Home to some of America’s finest white-sand beaches, most vibrant cities and attractions that provide fun for the whole family, it’s not difficult to see why Florida brings in a huge numbers of visitors each year.
The best way to see the Sunshine State is by car. If you’re thinking of hiring a car in Florida, we’ve got more than 200 pick-up locations in the state. They’re as far-flung as the island of Key West in the south up to Jacksonville in the north. You can also find branches in the major airports, such as Miami International.
Take advantage of our 24-hour helpline should you need us, as well as our best price guarantee offer. You can also be confident that you won’t find any hidden charges or credit card fees, and we’ll get you on your way in no time at all.
You’ll find there’s a great road network right across Florida, providing access to all the region’s cities and resorts. The main interstate motorways are I-75 (down the west coast, ending in Miami) and the I-95 (down the east coast). The I-4 runs coast-to-coast across the Florida peninsular, from Tampa, through Orlando to Daytona.
There are many lesser-known routes too and you’re never far from a smooth stretch of straight four-lane highway. This makes it easy and relaxing to get around this vast state, wherever you need to be.
Check out this fantastic video to see what driving around in Florida really looks like.
Florida’s Turnpike is a 483-mile system of toll roads on which every vehicle will have to pay a fee generally based on the distance of the journey and the number of axles on the vehicle – find out all about the charges here. Other interstate highways with toll charges include the 1-75 between Miami and Naples, and the Bee Line Expressway between Orlando and Cape Canaveral.
The driving rules in Florida are similar to much of the rest of the USA. Drive on the right-hand side of the road and the car you hire will have a steering wheel and controls on the left. Children under the age of four or weighing less than 15kg must use a child car seat. Ensure everyone wears a seatbelt and use your headlights when your wipers are on. Always carry your driving license, registration document and insurance details in your vehicle.
The speed limit is 70mph on most multi-lane roads, although it can be dropped to 65mph on urban stretches. Perhaps more importantly, new arrivals should note that there is minimum speed limit too - you must keep going at 50mph on urban roads or over 70mph on major roads.
For some great tips for driving round on the Sunshine State's roads, check out the fun and informative guide here.
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
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Whether it’s the unrivalled spread of world-famous attractions, the miles of golden sands or the Everglades’ gator-filled swamps, Florida’s abundance of treasures will see you visiting time and again.
Both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts are lined with impressive sandy beaches, peppered with vibrant restaurants, a bustling shopping scene, unique wildlife, and sprawling, constantly changing theme parks.
Florida is the theme-park capital of the world, with some of the biggest on the planet clustered around Orlando and Kissimmee in the centre of the state. If you're visiting the state with your family, a trip to Disney World Resort is a must - spend the day exploring the park whilst meeting Mickey Mouse and all his friends too. For film buffs, head to Universal Resort and become part of the action on the Harry Potter and Transformer 3D adventure rides.
But to really get a taste of Orlando's theme parks, Busch Gardens is the perfect place for experiencing some of the craziest rides in the world. Fly through the air upside down on Montu, or if you’re a speed demon, brace yourself for the twists and turns of Kumba.
As you drive around Florida in your hire car, you’ll discover that there's more than just glorious sunshine and theme park thrills to this state.
Head for the swampy Everglades National Park at the south-west tip of the peninsular – a famous watery wildlife refuge – and the Kennedy Space Centre – the home of America’s space program near the Atlantic coast.
The road linking the glamorous islands of the Florida Keys at the southern tip of the state is one of the most spectacular drives anywhere in the world. Miami’s South Beach area is a striking and much-photographed urban area, thanks to the restored, pastel-hued art-deco architecture along the palm-fringed promenade. Fort Lauderdale is renowned as an international centre for cruises but it also has such a network of waterways that locals call it ‘the Venice of America’.
If you’re keen on a road trip, a 14-hour drive would take you from Pensacola on the western edge of the ‘Panhandle’ that stretches across the top of the Gulf of Mexico and the Alabama border down to Key West at the end of the chain of exquisite islands at the southern tip.
Want to know more about life in the south is really like? Read this fun guide into what expect from the coastal city of Sarasota here.
You'll be pleasantly surprised with northern Florida's offerings, with the likes of the Spanish colonial relic of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city, and the stunning beaches and the nature-filled waterways of Jacksonville all ready for you to explore
Some of America’s most famous beaches are here too, like Daytona and Panama City or, just west of Tampa, you’ll find Clearwater, aptly named for its serene waters and fine white sands. You may find your perfect bit of Florida is a simple wooden jetty on a quiet sandy beach or a seafood restaurant overlooking deep-sea fishing boats. Ford Meyers is ideal if you're a fan of golf, thanks to its vivid green courses.
With its golden beaches, fantastic attractions and beautiful scenery, Florida is the perfect place for an American adventure. And car hire is a great way to make sure you take in everything this state has to offer.
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.