Sanford (Florida)

Sanford is a city located in Seminole County in East Central Florida, just north of Orlando.


Downtown Sanford, Florida


Sanford has a humid subtropical climate, with mild weather during winters and hot weather during summers. High temperatures average 64 to 91 °F (18-33 °C) throughout the year. High heat indices are not uncommon for the summer months in the Sanford area. High temperatures can reach mid to high 90s with heat index ranges of 105-115 °F. The highest recorded temperature in Sanford was 103°F in July 1998. It is common for daily thunderstorms to erupt during a standard summer afternoon. These are caused by the heating of the land and water, combined with extremely high humidity.

During winter, the area can experience hard freezes during the night. Such cold weather is usually short lived, as the city averages only 15 nights below freezing. The coldest temperature recorded in Sanford was 19 °F on January 21, 1985, a day that still holds the record cold for many locations in the eastern half of the US. Even rarer in Sanford than freezing temperatures is snow. When snow does fall, it usually melts before touching the ground, or upon making contact with the ground.

Sanford has suffered less damage from hurricanes than most other east coast cities. Sanford has experienced hurricane or near-hurricane conditions more than a dozen times due to storms passing through the state from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, or passing to the north or south in the Atlantic and brushing the area. Rainfall averages around 50 inches a year, with the wettest months being June through September.

Get in

By plane

See also: air travel in the United States of America

You can fly into Orlando-Sanford International Airport (IATA: SFB) on Allegiant Air or Direct Air. Some international flights from Europe (mainly the British Isles) also use Sanford as an entry point to the United States, although the main airport to the region is Orlando International Airport.

By train

See also: rail travel in the United States

Sanford is the southern terminus of the Amtrak Auto Train which carries passengers and automobiles between Sanford and Lorton, Virginia, effectively serving as a car-rail link from Florida to the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. The Sanford station is not as elaborate as its Lorton counterpart. Passengers currently board the train on two tracks in Sanford; however, Amtrak and the State of Florida are working on plans to replace the older station with a new terminal that can accommodate large numbers of passengers more comfortably. The station is also projected to be a stop on the proposed Central Florida Commuter Rail system.

By bus

Greyhound Bus Lines, 1300 West Airport Blvd., Phone: 407-688-9725. Station is open from 8 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week, including holidays. Greyhound offers bus connections to Jacksonville, Orlando, and other cities throughout the U.S.

By car

Sanford is located at the intersection of Interstate 4 and Florida State Road 417.

Get around

By bus

By taxi


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ATMs can be found throughout Sanford. Usually larger hotels and convenience stores will have a "generic" ATM machine available; however, be forewarned about hidden service fees.




Hotels and Motels

Bed and Breakfast


Ten digit dialing is in effect for local calls in Sanford. The local area codes are 407 and 321. For calls within the US or Canada, dial 1+area code+number. There are some public pay phones scattered around the city, but they are becoming increasingly rare with the predominance of cell phones. It is not safe to assume you will be able to find a pay phone at any given time.

All ZIP codes in Sanford begin with 327.

Go next

Routes through Sanford

Orlando Lake Mary  W  E  Cassadaga Daytona Beach
Orlando Lake Mary  S/W  N/E  Blue Spring Jacksonville/Daytona Beach
END DeBary  N  S  Lake Mary Orlando

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