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Old 09-03-2014, 08:14 PM   #1
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Florida vs SW

Trying to decide a destination this winter. Spent a couple of months in Florida last winter, and would be happy to go back. Haven't seen the SW, though, and exploring is one of our joys. Thoughts?
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:20 PM   #2
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Been to Florida many times. Going to winter this year in Mesa, Arizona. No bugs, no gators, no boas or pythons.
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SW has more to see, South FL is warmer.
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The SW is different...maybe even interesting. After breathing all the dirt and dust, no shade, blazing sun, scorpions, snakes...really could not wait to get the heck out of there. Did you hear the entire SW is running out of water? You can't live more than a few days without water. I'll take south Florida any day.
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What about the RGV?
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:38 PM   #6
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Spend the winter in the Yuma area. Lots of water and quite a bit of green. The area grows enormous amounts of lettuce, broccolli, etc for the winter market.

Temps vary but very seldom get below freezing. Only happened once in the 6 years we have been there. Most days the highs vary from high 50 to mid 80 during the late fall, winter, early spring. Fall and Spring can get into the 100's. But it is a dry heat so not too bad.
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SW- "It's a Dry Heat" ( then again so is a oven! "

Personally more to see in the SW - even with the oven!
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If you've been to Florida. explore. Go to the SW. You said there is joy in exploring and the SW has a lot to do.

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Old 09-03-2014, 08:54 PM   #9
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Been to Florida many times. Going to winter this year in Mesa, Arizona. No bugs, no gators, no boas or pythons.
You forgot high tourist tax and terrible snowbird traffic. SW is where it's at.
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SW, been going to Mesa, AZ. since 1974. We haven't missed a Christmas since then. We are now staying from Oct. to May. Would not go any place else, no bugs, a few tiny scorpions, and snakes? Maybe in a zoo, have never seen one in the our park. Mesa, or Yuma, wouldn't trade, for any place else.
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We went to Florida 2-3 times a year for 25 years or so. I can't even go to Key West anymore because the air quality is so bad. This year Oct&Nov Az. Dec California, back to Yuma and Tucson Jan & Feb then on to Florida for a month late March to Late April with a stop at the RGV to see some friends!
Its a big beautiful country see it all.
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The SW is different...maybe even interesting. After breathing all the dirt and dust, no shade, blazing sun, scorpions, snakes...really could not wait to get the heck out of there. Did you hear the entire SW is running out of water? You can't live more than a few days without water. I'll take south Florida any day.
You're kidding, right? Did you know that Florida has scorpions and poisonous snakes along with black widow spiders and alligators?

The S/W has blazing sun in the summer. Is that when you were there? Depending where you go, there are shade trees. the S/W has very few flying insects. It has no humidity. You can hang a towel outside and it'll be dry in 15 minutes. You can hike without working up a sweat - in winter. It has a lot of history, grand vistas and beautiful drives. It also has water - rivers and lakes.

You either love it or hate it, just as with Florida. Ourselves? We love Arizona and were from Michigan.

As for the OP...spend a winter here and make up your own mind.
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We toured the SW this past Jan.-May. I liked the Tucson, Phoenix area the best. While we were there it was the most pleasant weather. We are putting our plans to tour Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana coasts this coming winter, 2015 form Jan. to May. Are there suggestions for interesting areas to visit on the Gulf Coast?

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We've wintered in FL., So.Ca. and AZ. The temps we're close to perfect in Mesa, AZ. when we were there,...BUT we couldn't open the windows on the beautiful days because of the incessant dust. Wash the car, next morning it's a different color because of the dust. In FL. last winter it was...COLD, but then again we weren't below the Rt.4 corridor. The best winter we've spent was in San Diego. But what's not to like about San Diego. We'll be wintering this year in Fl. again, but much further south. Next winter it'll be San Diego again.
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