GPS: You have arrived at your destination


Central Florida is covered by up to sixteen counties from the east to the west coastlines and includes not just Orlando but the metropolitan area of Tampa too. There are seven county districts that covers the Orlando region with Orange county being the main one.

When you hire a car, you normally receive a very basic road map of Florida which may be great to understand where Miami is in relation to Orlando and that’s about it! So, here’s a little more information to assist you.

Orlando is located pretty central in the state of Florida with good transport road links in all directions serviced by the main Interstate 4 (I-4) connecting with I-75 to the west and I-95 to the east.


Along the I-4, you will find easy access to all the main attractions, shopping outlets, malls and communities. This road is 132 miles long and the exit/junction numbering is counted in ascending ‘mile-distance’ order from west (Tampa) to the east (Daytona Beach).

The main exits covering the Orlando area range from exit 55 (Haines City, Davenport and US-27) to around exit 87 (near Winter Park).


Here’s a map of the sixteen counties covering central Florida.


Counties: Polk, Osceola, Brevard, Orange, Seminole and Lake tend to be associated with the Orlando region and knowing where the county you are visiting or based will help with county and community services in particular with weather and traffic alerts via TV, radio and internet.

Maps: Different areas in Orlando have different maps so be sure to look out for them when you arrive in a new town. See here where you can download your own town map and help get your bearings.

Alternatively, most areas in Orlando will have a tourist help point where you can purchase a town map. If staying in a hotel, be sure to ask at the front desk for city and town maps of Orlando.

GPS: These come very handy, especially when you’re driving around in an unfamiliar place! Most car rentals offer GPS services as an optional extra in the car and will charge approximately $15-20 a day. Depending on the length of your stay, it can be more cost effective to purchase a GPS at the local supermarkets such as Walmart for around $90 which may work out overall cheaper than a rental cost; this way, you also have your own GPS handy for future holidays.