Fodor's South Florida: With Miami, Fort Lauderdale & the Keys
Fodor’s South Florida With Miami, Fort Lauderdale & the Keys is one of Fodor’s Gold Guides. It contains contributions from a number of established Florida travel writers and is edited by Douglas Stallings and Amanda Theunissen. It is updated each year and the 2017 edition was published on July 25, 2017.
Page: 352 pages
Publisher: Fodor’s Travel; 14th edition
Date: July 25, 2017
Dimensions: 8.0 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
Fodor’s South Florida contains a lot of useful information written by local writers, packed into one compact volume and covering most of South Florida
The 2017 edition follows the usual easily readable and attractive Fodor format with 180 stunning full colour photographs, a pullout map and around 24 area maps. It is backed up by an online destination guide.
The new edition features extended coverage of new hotels and restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Palm Beach plus enhanced nightlife and dining options in the Florida Keys. Note that it really focuses on the Atlantic coastline, there is little coverage of the southern Golf Coast.
The opening chapter, “Experience South Florida” is a good introduction with a planner on how to get there and how to get around, suggestions on when to go with details on the climate, dates of some of South Florida’s main events, proposed 2 to 3 day itineraries and suggested attractions based on your likes, for example animals, beaches, golf and scenic views.
The rest of the book is split into five chapters covering the main regions:
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- Miami and Miami Beach
- The Everglades
- The Florida Keys including Key West
- Fort Lauderdale and Broward County
- Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast
Each chapter kicks off with a “Top reasons to go” with ideas on what might attract you to the area such as the beaches, resorts and various outdoor sports with a detailed area map highlighting the main locations within the region.
Expanding on the opening chapter are more details on the best time of year to go, how to get there, orientation, how to get around the area and suggested tours.
Each chapter then goes on to highlight the best sites and attractions as well as where to eat and stay rated by price, shopping, nightlife, sports and outdoor activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing.
For all attractions, restaurants, hotels etc. details are given including addresses, websites, telephone numbers, opening hours and prices.
Dotted throughout the book are useful tips such as how to get into some of the top nightclubs and “word of mouth” advice from other Fodor readers.
As well as Fodor’s own hotel reviews, the book also contains customer feedback from TripAdvisor.
Note that most guide books are re-published annually so you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind last year’s edition.