Florida Holiday Villas Help Ensure Complete Disabled Access for 2011

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Accessible accommodation for disabled holidaymakers has always been a concern when traveling abroad, however in 2011, Florida Holiday Villas in the Sunshine State of the USA aim to solve all of these issues.

According to several travel industry experts, quality over quantity will be the order of the year for British holidaymakers in 2011. Following the introduction of a £9.00 fee to enter the United States and repeated warnings of a double-dip recession in the UK, British travellers are likely to plan, organise and budget their forthcoming holidays abroad with especially great care and deliberation – an unenviable task that has perhaps always been necessary for disabled travellers. Although disabled holidaymakers face various unique challenges on their trips abroad, Florida holiday villas may hold the key to the perfect getaway.

Florida is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with more than 80 million people visiting the so-called ‘Sunshine State’ every year. Holidaymakers of all ages visit Florida for its wide variety of attractions, which notably include Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, Sea World, Universal Studios and numerous areas of outstanding natural beauty. Boasting a tropical climate in the south and subtropical climate in the north and central regions, Florida is blessed by outstanding weather for much of the year and is renowned for its beaches, rivers, swamps and nature trails. Disabled visitors to Florida are, generally speaking, very well accommodated; however, in order to properly enjoy the state’s full range of attractions and experiences, disabled travellers may wish to consider renting Florida holiday villas over traditional hotel accommodation.

The benefits of renting a holiday villa in Florida are numerous. Although many hotels strive to cater for the needs of disabled guests, it is arguably the case that only a handful of establishments provide a completely enjoyable and stress-free experience. Florida holiday villas, by contrast, provide disabled guests with most if not all of the attributes required for a perfect getaway. Perhaps the most appealing quality of renting a holiday villa in Florida is that the experience can be entirely private; whereas staying in a hotel usually involves being surrounded by scores – possibly hundreds or even thousands – of other holidaymakers, a villa offers total privacy. Allied to this benefit is the advantage of not having to conform to precise hotel schedules, which can prove a hassle for any guest but are invariably more awkward for people with disabilities.

Florida holiday villas are also fully accessible, unlike many hotels (regardless of their assertions to the contrary). Wheelchair access is a standard feature of holiday villas in Florida, which typically comprise no lifts or stairs but include a driveway or garage. Given the physical enormity of Florida and the wide selection of attractions available in the state, it is often sensible for disabled holidaymakers or their families and carers to explore the surrounding environment in a private hire car. The availability of a driveway or garage (or both) enables travellers to secure a car during the day and overnight, which is not possible at many hotels. Furthermore, the convenience of having direct access to the car from the front door of the villa (and vice versa) ought not to be underestimated.

After a slight downturn in visitors last year, Florida has been buoyed by the news that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has not affected tourism to any significant degree this year; in fact, statewide tourism rose by 3.4 per cent during the last quarter from the same period in 2009. As tourism continues to pick up across the Sunshine State, the value of renting holiday villas over hotel suites will become more obvious to disabled travellers and their families; indeed, holiday villas provide a safe, secure and private environment in which regular home comforts can be enjoyed amid the bustling attractions of Florida.

For a huge range of Florida holiday villas with full disabled access, visit Florida4Less, your one-stop-shop for all things Florida. Discover villas available from just £99 deposit and book your dream holiday today. Florida4Less are art of The Freedom Travel Group Limited, a subsidiary of Co-operative Group Limited.

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