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Old 03-18-2019, 11:39 PM
 
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Is summer really the cheapest time to go to Florida or other Gulf Coast cities?

I keep hearing that summer is the cheapest time to go to Florida and other Gulf cities like New Orleans and Houston, because of the humidity and, come August and September (yes, most of September is still summer), hurricanes.

But I thought summer would be the most expensive season no matter where you go, right, because all the kids are out for summer vacation, no?

Or maybe that only holds for Disney World because all the kiddies go there?

Or maybe families actually tend to take their kids to Disney World during Christmas or Spring Break?

I think in the case of New Orleans, the fact that Mardi Gras is in Spring means that summer is automatically the down season. But there really is no equivalent of Mardi Gras or other spring festival in Florida.
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Old 03-19-2019, 02:33 AM
 
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Do a day at Disney World in August and get back to us.
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:43 AM
 
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I would focus more on crowds than costs. I am not sure about the costs during different parts of the year anyway.

Even if it is cheaper to visit a place like Orlando in July or August, it will be extremely crowded. This is also true during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. With Orlando being ranked as one of the best places to visit at Christmastime as well as Orlando and Tampa hosting a combined 4-5 college bowl games each season, it is said that employees of the theme parks refer to the last week of December as "Hell Week."
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:16 AM
 
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Summer and holidays are the most expensive and busiest times to visit Florida.
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:07 AM
 
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Summer and holidays are the most expensive and busiest times to visit Florida.
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Any time the kids are out of school, holidays...
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:18 AM
 
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In Destin, rental and other prices go up in the late spring/summer when the main tourist influx arrives.

Of course, they also go up in the fall/winter when the snowbirds arrive ... and again in the spring when the spring-breakers arrive. Come to think of it, prices here are pretty high year-round.
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:28 AM
 
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Depends where you are going. If it is child/family oriented, then it is more expensive in the summer, if it is not, then it is cheaper. Example a hotel around Orlando will cost more, but Key West will be cheaper. I know Miami hotels drop in price during the summer, and crank back up in the winter.

There are a lot more warm weather options in the summer, so Florida is not one of the few places people go, unlike in the winter everyone and their brother flocks here.
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:09 PM
 
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Where I live (Sarasota) summer is by far the cheapest. Winter and spring are crowded with snowbirds and European vacationers and all the hotels and restaurants jack up their prices to insane levels. So it does matter where you plan to visit. I believe August and September are probably the slowest months anywhere due to hot weather and potential hurricanes.
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:15 PM
 
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Visiting Gulf Coast states in summer?

You'd have to pay ME and it wouldn't be cheap!!!
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Old 03-19-2019, 07:33 PM
 
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Summer and holidays are the most expensive and busiest times to visit Florida.
I would think that even more families and their kids come to Orlando during Christmas Break than during summer and that December would be the most expensive time of year in Orlando, no?
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