The Villages is one of the most popular age restricted communities in Florida. However it does not only cater to permanent residents – it also has thriving holiday community as well. Some people only come for the weekend while others stay for the Florida high season.
These visitors come from all over America and many fly in from far afield.
The Villages doesn’t have its own airport – but there are quite a few within east driving distance – and there are numerous high quality shuttle services from various airports that will whisk visitors to The Villages efficiently and safely.
So for those who choose air travel as an essential apart of their experience of The Villages which is the best airport to fly into in Florida as far as getting to The Villages itself?
If we are talking about major air hubs then the largest of these within easy striking distance of The Villages is Orlando Airport.
The airport is only approximately 66 miles to The Villages and seeing as most major airlines make it a regular stop it has all the amenities that are required. Car hire services are offered by all the main car hire companies.
Slightly closer to The Villages (60 miles) is Orlando Sanford International Airport. This airport is services by many of the smaller commercial airlines. This airport also offers the services of several car hire companies.
For those who want to land even closer to The Villages there is the option of flying in to Leesburg International Airport. However this airport does not handle commercial flights. It does lease plains and provide hanger facilities for private planes. It does offer can and van rental. Those flying in on private aircraft will be delighted to know that there are two restaurants on the airport premises and there is also a hotel for those who want to start out for The Villages fresh in the morning.
Another choice for those from some destinations who want to fly commercial is Gainesville Regional Airport. This does handle a small number of commercial airlines so its best to check with the airport if they can provide an alternative from the region that you will be departing from.
For most purposes the most logical choice is Orlando International Airport as The Villages offers a courtesy shuttle service service. This service runs 24 hours a day seven days a week.