The holidays are behind us, but cold winter stretches ahead. Ugh! Time to grab your laptop and plan a Florida vacation to places you’ve only dreamed about.

STRESS-FREE FLORIDA VACATION

When you picture Florida, you envision warmth, balmy tropical breezes, drinks with those little umbrellas and relaxation. Landing in a gargantuan airport with long immigration lines, intolerable waits at rental car counters and confusing traffic isn’t very inviting. There is a solution? Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

Located on the beachside of Central Florida, Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is the antidote. You can literally smell the ocean from the airport – it’s that close! In less than ten minutes you can be dipping your cold toes into sun kissed sand, feeling the gulf stream waters lapping against your legs and the incomparable Florida sun warm on your face.

Now think about the flight down. Porter Airlines flies nonstop to Florida (yes, Porter! – the airline we know and love with free wine and beer on every flight). Hop on the plane from Toronto City, Ottawa or Windsor airports and before you can finish your Porter inflight magazine, you’ve arrived.

INTERNATIONAL AWARD-WINNING SCENERY

Be sure to look out your Porter window when you start to land. Orlando Melbourne International Airport was voted the most scenic approach in the U.S.A. – and number 6 in the world. This place is gorgeous! You’ll fly over the white sandy beaches of Melbourne’s incomparable barrier islands, over the Indian River which is teeming with wildlife, and glide onto three new runways and into an international terminal unlike any you’ve experienced before.

The friendly folks at MLB greet you with free glasses of fresh orange juice from local groves, and the kids receive sand pails and shovels for their beach adventures.

Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) make it a breeze to get through, which gives you more time to explore the unique offerings. Sebastian Inlet State Park is a hidden gem that is perfect for beach lovers and adventurists. For beach bums you can snorkel, surf, scuba dive, swim, and boat the day away. For adventurists you can bike, hike, fish, paddle, camp, bird watch, and star gaze. If you’re both, then all of the above!

Being close to Orlando allows interested families to have the magical Walt Disney World experience with a short drive away. Beat the heat and make the entire family happy by enjoying the sunny beach during the day, then heading over to the theme parks in the afternoon to catch the famous fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle.

Speaking of ease and comfort, you can continue your worry-free vacation on the luxurious high seas. Orlando Melbourne International is the closest airport to Port Canaveral’s cruises on the big four: Carnival, Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. You can get to the ship within minutes when you fly to MLB, thanks to Melbourne Airport Express — an easy, family-affordable connection from airport to port.

Land on Florida’s Space Coast and feel a rocket launch, literally. MLB is also the closest airport to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. On a lucky day, you can watch a rocket launch from your oceanfront hotel balcony, or travel up the road to the park where you can have lunch with a real astronaut, journey through the astronaut’s hall of fame, feel what it’s like to experience a shuttle launch, and relive the Apollo moon landing.

With so much to see and do, Orlando-Melbourne is your dream winter escape that offers a stress-free travel experience for everyone. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to trade the freezing snow for some warm sand! Nonstop flights to Florida can be booked from Ottawa, Windsor and Toronto now until April 2019. Visit www.FlyPorter.com for full details.