US dollars ($)
Budget: Less than $140
- Dorm beds/camping: $30–50
- Supermarket self-catering per day: $20
- Beaches: free
- Bicycle hire per day: $24–35
- Hotels: $100–200
- In-room meals and dining out: $50
- Theme park pass: $40–100
- Rental car per day: $40–50
Top End: More than $250
- High-season beach hotel/resort: $250–400
- Miami gourmet dinner (for two): $150–300
- All-inclusive, four- to seven-day theme-park blowout: $1500–4000
Outside of flea markets and the occasional outdoor bazaar, bargaining is not part of Florida's shopping culture.
ATMs are widely available everywhere.
- Personal checks not drawn on US banks are generally not accepted.
- Exchange foreign currency at international airports and most large banks in Miami, Orlando, Tampa and other cities.
- Major credit cards are widely accepted, and they are required for car rentals.
- Most ATM withdrawals using out-of-state cards incur surcharges of $3 or so.
For current exchange rates see www.xe.com.
Tipping is standard practice across America.
- In restaurants, for satisfactory to excellent service, tipping 15% to 25% of the bill is expected.
- Bartenders expect $1 per drink; cafe baristas, put a little change in the jar.
- Taxi drivers and hairdressers expect 10% to 15%.
- Skycaps (airport porters) and porters at nice hotels expect $1 a bag or so. If you spend several nights in a hotel, it's polite to leave a few dollars for the cleaning staff.