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Best time of year to travel: Year Round
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When you're not sunning yourself on the golden sands of Miami Beach, sipping a cocktail in one of the fashionable Ocean Boulevard cafes, or mooching around the stylish boutiques, we suggest you hop on a schooner for a sail around the harbour and Fisher Island, enjoy an interesting Art Deco tour or visit lively Little Havana for a strong cuban coffee and a large cigar. If you adore people watching, you're in the right place. Roller skating babes, hunky dudes, sugar daddies and some of America's most flamboyant creatures strut their stuff along Ocean Boulevard. Miami is chewing gum for the eyes, you'll adore its Latino feel and laid-back charm.
Accommodation: Albion, Park Central, The National or similar
Distance: 128 milesEverglades National Park. This 1.5 million acre park is one of North America's unsung wild places - a beautiful, rugged, subtropical wilderness. Stop at Everglades City, a great access point for Everglades National Park. Enjoy fresh fish in one of the riverfront fish markets, the stone crab is delicious. Hop aboard an airboat or swamp buggy to see the Everglades at their best. If you're lucky you may see an alligator or two..
After a thrilling day in the wilderness its time to hit civilisation again and the sun-drenched beaches of Naples on the Gulf of Mexico. On your next 4 nights here do as much or as little as you like. We recommend sunset walks along the 7 miles of pristine sandy beaches, a round of golf at one of the many championship courses, joining the locals on the Pier to try a spot of fishing or just enjoy a cool beer and lively conversation. There's the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens or sea canoeing for the kids. If you're feeling energetic then head up to quaint Sanibel Island hire bikes and explore this tropical island packed with wildlife. You'll also love shelling on the 50 miles of beaches here, the beaches are awash with over 400 species of shells.
Like dolphins? Who doesn't. Spot these from the shore in Naples of nearby Marco Island. Shopping in Naples is another treat with a spectacular selection of fashionable centers and plazas to choose from. From small boutiques and specialty shops along Third Street and Fifth Avenue South, Tin City, and Venetian Village to the large chain and department stores at Coastland Center Mall and Waterside Shops, Naples doesn't disappoint.
If you love life on the ocean waves, it's worth considering a day trip to lively Key West in the Florida Keys. from Naples. A day trip on this high speed ferry allows you time to explore historic Key West and learn about the fascinating Pirate history, enjoy a meal on famous Duval Street or a trolley tour around Hemingway's haunts. On the return journey enjoy sun bathing on the deck with a chilled beer..
Accommodation: Edgewater Beach Hotel, Inn on Fifth, La Playa or similar
Distance: 117 milesFort Myers Beach,,lunch on Captiva Island and a mooch around Venice before arriving in Sarasota. for 3 nights. Here glorious sandy beaches and clear tropical seas await you.
Unlike other Florida beach resorts you'll find a rich culture and eclectic entertainment here. Check out the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the unique circus history of this beach resort. If time allows, the excellent Salvadore Dali Museum is a short drive up the coast in St Peterburg too. His paintings here are mesmerising.
You'll also want to devote a day and a few nights to exploring downtown Sarasota's historic neighbourhoods, starting with the quaint Towles Court art district, packed with brightly painted wooden homes and filled with galleries and restaurants. Main Street offers some of the best cuisine and shopping in Sarasota, along with live music and chic bars, all arranged into an area that begs to be strolled.
Venture across Sarasota Bay and discover her lovely islands. Lido Key, Siesta Key and the upscale area of Longboat Key are home to some of the loveliest beaches in all of Florida. Siesta Key’s beaches were awarded the coveted best beach awards by Dr. Beach in 2010.
After dusting off the sand, stroll the charming streets of St. Armand's Circle in Lido Key with its one-off shops, exquisite restaurants and quaint boutiques. On the north end of Siesta's public beach, lies Siesta Key Village. In the village's quaint blocks you'll find everything you need for island life. Restaurants -- most with large, open-air dining -- range from pancake and egg joints to award-winning fine dining spots. No matter how fancy, though, dress codes are always casual: sandals are not only allowed, they're expected.
Accommodation: Helmsley Sandcastle, Resort at Longboat Key Club or similar
Distance: 62 milesYbor City in Tampa for a spot of lunch and some last minute shopping. If you're early risers you might even like to spend the morning in Busch Gardens and experience a taste of the Serengetti or a couple of thrilling theme park rides before you head home.
Want to extend this holiday? Perhaps add on a 3/4 night cruise of the Bahamas? A stop over in New York en route? A few days in Orlando? Or a trip further up the coast to New Orleans? The possibilities are endless, call Bon Voyage to discuss your options.
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