My wife and I are from the Northwest. We've been thinking about a trip to Florida. We're not interested in the artificial tourist-land activities. We prefer exploring the backroads, visiting quaint towns, and seeing a little living history. Maybe a trip into the swamp somewhere.
I'm thinking of a two weeker in the southern part, mostly on the southwest coast and the keys. We'd probably trade some Hawaii time share for a week at two different "base" camps that would allow us to explore the surrounding areas.
First off, I'm wondering what time of year would be best. Second, I'd prefer to avoid the drunken crazyness and noise of any big "events". And we're not too keen on Hurricanes, either. So, when would you suggest a visit, and what weeks would you suggest we avoid? Got any favorite haunts? Swamp trips? Neat towns?