A Day on the Beach on the East Coast

A trip to the beach is an easy drive from your resort.  It is also a great day out for you and your family to enjoy some relaxation. If it is your first trip we recommend you to visit Cocoa Beach.

From north to south, Floridas average width is 160 miles. That means that Orlando’s central location is perfect (approximately an hour’s drive) for venturing to and from the Atlantic beaches on Florida’s east coast. The Bee Line Expressway, Florida Turnpike, and Interstate 4 make arriving at your sandy destination of choice that much easier.

Cocoa Beach– If you head for The Ron Jon Surf Shop for your first trip you cannot go wrong.  There is ample parking here with a basic shower and facilities to dine. Cocoa Beach Pier, and six miles of beach make Cocoa an attractive destination. Do take some shade with you and it’s a good idea to pack a cool box with drinks and snacks as there are no services on the beach itself.  If you are travelling with children they will enjoy playing in the waves here and maybe trying to surf themselves. You could also book in for some lessons with a local surf school.

Cocoa Beach is also close to Cape Canaveral (Kennedy Space Center) for those who want to see a rocket launch.

New Smyrna Beach– North of Cocoa, New Smyrna Beach features beautiful white sand. Its rocky ledges create wave breaks that make New Smyrna a popular destination for surfers. Many fishermen nationwide prefer New Smyrna Beach as it has a generally relaxing atmosphere compared to some of Florida’s other “party beaches.”

Daytona Beach– Is famous for its beach parties.  Home to the world-famous Bike Week and the Daytona 500, and a continuous series of interesting and exciting events. Daytona Beach is spacious as it includes 23 miles of shoreline. Unique to Daytona Beach is that it allows its patrons to drive onto and through designated areas of the beach.

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation within Reunion Resort, The new Encore Resort, Windsor Hills, Formosa Gardens and The Retreat at Championsgate.  Several within walking distance of some of the best golf in Orlando.  Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to booking you in. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

Where shall we play golf in Orlando? (4)

Orlando is home to several of the most well known and most successful golfers in the World and it is easy to see why since the weather is typically enjoyable all year round along with comfortable temperatures and there are so many lush green golf courses.

Legends at Orange Lake

Located in the northern section of Kissimee is the Arnold Palmer designed Legends at Orange Lake golf course. Orange Lake Resort features 54 holes of golf highlighted by the signature designed Legends course.

http://www.orangelakegolf.com

Hunters Creek Golf Club

Hunter’s Creek Golf Club is a fair, yet demanding test of Orlando golf for golfers of all skill levels.  Featuring 5 sets of tees the course offers a fair, yet demanding test of golf. Spacious, rolling fairways meander among 13 lakes to provide a natural setting for a relaxing round of Orlando golf. This Orlando golf course has played host to several major events: US Open Qualifier (1989-1994), PGA Tour Qualifier(1989), in addition to several FSGA events.

Hunter’s Creek Golf Club is one of a few Orlando golf courses located minutes from Orlando International Airport.  Hunter’s Creek is conveniently located 20 minutes or less from the Walt Disney World Resort, Orange County Convention Center, and Universal Orlando Resort.

https://golfhunterscreek.com

 

Ritz Carlton Golf Club

Ritz-Carlton Golf Club is set within the pristine Headwaters of the Florida Everglades and surrounded by magnificent pines, palmettos, and live oaks. Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman, combines an array of features to provide a challenging yet fair test of golf. The course requires players to think their way through an array of water hazards, strategically placed bunkers, and demanding greens complexes, always meticulously groomed.  Ritz-Carlton Golf Club is one of the most challenging Orlando Golf Courses.

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/florida/orlando/area-activities/golf

 

 

Tranquilo Golf Club

Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Orlando is the newest addition to the Orlando golf landscape.  Formerly Disney’s Osprey Ridge golf course, the original Tom Fazio layout was redesigned, renovated and revitalized resulting in a new, enhanced golf experience.   Tranquilo Golf Club features varying elevation changes unique to Florida and meticulous fairways meandering through wetlands and Southern Live Oak trees.

https://www.fourseasons.com/orlando/club/

 

Waldorf Astoria Golf Club

Waldorf Astoria Golf Club is Rees Jones latest addition to Florida golf.  Designed with a five-tee system for all playing abilities, yet quite challenging, the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club 18-hole Rees Jones-designed championship course winds through a large wetland preserve.

Waldorf Astoria Golf Club features holes that are visually arresting from tee to green and require intelligent management of the game. Bunkers are carved to be reminiscent of the hazards designed on courses a century ago. Majestic stands of pine and cypress trees line the fairways. The style was dictated by the land’s existing contours, which Jones then enhanced, always mindful of the natural elements and environmental issues.

The golf course is a stones throw away from Walt Disney World Resort and is considered a true gem for Disney area golf courses.

https://www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com/golf/golf-club/

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation within Reunion Resort, The new Encore Resort, Windsor Hills, Formosa Gardens and The Retreat at Championsgate.  Several within walking distance of some of the best golf in Orlando.  Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to booking you in. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

 

 

Where shall we play golf in Orlando? (3)

If you are looking for somewhere different to play golf then take a look at these 4 courses.  All within an easy driving difference from our vacation homes.

Falcons Fire Golf Club

Located in the heart of Kissimmee is the Rees Jones designed Falcon’s Fire Golf Club.  Recently renovated, Falcon’s Fire’s conditioning and layout have been revitalized.  As part of the golf course renovation project, all greens were resurfaced with TifEagle grass.  TifEagleh provides golfers with faster, smoother putting conditions. Additional modifications to the course included the enlarging of bunkers, reshaping of fairways, and the creation of new run-off areas around greens

The Rees Jones Signature designed Falcon’s Fire Golf Club features 6,901 yards of classic architecture, an exquisitely maintained course and year round playing conditions.  With its classic golf course design, unique terrain and year-round tournament playing conditions, White sand bunkers, grass mounding and natural water hazards border t

The pristine fairways for a visually aesthetic and picturesque setting

https://www.falconsfire.com

Southern  Dunes Golf and Country Club

Located 25 minutes from Reunion Resort along Highway 27 is Southern Dunes Golf Club.  This course was designed by Steve Smyer. This golf course has been mentioned in numerous magazines like Golf and Travel, Golf World and Links. It was designed to have a unique topography with impressive hillsides and an ever-changing elevation. The course is designed for all skill levels. Golf experts are on hand for lessons and the Tavern on the Dunes offers a fabulous breakfast and lunch along with a full service bar. If you are out playing you can take advantage of their on-course service with a fully stocked beverage and snack cart.

Southern Dunes is also a Greens of Excellence award winner.  With impeccable putting conditions, Southern Dunes Golf Club and Shingle Creek Golf Club topped the list for Best Greens in Orlando.

https://www.southerndunes.com

Highlands Reserve Golf Club

Highlands Reserve Golf Club is located in one of the highest areas in Central Florida. This championship Mike Dasher design gives you pine tree-lined fairways providing a Carolina feel, open spacious fairways likened to the great Scottish courses, and a bit of old Florida with citrus trees lining the countryside.

Large, fast, undulating greens make this course challenging and fun for all levels of golfers.

https://www.highlandsreserve-golf.com

Shingle Creek Golf Club

Located 15 minutes from Disney World is the highly regarded Shingle Creek Golf Club. Featuring tournament playing conditions daily and exceptional guest service, including complimentary valet parking, Shingle Creek Golf Club is a “must play” for anyone playing golf in Orlando.

Shingle Creek has it all…course design, tournament quality conditions, first class service and a perfect location.   Located just one mile from the Orange County Convention Center,

Shingle Creek Golf Club is also a Greens of Excellence award winner. Shingle Creek, Orange County Nataional and Southern Dunes Golf Club topped the list for Best Greens in Orlando.  If you had just one round to play golf in Orlando, it would be difficult to bypass Shingle Creek for another venue.

https://www.shinglecreekgolf.com

 

 

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation within Reunion Resort, The new Encore Resort, Windsor Hills, Formosa Gardens and The Retreat at Championsgate.  Several within walking distance of some of the best golf in Orlando.  Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to booking you in. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

 

Where shall we play golf in Orlando? (2)

If you are a keen golfer then you will enjoy playing some of these well known courses in Orlando.

Orange County Golf Club

Orange County National features the Panther Lake and Crooked Cat courses for 36 holes of championship golf surrounded by nature in a tranquil setting.  Orlando County National Golf Club has played host to the 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2010 PGA TOUR Qualifying School Finals.  In addition to 36 holes of championship golf, OCN has a 9 hole short course, 360 degree driving range..

Orange County National is consistently rated as one of the best Orlando golf courses.

https://ocngolf.com

Dubsdread Golf Resort

This golf course has been a local gem in Orlando since 1924 and offers an excellent up to date golfing experience. Skip the golf cart and take advantage of the Golfboards. These boards are designed to hold your clubs and give you a comfortable surfboard type of ride over the course. There is also a full service bar and restaurant located at the resort.

https://www.historicaldubsdread.com

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club

If you are an Arnold Palmer fan this is the golf course for you. This 18 hole golf course was planned out and designed in the early 60s and then redesigned, with the help of by Mr. Palmer when he took over in the late 70s. It is one of the golf courses that hosts the National Professional Golf Association every year. You can enjoy either the 18 hole course or a shorter 9 hole course, offering options for all skill levels. There are also golf pros on staff and a golf academy for all ages. Don’t miss out on the delicious dining options either at the Grill, the Bay Window, or the Terrace Café.

https://www.bayhill.com

Walt Disney World Resort Golf Courses

Disney offers four different golf courses, each with a different design that caters to all kinds of different skill levels. You can improve your game at the range or book a tee time and enjoy the many amenities while you wait. They offer golf packages that include beverages, breakfast, and lunch. Everyone can play when you sign the kids up for the Kids Golf Club while you hit the course.

https://www.golfwdw.com

 

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation within Reunion Resort, The new Encore Resort, Windsor Hills, Formosa Gardens and The Retreat at Championsgate.  Several within walking distance of some of the best golf in Orlando.  Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to booking you into one soon.

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Where shall we play golf in Orlando? (1)

Golf In Orlando

Orlando is home to several of the most well known and most successful golfers in the World and it is easy to see why since the weather is typically enjoyable all year round along with comfortable temperatures and there are so many lush green golf courses.

If you are visiting the area with your family or friends and you wish to play golf during your stay.  Then you are spoilt for choice.

Here are some golf courses close to our homes for you to investigate.

Reunion Signature Golf Courses

Reunion Resort itself features 54 holes of championship golf.  There are three Signature Golf Courses in the Resort.  Reunion is the only resort in the world to be home to three signature golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson. All three of the courses have won many accolades and numerous awards

http://www.theclubatreunionresort.com/golf

Championsgate Golf Club

Championsgate is just down the road from Reunion Resort.

ChampionsGate Golf Club is home to two courses and 36 holes of golf designed by Greg Norman.  The Courses are the National and the International Courses.

https://www.championsgategolf.com

Celebration Golf Club

Celebration Golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr and Jr and it provides an exceptional golf experience for golfers of all skill levels. It is situated in the town of Celebration which is close to Reunion

The course is protectively framed by borders of native trees and natural wetlands and speckled with clusters of native oaks, pine and magnolia trees.

https://celebrationgolf.com

Mystic Dunes Golf Club

Mystic Dunes Golf Club was designed by PGA Tour Professional and NBC golf analyst Gary Koch.

The course consists of two distinctly different layouts.

The “low country-style” eastern, front nine is reminiscent of classic Carolina-style courses, meandering through native wetlands and marsh areas, bordering oak and cypress forests.

The western, back nine has the characteristics of a British Isles links course, with extensive perimeter mounding and pot bunkers as well as large, expansive, sandy waste areas bordering lush green, rolling, sweeping and perfectly manicured fairways.

Water comes into play on just one hole – the extremely scenic and challenging par three #11 waterfall hole.

Holes 15 through 18 have been called “four of the best finishing holes you’ll find anywhere,” according to Golf & Leisure Magazine.
Koch designed the Mystic Dunes to be player-friendly, yet rewarding to the strategic golfer. Almost every green is accessible with run-up shots: instead of bunker-infested greens, the special feature being collection areas characterized by unique “bumps and humps

https://www.mysticdunesgolf.com

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation within Reunion Resort, The new Encore Resort, Windsor Hills, Formosa Gardens and The Retreat at Championsgate.  Several within walking distance of some of the best golf in Orlando.  Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

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Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2018.

The 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will run from February 28th – May 28th 2018.

Epcot

If you enjoy flowers, gardens and a great day out then you are sure to enjoy The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival which is a fun-filled destination for Guests of every age.  Here you can stroll through a creative collection of interactive gardens and gaze upon an array of living sculptures shaped like beloved Disney characters.  You should leave full of inspiration to turn your hedges into the master creations you will witness here.  This year it is an extra special Festival as it is celebrating its 25th Anniversary so keep an eye out for those extra special touches.

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Admission to Epcot is required. While most Epcot Flower & Garden Festival events are included with your theme park ticket, many experiences require a separate purchase or a separate admission fee so please do check this out before you visit.

Highlights include:

  • Outdoor kitchens offering delectable bites and libations
  • Dozens of world-renowned, Disney-themed topiaries
  • Breathtaking garden spaces and wildlife habitats
  • Inspirational exhibits, seminars and how-to demonstrations

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There is also an outdoor concert series featuring favorite bands.  This is called The Garden Rocks Series. ( Friday – Monday).  The Concerts during the Garden Rocks series will be performed at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the festival. The concerts are included with regular park admission.

With this year being the 25th anniversary of Flower & Garden, the Garden Rocks lineup features musical performers from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s in a variety of genres.

  • March 2nd  – 5th  Night Ranger
  • March 9th – 12th Starship Starring Mickey Thomas 
  • March 16th – 19th Simple Plan
  •  March 23rd -26th  River Band
  • March 30th -April 2nd Orchestra starring former members of ELO 
  • April 8th – 9th Survivor
  • April 13th – 14th Smash Mouth
  • April 15th to 16th Rick Springfield
  • April 20th to 21st Jo Dee Messina
  • April 22nd to 23rd Lonestar
  • April 27th to  30th Blood Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice
  • May 4th to 7th Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
  • May 11th to 12th Village People
  • May 13th to 14th Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
  • May 18th to 21st The Guess Who
  • May 25th to 28th The Spinners  

           

Many of our guests at  http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com are groups of friends who enjoy visiting the International flower and Garden Show together.  Why not see if you can organise a group from one of the groups you may belong to.  Please contact us for more details.

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Mardi Gras At Universal Studios, Orlando 2018.

When is it?

Mardi Gras runs Saturday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, April 7, 2018.

What are the hours of celebration?

The party goes on every night; the parade usually begins around 7:45 and lasts about 30 minutes.

What is the admission price?

Admission is included with your theme park admission, annual Disney pass, or seasonal pass.

Where is it?

At Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Why should I go? What will I see and do there?

The colour, music, dancing and pageantry of Mardi Gras represents America: a blending of French, African, and Spanish cultures with both Christian and tribal religious traditions. Mardi Gras is outrageously fun, but it’s also living history. Unlike the New Orleans version, Universal Studios’ Mardi Gras is family-friendly and children are welcome to join in the festivities.

You  will see beads, plus dancers, musicians, bands, street performers, live concerts featuring Louisiana jazz, blues and zydeco bands, and unique floats designed just for Universal Studios Mardi Gras.

Every night you will find Live music played by New Orleans brass bands in the French Quarter Courtyard in Universal Studios Florida.  The bands play authentic blues music and zydeco music, Creole  music and music indigenous to Louisiana Natives)  They do not play on a stage but live on the streets of the French Quarter Courtyard.

  • Feb 3rd – Feb 20th : Free Agent Brass Band
  • Feb. 21st  – March 6th: Naughty Professor Brass Band
  • March 7th – March 20th: New Breed Brass Band
  • March 21st – March 31st: Young Pinstripe Brass Band
  • April 1st – April 7th: Dirty Bourbon River Show

There are several big concerts at Mardi Gras. These are held on Saturdays or Sundays and take place on the Music Plaza Stage (All of the concerts start at 8:30 pm)

The Mardi Gras concert line-up includes the following performances:

  •  February 10th: The Beach Boys
  •  February 17th: Kelsea Ballerini
  • February 18th: Andy Grammer
  • February 24th: Macklemore
  • March 3rd: 311
  • March 4th: Phillip Phillips
  • March 10th: Jason Derulo
  • March 11th: Fitz and the Tantrums
  • March 17th: Foreigner
  • March 18th: Fifth Harmony
  • March 24th: Jessie J

This Year the Mardi Gras parade is getting a new celestial feel.  The nightly parade will feature dancers, colourful stilt performers and 12 handcrafted floats.  Six of these floats have new designs themed for ethereal creatures.

What can my children do there?

A special viewing area next to the Little Jesters Hat Shop is available just for kids watching the parade. Parents can enter this viewing area with their kids one hour prior to the start of the parade.

Note: When the Mardi Gras parade begins each night, all Universal Studios rides and attractions close.

Is it accessible for the disabled?

All Disney theme parks are handicapped-accessible, and Mardi Gras is no exception. Special parade and concert viewing areas are available.

What’s good to eat and drink?

In addition to the regular eateries, the French Quarter, located in the New York/Battery Park section of Universal Studios, offers Cajun and Creole cuisine, including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and andouille sausage. You’ll eat like royalty.

 

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation just a 30 minutes drive away from Universal Studios.  Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to booking you in. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

 

Atlanta Braves Spring Training 2018

February 23rd 2018 is an important date if you are thinking of travelling to Orlando  intending to catch a few of the Atlanta Braves Spring Training matches at the Champions Stadium at the Wide World of Sports Complex.  The tickets and the schedule is announced in November but for tourists passing through they can be bought usually on the day.

The Braves pitchers and catchers are set to report on Tuesday, Feb. 13, with their first workout scheduled for Valentines Day. Position players report Feb. 18 with the first full-squad workout set for the following day.

Here is a link to their schedule: https://www.mlb.com/braves/schedule/2018-02

During the months of February and March, the State of Florida actually plays host to 15 Major League Baseball teams for their annual Spring Training. It is a tradition dating back more than 100 years and more than 1.5 million fans attend games annually throughout the state.

Florida Spring Training Information is available on the Florida Grapefruit League Website http://www.floridagrapefruitleague.com and through a Mobile Phone App for Android and IPhone. The app features team schedules, park information and the latest updates on the Florida Grapefruit League.

 

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation in self catering accommodation just a thirty minutes drive away from Universal Studios and eight miles from Walt Disney World. Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

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Shopping in Orlando

Although many people say they don’t go on holiday to shop we have found that many people enjoy shopping whilst in Orlando as the shops carry such a wide selection of goods often at a great price.

This may be because of the exchange rate when it is in your favour or simply because of the attractive stores and the range of goods that are available.

You will find that the goods manufactured in the USA offer the best value. Clinique for example is a cheaper than Clarins, Abercrombie cheaper than Jack Wills and such like.

The Florida Mall, The Mall at Millenia and Disney Springs offer high end fashion stores as well as having restaurants, bars and children’s play areas.

We love visiting The Mall at Millenia and have spent many an hour in Macy’s and Abercrombie.  The Cheesecake Factory is a popular place to eat here as is Brio and the foodcourt.

There are four main department stores Dillard’s, Macy’s, Nieman Marcus and Bloomingdales in Orlando, found within the Malls.

Shops such as Anne Taylor, American Eagle Outfitters, Abercrombie and Fitch, Apple, Banana Republic, Bath and Body Works, Brooks Brothers, Foot Locker, Forever 21, Gap, Guess, Hollister, J Crew, Kate Spade, Nieman Marcus, True Religion, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany, Nike, Adidas, Gap, Pottery Barn, Sephora, Tiffany, Tommy Bahama, Tory Burch, Under Armour, Urban Outfitters, Vans, Vera Bradley,Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret and so on.  Take a look at the links below to see where they are.

A trip to Orlando is not complete without a shopping trip to the outlets.  The one that we use and recommmend is The Vineland Premium Outlets found on the Interstate 4 at Lake Buena Vista – Junction 64. Here you can find so many well known designer brands.  Ralph Lauren, Timberland, Nike, Guess, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Boss, Michael Kors, DKNY, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, Kate Spade, Tony Burch and more.

Our tip here is to visit early or late so as to avoid the busy shopping times.

There is another Premium Outlets on International Drive.

If you turn left onto the Interstate 4 at Junction 58 and travel West towards to Tampa for one junction you will find the retail park at Posner Park. If shopping for sporting goods visit Dicks Sporting Goods, craft goods in Michaels,food and so on Target and make up, clothes, bedding etc visit JC Penney.

If you were to turn left onto the 192 from Formosa Gardens or alternatively take the toll road 429 out from the back at Reunion and travel for one junction here on the 192 you will find a large SuperTarget and TK Maxx. You will also find the Formosa Gardens Shopping Centre.

You may enjoy browsing in a Marshalls or HomeGoods Store if you are looking for household goods and furnishings.  Like TK Maxx you never know what you may find.  These can be found in several locations around Orlando.

The first shopping you will probably do in Orlando however is in the supermarket.

 If staying in a Reunion home there are two Publix supermarkets – one at Junction 58 in Championsgate and the second practically opposite Reunion if you take a left out of the main gate. You will be able to find everything you require for your vacation here.

When you visit the Parks you will see shops as soon as you enter the theme parks but do take note as each time you get off a ride you will walk through a themed shop.  Who said shopping was boring? Some rides such as Everest in The Animal Kingdom need you to walk through the shop first.  Main Street USA has several shops on both sides. At Epcot you can shop all around the World.

Not all the shops are the same so please if you are looking to purchase something in particular e.g a Christmas decoration then make a note of where that shop is in case you need to return to it later in the day.

You may find it useful to give your children a daily allowance so they can decide what to spend it on to stop any constant questions of can I have? With so much choice and so many fantastic goods on offer it can be very easy to shop until you drop!

Here are some links to help you plan your shopping and how to get there.

http://www.simon.com/mall/the-florida-mall

http://www.mallatmillenia.com/

http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/orlando-vineland/stores

http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/orlando-international/map

https://www.visitdavenportflorida.com/posner-park-stores

We look forward to you sharing some of your favourite shops and shopping tips with us.

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Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to discussing your needs with us and booking you into one of our homes. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

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