Frommer's Florida 2003by Bill Goodwin, Lesley Abravanel, Jim Tunstall, Cynthia Tunstall
You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go -- they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!
Completely updated every year (unlike most of the competition), Frommer's Florida features gorgeous color photos of the fun that awaits you in the Sunshine State. Much more comprehensive and detailed than its major competitor, this is simply the most reliable guide you can buy. Our team of expert authors has inspected countless accommodations, and they've selected the very best: lavish golf resorts, spas, stunning B&Bs, beachfront motels, and family-friendly condos. No matter what your budget, this guide can help you design a memorable Florida vacation.
Frommer's covers all the highlights: the sizzling South Beach club scene, dive sites in the Keys, spring training, theme parks, the Kennedy Space Center, world-class golf courses, and course, beaches, water sports, and beach bars galore. You'll learn about all the latest developments at Disney and Universal Studios, and get lots of insider tips about airfare bargains and package deals. You'll even get a color fold-out map and an online directory that makes trip-planning a snap!
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My husband and I typically rely on Frommers' guides when going away on vacation. We appreciate the reviewers' honest evaluations of hotels, restaurants, and sites, which is why we often buy their guides over their leading competitors'. However, we were disappointed when we tried to use our Frommers' Florida 2003 guide on our trip to the Palm Beach area 2 weeks ago. For starters, the book didn't provide any information at all on Singer Island, where we stayed. The island is certainly popular enough to warrant its own subsection. Information was also incorrect or outdated. For instance, we tried to find one recommended restaurant in Palm Beach, only to discover it had disappeared. In following travel directions to another recommended restaurant, we dicovered that the highway exit number listed had since been changed. We also tried to visit an outlet mall in West Palm Beach that the reviewer praised as being one of the most elegant s/he had ever seen. In the end, though, we wound up going on a wild goose chase to find it and finally resorted to asking directions from a resident nearby the supposed location of the mall. She pointed to the humble-looking pink structure bearing the correct address and asked, 'You mean that thing? I don't know if it has outlets but it might have a food court.' 'That thing' turned out to be closed on Mondays, though the Frommer's guide didn't say so. Perhaps the remainder of Florida that we didn't visit is more accurately and thoroughly reviewed in the rest of the book. Unfortunately, as far as the Palm Beach area is concerned, the competition's guide book to Florida would definitely be the better choice.