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Wear plenty of sunblock and a hat – sunstroke is very unpleasant and can lay you up for several days in bed. I carry a light coloured umbrella, then I can use it for the sun or the occasional downpours you can get in the summer months.

Do carry bottled water with you everywhere you go to save dehydrating in the hot weather. There are fountains but it easier to carry your own. Some pale skinned people who suddenly spend the day on their feet walking in very hot weather, may find their legs will swell up and form a nasty rash. This is not serious, but does mean that you will have to spend a day or two off your feet until the rash goes down. Ignoring this rash will end up with you having to go for medical treatment.

No topless sun bathing is allowed in Florida and even tiny toddlers are not allowed naked on a beach or by a pool that can be seen by the public. This includes your own pool area if it can be seen by people walking past. Many villas just have a pool screen to enclose the area and keep out the bugs, but no fencing so as not to spoil the view.

Florida law does not allow drinking alcohol under the age of 21 and also you are not allowed to drink in the street or even carry a bottle or can without it being in a bag. If you wish to enter a night club that serves alcohol or order alcohol in a restaurant you may be asked for photo ID if they think you are under age.

Drink driving laws are very strict in Florida so I do recommend no drinking and driving just to be on the safe side. It is also the law that you must carry your driving licence with at all times when you are driving.

When driving do be aware of the speed limits, they will catch you and fine you on the spot and they nearly always do catch you. There are far more patrol cars on American roads.

When shopping you will find that the price you see is not the price you pay. In America the sales tax is added on at the till so everything you see is plus 6% or 7% tax – depending on what county you are in and there are 4 counties you can pass through while you are in the Disney area. Where some of the villas are located, the area is called Four Corners as it is at the crossroads of four different counties.

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