Why go: Despite what you might think, Florida’s not ail theme parks. In fact, it’s easy to avoid Mickey altogether; whether you’re driving open-top along the Keys or parading among the body-beautifuls on Miami’s South Beach. One of the state’s loveliest hideaways is Sanibel Island, connected to the Gulf Coast by a five-kilometre causeway. As well as cycling, kayaking and shell-collecting, you can spot dolphins and alligators.
Get me there: Virgin Holidays (0871 222 5825, www.virgin holidays.co.uk) has a week at the West Wind Inn, from £729pp, room only, including car hire and flights from Heathrow.
Or try: Cuba, just a short hop south of Florida. It’s an intoxicating blend of music, Mojitos and virgin beaches.
SUNSHINE SCORE:4
Florida is fab for families – kid-friendly beaches and a balmy winter climate.

Flying time from UK: 9 hours
Typical air fare: Around £350
Temperature: 24°C
Hours of sunshine per day: 7
Chance of rain: 19 per cent