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Orlando is one of the world’s most visitor-friendly cities, thanks to its unrivaled collection of theme parks, its sun-drenched climate, and a bustling Downtown area. Family attractions indeed steal the limelight, but there’s a world of other possibilities in this Floridian city. If you’re looking for diverse shopping options, engaging nightlife, or exciting day trips to enjoy pristine nature – from the fascinating wetlands of the Everglades to some of the finest beaches on the Atlantic coast – then you’ll find it all here. Locals in Orlando are also famously friendly sorts, which you’ll no doubt experience for yourself when out and about in the city. Welcome to Orlando, make the city yours!

Orlando’s history dates to 1838 and the height of the Seminole Wars. The U.S. Army built Fort Gatlin south of the present-day Orlando City limits to protect settlers from attacks by the indigenous population. By 1840, a small community had grown up around the Fort. It was known as Jernigan, named after the Jernigan family, who had established the first permanent settlement in the area. Six years later with the settlement expanding northward, the community officially changed its name to Orlando.

History is not as clear on where the name Orlando originated. There are many stories that are told. One involves Judge James Speer, who worked hard in getting Orlando as the county seat, naming Orlando after a man who once worked for him.

If you’re looking for something to do in Orlando, but you’re not exactly a theme park person here’s a list of some of the best experiences you can have!

  1. Escapology Orlando (7 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
    Location: 11951 International Dr c3, Orlando, FL 32821
    Phone: (407) 278-1515
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    Escapology is a theme-based escape game, where up to 6 people can have 1 hour to work together to find hidden objects, uncover clues, and solve any puzzles needed to escape. Each game room is open to between 2 to 6 people and there’s a variety of fun and challenging themes to choose from – from a Southeast Asian-based theme to solving the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  2. ICON Park, Orlando Florida

    ICON Park (15 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
    Location: 8375 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
    Phone: (407) 601-7907
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    Icon Park is a popular entertainment plaza on International Drive. This plaza is home to Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, and The Wheel at ICON Park™. You can purchase a single-attraction ticket or a package to experience all 3. The Wheel at ICON Park™ is a famous 40-storey observation wheel, allowing you to see most of Orlando in air-conditioned capsules. Madame Tussauds Orlando displays celebrity wax figures with a special emphasis on locally known figures. SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium houses 5,000 different sea creatures, including turtles and sharks.

  3. Wells‘Built Museum of African American History & Culture (20 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
    Location: 511 W South St, Orlando, FL 32805
    Phone: (407) 245-7535
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    The Wells’Built Hotel has been converted into a museum housing memorabilia of Orlando’s African American community and displays on the Civil Rights movement along with some African art and artifacts.  This historic museum is in the center of Orlando’s historic Parramore district at 511 West South Street. Dr. William Monroe Wells built the hotel and a nearby entertainment venue for African Americans visiting Orlando. During the Segregation era, this hotel served as host to several now famous African American performers. On February 4, 2000, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

  4. Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Florida

    Orlando Museum of Art (25 Minutes away from Caribe Royale)
    Location: 2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
    Phone: (407) 896-4231
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    The Orlando Museum of Art is a visual arts gallery near Downtown Orlando, founded in 1924, this museum is one of the oldest and most renowned in the Central Florida area, featuring a wide range of nationally recognized exhibits. Every 1st Thursday of the month, you can discover new local artists, enjoy live music and check out the museum’s featured exhibition from 6pm to 9pm.

  5. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (25 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
    Location: 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
    Phone: (407) 358-6603
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    The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is an arts complex in Downtown Orlando, hosting numerous shows and events. The venue features a 2,700-seat theatre hall for the Broadway plays that are performed several times a month. There’s also a 1,700-seat venue for smaller events such as ballet recitals, orchestral performances and award ceremonies. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts also offers free 45-minute tours centered around a brief history of the center and the story of each distinctive space.

  6. Orlando Shakespeare Theater (aka Orlando Shakes) (25 Minutes from Caribe Royale)

    Orlando Shakespeare Theater

    Location: 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803
    Phone: (407) 447-1700
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    Founded by UCF professor Stuart Omans in 1989, Orlando Shakes in partnership with UCF (Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Inc.) produces classic, contemporary, and children’s plays. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director Douglas Love-Ramos, Orlando Shakes has grown into one of the region’s most acclaimed professional theaters, garnering national recognition. With ambitious, high-caliber productions like Nicholas Nickleby, Les Miserables, In the Heights, the original pronunciation Elizabethan production of Twelfth Night, and the Fire and Reign series history cycle, the Theater continues to provide an innovative world-class theatrical experience to its guests, while showcasing William Shakespeare’s legacy as the cornerstone of the company.

  7. SAK Comedy Lab Orlando (25 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
    Location: 29 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
    Phone: (407) 648-0001
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    SAK Comedy Lab is one of Downtown Orlando’s most prominent live improv comedy clubs. The 250-seat venue is packed almost every night of the week as the team of talented actors never put on the same show twice. Stars such as Wayne Brady and Jonathan Mangum got their start at SAK Comedy Lab, as well as many award-winning writers for shows such as SNL and The Office. Prices vary per show, ranging from $5 to $20.

  8. Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

    Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden (45 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
    Location: 3755 W Seminole Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771
    Phone: (407) 323-4450
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    The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a 116-acre zoo and botanical garden located north of Orlando, Florida in Sanford. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in conservation, providing experiences that inspire actions on behalf of wildlife.

The Great Outdoors!

In the heart of Florida — a state named for flowers and sunshine — Orlando’s natural beauty serves as the perfect counterbalance to our signature theme park fun. Ecotours, natural springs, birding, nature trails, fishing, kayaking, airboat rides and lots of thrills are some of the many options for exploring our great outdoors.

Whether peacefully paddling through spring-fed lakes or hang-gliding 2,000 feet above orange groves, you can dive into a variety of lush ecosystems, all within driving distance of our tourism districts. Here are 5 places to visit if you need a breath of fresh air.

  1. Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve

    Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve (18 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
    Location: 8777 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836
    Phone: (407) 254-1940
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    The Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve is a scenic nature center on the west side of Orlando, popular among hikers for its various trails. Home to the Vera Carter Environmental Center, visitors can tour a variety of exhibits and displays before heading out on a trek.

    The well-maintained trails loop through many of Florida’s major habitats, including pine forests, a swamp and a lakeshore lined by cypress trees. Elusive fauna and wildlife also make this preserve their home such as the barred owl and river hawk. The preserve includes a picnic area, a butterfly garden and a sandbox – all located near the nature center. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed.

  2. Wekiwa Springs State Park (45 Minutes from Caribe Royale)

    Wekiwa Springs State Park

    Location: 1800 Wekiwa Cir, Apopka, FL 32712
    Phone: (407) 553-4383
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    With emerald springs feeding the Wekiwa River and lush tropical hammocks, this unique park just minutes from downtown Orlando is perfect for observing abundant wildlife or cooling off on a summer day. Miles of trails beg to be explored on foot, bike or horseback, and canoes and kayaks are available on-site. It’s easy to see why visitors have been flocking to beautiful Wekiwa Springs since the mid-19th century.

  3. Canaveral National Seashore (An hour from Caribe Royale)
    Location: S Washington Ave, Titusville, FL 32796
    Phone: (321) 267-1110
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    Canaveral National Seashore is a sanctuary for many endangered species, including the sea turtles who come to the beach to lay their eggs in the sand. Like many seaside cities, the area is ideal for those who enjoy outdoor activities. You’ll find horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, swimming, fishing, and boating. If you enjoy hiking, there’s a trail near the Visitor’s Center.

This rundown of the best restaurants in Orlando highlights just why the city is acclaimed as one of the top dining destinations in Florida.

Local Dining Options

Seito Sushi Orlando – Sand Lake (15 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
Location: 8031 Turkey Lake Rd #700, Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 248-8888
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Established in 2000, Seito Sushi is a family-owned business. Seito Sushi is a local favorite for award winning sushi and Asian fare for the past 22 years. They offer traditional sushi and Japanese offerings along with creative and modern twists to favorites. Enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail from their fully stocked bar including an extensive Japanese whisky selection, premium cold sakes, and a curated wine list.

 Seasons 52 (15 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
Location: 7700 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 354-5212
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Seasons 52 is a comfortable and stylish fresh grill and wine bar offering a refreshingly balanced approach to dining where guests are free to enjoy, knowing any choice they make is one they’ll feel good about. The menu changes with the season to feature ingredients at their peak, from whole produce that arrives and is kept 100% fresh, never frozen, to carefully sourced meats and pristine seafood. Entrées are oak-fire grilled or brick oven-roasted, without a fryer in sight, to be flavorful and naturally lighter, and the Wine Bar pours 52 world-class wines by glass and signature cocktails.

Kres Chophouse (20 Minutes from the Caribe Royale)
Location: 17 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 447-7950
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The present and past pair beautifully at Kres Chophouse, a classic, top tier Steakhouse with a modern eclectic flair. This premier Steakhouse embodies the heart of Orlando’s historic district, featuring chic and elegant décor within the striking architecture of a 1930’s landmark. A thoughtful layout with luxurious banquettes and private dining options creates an intimate dining atmosphere.

Reyes Mezcaleria (25 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
Location: 821 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 868-9007
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Reyes Mezcaleria is located in the vibrant North Quarter District of Downtown Orlando. Executive Chef Wendy Lopez, a Michoacán native, serves inspired Mexican cuisine that pairs with a unique bar experience featuring craft cocktails and an impressive list of over 150 agave spirits. The mission of the team at Reyes is to honor the cuisine, spirits, and culture of Mexico by offering thoughtfully prepared cuisine using the best ingredients possible.

Dinner Shows

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament (15 Minutes from the Caribe Royale)
Location: 4510 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Phone: (888) 935-6878
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This Orlando dinner show is perfect for budding knights and fair maidens. Set in a replica of an 11th-century castle, the restaurant is an active dining experience that involves real horses and 6 actors dressed in incredible coats of armors, wielding real weapons. The action never stops, as the knights fight their way through the exciting tournament that lasts 2 hours and includes the flight of a live falcon.

Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Show (15 Minutes from the Caribe Royale)
Location: 8267 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 363-1985
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Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows is a hilariously funny dining experience in which you are the detective solving a mystery. The 2.5-hour experience starts as you are greeted by the actors, seated, and given some snacks and nibbles while you look around and watch for anything suspicious. There’s a short magic trick which usually gets the crowd animated before a cast of actors perform a 45-minute mystery that is pure comedy.

Kosher Dining Options

Chefa Bracha (15 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
Location: 7342 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 730-2050
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Chefa Bracha is a glatt kosher restaurant specializing Mediterranean cuisine. Their menu features some of the best food in all or Orlando! Their Bang Bang Chicken, Margez, and Kufta Kabob are rated highly among locals and tourist alike. Chefa Bracha provides food of the freshest quality and food preparation is done under the rabbinical supervision of the Rabbinate of Central Florida.

Kosher Grill Orlando (20 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
Location: 5615 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 392-2292
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Kosher Grill offers Orlando’s most delicious glatt kosher food! From juicy Kuffta kabab to sweet baklava, they have something for everyone. They use only the freshest ingredients and boast a home cooked quality. Early in the morning, their team begins preparing everything from scratch. You’re sure to taste the difference in their popular Shawarma, tender ribeye steak, or crisp salads. All of their food preparation is done under the personal supervision of Rabbinate of Central Florida. Don’t have time to sit and dine with? Call in an order for takeout or enjoy take advantage of the delivery service.

Halal Dining Options

Charcoal Zyka (15 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
Location: 10249 S John Young Pkwy #109, Orlando, FL 32837
Phone: (407) 440-4210
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This Halal Indian restaurant has been around for the better part of a decade. While they pride themselves on their excellent Indian menu, most locals stop in for their strong BBQ menu, which is unmatched in the area. A popular item is the Portuguese rotisserie chicken coated in their spicy sauce. They also offer steaks and short ribs which many meat lovers enjoy. It is close to the off-ramp of I-528, making it easy to reach for both locals and visitors.

O’Town Burgers N Wings (30 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
Location: 6614 Old Winter Garden Rd, Orlando, FL 32835
Phone: (407) 286-0515
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This Halal fast-food spot opened in 2016. The introduction of their chargrilled Halal Angus Beef burger revolutionized the burger game in Orlando. They raised the bar and earned themselves the top spot on our list “10 Most Delicious Halal Food Restaurants in Florida.” Topped with the special secret Pink Sauce, the burgers taste heavenly.

Vegan Dining Options

Market on South (25 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
Location: 2603 E South St, Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: (407) 868-5137
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Head to Orlando’s Milk District to find this small bohemian-style market serving up plant-based meals and sweets. Market on South is home to Dharma Southern Kitchen and Valhalla Bakery. The restaurant, bakery, and bar offer a full plant-based dining and beverage menu including desserts. The Mac n’ Cheese is a must. Follow that up with some delectable vegan donuts and you’ll have yourself a delicious meal.

Leguminati (25 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
Location: 2401 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, FL 32806
Phone: (407) 930-7308
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Do you want to try a unique twist on a Crunchwrap Supreme? If so, you MUST try the vegan crunch wraps at Leguminati. Located inside of the Hourglass Social House, this vegan eatery will leave you speechless with how well they’ve mimicked a fast-food staple.

Think shopping in Orlando and the first thing that comes to mind is the city’s favorite outlet stores, which often roll out some huge discounts on big-name designer labels. There are also a few enormous malls dotted around the city, the largest of them all being The Florida Mall, which draws some 20 million visitors a year with its 250 fashion, electronics, and homeware stores. Come to Orlando and shop till you drop!

Orlando International Premium Outlets (20 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
Location: 4951 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
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Both locals and the throngs of tourists visiting Orlando love the whole outlet scene, and this giant store on International Drive is one of the best. Discounts are offered on a huge range of brands, including Adidas, Victoria Secret, Hugo Boss, Diesel, Levi’s, Nike, Quicksilver, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger – and about 100 more! With items plucked straight from the factory, expect discounts of up to 50%

The Mall at Millenia (20 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
Location: 4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32839
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The Mall at Millenia is the place to go for some high-end shopping in Orlando. The stores in this indoor, multi-level shopping space include the likes of Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Prada, Chanel, Cartier, Tiffany & Co, and Gucci. The building itself looks and feels the part, with spacious walkways, bright atriums and a glass roof all bringing Millenia more up to date than some of Orlando’s other malls.

The Florida Mall (20 Minutes from Caribe Royale)
Location: 8001 South Orange Blossom Trail; Orlando, FL 32809
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With over 250 stores and a whopping 20 million visitors every year (about the same as how many go through Universal’s gates), The Florida Mall is easily the biggest and most popular place to shop in Orlando. There are over 2 million sq ft of space here, packing in everything from mid-range fashion chains to luxury designer brands, electronics, homeware, accessories and health and beauty. You can find a comprehensive range of dining options, with pretty much every big-name fast-food joint in the country taking a spot at Florida Mall.