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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 9 edition (2 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405389990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405389990
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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Years ago I used the buy the Rough Guides to get an insight into a country's less well known spots, something off the beaten path.

Whilst there are still elements of that in this book, large chunks of it concentrated on Disney, Universal and other top tourist sites.

If you're going to Florida you may well want to visit these areas, but then this is not the book I'd choose for those anyway, as there are countless other books that describe the theme parks in the most minute detail and give tips on how to get rides before the queues build up, for example.

This book fails to fully cover the tourist places (not that I'd expect it to) but neither does it cover in the depth I've come to expect those unknown gems that tourists looking for non-Disney entertainment hope to find.

And so this book falls between two stools and has forced me into time-intensive research on the 'net, something I'd hoped to have avoided.

Incidentally, its major competitive book - Lonely Planet - which I bought at the same time has identical failings. It seems a cheap cop-out to stuff a Rough Guide book with several pages of major, well-known theme parks.

Come on guys, there's so much more to Florida than Orlando, and so much more than theme parks!
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This is my third edition of this book and bought this time for more up-to-date information on a forthcoming trip to the sunshine state. I always buy the Rough Guides and like the way the information is set out in a logical and easy to follow way. Overall information on the country followed by sections on each area that work from place to place as you might travel around that area. Each town is then split down into accommodation, attractions, eating & drinking always with a selection of places to suit all budgets.

As the Rough Guides are aimed at independent travellers some of their comments on the more commercial aspects of Florida can be a bit harsh, but that shouldn't put you off visiting them.

No matter where I travel I always have the Rough Guide with me.
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Rough guides made a name for themselves in the eighties as a kind of 'alternative' guide book for (possibly) young and (maybe) unorthodox travellers, who wanted to see things off the normal tourist trail without breaking the bank. The whole vibe was low-budget, with dull brown covers and no glossy pictures. Whereas your 'traditional' guide book would wax lyrical about some stately home or chateaux (entry fee: £££), Rough Guides steered you to bars where the locals drank, sights that the package tours avoided, and hostels that would - on a good night - keep the rain out.

The good news is that this kind of inside info is still there - the 'challenge' is that RGs have gone slightly upmarket and tried to reach out to a wider cross-section of travellers. Out go the boring brown covers and in come shiny, colourful jackets with nice piccies. So, the Rough Guide to Florida still points you away from the theme parks and studio tours, to find the real Florida - if you want it - lurking on the outskirts of towns, away from Disneyville. But interpersed amongst this lot is, for example, a blow-by-blow account of all the rides at Disneyland (and tips on how to beat the queues), detailed listings of hotels in Palm Beach that don't seem to accept YHA cards as far as I can see, and some fairly pricey restaurants.

Taken on its merits, it's great. The honest views are still there (not everything is "wonderful" or "delightful" as in some guide books) and you could put together a very good value, non-conformist tour of Florida based on this book.
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In preparation for visiting Florida (but definitely not spending time with Donald Duck and his cartoon companions or queueing for white-knuckle rides) I bought both the Rough Guide and the Lonely Planet Guide. It's hard to split them. Much is similar in both, and each has its good and bad points. I have a fixation about the quality of indexes in books and Lonely Planet definitely has the edge here. Anyway, if you're spending all that money on your holiday, the cost of an extra book or two is hardly here nor there.
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FLORIDA - Rough Guide 2012

It is not so long ago that the Rough Guide travel series mainly covered off beat locations for the backpackers/budget traveller, with details of budget accommodation and eateries. There were often historical and geographical reviews of the areas. Maps were in glorious monochrome and pictures of the locations were rare or non existent.
In the last 2-3 years all travel guides appear to have undergone a radical rethink with the use of colour pictures. There is more focus on itineraries and activities for all ages and "must see" areas.
At last the Rough Guide series has come of age with a full colour guide , this one focuses on 9 specific areas ( in ca 488 pages) with key highlights , possible itineraries , travel options , local festivals , culture and cuisine , as well as the traditional accommodation suggestions.
For those with young families targeting the joys of Orlando ( Disneyland , Universal Studios) the attractions are well covered ( I presume the prices are reasonably up to date - take out a mortgage with a large family) as are recommendations for getting the best our of the visits and possible ways of avoiding the worst of the crowds.
The coastal towns Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Florida's own Hollywood are well covered and for the seekers of wildlife, the parks and the Everglades are described in detail and best visiting times quoted.
The Keys and Key West attract their own section
I found this guide an excellent overview. Any greater detail will be available on the internet. But this will be the starting point for planning their trip for most people.
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