Useful Info

Hints and Tips
Distances to amenities and attractions
Links to Theme Park attractions
Links to Alternative Theme Park attractions
Flights and Car Hire
Restaurants
2 Centre Vacations
Terms and Conditions


Hints and Tips

Passports

To enter the USA your passports must have at least 6 months validity on your return date and several blank pages for entry stamps, check this carefully for everyone in the party, otherwise you will be refused at check-in in the UK or on arrival in the USA.

Each person traveling must have their own machine readable passport, this includes children traveling with their family regardless of age (even babies), if in doubt, go to the UK Passport website at www.ukpa.gov.uk for up to date information and advice. 

Visas:  The Reciprocal Visa Waiver Program allows UK citizens to stay in the USA for up to 90 days without a visa if they have an onward or return ticket.

Please Note.  You will need the address of the Villa to hand to complete the Visa Waiver form on board the aircraft, these are usually handed out a couple of hours before landing along with a Customs declaration.  If you are unsure how to complete these forms, please ask a member of the Aircraft Crew for assistance as you will be sent to the back of the queue in Passport Control if not correctly completed and those queues can be really long!

All passengers arriving in the USA now will have their two index fingers scanned and a digital photograph taken to verify their identity at the port of entry. 

Before you go

·   Check your next-of-kin details are complete and up to date

·   Take a photocopy or scan of the data pages of your passport and leave in a safe place or with a friend or relative.

·   Take some other form of Photo ID with you if possible

·   If your passport is lost or stolen overseas, contact the nearest British Embassy immediately.

Insurance

·   Take out a good holiday insurance policy which covers the length of your stay including outbound and inbound dates (remember your return will be the day you leave +1 as you arrive in UK early next day)

·   Keep a note of your policy number and make sure family or friends know it too

·   Note the international 24 hour emergency number, or program it into your mobile phone

·   Ensure you keep all paperwork, such as tickets, receipts, medical bills, police reports etc in case you need to send them to your insurer on your return

·   Please Note.  No insurance cover drink or drug related incidents

·   Does your policy cover all the activities you intend to try? Check any exclusions.

Change for Toll Roads

There are several Toll Roads in Florida, near the airports, they range from 25c per toll booth to $1.00.  They are great roads and easy ways to get around, however, not all the toll booths are manned.  You will need exact change for the automated booths – they do not give change and only take 5c, 10c or 25c, so always carry a number of quarters – 25c (or other change) with you.  We recommend breaking a note at the airport before collecting your car, buy a pack of gum or sweets and ask for your change in quarters.  Some of the manned booths will give change – they do advertise which it is, however, there are a couple of the entrances where you do not have pay to get on, but you may have an automated booth to get off, your hire company will be fined if you do not pay the Toll fee which they will in turn take from your credit card. 

First Aid Kits

Take a small first aid kit with you (saves you having to go the Pharmacy to buy things you’d normally have at home in the event of a minor accident or someone being ill). 

Suggestions: Plasters & antiseptic cream (Savlon), Painkillers (Ibuprofen, Aspirin or Paracetamol - American pain killers have different names which can be confusing). Cold & Flu decongestants (many people get a cold in the first few days of a holiday), Imodium (in case of upset tummy) and Indigestion Tablets (all that rich food can leave you a little bloated), Antihistamines (hay fever tablets – plants flower at all times of the year in Florida due to the warm weather). 

You can buy a basic First Aid kit in most supermarket – Please Note.  You will need to remove scissors and sharp objects such as tweezers if you carry it in your hand luggage.

Sunscreen

It is very sunny in Florida, it is advisable to use a high factor waterproof sunscreen especially for children, you can buy this in America, but taking it with you for your first day is essential, especially if you are going to the Beach. Please Note.  Even if you are not planning to go in the water, waterproof sunscreen is essential as it can easily be washed off by your own sweat.  Factor 30 or more is advisable, Factor 60 (waterproof) if you are spending the day out at the Theme Parks, Water Parks or the Beach.  You will need after sun, no matter how much sunscreen you think you’ve applied; someone will end up a little too pink!

Sun Hats & Sun Glasses

To avoid sun stroke and heat exhaustion we strongly recommend you wear a hat and have a lightweight covering for arms and shoulders for long day trips.  It is also very bright in Florida (which we are not used to) and sunglasses are an essential item to reduce glare and help prevent headaches.

Water

The tap water in America is safe to drink but does taste very different to what you are used to at home.  You will need to take plenty of fluid whilst your out and about so we strongly suggest you purchase individual bottles of water (you can buy them in multi packs at the Supermarket) as one of your first purchases to take out with you (drinks can be very expensive at the Theme Parks).  The Villa has 2 filtered water supplies, one on the kitchen sink and 1 on the fridge.

Top Tips

·   Keep a spare credit card separate from your wallet/purse for emergencies

·   Take the 24 hour emergency number for your credit cards with you to report lost or stolen cards

·   Travel light, your going to a hot country so you don’t need loads of bulky clothes, the less you pack, the less stressed you’ll be by the weight and by the thought of losing it all should the airlines make an error.  

·   Place a note inside your suitcase (if there is a zipped pouch on the lid this is the best pace) with your full name and phone number in case the suitcase becomes lost because it loses it's label or your ID tag - airlines are allowed after a period of time to open unidentified luggage to look for any ID to try to get your case back to you.

·   Keep hand luggage to a minimum especially when traveling with small children for a stress free start to your holiday.

Essentials for Hand luggage

Airlines occasionally forget to put your suitcase onboard or it accidentally goes to the wrong destination – this is very annoying but they will endeavour to get your case to you as quickly as possible. 

In the meantime, take a few small bare essentials in your hand luggage, for example: spare underwear, a swimsuit or bikini, a spare T-shirt and shorts (or a sarong), flip flops and your toothbrush, hairbrush and any medications you require.

If you do have to make any small purchases due to delayed baggage, ensure you keep the receipts as you may be able to claim this back from the airline.

Approximate distances to amenities and attractions

Distances to local amenities (driving)

Local Shops (Publix) - 5 mins

Pharmacy (CVS) - 2 mins

24 Hour Supermarket (Walmart) - 15 mins

Local Restaurants - 5 mins

Restaurants on 192 - 10 mins

Orlando Airport - 35 mins

Sanford Airport - 55 mins

Golf Courses - 5 mins

Distances to tourist attractions (driving)

Disney World / Epcot 15mins  

Sea World & Discovery Cove - 20mins

Wet & Wild - 25mins  

Universal Studios - 25mins  

Busch Gardens - 55mins  

Kennedy Space Centre - 55mins  

Gulf Coast Beaches - 55mins

Atlantic Beaches - 75mins

Links to some of our favorite Theme Park attractions



These are all worth visiting, but there is also so much more to see and do, we have created a file which is in the Villa with many leaflets for just some of the great things available in the area.

Here are a few links to help you find Alternatives to Theme parks

Cirque du Soleil show at Downtown Disney 'La Nouba': an experience you not only see, but one you feel, hear and live - unforgettable, breathtaking and captivating, the perfect blend of the daring with the endearing, and proof that the impossible is quite possible indeed.  A living breathing canvas, filled with vibrant live music, physical daring and awesome acrobatics.  Visit their website for more information.  www.disneymeetings.com/lanouba

Central Florida's Lakes Country - The unlimited Beauty of Nature

Visit Central Florida’s Lakes Country, where the sun is always shining and there are endless possibilities for vacation fun. Go on a Sunshine State adventure with 554 lakes to choose from. Relax and enjoy the timeless wonders of authentic Florida here. Visit www.sunsational.org for more information

Historic Bok Sanctuary - Lake Wales

An oasis of serenity and beauty atop 'Iron Mountain'  the highest point in Peninsular Florida, along with 128 acres of beautiful  gardens is a 205 foot  marble and coquina carillion tower and nearby,  the historic pinewood estate.  Visit their website for more information.  www.boksanctuary.org

Flights and Car Hire

There are hundreds of places that you can purchase flights from, we would recommend the following from experience as good value for money.

Check out the links below:

Opodo                                  Good online flight prices etc.

Ebookers                              Good online flight prices etc.

Expedia                                Good online flight prices etc.

Holiday Extras                      For all those extras such as airport parking and airport lounges in the UK

US Rentacar                         An excellent car hire company- not found cheaper any where else!!

Holiday Supermarket            An all round company for all aspects of flight, cars etc

2 Centre Vacations

Why not make your trip even more memorable and choose a 2 centre holiday.

Spend your first week in the Disney area, then take a drive to the beautiful gulf coast and stay in a Luxury villa within 5 minutes of the beach for your second week or vice versa.

Check out the Villa below, owned by good friends of ours. The Villa is situated in Venice, approx 2 hours from Davenport. 

This Executive Villa has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), family room, lounge, dining-room, dining-kitchen, laundry room, and large double garage. Sleeps a maximum of 10. It is only a short walk to the idyllic Manasota Beach.  Set in it's own half-acre garden the villa is one of a kind.

Click on the link below to view the website for further details

http://www.florida-luxury-villa.co.uk

Restaurants

Here are just a few Restaurants we would highly recommend from experience as good food and value for money:

Black Angus Steak house: This is a really good place to eat with a choice prime Angus beef grilled to perfection, BBQ Ribs, Chicken, Prime Rib, Soups & Salads, fresh Seafood including extra large Shrimp, Lobster Tails, Salmon or Swordfish. Visit their website for a look at the menu.  http://blackangusorlando.com/menu.htm 

Angels Seafood Buffet Restaurant: Angels Lobster Feast is an all you can eat Lobster and Prime Rib buffet - Current cost is $36.95 plus taxes - however, they do an early bird special or you can usually get a coupon for $3.00 off from the local tourist guides you pick up from the Supermarkets. There is something on the buffet for everyone from fresh seafood, chicken and specialty desserts. Kids 12 and under eat free off the children's menu.

Bennigan's Grill & Tavern: There's a little bit of everything at this Irish themed restaurant, and great Irish beers too. Visit www.bennigans.com to view the menu

Outback Steakhouse: There's a little bit of everything at this Australian themed restaurant featuring the signature 'Bloomin Onion', uniquely seasoned steaks, prime rib, chops, ribs, chicken, seafood & pasta.  Serves Australian Beers & Wine. Visit www.outback.com to view the menu

Denny's: Serves traditional breakfast meals and specializes in signature meals. Visit www.dennys.com to view the menu - very good value, we'd recommend the lumberjack slam to set you up for a hectic day out!

Chili's  at Champions gate just 5 minutes from the Villa, we had fantastic service and a good meal - take a look at their menu on www.chilis.com

Terms and Conditions

Please read carefully (by signing the booking form you agree to all our terms and conditions)

BOOKING AND PAYMENT

Any email, enquiry form or telephone booking will be provisional and held for seven days, pending receipt of the booking form and deposit. The balance of the rental fee is payable no later than eight weeks prior to departure (full address and driving directions to the property will be issued after balance is received). Written confirmation of your booking and all receipts will be sent as soon as possible. We accept many forms of payment, but any charges are payable by the renter. Personal cheques - (free) (only accepted if payment is made before 3 weeks of departure). Most credit cards/paypal charge 4% of the total; Bank transfers - check your local branch.

SECURITY DEPOSIT:

A 100.00 per week refundable deposit must be paid prior to arrival and will be refunded in full 5 weeks after your return date, provided no damage is caused to the property or owners belongings. All damages must be reported and paid for prior to vacating the premises. Failure to report any damage will result in the loss of all or part of the Deposit.

RENTAL PERIOD

Any stays of 5 nights or less will incur a cleaning fee of 50. The villa is available for occupation from 16:00 (4 pm) local time on the day of arrival and must be vacated by 10:00 (10 am) local time on the day of departure. A later departure may be possible but may incur an additional charge and must be agreed, in writing, prior to commencement of the holiday.

CANCELLATION

Period Before Departure

Cancellation Charges More than 8 weeks Loss of deposit 5 8 weeks 50% rental cost Less than 5 weeks 100% rental cost

The person who signed the booking form must confirm all cancellations in writing.

AMENDMENTS

If after booking you decide to alter any details, we will do our utmost to make the change requested. Alterations requested within eight weeks of departure may have to be treated as a cancellation.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that you ensure you have adequate Travel and Health Insurance for the duration of your stay, to cover eventualities such as cancellation, accident, sickness and damage. We have insurance that covers our home and its contents. Our insurance does not cover your personal possessions against loss or damage when on vacation, nor does it cover any costs you may incur if you have to cancel your booking. We will not be held responsible for clients who do not purchase adequate travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances which may necessitate cancellation of your holiday, or cause additional expense to be incurred by you or members of your party.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

It is the responsibility of guests to ensure that all those traveling in the party have complied fully with all passport and visa requirements in place at the time of travel. Any failure in this respect may result in your travel arrangements being amended/curtailed with consequential losses in respect of your villa booking. In such circumstances no liability attaches itself to the villa owner.

LIABILITY

The owners and their agents do not accept liability whatsoever for death, personal injury, accidents, loss or damage to persons or personal effects however caused as a result of the use of the pool, hot tub and villa. It is the responsibility of the adult members of the party to ensure that children are always properly supervised when in the pool, hot tub and patio/lanai area.

FORCE MAJEURE

The applicants accept full responsibility for making travel arrangements to ensure their occupation of the property for the period reserved. No responsibility or liability is accepted in respect of loss or damage, or alterations to dates caused by e.g. flight delays or cancellations, weather conditions, industrial disputes, terrorist activity etc. We do not accept responsibility or liability for any accidents, injury, illness or damage to any person that is sustained during the rental period. In particular children must be supervised at all times within the pool area. No diving or horseplay in the pool or hot tub. No glass to be taken to the pool deck and patio/lanai area. In the unlikely event of our being unable to carry out a booking, the owner will make every effort to obtain alternative accommodation or make a full refund of any monies paid. No further compensation will be paid.

For the comfort of guests, the villa is a non-smoking home, however smoking is permitted on the patio/lanai area. Please use the ashtrays provided. If guests smoke in our home the cost of fumigation will be deducted from your security deposit.

COMPLAINTS OR DISSATISFACTION

In the unlikely event of a complaint during your stay please contact the Management Company immediately. If the matter cannot be resolved you should contact us (the owner), in writing, within 14 days of the end of the rental period. If the problem has not been reported, as requested, to the Management Company the owner cannot accept any responsibility.