How Safe Is Orlando for Travel?

Orlando, United States
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Orlando, the theme park city, is a large city located in Orange County, Florida.

Most tourists 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 probably another reason why it is among the US’s most visited cities.

Still, like in other major cities in North America, some districts 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 alleviate the stress of planning your trip throughout this city.

Warnings & Dangers in Orlando

Overall Risk


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


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


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 public transport or while in packed theme parks or subway cars.

Natural Disasters Risk


When it comes to natural disasters in Orlando, the most dangerous threats come from occasional hurricanes in Florida (there have been as many as 63 hurricanes in Florida between 2000-2013).

Mugging Risk


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


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


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


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 some parts of it are very unsafe for tourists, but if you avoid these areas, you should have no problems.

Such areas in Orlando are Parramore District, an 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 maybe objects of unwanted attention.

Even though there are minor changes 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 because, since 9/11, most touristic landmarks have been severely backed up by police presence.

How Does Orlando Compare?

CitySafety Index
New Orleans57
Washington DC56
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)61
Niagara Falls (Canada)87
Calgary (Canada)82

Useful Information

  • 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 which will let you know whether or not you need a 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 the hottest months between June and August, it is recommended that you visit when the weather is cooler, because it means encountering fewer crowds and fewer 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.
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Orlando Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 17° C
Feb 18° C
Mar 20° C
Apr 23° C
May 26° C
Jun 28° C
Jul 29° C
Aug 29° C
Sep 28° C
Oct 25° C
Nov 20° C
Dec 18° C
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6 Reviews on Orlando

  1. H
    Hurricane Facts says:

    Wrong information

    “there have been as many as 63 hurricanes in Florida between 2000-2013”.

    Wow – just wow.

    The actual number of hurricanes to directly affect Orlando during this time period was ONE!

    1. H
      Hurricanes that actually hit Orlando says:

      If you don’t live here, then you don’t know

      1999 Hurricane Floyd.
      2004 Hurricane Charley.
      2004 Hurricane Frances.
      2004 Hurricane Jeanne.
      2016 Hurricane Matthew.
      2017 Hurricane Irma.

  2. Good overall

    I moved to Orlando after living in Europe my entire life and the experience of moving to the U.S. is definitely life-changing. but other than that, Orlando is a great city to live in, with the added perks of living in a city where there are numerous theme parks and thriving tourism, you get a lot of things which are great, but, you have to consider the traffic jams and overpopulation during the holidays, in December 2021 the streets were packed everywhere, so many tourists, it took double to drive anywhere. best to visit not during the holidays.

  3. Came visiting

    Don’t drink the tap water. yuk!

  4. M
    Matthew says:

    One of the best places I've traveled to

    You have to get the Go Orlando Card while you are here because it will save you so much money and it will be all around easier to travel having it. Orlando has so much to offer and I needed 4 weeks to see most of the more interesting things (for me). I think I could spend 4-6 months here and not be done with everything there is to see and do.

  5. L
    LocalMosquitoFood says:

    Florida is NOT safe, don’t believe the hype!

    No, Orlando is not safe. But you don’t have to take my word for it. You can read this article and see it for yourself.

    There’s a big reason why there is conflicting info about Florida. Florida’s revenue comes mainly from tourism. That industry controls the local media in Florida. They don’t want to scare the tourists and the money away. It is not safe here. The local news has a quota on how many murders, crazy deaths, and other tragedies they can print per day. Some stuff goes unreported. Follow the money and you will find the truth or ask a local what they actually think.

    Florida is overcrowded, and crazy deadly wildlife that only Australia or the Amazon Rainforest can give a run for its money. But again, educate yourselves and make your own decision.

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