Florida

Florida is packed full of options for your charter holiday. Whether you choose to explore the West Coast or East coast you will find some incredible sailing and countless things to see and do.

Famous for fantastic weather and perfect sailing conditions, beautiful natural parks, modern cities and wild party towns the waters between Miami and the Dry Tortugas offer incredible cruising variety and many options for exploring by boat. The Gulf Stream ensures the climate is almost tropical while the cooling trade winds keep temperatures very pleasant.

The southwest coast of Florida offers a wide variety for the cruising yachtsman. Crystal clear water, white sand and shell-laden islands with lush subtropical vegetation, sophisticated marina resorts, quaint island retreats and accessible waterside restaurants and bars.

Sarasota Bay- twenty miles south of Tampa Bay, is protected from the Gulf of Mexico by the barrier islands - Longboat Key, Lido Key, and Siesta Key - which are interspersed by two gulf-to-bay inlets, both leading into downtown Sarasota via the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Dry Tortugas national park is only accessible by boat or seaplane and is famous for abundant sea life, colorful coral reefs and legends of shipwrecks and sunken treasures. The park's centrepiece is Fort Jefferson, a massive but unfinished coastal fortress.

Key West is a unique and exciting party town with a large society of artists and flamboyant residents and visitors. Numerous restaurants, bars, shops and attractions are nearby excellent marina facilities.

Fort Lauderdale is widely regarded as the yachting capital of the world. Here you will find everything nautical you can think of along with fashion boutiques, art galleries, top-class restaurants, cafés and night clubs.

Miami is a lively and modern city with a fashionable retail and entertainment district . Miami beach and the famous Art Deco District is nearby with exciting shopping and the night life of trendy South Beach. From Miami you can either sail south to the Keys (Key largo is only one day sail away), or it is possible for experienced sailors to journey across the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas.

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Weather Conditions

Climate

General weather for Florida

Miami and south to the Florida keys have a tropical climate which means high temperatures and high rainfall.

The annual weather is split up into a dry winter and a wet summer. Rainfall picks up in May and reaches its highest in June, August and September. Heat follows the same pattern. The heat and rain combined makes for high humidity that often makes things rather uncomfortable.

The ‘winter’ months of December, January and February see average highs of about 23°C to 24°C - not your typical winter weather.. Average daily minimums throughout winter fall to a pretty comfortable 16°C, with 8 hours of daily sunlight.

June till November is hurricane season and this area can be effected by frequent stroms.

Average Conditions - Florida


  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

High Temperature (c)

23

24

26

27

29

30

31

31

31

28

26

24

Low Temperature (c)

16

16

18

19

22

23

24

24

24

22

19

17

Precipitation (mm)

71

53

64

81

173

178

155

160

203

234

71

51

Average Sunshine (hours)

8

8

9

9

9

9

9

8

7

6

7

7


Current Forecast:

Miami
Day Temp Wind Wave Vis Weather
Wed
20th
32°C
SE

3 kts

2.7 ft 1 miles
Thu
21st
32°C
ENE

6 kts

2.5 ft 2 miles
Fri
22nd
32°C
ENE

10 kts

2.5 ft 3 miles
Sat
23rd
32°C
ENE

11 kts

2.7 ft 3 miles
Sun
24th
31°C
ENE

8 kts

3.2 ft 2 miles

General Information

Flights to Florida, USA

Flight Times:
From London to Miami is 8 hours 10 minutes.

Departure Tax:
None.

Passports:
Valid passport required by all nationals from the UK, Australia, and Other EU countries; validity varies - for most countries the passport must be valid for at least six months from the date on which the holder enters the USA. If not, the holder will be admitted until the expiration date on the passport; check with the embassy.

Passport note: 
(a) For nationals included in the Visa Waiver Program passports must be valid for at least 90 days from date of entry.
(b) All travellers entering the USA under the Visa Waiver Program require individual machine-readable passports. Children included on a parent's passport also now require their own machine-readable passport. Travellers not in possession of machine-readable passports will require a valid USA entry visa.
(c) As of 12 January 2009, all travellers visiting the US under the Visa Waiver Programme are to provide details online 72 hours prior to travel. For more information, please see below.
(d) Passports issued on or after 26 October 2005 will need to have a biometric identifier in order for the holder to travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Machine-readable passports issued between 26 October 2005 and 25 October 2006 requires a digital photograph printed on the data page or an integrated chip with information from the data page. Machine-readable passports issued on or after 26 October 2006 will require an integrated chip with information from the data page (e-passport).

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI): 
All persons, including US citizens, travelling by air between the USA and Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport, or other approved document, when entering or re-entering the USA. Similar requirements for those travelling by land or sea were introduced on 1 June 2009.
For further details about the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, visit the website of the US Department of State.

Visas:
Not required by nationals referred to above for stays of up to 90 days except: 
1. Nationals of Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Poland and Romania, who do require a visa as they are not included in the Visa Waiver Program.
2. Holders of some Maltese passports are included in the Visa Waiver Program.

Visa note: 
(a) Landed Immigrants of Canada and British residents of Bermuda who are citizens of, and have valid passports from, Commonwealth countries or Ireland are not eligible to enter the USA without a visa.
(b) All passengers using US airports for transit purposes are required to obtain a transit visa. This does not affect qualified travellers travelling visa free under the Visa Waiver Program.
(c) To qualify for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program, nationals must travel on a valid passport, for holiday, transit or business purposes only and for a stay not exceeding 90 days. (ESTA). See below for more information.
(d) 2. Holders of UK passports with the endorsement British Subject, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Protected Person, British Overseas Citizen or British National (Overseas) Citizen do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. A passport which states holder has right of abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK does not qualify for visa free travel.
(e) A visa does not expire with the expiry of the holder’s passport. An unexpired, endorsed visa in an expired passport may be presented for entry into the USA, as long as the visa itself has not been cancelled, is undamaged, is less than 10 years old and is presented with a valid non-expired passport, provided that both passports are for the same nationality.
(f) Nationals of countries not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements (see Contact Addresses).

ESTA: 
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) came into force on 12 January 2009. It is a fully automated, electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. ESTA applications must be submitted at least 72 hours before travel to the USA. Airlines must now deny check-in to passengers without valid ESTA. Some websites may charge you for the service but you can apply online for free at ESTA (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov).
When applying for ESTA-authorisation and entering the passport number, the number 0 must not be replaced by letter O as this can lead to problems upon entering the US.
The granting of an ESTA does not guarantee entry to the USA.

Health care:
Medical insurance is strongly advised. Only emergency cases are treated without prior payment and treatment may be refused without evidence of insurance or a deposit. All receipts must be kept in order to make a claim. Medical facilities are generally of a high standard. Many medications available over the counter in other countries require a prescription in the US. Those visiting the USA for long periods with school-age children should be aware that school entry requirements include proof of immunisation against diphtheria, measles, poliomyelitis and rubella throughout the USA; schools in many states also require immunisation against tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and mumps. HIV-positive visitors must apply at the US Embassy for a Waiver of Inadmissibility before entry.

Money in Florida

ATM:
ATMs are widely available across the state.

Banking hours:
Variable, but generally Mon-Fri 0830-1700.

Credit cards:
Most major credit cards are accepted throughout the USA, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Visitors are advised to carry at least one major credit card, as it is common to request prepayment or a credit card imprint for hotel rooms and car hire, even when final payment is not by credit card.

Currency information:
US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

Currency restrictions:
There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts in excess of US$10,000 or equivalent should be declared at customs.

Traveller’s cheques:
Widely accepted in US Dollar cheques; Pound Sterling traveller's cheques are rarely accepted and few banks will honour them. Change is issued in US Dollars. One or two items of identification (passport, credit card, driving licence) will be required.

Internet:
There are Internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the international airports offer Internet access too.

Media:
Freedom of expression in the US is guaranteed by the constitution. The USA has the most highly developed mass media in the world. Public broadcasting is partly government-funded, but also supported by private grants.

Mobile telephone:
Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.

Telephone:
For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll free (freephone) numbers: 800, 855, 866, 877 and 888.


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