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rental companies may also do the same in some areas. Taxes on petrol, cigarettes and alcohol are built into the final price. Insurance: There is no agreement between the US and the UK for medical or hospital care. There is no equivalent to the National Health Service and medical expenses are very high. Medical insurance is strongly urged, with the suggested coverage being a minimum of £1,000,000. Anyone renting a car is also urged to take out comprehensive insurance as litigation claims are common in the US and payments are high. Brochures available from the US Embassy • Customs regulations for nonresidents • Travellers’ Tips on bringing Food, Plant and Animal Products into the United States


• Importing a car. For further information, please contact Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Embassy, 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 1AE or visit http://


london.usembassy.gov/ukcustom.html Money: All major credit cards are accepted throughout the US. When hiring a car or booking into a hotel, an amount will be put on to the credit card to cover all or some of the costs. Travellers’ cheques in US dollars are recommended. If these are carried, they will be accepted as cash in most restaurants, hotels and shops. It is recommended to arrive in the US with about $100 in cash, including one dollar bills for tipping and paying taxis. ATMs are plentiful but will usually charge for withdrawals. Tipping: As at home, tipping is a common and expected practice. Suggested tips are: 15 – 20 per cent of the bill for meals in restaurants and the same to taxi drivers. About $2/3 per bag or suitcase carried by bellboys or porters at hotels or airports is the norm. If going on an escorted tour, check beforehand whether tips are included. If not,


the tour guide and others will expect a tip. Disabled Travellers: Disabled motorists can often get parking permits. See london. usembassy.gov/rcdisable.html General information on facilities for disabled travellers to the US can be found at www.usatourist. com/english/traveltips/handicapped-travel- tips.html


USA Public Holidays 2015 New Year's Day 2015: Thursday Jan 1 Martin Luther King Day: Monday Jan 19 President's Day: Monday February 16 Memorial Day: Monday May 25 Independence Day: Friday July 3 Labor Day: Monday September 7 Columbus Day: Monday October 12 Veteran’s Day: Wednesday November 11 Thanksgiving Day: Thursday Nov 26 Christmas Day: Friday December 25 New Year's Day 2016: Friday Jan 1 •


Useful contacts VF Visit Florida® strategic partners a Agents b Brochure c Consumer i Infomation r Reservations s Sales t Trade


Tourist Offices Florida


VISIT FLORIDA® www.VISITFLORIDA.com/UK t: 020 7932 2406 i 01737 644 882 b e: visitfloridaUK@visitflorida.org


e: florida@bhpdirectmail.com  VISIT FLORIDA UK and Ireland  @VISITFLORIDA user/visitflorida


Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel www.fortmyerssanibel.co.uk t: 020 3697 4339 e: fortmyerssanibel@fourcommunications. com  FtMyersSanibel  @FtMyersSanibel FtMyersSanibel


Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Pine Island, Boca Grande & Outer Islands, North Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres.


Bradenton Area CVB www.bradentongulfislands.com t: 020 7367 6745 e: info@goshpr.co.uk  VisitBradentonGulfIslands  @VisitBradenton


user/BradentonGulfIslands


The Florida Keys & Key West www.fla-keys.co.uk T: 020 8686 2600 E: info@fla-keys.co.uk  Florida Keys and Key West  @theFloridaKeys user/floridakeystv


Florida’s Space Coast www.VisitSpaceCoast.com t: 01737 648456 b e: floridasspacecoast@gmail.com  Space Coast  @flaspacecoast


Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB www.sunny.org t: 020 7593 1700


f: 020 7407 3810 e: fortlauderdale@hillsbalfour.com  visitlauderdale  @visitlauderdale Visit Lauderdale


Greater Miami CVB www.miamiandbeaches.com t: 020 8877 4514 e: gpost@gmcvb.com  visitmiami  @MiamiandBeaches


user/Miamiandthebeaches


Experience Kissimmee www.experiencekissimmee.com t: 020 3086 8116 e: Jo@vvvglobal.com  experiencekissimmee  @kissimmee


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Naples, Marco Island, Everglades – Florida’s Paradise Coast www.paradisecoast.co.uk T: 01732 875 722





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