United States : Safety by City
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Orlando, the theme park city, is a large city located in Orange County, Florida. Most tourist come rushing to this city wishing to visit those famous theme parks like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, etc. but there’s a lot more to this city.
With many other attractions, apart from theme parks, it’s no wonder that Orlando has an estimated 52 million tourists a year. Other cities in the metropolitan area that should be visited by all means include Altamonte Springs, Davenport, Kissimmee, and Winter Park.
It’s also very safe which is probabyl another reason why it is among the US’s most visited cities. Still, like in other major cities in North America, there are some districts that can be somewhat dangerous and should be avoided.
The best way to see most of Orlando is to buy the so-called Go Orlando Card which is very useful, and can save significant amounts of money as well as help aleviate the stress of planning your trip throughout this city.
Warnings & Dangers in Orlando
OVERALL RISK : LOW
New York is a very safe city to travel to, with only a couple of dangerous neighborhoods to avoid. Tourists are unlikely to experience any incidents or inconveniences.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Since this is such a huge tourist city, it's expected that public transport works like a charm and is very reliable and safe. Means of transportation are numerous in Orlando.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
There is some risk of running into pickpockets in theme parks and around touristic landmarks, but the rate of petty crime is on a major decline for the past couple of years. Still, it is wise to watch your belongings while on a public transport or while in packed theme parks or subway cars.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
When it comes to natural disasters in Orlando, the most dangerous threats come from occasional hurricanes on Florida (there have been as many as 63 hurricanes in Florida between 2000-2013).
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
When it comes to chances of being mugged or kidnapped, they are very low in Orlando. Violent street crime is not a common occurrence but only if you avoid dangerous areas of some cities that even locals rarely dare to walk around.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Orlando hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
Just like in other tourist destinations, there will be people trying to scam you in Orlando, too. Be wary of anyone trying to distract you, flashing large signs in front of you or ATMs that look like they've been tampered with.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
The city of Orlando is very safe for female solo travelers. Following basic precaution measures should completely minimize the chances of anything going wrong.
So... How Safe Is Orlando Really?
Orlando is mainly a safe city to visit. However, as in any major city in America, it’s expected that there are some parts of it that are very unsafe for tourists, but if you avoid these areas, you should have no problems.
Such areas in Orlando are Parramore District, area in downtown Orlando where a lot of the area’s homeless population is concentrated and where crime rates are higher.
Then there’s Orange Blossom Trail, south of Sand Lake Road infamous for prostitution and similar illegal activities.
Finally, there’s Pine Hills, which is just a lower income area where crime rates are also higher than the rest of the city. Don’t linger around the Greyhound bus station in Pine Hills.
These areas aren’t dangerous to a point where you might experience or be victims of serious violent crimes and even the risks that are listed here, are highly unlikely to happen.
Still, tourists stand out in these areas and may be objects of unwanted attention.
Even though there are minor chances that, as a tourist, you might experience petty theft incidents, it is highly unlikely because petty theft crimes such as pickpocketing and bag snatching have been on a decline for the past couple of years.
Violent crime rates are also pretty low, so you should feel mostly safe here, especially due to the fact that, since 9/11, most touristic landmarks have been severely backed up by police presence.
- Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
- Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Orlando. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
- Weather - The climate of Orlando is subtropical, which means it's mostly humid. Though most tourists visit during hottest months between June and August, it is recommended that you visit when the weather is cooler, because it means encountering less crowds and less people in the area. Afternoon thunderstorms are normal during the warmer months, although they can occur in any month.
- Airports - Orlando International Airport is a major public airport in Orlando, Florida. It is located around 10 km southeast of Downtown Orlando.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Orlando, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.