Location, weather and attractions

Current weather forecast

This shows the current and forecast weather for the Orlando and Kissimmee area

Climate

Orlando and Kissimmee enjoy a year round sub tropical climate.  Even in the cooler winter months daytime temperatures seldom dip below the mid 70's.  Springtime and Autumn offer a good mix of warm or hot days with plenty of sunshine and balmy evenings. The summer months are the hottest and this is also the season that experiences most rainfall, almost always in the form of afternoon thunderstorms. These rarely last long before giving way to clear, fresher evenings. As always in the tropics the sun is extremely intense for most of the day all year round.  Sun protection should be applied for even short periods of exposure and should be reapplied after swimming.  Be aware that pool deck screens are merely protection against insects and other native Florida critters. They offer no protection from the sun.                         


Google earth images

These images show the location of the house, the surrounding area and locations of restaurants, shopping and attractions

Area Map

Local Attractions

Driving times and distances are approximate and dependent on route and traffic

Disney resorts/Downtown Disney - 4-5 miles/5-15 minutes depending on resort

Sea World and Aquatica - 6 miles/15 minutes

Universal resorts - 9 miles/15-20 minutes

Legoland - 25 miles/35 minutes

Cape Canaveral/Daytona Beach area - 45 miles/45-60 minutes

Clearwater / gulf coast beaches - 65 miles/70-90 minutes


Airports

Most scheduled air carriers* arrive into Orlando international airport (MCO) Distance from Sunset Lakes is around 22 miles and takes approximately 35 minutes.  Tip. Make sure you change up a few quarters so you have exact change for the tolls. Allow around $4.50, or use the cashless lanes if you have a transponder or a plan with the rental car company (note that most rental companies will charge a premium to use their cashless service but this can be worthwhile as the toll booths can be busy at peak times. With a cashless option there is no need to stop, just stay in the left lanes

* Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, American Airlines, United airlines etc.

The majority of charter carriers* arrive into Sanford airport. This airport is approximately 40 miles away and journey time to Sunset Lakes is 50-60 minutes.

*TUI, Thomson etc.


Shopping

Orlando Premium outlets: 6 miles/10-15 minutes

Outlets on I-Drive: 11 miles/20 minutes

Note: These are the primary factory outlet malls.  There are many others located mainly on International Drive and Hwy192.  Details can be provided upon request.

Within a 1-2 mile radius of Sunset Lakes there is a good selection of supermarkets for your grocery shopping and numerous smaller gift and specialty shops.


Restaurants

There are a huge number of restaurants within a 5 minute drive. Here are just a few options;

Bonefish Grill, Orlando Ale houseOutback steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Carraba's, Red Lobster, Giordanos, Texas Roadhouse, Joes Crab shack, TGI fridays -  1 mile/5 minutes

Also within a 1-2 mile radius: McDonalds, Wendy's, Panera bread, Taco Bell,  Burger King, KFC, Subway, Domino's, Pizza hut.


Golf

There are around 10 golf courses within a 5 mile/15 minute radius of Sunset Lakes.  These include courses at the Walt Disney resort and Celebration. All of these courses are impeccably groomed and maintained with good facilities. Further details available on request.

Note. There is also a great volcano themed miniature golf course 1 1/2 miles from the house which is great fun to play as a group!