Currency

US dollars ($)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than $140

  • Dorm beds/camping: $30–50
  • Supermarket self-catering per day: $20
  • Beaches: free
  • Bicycle hire per day: $24–35

Midrange: $140–250

  • 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

Bargaining

Outside of flea markets and the occasional outdoor bazaar, bargaining is not part of Florida's shopping culture.

Money

ATMs are widely available everywhere.

More Information

  • 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.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1$0.75
CanadaC$1$0.74
Euro zone€1$1.07
Japan¥100$0.91
New ZealandNZ$1$0.70
UKUK£1$1.28

For current exchange rates see www.xe.com.

Tipping

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.