When visiting South Florida, most guests miss fantastic alternatives to expertise pure Florida magnificence, scenic views, and fewer visitors congestion. Since studying to drive there 30 years in the past, I’ve discovered many scenic drives in South Florida and can share a number of native street journeys with you in this text.
Trace: when attainable, keep off the key roads. They don’t seem to be scenic and don’t characterize enjoyable Florida. Oh, and keep in mind to deliver sun shades, to guard your eyes and to look cool.
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- 1 1. Florida Keys Freeway
- 2 2. Ocean Drive, South Seashore (Miami Seashore)
- 3 three. Florida Scenic Freeway A1A
- 4 four. Tamiami Path
- 5 5. Rickenbacker Causeway
- 6 6. Previous Cutler Street
- 7 7. Southern Everglades, Flamingo Customer Middle
- 8 8. Neighborhoods
1. Florida Keys Freeway
The Abroad Freeway is likely one of the world’s nice scenic drives and the one street to Key West. The drive between Key Largo and Key West crosses 42 bridges, together with the Seven Mile Bridge. Take time to discover the quirky outlets and eating places, pure areas, seashores, and different points of interest in the Florida Keys.
McCool Travel tip: I wish to drive on Card Sound Street in one path between mainland Florida and Florida Keys.
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2. Ocean Drive, South Seashore (Miami Seashore)
One spotlight of famed South Seashore is seeing and being seen alongside Ocean Drive. Situated between 1st and 15th Streets alongside the Atlantic Ocean in Miami Seashore, Ocean Drive is the Miami you see on TV (like Miami Vice) and in films (corresponding to The Birdcage and Scarface). The health path and seashore on the ocean aspect is full of fashions, solar bathers, skaters, walkers, and runners whereas the commerce aspect has artwork deco buildings, neon lights, outlets, bars, and eating places. On busy nights, it’s quicker to stroll alongside Ocean Drive, because it turns into a digital parking zone.
McCool Travel tip: Go to Star Island off the MacArthur Causeway (probably the greatest driving roads in Miami) entrance to Miami Seashore from downtown Miami. Ask the guard if you are able to do a fast drive across the island; I’ve by no means been denied. If you wish to purchase one of many houses, costs begin at $20 million.
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three. Florida Scenic Freeway A1A
Rising up in South Florida, the tagline jingle for one of many radio stations was Jimmy Buffett’s “Strolling along the avenue that’s known as A1A.” Florida scenic freeway A1A is principally the road that’s closest to the water. It runs from Key West to the Georgia border, alongside the east coast of Florida. A portion of it’s a Nationwide Scenic Byway. In lots of locations, US1 and A1A are the identical street. When they’re separate roads, I virtually all the time select A1A. Some highlights north from Ocean Drive embrace Bal Harbour (the place extraordinarily rich South People store on weekend visits), Haulover Seashore (official public nude seashore and fishing excursions), Aventura, and North Miami Seashore. Additional north is Broward county (Lloyd State Park and Hallandale seashores are two favorites!), Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, and the remainder of Florida.
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four. Tamiami Path
OK, there’s extra to South Florida than the ocean. Tamiami Path, a street between Tampa and Miami, begins in downtown Miami on Brickell Key and shortly turns into SW eighth Road (aka Calle Ocho); it’s the coronary heart of Little Havana and a particular must-see. Driving west on Tamiami Path, after about 18 miles, you’ll cross Krome Avenue and enter the Massive Cypress Nationwide Protect (a part of the Florida Everglades). Many points of interest are operated by the Miccosukee Indian tribe.
Shark Valley Loop Street (and the Shark Valley Customer Middle) is a part of the Everglades Nationwide Park and an ideal place to see gators in the later winter and spring. A bit of additional west is a primitive street from the 1920s referred to as Loop Street. Street circumstances could also be treacherous however I all the time see superb wildlife (together with big gators) alongside it. The world’s smallest submit workplace is a couple of extra miles west in Ochopee. Aspect notice, my grandparents lived close to right here (in the Huge Cypress) for 20 years. Sure, many tales…
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5. Rickenbacker Causeway
About the one good factor I can say about I-95 is that it ends on the entrance to Rickenbacker Causeway. Ten occasions every week for 4 summers I traveled throughout Rickenbacker to my school internship on the Fisheries Middle on Virginia Key. Rickenbacker Causeway results in Key Biscayne, Virginia Key (with Seaquarium), Cape Florida Lighthouse, and Crandon Park. I really like the views of Brickell Avenue and downtown Miami, particularly at night time. Stiltsville may also be seen from Key Biscayne and Cape Florida.
A particular deal with is consuming a take out meal from La Carreta on the sand dealing with the twinkling lights of Brickell—or on the opposite aspect dealing with the vastness of Biscayne Bay. South Florida just isn’t recognized for having hills and the very best pure level is simply 40 ft above sea degree. One of many highest factors in South Florida (outdoors of buildings) is from the highest of the bridge. At a whopping 78 ft, it’s widespread with cyclists.
6. Previous Cutler Street
Driving south from Rickenbacker Causeway, flip left (first left!) on S. Bayshore Drive, not US1. S. Bayshore Drive goes previous Vizcaya, by way of Coconut Grove (each are value a cease—or an entire week’s go to), after which turns into Previous Cutler Street. This drive is a deal with. You may get sick of seeing numerous large banyan timber, stone homes, and general quaintness—however in all probability not. You’ll cross the unique Ransom Everglades Faculty, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Matheson Hammock Park, and Charles Deering Property however this is likely one of the greatest driving roads in Miami for me. There’s even a shock (sorry!) large visitors circle that’s virtually harking back to a European metropolis.
7. Southern Everglades, Flamingo Customer Middle
The great thing about the everglades is that totally different areas have totally different personalities. A drive throughout Alligator Alley (between Ft. Lauderdale and Naples) is totally different than Shark Valley (see #four above). The southern Everglades drive between Florida Metropolis and Flamingo is other-worldly; like a tropical lunar panorama. You will notice pine timber, which is seemingly odd for the Everglades. That is the acute southwest a part of Florida and you will notice uncommon fauna like roseate spoonbills and perhaps even crocs and gators collectively. A lot of the drive is just lovely and peaceable, as most guests don’t enterprise to this southern finish. Be sensible and do it! Additionally, make sure that to convey bug repellent and sunscreen.
OK, it’s troublesome to select just one extra scenic drive in South Florida. I might go together with Krome Avenue which travels between the Everglades and the ever encroaching civilization, passing unimaginable produce stands. Or a ship tour, like of the Ft. Lauderdale canals, Intracoastal waterway, or cruise to nowhere.
As an alternative, I need to level out that South Florida has so many fantastic neighborhoods. Miami Seashore has artwork deco and “old school” structure, downtown Miami is now all glittery, the islands (Star, Hibiscus, Palm, Fisher) are the place the rich stay. Coconut Grove and Coral Gables are a few the oldest and most scenic areas. In Little Havana and Hialeah, you will notice and listen to extra Spanish than English. There are numerous ethnic neighborhoods, together with Little Haiti, Little Tel Aviv, and Little Moscow. There’s a scattering of Romanian eating places and church buildings in the Ft. Lauderdale space. It’s enjoyable to see older homes with fireplaces, like in Hollywood and Wilton Manors. Opa Locka has many Arabian themed buildings—however don’t go to after darkish! I really like exploring the relative spaciousness of Miami Lakes and Weston.
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Even higher, I definitely haven’t been to each cool place in Florida and issues change over time. I, for one, miss the voodoo retailer in my childhood South Florida neighborhood—however, fortunately, Cuban bakeries and bodegas stay.
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Have you ever been on any scenic drives in South Florida? Do you’ve got a favourite?
For different South Florida Street Journeys concepts, see these articles from different sources:
Better of the Sunshine State from HoneyTrek
Florida Street Journey: Welcome to the Bizarre and Fantastic from The Guardian
Final Florida Keys Street Journey from Nationwide Geographic
Miami to Key Westt Street Journey from Professional Vagabond
Florida Street Journey: Coast to Coast from Go to the USA
Epic Florida Street Journey from Momondo
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8 Great Scenic Drives in South Florida was first revealed on McCool Travel in March 2012.