Miami and Beaches Holidays
Art Deco and Awesome Beaches
This sunny 3-centre fly-drive holiday around Florida offers scenic
drives, spectacular beaches, interesting wildlife & museums, al
fresco fine dining, water-sports, designer shopping and wonderful hotels.
- Golden sands of vibrant Miami Beach
- Miami's Ocean Drive and the social scene
- The Art Deco architecture of Miami
- Miami’s Little Havana
- Miami sightseeing cruises of Fisher Island and Millionaire's Row
- Designer shopping opportunities & Factory Outlets
- The Everglades National Park and the wildlife
- Marco Island
- Naples Tin City
- Miles and miles of powder white sands on Naples Beach
- Sanibel Island
- Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
- Day trip to Key West. Florida Keys
- John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
- Sarasota Beach
- Salvador Dali Museum
- Ybor City
Best time of year to travel: Year Round
Price per person includes:
- Return flights from the UK into Miami and home from Tampa, Florida
- Mid-size car hire to collect on leaving Miami (car is not necessary here)
- 9 nights in hand-picked 4 star accommodation throughout
- A personalised road book which is a complete guide to travelling within North America and provides bespoke driving instructions for your holiday.
Other durations are available on this holiday.Please call Bon Voyage to discuss your options.
Prices are based on off-peak season. Please call Bon Voyage with your preferred date of departure.
Mustang, Mini, Chevy Camaro, Chrysler 200 and Mitsubishi Eclipse convertibles are available on this fly-drive. Please call Bon Voyage for further details.
Days 1,2 Art Deco area of South Beach, Miami
After your flight across the pond, there's no better place to unwind, relax and slip into that holiday mood, than sunny South Beach, Miami. Your hotel for your two night stay here will be in the beautifully restored Art Deco District. You won't need a car in Miami, parking is hideously expensive and it's an easy place to explore on foot.
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 similiar
Days 3,4,5,6 Naples, the jewel of southwest Florida
Distance: 128 miles
After 2 nights in Miami, it's time to collect your car from the downtown depot. From Miami we can offer Sebrings or Mustang convertibles if you fancy topping up your tan as your cruise along. Be sure to take the Tamiami Trail Highway 41 and head for Naples via the Everglades 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 similiar
Days 7,8,9 Sarasota and her idylic islands
Distance: 117 miles
It's time to leave Naples behind and head up the Florida Coast to sunny Sarasota. The drive is relatively short and will only take a couple of hours, it's a shame to rush it. Take it slowly, enjoy breakfast in Fort 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
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 similiar
Day 10 Leave from Tampa Airport
Distance: 62 miles
If you've chosen the direct flight from Tampa back home today, you'll have time to stop at historic Ybor 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.