One month parental leave: Florida or California?
Replies: 25 - Last Post: Oct 13, 2013 5:02 AM Last Post By: adilchoudhry
Dec 5, 2012 1:33 PM
Dec 6, 2012 1:39 AM
16I've heard that the hotels and theme parks in Florida have inaugurated secret anti-python programs to protect unsuspecting children.
"Mommy, mommy, there's a worm in the swimming pool and he just swallowed Billy!"
Dec 6, 2012 7:30 AM
Dec 6, 2012 7:37 AM
Disneyland in Anaheim has coyotes. What could possibly go wrong? Never mind the mountain lions.
Dec 6, 2012 2:04 PM
19In the Pacific NW they call 'em cougars, and they can jump over a bus. The long way. You know you're being attacked when you feel your neck being broken.
Dec 6, 2012 2:40 PM
20Have you priced out (on homeaway or the like) a house on the beach, with a pool, in July, in areas with good day-excursion options? They ain't cheap. You'll find that prices decrease as you get further from the largest cities, so check places like the Florida Panhandle and South Carolina.
Microclimates near the sea vs. inland varies widely. That's why people pay to be near the beach in July...
Dec 9, 2012 1:14 PM
21Wow! That's as diverse a range of opinions as can get. Thank you heaps for your individual tips, and must confess that currently California has emerged with a slight edge over Florida (though not because of the location, but merely the time if year we will be traveling). That said, purchased the Lonely Planet guide books for both States this weekend, so I guess come what may, Lonely Planet is the 'winner' out of all this!
Thanks again folks, as not only your tips, but links and location references have proven invaluable in our forward planning.
Dec 11, 2012 12:37 PM
22California has some of the greatest terrain. The NapaValley, Sonoma, Vineyards, great Victorian towns. LA, Santa Monica, great Hotels.
if you are a wine lover then you can visit napa, sonama, and other growing wine region paso Robles these are the best places to visit and test some unique wine from this region..
Dec 11, 2012 12:59 PM
23With all the things you can do in California, you may need a post vacation vacation when you get back to Germany. I believe the Swiss and the Germans called this vacation as 'Anruf im kranken.'
If you're into sailing, Americas Cup race will be happening in SF in 2013.
Dec 11, 2012 2:50 PM
Oct 13, 2013 5:02 AM
25Now that Thorn Tree is back online, I thought it appropriate to return and thank all of you for your recommendations and opinion. In the meantime we spent a fabulous summer month in California, with a couple of weeks on the beach in Orange County (with day trips to LA), relaxing nature stint in Monterey, and catching up with city life again in San Francisco (the Louis Vuitton cup was indeed in progress, and we got to witness some fabulous races from our balcony), and of course Napa Valley trip as well. All in all, was a great choice, very friendly people, and most importantly, very baby friendly environment, people, and infrastructure. Thanking all Californians out there for the wonderful experience we had.
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