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20 days touring and experiencing the wonders of Tampa, Orlando and Daytona Beach

isabel rodriguez
by isabel rodriguezAbout Me:College student who loves to travel and gain experiences! read more

North AmericaUnited States19 days / July 2019

Highs & Lows

Visiting Daytona beach is the most chilling experience!

The weather in July as it is summer, is VERY hot!

Itinerary Overview

 I had recently graduated from school and we wanted to celebrate so we decided to travel to the United states in July holidays. We arrived to Orlando which was a 4hour trip from Bogotá/Colombia. We stayed in a Hotel called Hotel Sevilla, it was a beautiful place to stay with good and comfortable rooms and the price was also very comfortable even though we went in a time of high tourism, prices did increase a little but it was an affordable place. With my family we wanted to visit two parks in specific (the ones that we couldn’t have the opportunity to visit before: Epcot and Busch Gardens) so, as we were staying in Orlando we decided to go first to Epcot. It was a 22-minute trip. Personally, I consider that this park, beyond it’s attractions, is a very cultural and historical place perfect for people who really want to feel as if they were touring all around the world. In other words, Epcot was a bit of the world in one park. As you walked through the park you could see cities, countries and traditions, each place with characteristic dances of the region, food and clothes, I highly recommend this park!

The next day, we stayed at the hotel because we were very tired but the third day we decided to go to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and it was an 1hour and 25 minutes trip from Orlando. If you are interested in going, an advice is to wear very fresh clothes because the heat in that time of the year is very intense. Also, as the park is huge, use a good pair of shoes and if possible, take with you an extra set of clothes. And at last but not least, it is important to set meeting points in case someone gets lost. If you are an animal lover Busch Gardens is the perfect park for you, there was an incredible variety of wild life and in very good conditions. It was a hilarious experience because we were walking to an attraction and we saw a group of flamingos that were walking freely and one of the flamingos approached to us and started to bite my mom’s cap it was very funny but beautiful moment since I had never seen a flamenco so closely.

The fourth day, we decided to travel to Daytona Beach to have a relaxing day near the beach. It took us an hour and 30minutes to arrive but the route was very good because the traffic was light therefore, it was an enjoyable time. A tip for those who want to spend the day at Daytona is to take with you the lunch, snacks and most importantly water or sodas. I remember that we couldn't rent a tent so we had to use towels and be in the sun all the time so try to arrive early in the morning so that you can rent chairs and umbrellas. Despite the hot sun, it is a very chill moment with my family. The sand of the beach was very white and the sea had a perfect temperature. After this, approximately at 6:00 pm we decided to return back to the hotel and that was the end of our amazing and relaxed day.

  • 19 Nights: Orlando
    Summer vacations = Parks!
  • Day trip: Tampa
    Experiencing Busch Gardens
  • Day trip: Daytona Beach
    Relaxing time at Daytona!

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Nothing! everything was great!

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    I recommend to use a gps if you don't know were are the places. We got lost several times but that was all part of the experience!

  • How was the food?

    Fast food tastes amazing in parks!

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Always take with you an extra set of clothes and water, you'll always get dirty.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Rent a car. It's the best option to transport comfy and safe and sound