The latest edition of the Rough Guide to Florida is written and researched by Stephen Keeling and Sarah Hull and offers a balanced, no-nonsense guide to the State of Florida. If the authors do not like something, they say so.
The Rough Guide to Florida is similar in style to Florida by Lonely Planet.
The introductory colour section sets the scene with where and when to go along with the authors own personal ‘things not to miss’ in terms of sights, events, food, activities and the natural world.
An easy to follow and very readable guide to the whole of Florida
There is then a comprehensive Basics chapter giving you details on everything from pre-departure planning to getting around, travelling on your own or with children, food and accommodation plus company contact information.
The main guide splits Florida into nine regions from Miami and the Keys all the way up to the Panhandle and the Northeast. Each chapter starts with the highlights of the region and a regional map and then goes on with specific details of how to get there and then how to get around each of the major areas or cities within the region.
Each city or area is described in detail with lots of aside information on things to see and do such as the best beaches, theme parks, museums, state parks and outdoor activities.
There is an accommodation section for each city giving an indication of budget as well as specific comments about the property, location, rooms etc. and street addresses, telephone numbers and website addresses.
This is followed by similar information on eating, drinking, nightlife and entertainment. There is also information specifically for gay and lesbian visitors.
A final chapter is devoted to Florida’s history and the natural Florida. For film fans there are a list of films that feature Florida plus a list of books about Florida and its inhabitants, both factual and fiction.
Note that most guide books are re-published annually so you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind a previous edition. The Rough Guide to Florida is re-published about every three years.