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Although some say parts of Florida (namely Miami) are out of this world -- or of another world, or more specifically, like being in another country -- thankfully, Florida, last we checked, is still part of the United States. And whether you plan to spend a day, a week, 2 weeks, or longer in the Sunshine State, you'll need to make many "where," "when," and "how" choices before leaving your home. As for the where, well, that's a toughie. With no time and budget constraints, we'd tell you go cover it all -- the Keys, Miami, Everglades, Gold Coast, Treasure Coast and Southwest Florida. But that's up to you. How to get to Florida? We recommend almost every and any way except hitchhiking. Walking would be pretty ambitious, too. And now to the when. That's the biggest question we get. As South Florida shifts from a seasonal to a more year-round destination, there's always a good time to visit. Really. Even during Hurricane Season (Jun 1-Nov 30), when prices are lower, crowds are thinner, and hurricanes are (knock on wood) often elusive. When temperatures freeze elsewhere, that's when Florida starts sinking further into the ocean as crowds flock to the state for deep thawing and the state feels, well, heavier. For those who love heat, humidity, and sweating, summertime is the ideal time to visit and saves you a trip to the sauna. But with global warming, cooling, freezing, and whatnot, when it comes to temperatures these days, it's anyone's guess. What's not a guessing game is whether or not to visit in general. You have the guide, so what are you waiting for?

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.