning movie marathons in the enchanting, Harry Potter-themed cinema room, or make a splash in the private pool, which comes with a spillover spa.

After a long day at Universal or one of Orlando’s other theme parks, the kids can crash out in one of the Disney-themed bedrooms. If they still have energy to burn, they can make use of the vacation home’s air hockey table and arcade machines. The excitement begins the moment you check in.

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Reunion Resort 2000

There are some spectacular villas close to Universal Studios

Water slides, sprinklers and a spa: the private pool area in this Orlando villa takes relaxation a step further. Whizz down the slide, swim ’til your heart’s content or play pool games with your family!

Providing 12 beautiful bedrooms, a home cinema, a game room and a gym, begin your fun-filled days at your villa before heading to Universal Studios, only a short distance away.

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Check out the entire range of vacation villas near Universal Orlando or call us on 1-866-341-8086 (US)/ 0800 43 34567 (UK) where our sales team will be happy to help you find the perfect rental. For any extras required during your Orlando stay, our Concierge team will be at hand, offering advice and all their best tips to guide you through the way. 

Koh Samui vs Phuket

Koh Samui and Phuket are two of the most popular islands in Thailand – and for very good reason. Both places offer pristine beaches, zingy Thai food and some astonishing holiday villas. But which of these tropical islands should be top of your travel wishlist?

To help you make a decision, we’ve compared Koh Samui and Phuket side by side, giving you a quick guide to life on both of the islands. Whether you want to know which place offers the best weather, the most family friendly activities or the shortest transfer time from Bangkok, you’ll find the answers here.

Use the menu below to hop to the relevant section of our guide.

The basics
Things to see and do
Eating and drinking
When to go
Getting there
Where to stay

The basics

Phuket

Koh Samui and Phuket, compared

On Thailand’s Andaman coast and connected to the mainland by a bridge, Phuket is the country’s largest island. It’s more than twice the size of Koh Samui but has around 10 times the population; some 600,000 people call it home. There’s also an international airport, which sees a steady flow of tourists arriving throughout the year. All of this means that Phuket feels much more developed than Koh Samui, with plenty of busy areas.

Large hotel complexes and high-rise buildings line the main beaches, but there are still some phenomenal stretches of unspoilt sand. What’s more, a few areas still have little or no beachfront development, allowing you plenty of space to soak up the sun. Head inland and you’ll also find waterfalls, nature reserves and a few patches of lush jungle.

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is a sleepy alternative to Phuket

Over in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is a smaller, sleepier alternative to Phuket. It’s home to just 65,000 permanent residents, but the population rises condsiderably when short-term visitors are taken into account.

In recent years development on Koh Samui has been strictly regulated, and local rules state that no coastal building can exceed the height of a coconut tree (though, as anyone who knows Thailand will tell you, these rules aren’t always followed). Nevertheless, the palm-edged beaches in Koh Samui often have a quieter, more authentic feel than those in lively Phuket.

If you’re in the market for a bit of pampering, Koh Samui offers an abundance of opportunities to relax and take advantage of international spas. Yoga classes, massages and beauty treatments are all easy to find on Samui as the island seeks to position itself as a world-class wellbeing destination.

Koh Samui vs Phuket

Things to see and do

Beach life is mighty appealing but if you can tear yourself away from your hammock you’ll find that both islands have plenty of fun things to see and do. Here are some of the highlights on each island.

Play golf

Koh Samui has just one 18-hole championship golf course but its reputation extends far beyond the island’s shores. Set near Maenam, the Santiburi Country Club has spectacular views towards the coast and the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan.

Phuket has plenty of excellent places to play golf. Caddies (usually local women) are obligatory, and can give players advice about the courses.

Try sailing or kiteboarding

Fans of kiteboarding and windsurfing will love Koh Samui. Its beaches provide the perfect setting for lessons all year long. When the seasons change and the weather becomes unfavourable, lesson are relocated to the other side of the island. Just west of Koh Samui, the Ang Thong National Marine Park boasts some of the best snorkelling spots on the globe. If you’d rather not leave Koh Samui, head to Bophut, on the island’s north coast. Its clear, shallow waters are perfect for snorkelling, as well as swimming and kayaking.

There’s a big sailing and nautical scene in Koh Samui thanks in part to the annual Samui Regatta which is held in May or June. Based at Chaweng Beach on the east coast of the island, the event was founded to establish Koh Samui as a leading sailing destination. There are lots of social events that take place throughout the week including gala dinners, fundraisers and concerts.

Phuket, meanwhile, is the ideal destination for scuba diving and snorkelling – especially from November to April, when the sea is at its calmest. The waves pick up from May through to October, providing decent conditions for surfing. Other options include sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sea kayaking, waterskiing, jet skiing and wakeboarding.

Hit the beach

Both islands are renowned for their idyllic beaches and captivating views, but there’s a lot more to coastal life than sunbathing and swimming. Head to Patong on Phuket where you can enjoy a beachside massage, sizzling street food, and an array of clubs and bars.

The beaches on Koh Samui are generally smaller and quieter, though Chaweng is a lively spot night and day. For pure tranquility head to one of the beaches in the island’s far south, which are still untroubled by tourist crowds.

Go sightseeing

Koh Samui is known for having some of Thailand’s best coconuts; drive around the island and you’re sure to see the lush groves. Pick up a bottle of artisan coconut rum at the Magic Alambic Distillery, the only accredited rum distillery on the island. It’s located between Laem Sor and Laem Sett, and is well worth a visit if you are partial to either coconuts or rum.

Phuket is renowned for its rubber production and these trees used to cover 40 percent of the island. Nowadays tourism is the main industry, and the island is full to bursting with family friendly attractions, including a handful of themed amusement parks. However, if the mood takes you, you can still tour one of the island’s plantations and watch the rubber tappers at work.

Get pampered

Koh Samui and Phuket are both ideal for anyone who wants to get in shape during their trip to Thailand, or simply give their body a bit of a pampering.

Koh Samui has a more relaxed feel and is less developed, making it a great option for meditation sessions and beachfront yoga classes. Phuket’s high-end hotels, on the other hand, offer world-class beauty treatments and soothing traditional Thai massages. Whichever island you choose, you’re sure to find a little piece of heaven.

Eating and drinking

The food in Koh Samui and Phuket

Koh Samui’s thriving food scene is ranked among the most diverse in Thailand. From authentic Thai meals and street food vendors to sophisticated dining experiences including English, Italian and French cuisine, Samui caters to all tastes and budgets.

Phuket also offers a wide range of food, including upscale options, but generally speaking the island is better known for its lively bars and nightlife. The island’s best restaurants tend to be found in Chalong.

Both Phuket and Koh Samui are renowned for their seafood; on each island there are a plethora of good bars and restaurants dotting the shoreline.

When to go

The weather should be an important consideration when deciding whether to visit Phuket or Koh Samui. Phuket’s weather is at its best from late-November to February, while the ideal time to visit Koh Samui is between January and March.

If you’re considering a trip around southern Thailand , try visiting in February or March, when both islands have warm, sunny weather without much rain or humidity. That said, there’s really no ‘bad’ time to visit the islands. The month-by-month guides below will give you an idea of what to expect.

Koh Samui has a spectacular 18-hole golf course

Koh Samui

January offers warm, sunny weather. It can still rain every day but clouds disappear quickly to reveal bright blue skies. February offers consistently great conditions expect blue skies and calm seas. Samui experiences its best weather in March, when you can enjoy perfect skies, calm seas, and plenty of warm sun. Temperatures increase in April, while May sees a slight increase in the amount of rain. In June, July and August humidity increases but it’s still mostly dry. Rain begins to creep in by the end of September (but this is often seen as a welcome relief), while October sees a significant turn in the weather – it becomes wetter with fairly rough seas, but it’s still warm enough for barefoot strolls on the beach. November is the wettest month on Koh Samui and the rains continue to the beginning of December. By Christmas, the drier, sunnier weather has returned.

Phuket

In January, Phuket enjoys consistently great weather. It’s the least humid month on the island, with little rain and calm seas. February is by far the best month on Phuket when you can enjoy the hot, dry climate. March also has great weather but humidity increases and by April this can make some days feel quite stuffy. May sees the start of the rainy season in Phuket but there will still be plenty of good weather for you to enjoy. In June, July and August it’s wet with sunny breaks. It can also be hot and humid with rough seas; swimming is discouraged on many of the beaches during this period. September is the wettest month on Phuket and this continues into October, keeping prices down and the number of tourists nice and low. November is still rainy season in Phuket but the weather improves towards the end of the month whereas in December, you can enjoy calm seas and warm temperatures most days.

Getting there

By air

Located in the island’s northeast, Koh Samui’s airport is just minutes from the some of the best beaches. The airport itself – known as one of the most beautiful in the world – is definitely worth a closer look, if only to gawp at the vaulted ceilings and ornate Thai pillars.

From Phuket airport it can take around an hour to reach the south side of the island where the main tourist beaches are located. Due to the airport’s small size and single terminal, the queues at immigration can be quite long during peak season.

You can fly to Koh Samui and Phuket from London Heathrow, via Bangkok. The flight to Bangkok is around 11 hours 30 minutes, and the connecting flights to Koh Samui and Phuket take 1 hour 15 minutes and 1 hour 20 minutes respectively. You can also pick up connecting flights to the islands in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong.

By ferry or car

Phuket is attached to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge – it’s around a 12-hour drive from Bangkok to the island.

Koh Samui can only be reached by air or sea. Ferries connect the mainland at Surat Thani with Koh Samui, arriving and departing from Nathon, Lipa Noi, Bangrak and Maenam. Regular car ferries also make the crossing.

So which island should you choose?

Phuket Town

Both islands offer plenty of things to do and choosing between the two can be tricky. Our advice is simple: if you’re looking for high-end shopping, vibrant beach life and cocktails at upscale resorts, head to Phuket. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that Phuket is undoubtedly more commercial, attracting large groups of package tourists (which could be a drawback, depending on the type of holiday you’re looking for).

Koh Samui is a better option for relaxed beach holidays. It’s also very popular with visitors but it has more of a chilled feel to it than Phuket. The island’s quiet resorts are ideal for families, honeymooners and groups of friends who fancy a tranquil break in a luxury villa by the sea. There’s a surprisingly lively shopping scene too, with a few luxury boutiques to browse. It’s also worth checking out the Fisherman’s Village at Bophut which has an eclectic, cosmopolitan vibe.

Overall, if vibrant nightlife and bustling, activity-filled days are your idea of heaven, Phuket would be your obvious choice. But if you’re looking for a more relaxed, intimate getaway Koh Samui is undoubtedly the tropical paradise you’ve been searching for.

Can’t decide?

If you have more than 10 days to explore Thailand, why not cover both islands in a single trip? There are direct flights between Phuket and Koh Samui, which are just 55 minutes apart.

Where to stay

Both islands have a great selection of luxury villas to choose from, including beachfront options with their own private pools. Here are some of our favourites.

Koh Samui

Choeng Mon 4169

Koh Samui and Phuket both have amazing villas
Set in an exclusive hillside estate, this villa will provide you with the perfect island getaway. With private beach access, an oversized saltwater infinity pool, breathtaking ocean views and a private meditation platform, you are sure to leave here feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

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Chaweng 4231

One of Koh Samui's best villas
This villa in Chaweng is in a league of its own. Set in tropical gardens and with its own waterfall, it features floor-to-ceiling windows and a 60 sq m infinity pool. You can enjoy sea views from its spacious sun deck.

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Phuket

Kamala 6446

Phuket or Koh Samui, which one would you choose?

Home to a sunken Jacuzzi, a centralised outdoor sound system and a poolside sala with stunning views over Andaman Sea, this six-bedroom villa is to die for. Facilities include a games room, a gym and a bar.

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Kamala 5439

Villa in Phuket, Thailand

Sea views flood into the glass-walled living area at this exclusive villa, which has its own home movie theatre and an extensive outdoor dining area. Perched on a hill, it offers amazing views over Patong.

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Still looking? Browse all of our vacation rentals in Koh Samui and Phuket.

10 Amazing Beachfront Villas in Koh Samui

Koh Samui’s heavenly beaches offer soft sands, crystal-clear waters and big blue skies. Add in a backdrop of mountains and lush green forests and you’ve got the perfect setting for a villa holiday in Thailand.

If your idea of paradise is feeling the sand between your toes as you sip a zingy cocktail, or simply kicking back by a beachfront pool, you’ll find plenty to keep you smiling. Here are 10 of the very best beachfront villas in Koh Samui.

The northeast

Plai Laem 6192

Beachfront villas in Koh Samui

Offering sea views, plush contemporary furnishings and traditional-style salas, this six-bedroom villa in Plai Laem is the ideal beachfront getaway.

Steps away from the glittering Gulf of Thailand, the villa has direct access to a small palm-fringed beach. Let your personal chef serve you meals in the sunken dining area, which sits next to the T-shaped pool, or just kick off your shoes and enjoy the modern living areas.

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Bangrak 4118

Villa rental in Koh Samui, Thailand

This remarkable four-bedroom home takes Koh Samui beachfront villas to a whole new level.

Wake up here and you’ll be just steps away from the warm sands, blue seas and salty air in Bangrak, which is known locally for its impressive Big Buddha statue. There’s a private pool right by the sea, and you’ll be able to make use of a modern, fully equipped kitchen and some seriously luxurious lounge areas.

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Bangrak 2124

Beachfront vacation rental in Bangrak, Koh Samui

Koh Samui beachfront accommodation runs all the way from large, seven-bedroom rentals to more compact properties like Bangrak 2124. Smaller in size yet every bit as luxurious as the bigger vacation homes listed here, it has a private pool overlooking the beach and features plush furnishings throughout.

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Plai Laem 3001

A villa on Plai Laem's beachfront

Set amid tall palms and pretty frangipani trees, this stylish three-bedroom option in Plai Laem makes for a truly peaceful escape.

Stay here and you can spend lazy days exploring the local area, which is home to colourful fishing boats and an easygoing vibe. At the villa itself you can drink a cocktail by the poolside, absorb the sun’s rays on the loungers, or simply admire the white sands ahead.

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The north coast

Maenam 7044

Some of Koh Samui's best villas have infinity pools right by the beach

Overlooking the sea, this incredible seven-bedroom villa provides all the luxury and convenience you could need from a Koh Samui holiday.

With direct access to the soft sands, you’re free to soak up the scorching sunshine or unwind with your favourite novel, all just minutes from your villa. In front of the property, discover a lengthy open-air pool and swim ’til your heart’s content while taking in the stunning scenery. Continental breakfasts, daily maid services and welcome baskets will make your trip extra special.

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Bang Por 3045

This beachfront villa in Bang Por, Koh Samui, has its own infinity pool

Prefer a smaller villa with a luxurious vibe? Here’s one for you.

Sleeping up to six guests, this three-bedroom rental offers unspoilt views of the awe-inspiring waters. Every morning, take a dip in the infinity pool and then make time for an unhurried breakfast on the deck. Breathe in the fresh sea air and immerse yourself in island life. This is the place to be.

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Bophut 5125

Bophut 5125 is a contemporary beachfront villa in Koh Samui

For contemporary living with a difference, try this five-bedroom villa in the boho village of Bophut.

Unwind in your rooftop Jacuzzi, take a swim in the sensational swimming pool, or simply head to the beach; it’s literally steps away. Close to the popular Fisherman’s Village, an eclectic hangout full of cafes and restaurants, this villa is the ideal hideaway for friends, couples and groups of friends travelling together.

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Bophut 4120

Seafront villa in Koh Samui, Thailand

How about waking up to this astonishing view? The abundance of blue – in the sky, the sea and the private pool – is enough to create the perfect vibe for a relaxing trip. Providing four bedrooms, a beautiful outside area, comfy furnishings and more, this villa lets you experience Koh Samui in utter style.

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The east coast

Chaweng 5066

Koh Samui has some amazing beachfront vacation homes

Imagine escaping to the beach every morning for a quick swim or sunbathing session. At this five-bedroom villa in lively Chaweng, the waterfront is just steps away. Paradise couldn’t come any easier and with your own private pool edged by tropical plants, luxury living is certainly on the cards. Other amenities include a private chef, a personal masseuse and a Jacuzzi.

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The west coast

Lipa Noi 3212

Edging the beach: this Koh Samui villa

This villa rental in Lipa Noi, on Koh Samui’s west coast, lets you combine complete relaxation with beachfront strolls and a little bit of swimming. Enjoy a dip in your private pool whilst overlooking the tranquil sea beyond. With three bedrooms and plenty of extra services, including satellite TV and an Xbox, it’s perfect for an exotic family holiday.

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Check out our entire range of beachfront villas in Koh Samui or call us on 1-866-341-8086 (US)/ 0800 43 34567 (UK) where our sales team will be happy to help you find the perfect rental. For any extras required during your Koh Samui stay, our Concierge team will be at hand, offering advice and all their best tips. 

Why you should book a vacation rental in Orlando this Christmas

Classic carols, fantastic feasts and cozy evenings in: the festive season is a great time of year to celebrate with the whole family.

And what better place to enjoy Thanksgiving or Christmas than in sunny Orlando, with your own luxury vacation rental? Here are five reasons why a Top Villas vacation home should be high on your holiday wish list.

1. You can take festive feasts to a whole new level

Why you should rent a villa at Christmas

With lengthy tables, gleaming kitchens and big BBQs, our Orlando vacation rentals have everything you need to create a magical festive feast. Whether you’re hosting a family reunion for Thanksgiving or vacationing with your usual home unit at Christmas, there’s no way that you’ll go hungry. Don’t fancy doing the cooking? Chef Angelo has you covered. With his gourmet turkey feasts and delicious desserts, you can truly let the restaurant come to you.

2. You can start the big day with a dip

Start Christmas Day with a dip in the pool at your luxury vacation rental

Do you prefer warm sunshine to snowy winter chills? Orlando’s warm climate lets you swap your scarf for sunglasses and embrace that winter sun. With extras like water slides and hot tubs, the private pools at our Reunion Resort villas provide the perfect place for a Christmas Day dip. Swim ’til your heart’s content and experience the total freedom that a private pool offers.

3. You can leave the board games behind

Spending Christmas at a vacation home in Orlando

Forget playing another boring board game this holiday season. Family vacations are meant for quality time with one another, and a villa full of amazing amenities provides you with the perfect place to get started. Play air hockey, foosball or darts in your vacation rental’s very own game room, or simply cozy down and watch a variety of festive films in your own home cinema. At this plush villa in Reunion Resort you even get a private bowling alley. Strike!

4. You can create new festive traditions

Christmas holidays

Change the snowy weather to sunshine, swap roast dinners for BBQs, and trade the TV specials for gallons of pool-based fun. Booking one of our Orlando homes gives you the chance to create new festive traditions. Make this holiday season a time to remember, swapping the old traditions for new, exciting moments. Embrace the warmer weather and celebrate in style, the Top Villas way.

5. You can still make it nice and cozy

christmas eve celebrations

Orlando is more about palms than pines, but having a nicely decorated tree at home still adds to the Christmas magic. Our Concierge team can arrange for a Christmas tree to be delivered directly to your villa. Hang your stockings by the fire, decorate the tree with your favourite baubles and dance around to the best Christmas tunes, all in a Top Villas home.

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Check our Christmas availability page for the latest discounts, or call today on 1-866-341-8086 (US)/ 0800 43 34567 (UK). If you’re interested in a private chef, renting a BBQ, hiring a Christmas tree or any other extra on your Top Villas stay, our Concierge team will be there every step of the way to guide you through.

When is the best time to visit Florida?

You’re dreaming about your next vacation and the Sunshine State is right at the top of your wish list. But when’s the best time to visit Florida? Our simple month-by-month guide will help you plan the perfect trip.

The best time to visit Florida

Your whole experience of Florida will change depending on the time of year that you choose to visit.

Go in the middle of high season and the theme parks and attractions will be at their busiest and best. Visit at other times of the year and you’ll be able to enjoy lower prices, shorter queues and much smaller crowds.

The weather in Florida and when to go

The weather will also have a big impact on your experience of Florida.

Although the state is famous for its warm climate, temperatures can vary a surprising amount throughout the year (and depending on which area you visit). So whether you’re planning a golfing vacation or a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Orlando’s theme parks, it pays to plan ahead.

Central Florida

Weather-wise, the best time to visit central parts of Florida such as Orlando and Kissimmee is from January to April. There’s little rain and the temperatures are warm, but not uncomfortably so.

Crowds at attractions like Disney World and Universal Studios are also fairly low, though there are exceptions (hello, spring break).

Visit during the summer and you can expect the weather to be hot and humid, with highs of around 92 F (33 C).

South Florida

In South Florida and the Florida Keys, the best time of year for dry weather and buckets of sunshine is the winter (roughly December to April).

Unsurprisingly, these months are also the most popular among tourists visiting southern destinations like Miami, Naples and Marco Island, but it is still possible to bag great last-minute deals on vacation rentals.

The summer in South Florida (June to September) is hot and humid with plenty of big rainstorms, but prices are considerably lower than they are in high season.

If you love the sunshine, the best time of year to visit South Florida and the Florida Keys is winter, when it has some of the highest temperatures of anywhere in the continental USA.

North Florida

Northern parts of Florida tend to be considerably cooler, which makes summer a popular time of year to visit. Winter temperatures range from mild to surprisingly cold. Snow is not exactly common, but it has been known to fall.

When is hurricane season in Florida?

Florida’s hurricane season runs from June to November each year, peaking between August and October.

It’s very hard to predict the number of hurricanes that will make landfall in a given year, however – and even if you visit during those months, there’s a very low risk that a hurricane will affect your vacation.

When to visit Florida, month by month

January

January is the coolest month of the year in Florida, with average lows of around 49 F (around 10 C) in Orlando. However, temperatures in the middle of the day can hit 74 F in the Florida Keys (around 23 C), making it possible to spend plenty of time exploring the great outdoors.

February

Across Florida, temperatures begin to edge upwards in February. The beaches begin to attract sunseekers from across the USA, while the colorful Mardi Gras celebrations get underway at Universal Studios in Orlando. If you’re in Florida at the end of February, sure to check out the Daytona 500, Nascar’s most famous and action-packed event.

March

Dry and sunny, March signals the arrival of spring in Florida, and is a great month for sightseeing. Try the International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot in Orlando, or the Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts. We can’t write about March without mentioning spring break, which sees students heading to Florida’s beaches and resorts for a week of fun.

April

April is a great time to visit Florida. The days begin to feel longer and brighter and the weather warms up a lot, hitting around 81 F (27 C) in the Florida Keys. Despite this, there aren’t any of the big crowds associated with visiting Florida in high season. Local events include the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival and the lively Siesta Fiesta arts festival in Sarasota.

When is the best time to visit Florida?

May

May marks the start of the warmest part of the year, and is a good time to visit Florida. Crowds at blockbuster attractions like the Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios are manageable, at least until Memorial Day, when things get a little busier. Heading to Orlando? Make a trip to the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival, which showcases musicians, dancers and artists from around the globe.

June

Florida’s wettest month, June see around 7.5 inches of rain falling on Orlando. But don’t let that put you off; most of that rain falls in big thunderstorms, only to be replaced by bright sunshine. Temperatures can hit 91.3 F (33 C) in Naples – perfect for lazing on the beach or chilling out at your luxury vacation rental.

July

Hot, hot, hot! Florida swelters in July, with high temperatures right across the state. The good news is that there are some great deals on vacation rentals – and you can easily cool off at the beach or the water park. If you’re visiting early on in the month, make sure you make a trip to one of Florida’s big cities for the wild 4th July celebrations.

August

Whether you’re visiting Florida for the wildlife or the nightlife, August is sure to deliver hot weather. Pack sunscreen and be prepared for a quick storm or two. The theme parks can be crowded in August, especially at the start of the month before the kids head back to school, but things get quieter as the month rolls on.

Florida is hottest in the summer

September

Florida’s heat begins to let up a little in September and, after the Labor Day celebrations, the summer crowds start to subside. Most of Orlando’s main attractions will still be open though, making this a good time of year to visit. There’s plenty of rain, but most of that falls during thunderstorms.

October

If you’re looking for good weather and relatively crowd-free sightseeing, October is one of the best times to visit Florida. Temperatures average around 72 F (22 C) in places like Orlando and Kissimmee, with less and less rain as November approaches. Look out for Halloween-themed events at attractions across the state.

November

November is the driest month of the year in Orlando, and compared with the downpours of the wet season, showers are few and far between in Miami and the Florida Keys. Temperatures are also considerably lower but it’s still warm enough for swimming across southern parts of Florida (especially at the start of the month). November events include the International Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale, which runs for 17 days.

December

December is one of the coldest months of the year in Florida, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be shivering on vacation. Temperatures regularly hit 72 F (22 C) in Orlando and can soar as high as 77 F (25 C) in Fort Lauderdale. Look out for the magical holiday parades taking place across the state.

Climate charts for Florida

The climate charts below will give you an idea of the best time to visit Florida. We’ve picked Jacksonville, Orlando and Key West to show how the weather changes from north to south.

Jacksonville

The best time of year to visit Jacksonville, Florida

Orlando

Orlando temperature chart

Key West

When is the best time to visit Key West

Climate data: Florida State University

The best time of year to visit Florida’s theme parks

The weather is only one consideration when visiting Orlando’s big attractions. You should also think about the possibility of crowds, which tend to peak when the kids are off school.

A good option is to visit during one of the two shoulder seasons, which run from April to May and September to November.  There’s a good chance of warm, comfortable weather and – if you avoid any seasonal school breaks and holidays – the queues at water parks and theme parks are much smaller.

Some attractions close during the winter but lots of the main ones stay open right through the year, ensuring that you have plenty of things to do regardless of when you visit Florida.

If you want to avoid big crowds, consider visiting outside of school breaks and national holidays. It’s also worth thinking about the kinds of events that are taking place at the parks during your trip – is there a special Halloween celebration you want to check out, or a major convention that’s going to make the theme parks busy?

The best time to visit Florida for great vacation rental deals

Low-season offers are easy to find in some of Florida’s best resorts, including Reunion Resort, Championsgate and The Encore Club. While prices for hotels and vacation rentals tend to go up in high season, you can still get some great last-minute deals in Florida.

Check out our latest deals in Orlando, or browse through all of our Florida vacation rentals to find your dream hideaway.

Have Your Own Mini Olympics With Top Villas

With huge private pools, sports halls, bowling alleys, tennis courts and more, why not have your own mini Olympics in a Top Villas vacation home?

Vacation rentals for the 2016 Olympics

What better way to celebrate the start of the Olympic games than to hold your very own in a Top Villas vacation home! Our Orlando vacation homes are equipped with a whole host of sporting amenities, plus they’re located in top resorts near Disney, with championship golf courses, cycling trails, pro tennis courts and more.

Vacation Rentals with Private Pools

Vacation rentals with private pools

Swim laps, practice your breaststroke or try a spot of synchronised swimming with friends and family, the choice is yours in our Top Villas vacation homes with private pools. Reunion Resort 6000 features the longest pool in Reunion, with a huge spa, water fountains, LED lights, luxury loungers and daybeds plus an adjacent outdoor kitchen, dining and BBQ area.

Table Tennis Galore

You can play ping pong at this luxury vacation rental

Enjoy endless ping pong practice in our luxury Orlando villas equipped with table tennis tables. Did you know table tennis has been an Olympic sport since 1988?

Cycling in Florida

Reunion Resort cycling track

If you prefer to be out and about exploring nature, Reunion Resort offers a range of different dirt bike trails. Hire a bike and get the entire family involved on a new adventure through the various biking trails.  Build up your stamina, race each other and train to be the next cycling champion in the warm Orlando sunshine.

Villas with Basketball Courts

Some vacation rentals come with their own basketball courts

Take the opportunity to play like your favourite basketball players in your very own indoor sports hall. Homes including Reunion Resort 2500,  Reunion Resort 3000 and Reunion Resort 10000 feature indoor basketball courts where you can shoot some winning hoops or practice your tackle while the Olympics are on the huge screen in your nearby movie room.

 Pro Hydro-Lit Tennis Courts

Reunion Resort tennis courts

With athletes like Serena Williams and Andy Murray gracing the courts, are you up to the grade? Reunion Resort offers an award-winning pro tennis complex, with 6 state-of-the-art courts for every skill level. Practice to perfection, enjoy a relaxing game with family and friends or enjoy an afternoon re-enacting the Olympic games – the choice is yours.

Championship Golf

Reunion Resort driving range

Our Orlando vacation homes are located in the best resorts near Disney, complete with world-class championship golf courses. Reunion Resort features 3 signature courses designed by renowned golf champions and Championsgate offers two courses.

Get the Best Seats

Film

If you’re looking for the best seats to watch the Olympics then look no further than our vacation homes in Orlando. Our villas come equipped with state-of-the-art amenities including private cinemas, huge plasma TVs and an array of spectacular indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Go for gold when competing in your own mini Olympics with Top Villas!

For more information about our many Orlando vacation homes, call up today on 1-866-341-8086 (US)/ 0800 43 34567 (UK) or book instantly online. If you’re interested in golf, cycling, tennis or any other facilities, our Concierge team will be able to arrange all these extras and anything else you may require on your stay with us. 

Editor’s Choice – One of the Best Villas in Orlando

According to travel editor Syd House, Reunion Resort 6000 is packed with so much luxury it’s more like a film-set than a self-catering villa…

Five and a half miles from Disney World Orlando, set on the impressive Reunion Resort, Villa 6000 is this stunning 9 en suite bedroom, 12 bathroom property overlooking the resort’s championship golf course. It is furnished and decorated to the highest standard and packed with so much luxury it’s more like a film-set than a self-catering villa.

Although the resort is in a quiet, secluded location, if you stay here you are on the doorstep of all the action of Universal Studios, all the Disney parks and Seaworld.

It’s a place to come home to and relax after a hard day at the parks or on the golf course and if you are travelling with the extended family or with a group of friends and want to stay together, this is a fabulous alternative to hotel accommodation.

Who For?

It sleeps up to 24, so is perfect for an extended family or a group of friends.

Accommodation and Living Space

There are nine ensuite bedrooms, all with walk-in wardrobes and 12 bathrooms. The bedroom on the ground floor opens onto the patio, while two of the upstairs bedrooms – reached via a sweeping staircase – open onto a private balcony, complete with outdoor table tennis table. The beds are all super king size, and come with high quality bedding.

The massive bright white-on-white kitchen, dining room and living room have every last luxury, from crystal chandeliers, marble flooring, to double dishwashers and a dining table and chairs for 16 that could host the most elegant of dinner parties.

Food and Drink

If you wish to self-cater the kitchen has every kind of kitchen implement required for serious cooking, and guests can order a welcome hamper with all you’ll need for 24 hours, including beer, wine, bread, cheese, ham, fruit, eggs, bacon, tea, coffee, milk, juice, butter, crisps, and a few little surprises besides. There is a local supermarket short drive away.

Facilities

Reunion 6000 has WiFi throughout, a music system, large flat-screen TV’s in every room and air conditioning is found throughout the property.

A games room will keep the kids happy, while the 24-seater cinema with luxurious leather reclining seats and free-to-watch films. Work off those American-sized meals in the villa’s state-of-the-art gym.

Given the glorious Florida weather you’ll probably want to spend a lot of time around the large 70ft pool area, which comes with cabanas, a hot tub the size of a swimming pool, sun loungers, and outside dining area with large TV, and your very own golf putting green. And all this hasprivate views over a natural conservation area.

There are optional water-feature fountains over the pool, which has the capacity to be heated should you wish.

What’s Nearby?

Walt Disney World, SeaWorld – Worlds of Discovery, Richard Petty Driving Experience, Universal Orlando® Resort, LEGOLAND® Florida, Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park, Gatorland, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Premium Outlets, Kennedy Space Center, Orlando Premium Outlets – International Drive, Mall at Millenia and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

How to Book?

For more information call the Top Villas team, or to book Reunion Resort 6000 instantly online.

Top 5 Reasons to visit Orlando this September

With crowds decreasing, humidity dropping, exciting events and Top Villas deals better than ever, September is hotting up to be the best time to experience Orlando!

Why visit Orlando this September

#1 – Exclusive deals

Private pools, home cinemas, games rooms galore, top notch kitchens and enough bedrooms to accommodate the entire family, our best homes are coming at you with even better prices! Receive up to 50% on our top villas, experiencing luxury travel and Orlando sunshine for a fraction of the price.

Reunion Resort 2000 pool

#2 – Perfect weather

The summer humidity has faded away, leaving that cooler summer breeze wavering in the air. Picture lounging out by the poolside, soaking in the warm sunshine with the occasional lovely breeze flowing by, the perfect weather to experience the jam packed city of Orlando.

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#3 Low Season

Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Discovery Cove, SeaWorld and more, Orlando’s buzzing attractions create the most magical memories every child dreams of. By visiting in low season, it means you’ll watch the magic come to life with shorter queues, smaller crowds and less people, seeing the action straight away. Hop on your favourite ride, meet the famous princesses and be in front for all the parades, low season makes an Orlando trip completely stress free.

Orlando attractions

#4 Magic dining

For all the foodies out there, ‘Magic Dining’ month is held in September, launching on August 29th for the special preview week and ending October 2nd. Try out a vast collection of Orlando’s top eateries from Italian to Chinese, Seafood to Steakhouse, whichever palette you’re have, this event caters to all. Celebrate Orlando’s fine culinary scene with 3 courses for only $33 and indulge in the imaginative creations served up for everyone.

Magic dining orlando

#5 Exciting events

As autumn emerges, Orlando’s events come out in full force! Whether you love to sing your heart out, watch the magical Disney characters brought to life, taste a range of the finest cuisines or enjoy a thrill, there’s an event for you.

Orlando events

The musical wonders of Maroon 5 are playing at Orlando’s esteemed Amway centre on the 9th – isn’t that enough to make anyone visit? Sassy Megan Trainor is also gracing the stage on the 19th with her Untouchable tour – get ready to dance the night away to the vibrant tunes. For an unforgettable experience, the awe inspiring show ‘Cique de Solei’ hits the stage on 21st September so keep your eye out to watch crazy acrobatics and incredible tricks!

The younger members of the party will be mesmerised by Mickey Mouse’s annual ‘Not so Scary Halloween Party’, launching on September 2nd. With electrifying parades, trick or treat fun, firework displays and fright night, kick the Halloween celebrations off early and create hours of fun filled family memories. Or if thrills, scares and gruesome characters are more your cup of tea, Universal’s astounding annual Halloween Horror nights begins on September 16th!

If all this isn’t enough, Disney’s Epcot’s renowned food and wine festival begins on the 14th September! Taste the unique worldwide cuisines from Italian, Mexican to Japanese, whichever food you’d love to eat, this is the perfect time to visit Walt Disney World.

With all the crazy excitement happening in the month of September you’d be mad to miss out!

For more information on events, our exclusive deals, or anything else, our sales and concierge team will be at hand to help plan your Orlando trip with complete ease. They will find the perfect vacation home, attraction tickets and any other service you require. Call up today on 1-866-341-8086 (US) or 0800 43 34567 (UK.)

 
 

Guest post: How to plan for your trip to Disney?

We’ve asked popular family blogger @sarahjchristie from the blog ‘Extraordinary Chaos’ about her experience and top tips when planning a trip to the esteemed Walt Disney World, here’s what she said:

Disney is all booked, the kids are excited, in fact scrap that, you are excited! Or it is just me that get more excited than the kids about a Disney trip? But it is not a show up a play type of a trip. A Disney vacation takes preparation and planning and if you get that right, it saves all the stress on arrival. I like to have everything planned so that when our holiday starts we can follow the plan and enjoy our time in the parks.

Rides

Firstly you need to sign up for My Disney Experience and get the mobile app. My Disney experience is the Disney online booking platform for FastPass+. This will enable you to pre-book up to 3 rides or experience up to 30 days prior to you trip, with valid theme park tickets.

Hollywood Tower ride

Choose your rides wisely and pre-book the rides that a more likely to have queues. I found a great strategy is to get to the park for rope drop and go straight to the back of the park. It is always quieter; we target our favourite ride, then work forward setting our FastPass+ choice for later in the morning. As soon as you have used a pass, go to a machine or onto your app and book another for later in the day. We found this really worked for us. The key is choosing the 3 rides you most want to ride and booking those, then mopping up the rest throughout the day. If you are visiting Animal Kingdom and want to ride the safari, head straight towards that at rope drop, the wait is generally not that long. You can then plan your fast passes and work backwards from there. My Disney Experience also offers you useful information such as park opening times, character meet and greet times and locations and enables you to pre-book restaurants.

DisneyWorld

Restaurants

When choosing restaurants, decide on a daily itinerary and pre-book. Favourites such as the Sci-Fi Dine-In and character meals get booked months in advance. I set out a rough plan of our trip and pre-booked all the restaurants that we wanted to eat in or experience. There is some room to change about, but it is worth booking in advance especially if the kids have a certain restaurant they want to visit.

Mickey mouse ice cream

What to pack?

Be prepared and take a lightweight backpack, if you plan to be out all day you will need to be prepared with lots of supplies. Such as easy to apply sun cream, you need to keep applying throughout the day, so a high factor spray saves a drama. Our boys welcomed the spray as it cooled them down. They would not have appreciated a thick rub on lotion; it was too hot and sticky for that. Take sunhats, glasses and water fans. They can be expensive in the parks, but can be picked up for a reasonable price in supermarkets. As soon as the kids see the water fan they will want one, and to be honest when queuing to meet a character, they are a godsend. Be sure to take water bottles, there are fill up stations all over the parks. I found insulated non spill bottles better, they kept the water cooler for longer and as I always ended up carrying them I wasn’t worrying about them spilling out in the backpack.

If you plan to see the fireworks at Epcot booking a dinner reservation and requesting seating overlooking the lake, it is great way to enjoy them without the crowds. We ate in the English Pub on the verandah overlooking the lake and thoroughly enjoyed watching the fireworks as we dined.

Photos

Disney character meet and greet

If you plan to spend quite a bit of time in the Disney Parks My Photo Pass is a great option, you do not need to worry about getting shots of all the family together as there are cast members with cameras everywhere. The Photo Pass also includes character spot photos and ride photos. We had 500 amazing photos in our Photo Pass when we came home. And lastly be ready with an autograph book and pen. Although there are lots of pre-arranged photo spots, the characters do tend to occasionally pop up.

Now you have done all that preparing and planning there is only one thing left to do? Have an incredible time, chill and reap the rewards of your careful planning. Oh and whatever you do wear worn in, comfy shoes!

If you’re planning a trip to DisneyWorld, here at Top Villas, we offer a vast collection of Orlando vacation homes, located only minutes away! To book or find out more information, call up today and speak to our sales team who will happily assist you: 1-866-341-8086 (US) or 0800 43 34567 (UK.) Our Concierge team are also on hand to help guide you through the way when purchasing attraction tickets, arranging dinner reservations or any other extras you may require on your dream Disney trip.

Editor’s Choice: 10 Reasons Why This Villa Near Disney World is Better Than a Hotel!

With millions of tourists in Orlando each year, it’s easy to see why a luxury villa near Disney World is more tempting than a crowded hotel. This vacation home is much better value per person than multiple hotel rooms – and the benefits don’t stop there!

villa near disney world

Why Book This Vacation Villa Near Disney World Florida?

1. Your own private hotel:

This huge villa in Reunion Resort is one of the largest villa rentals near Disney World, offering more space and privacy than a hotel room. With 12 en-suite bedrooms and space to sleep up to 28 people, this expansive home is like your own private hotel! It’s ideal for travelling families, group gatherings and special occasions, where guests can relax knowing there are no strangers in the next room, or by the pool.

villa near walt disney world

2. A villa near Disney is better value 

This villa near Disney Florida is far more economical for families and large groups sharing the cost. The rate per night starts at $1,817, that means for a 7 night stay at full occupancy, guests only pay around $450 per person! If you need any more reasons to book, there’s 20% off any 5 night stay from 13/9/16 to 2/9/16 and 30% off 5 nights from 6/9/16 to 17/9/16.

3. Fantastic amenities:

vacation villa near disney world

This spectacular vacation villa near Disney World Florida has been designed with endless private amenities. There’s a huge 60-foot swimming pool with hot tub and water slide, a private cinema, games room with sports bar, a gymnasium, banquet room, 4 living rooms, 15 bathrooms, a summer kitchen with BBQ, a golf putting green and much more.

4. Get closer to family & friends:

A villa really reigns over a hotel when it comes to serving big families or groups of friends travelling together.  Many of our guests acknowledge becoming closer with their family or friends after staying together in a Top Villas rental.

villa with pool near disney world

5. Best resort near Disney World:

Reunion Resort is the most popular and prestigious resort in Orlando, located just 5.5 miles from Disney World’s main gates. You can drive to the parks and shopping malls in just a few minutes, or stay at Reunion with use of its 3 championship signature-designed golf courses, waterpark with lazy river, splash park, boutique spa, pro tennis courts, restaurants and biking trails.

6. Total freedom:

Choosing a villa near Walt Disney World means you can make the rules, doing whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it. Wake up in your own time, eat breakfast by your own private pool and create your own holiday itinerary whether you want to stay in or out. A villa offers every luxury, even down to the little things including your own washing machines and dryers saving you even more time and money.

 7. Better for kids:

villa near disney florida

This family-friendly villa features a dedicated entertainment room with large TV screens playstations and other kids accessories. Little ones will love the private pool, movie room, games room, golf putting green and endless space to play. A private chef can be arranged to cook up kid’s favorites anytime, there’s also the availability of babysitters, kids travel equipment and other kid’s accessories.

8. Better Dining Choices

Although hotel food may have its benefits there are far better dining options in a private villa. Villas come equipped with state-of-the-art kitchens, dining areas, BBQs and generous entertaining spaces meaning you can stick to your own budget and enjoy all the food and drink you desire without inflated prices. Personal chefs can be arranged via the Top Villas concierge team, to create gorgeous personalized cuisine – should you want to dine out there are plenty of restaurants in the resorts and local area.

luxury villa near disney world

9. Weddings and Parties

Five star hotels can make great wedding venues however it’s often difficult to book the entire hotel or to reach the level of personalization and privacy a villa can offer. We work with some of the best wedding and event planners in Orlando and offer a whole host of bespoke services including private chefs, catering and everything you need to make your special occasion truly memorable.

10. Best product, best price, best service

We have handpicked and personally inspected every home in our portfolio to make sure we only offer the best luxury villas. We also offer the best rates guaranteed. What’s more, we offer an unsurpassed service, with 24/7 customer support, bespoke concierge services, professionally managed homes and a secure payment system. We’re ABTA approved too. Plus we get top ratings on Feefo, the world’s best travel review site.

villas near disney world orlando

Book this villa near Disney World instantly online, or contact us on 1-866-341-8086 (US) or 0800 43 34567 (UK). For additional help with car hire, personal chefs, attraction tickets or more, our friendly Concierge team is on-hand to help you arrange everything you need for an unforgettable Orlando vacation!