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Welcome to the Sunshine State!
Spend your first two nights in the leafy, affluent community of Coral Gables - just 15 minutes from Miami's airport. It's a great way to ease into your holiday without a car as you can easily explore on foot and by bicycle. One of our all-time favourite hotels is your home for two nights - we hope you'll adore The Biltmore as much as we do.
This National Historic Landmark was built in 1926 and has one of the most interesting hotel histories we've come across. It also has one of the largest hotel pools in the USA. Borrow one of the hotel's bikes and cycle along the wide boulevards under a canopy of Banyan Trees.
Downtown Coral Gable's stretch of boutiques and restaurants, known as Miracle Mile, is an easy ride away. Also within biking distance is Venetian Pool. Created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, the 820,000 gallon pool is fed with spring water from an underground aquifer. We'd highly recommend a visit.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast around the Biltmore pool before heading back to Miami airport for a quick hop to Key West. Another walking city, best visited without a car, jump in a taxi from the local airport and head to your hotel based near Mallory Square. You are now officially in the southernmost point of the continental USA!
Key West definitely has a buzz about it. All the action largely revolves around Duval Street which runs from one side of the island to another. Packed with restaurants, bars and boutiques, this is one place you'll never run out of things to do. Enjoy a fun Pirate Walking Tour, an Echo Catamaran trip and the historic Conch Train. You won't get tired of strolling the quaint streets of Key West. Stop for a slice of the local speciality - Key Lime Pie or pop into Sloppy Joe's Bar (a favourite haunt of Ernest Hemmingway) and enjoy a local cocktail and some good old fashioned people watching. Make sure to be back in Mallory Square for the nightly Key West Sunset Celebrations.
It's time to pick up the car and hit the Overseas Highway! Arguably the most scenic portion of the drive is the area between Key West and Islamorada. Take it slow and stop as often as you like, this is one incredibly unique part of the world. About an hour into your journey, you'll come to the iconic Seven Mile Bridge. The bridge was built very close to the water below, so at times it will feel like you are driving on water!
Arrive in Islamorada the Sport Fishing Capital of the world. For fishing fans, this is the spot for marlin, tuna and dolphin (the fish, not the mammal). If fishing isn't your cup of tea, there are also plenty of snorkelling excursions available. The resorts in this area are full of activities, so you may not want to do any more than enjoy your surroundings. If you'd like to do a little exploration on foot, Indian Key Historic State Park has the remains of a shipwreck salvage community from the early 1800s and with a few hundred yards of well-maintained trails.
Head back to Miami with a stop in Key Largo along the way. Just forty minutes away, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is definitely worth a visit. You can opt to spend a few nights in Key Largo, but the close proximity to Islamorada makes it easy to explore from that base or on your way back to the mainland.
John Pennekamp is the first undersea park in the US. Enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom boat tour or get a closer look scuba diving or snorkelling. You can also canoe or kayak through the park's waters, hike along a few short trails, picnic or swim.
From Key Largo it's just over an hour to Miami's South Beach. Opt for a hotel right on Ocean Drive, or we can suggest a few close to the action, but not right in it. If you are keen to spend your final days relaxing on the beach or the hotel's pool, you can return your car and easily explore by foot. We'll talk you through all of your options to ensure you get the Miami experience you're hoping for.
Enjoy a leisurely morning mooching Ocean Drive and one last beach walk before you head back home.
Unless, you're not ready! This itinerary can be tailored to include more of Florida like nearby Naples or Sarasota. Or, you can combine Florida with the Deep South - anything is possible!
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