Florida in 14 days: on the road itinerary

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Joel Fulleda
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Index

  • Average cost for this trip
  • Day 1 - Miami - Arrive in Miami and… relax in South Beach!
  • Day 2 - Fort Lauderdale
  • Accomodation
  • Day 3 - Cocoa Beach - Let's relax on the beach!
  • Day 4 - Cape Canaveral - Discovering space
  • Day 5 - Orlando - Welcome to Disney World!
  • Day 6 - Orlando - Universal Studios Florida and Island of Adventure
  • Day 7 - Orlando - Seaworld and Orlando
  • Day 8 - St. Petersburg / Sarasota
  • Day 9 - Naples
  • Day 10 - Florida City and the Everglades
  • Day 11 - Key West
  • Day 12- Miami - Coconut Grove
  • Day 13 - Miami - Downtown - Key Biscayne and Virginia Key
  • Day 14 - Miami - Little Havana and Wynwood

La Florida. The Sunshine State, or summarily translating it into Spanish, the State of the Sun.



One name, a thousand different souls: from the glamor of Miami to the cheerfulness of Orlando, from Cape Canaveral, with its space rockets, to the Everglades with their pristine nature, Florida alone is worth jumping on a plane headed to America.

Are you ready to go on an exciting one viaggio on – the –road, discovering Florida ?! Then go! Sunshine State Direction.

Average cost for this trip

– Flight Rome – Miami – Rome: €500
- Hotel for 14 nights: € 1500 (in a double room, therefore for two people)
– Kennedy Space Center: €55
– DisneyWorld Orlando: €160
– Universal Studios Orlando: €160
– Sea World Orlando: €86
– Tour delle Everglades: €40
- Car rental (medium category car): € 350


Total: about € 1925 per person (if you are traveling in two)


Day 1 - Miami - Arrive in Miami and… relax in South Beach!

Ocean Drive

The starting point of our trip is one of the most famous centers in Florida: Miami. A city with a thousand faces, which embodies much more than its glossy and glamorous facade implies.

After landing at Miami International Airport, we take a taxi, which will take us to the first stop on our itinerary: South Beach.

South Beach is the most famous neighborhood in Miami Beach and a real symbol for the city of Miami itself. It is here, in fact, that the iconic is found Ocean Drive and the famous Art Deco District, which houses over 900 period buildings; but there is more. South Beach is also the most beautiful and popular beach in the entire city!

Why stop here?

If we are tired after the long journey, there is nothing better than a few hours of relaxation on the beach or a walk in South Pointe to regain strength.

Of course, we can't leave without first seeing the buildings Art Deco this part of the city is so famous for. With little time available, the best solution is to rely on a guided tour.

We can't say we've visited Miami if we don't put at least one foot on one of the iconic's sidewalks Ocean Drive, so let's not forget this fundamental step before we set out on the road.


We might even stop and eat here. Fortunately, not all the places on the street have unrealistic prices!

Accomodation

Contrary to popular belief, even in South Beach you can sleep without spending too much. The cheapest solution is certainly constituted by hostels, where, if you are unpretentious, you can sleep for just under $ 30 a night.


The Rock Hostel is one of those offering the best accommodation, and has a restaurant that is always open.

If we want to spend less than $ 150 a night, we can opt for the following hotels:

  • South Beach Plaza Hotel;
  • Dorchester Hotel and Suites;
  • Stardust Hotel.

Where to eat

Where do you go to eat in South Beach? If we want to take away the satisfaction of being able to say "I ate at an Ocean Drive club" without having to pass out, LT Steak & Seafood, located inside the Hotel Betsy, may be the right solution.

The dishes on the menu, all of excellent quality, range from Sushi to Black Angus steaks.

Lincoln Road is another address to go to to find a place to stop for lunch, dinner or even just for a snack.

Day 2 - Fort Lauderdale

Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

With a bit of trepidation, we go to the car rental where we have booked the car that will take us around Florida for the next 11 days, then we set off: direction Fort Lauderdale. If we are lucky and do not find too much traffic, we will arrive at our destination in less than an hour.


Fort Lauderdale, considered the "Venice of America" for its romantic canals, which are so reminiscent of those of the Venetian capital, it is a really interesting place.

In the 80s, the city was a very popular destination among students, but today it has become a sought-after location not only for cruises, but also for its beaches, history and shopping.

The most popular addresses for those who love to shop are the mall Sawgrass mills and the famous Las Olas Boulevard.


Why stop here?

Well, Fort Lauderdale has all the charm and attractions of Miami without being quite as crowded. It is a little gem that is just waiting to be discovered.

Once we arrive, our day begins with the Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise, a cruise that will take us to see Millionaire Row up close and stop on an island that is home to beautiful tropical plant and animal species.

After the cruise, we do not miss the opportunity for a visit to the Museum of Discovery & Science e all’Old Fort Lauderdale Museum of History.

After lunch we allow ourselves a visit to the marvelous ones Flamingo gardens and the Bonnet House Museum and Garden, a Caribbean-style plantation that was a place of inspiration for artists Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett, before traveling to Las Olas Blvd for a shopping spree and a great dinner.

Accomodation

Although there are many rather expensive options, Fort Lauderdale also offers quality accommodation at rather affordable prices to those who stop there to sleep. Among the most interesting hotels in Fort Lauderdale are:

  • Royal Beach Palace;
  • TownePlace Suites;
  • The Link Hotel.

Where to eat

Las Olas Boulevard and other shopping streets are teeming with places offering great food at affordable prices.

One of them is Mangoes. Open for both lunch and dinner, it offers a very varied menu, from appetizers to salads and soups, from meat to first courses, from fish dishes to vegetarian dishes up to a decent choice of desserts.

A great alternative is J Mark’s Restaurant & Bar (there are two, one on the Federal Highway, the other on Copans Road, near Pompano Beach), where you will find, in addition to fish and meat dishes, salads (also veg) and sandwiches (also vegan option).

Day 3 - Cocoa Beach - Let's relax on the beach!

Cocoa Beach

Let's face it, the Fort Lauderdale stage was quite challenging, and we didn't enjoy even one of its beaches!

After a nice breakfast at the Florian, therefore, we get back on the road to reach the third stage of our journey: Cocoa Beach. We take the I - 95 and, in less than three hours, we arrive at our destination.

Located just over an hour's drive from Cape Canaveral and Orlando, Cocoa Beach is the classic beach resort: kilometers and kilometers of beaches and unspoiled nature are its strengths and its major attractions, which make it an ideal destination for those who want to spend a beach holiday or just take a relaxing day.

Why stop here?

First of all for the beauty of this place. Sure, Florida is full of beaches; we met them in the previous stages of our trip, and we will meet again later, but Cocoa Beach has a unique charm, which deserves to be appreciated.

Its beaches offer many possibilities: we can simply spread a towel somewhere and enjoy the sun and the sea breeze for the whole day, or we can take part in one of the many activities offered. For example the surf.

The calm sea of ​​Cocoa Beach is the ideal place for those who want to experience the thrill of getting on a board for the first time. If this sport is not for us, we can always fall back on kayak.

If, on the other hand, we prefer a little relaxation in nature, we can take a nice walk in the lush greenery Lori Wilson Park: in addition to having ample free parking, this park is characterized by a grove with a thick vegetation composed of shrubs, oaks and dwarf palms, and is crossed by paths that make it easy to explore.

For a while shopping view mare, and a good lunch, we are spoiled for choice at The Cocoa Beach boardwalk, a spectacular walk overlooking the Atlantic.

In a place like this, perhaps, one does not expect to find particularly interesting museums, but instead ... While we're at it, let's not miss the opportunity to visit the Surf Museum and the Alma Clyde Field Library of Florida History, which houses more than 60.000 books and objects from the Florida Hystorical Society.

Accomodation

Sleeping in Cocoa Beach is a great choice. There are, in fact, several hotels that offer great service and affordable prices. Here are some addresses:

  • Comfort Inn and Suites Resort Cocoa Beach;
  • Four Points by Sheraton Cocoa Beach;
  • La Quinta Inn Cocoa Beach – Port Canaveral.

Where to eat

In a seaside location like Cocoa Beach, there is an abundance of fish restaurants.

Coconuts on the Beach is a restaurant with a fantastic ocean view serving mainly fish tacos and fish and chips.

Fat Kahuna Beach Side Grille it is the ideal place to have lunch both outdoors, enjoying the view and the sea breeze, and in a comfortable air-conditioned room. The menu includes both meat and fish dishes and also several vegetarian options.

Day 4 - Cape Canaveral - Discovering space

Kennedy Space Center

This is one of the most interesting stops on our itinerary. Located just 10 minutes from Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral is one of the most famous locations not only in the United States, but in the whole world!

Sure, there are beaches, there is a beautiful nature reserve, but what makes this place unique is the presence of Kennedy Space Center.

Why stop here?

I don't think it's hard to guess why Cape Canaveral is a practically obligatory stop on any Florida itinerary worthy of the name.

We start our day by visiting its most important attraction: the Kennedy Space Center.

During our visit we will have the opportunity to see live the place where some of the most important space missions in history have started, and if we are lucky, we will be able to attend some launches (on the official website of the Kennedy Space Center you can see how many days, or hours, are left until the next launch); learn about the history of past space programs and the people who took part in them; admire the famous Space Shuttle Atlantis up close.

Other characteristic places of Cape Canaveral that we absolutely must visit are l’U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Museum, the museum dedicated to space missions, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse (open only Friday and Saturday) and the Exploration Tower.

If we still have some time left over, we can indulge in a little relaxation in the midst of nature at Jetty Park.

Accomodation

A Cape Canaveral there aren't many options to choose from. Some hotels, such as the Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral - Cocoa Beach or the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort, offer great service at reasonable prices.

A valid and cheaper alternative is the Radisson Resort at the Port, where the cost of a room does not exceed $ 100 per night.

Given the proximity between the two locations, we can also go back to sleep in Cocoa Beach, and from here, leave for the fourth stage of our itinerary.

Where to eat

As for places to eat, in Cape Canaveral you are spoiled for choice: there are both places with a more refined atmosphere and casual environments, where you can enjoy excellent dishes.

Il Crackers Island Grill, in addition to magnificent ocean views, it offers a large and varied menu, including burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, tacos, soups and salads.

Il Vargas Cafe, instead, offers a menu of typical Cuban and Mexican cuisine.

Day 5 - Orlando - Welcome to Disney World!

Disney World

Let's get back on the road! The 4th leg of our journey has for destination Orlando, where we will stop for at least 3 days. Because? Because Orlando is considered the world capital of theme parks, and perhaps three days are not even enough to visit the most important ones.

Why stop here?

I would say that Disney World it doesn't need much introduction. This is where we decided to spend our first day in Orlando.

A Magic Kingdom, to be exact, which is the first, and most important of the parks that make up the great world of Disney World. I assure you that to see it all, and to get on its funniest attractions it will take the whole day.

Let's try, therefore, to get in gear early, so as to arrive as soon as the park opens the gates and be able to immediately get on the most popular games.

At the top of the list are definitely the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion, the space dedicated to the Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain.

If there are also children with us, we cannot leave without first seeing the Cinderella Castle, took a ride on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and listening to Belle's fairy tales, or having tea with the Mad Hatter.

Obviously, we will stop until almost closing time, to enjoy the evening show of the fireworks.

Accomodation

In a big city like Orlando, you certainly have no problem finding a hotel. It all depends on choosing one that offers good value for money and fully meet our needs. Especially since, unlike other cities, we plan to stop here for at least 3 nights.

Among the most interesting hotels in Orlando are:

  • Best Western orlando Gateway Hotel;
  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Across from Universal Orlando;
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Orlando Universal Area.

Where to eat

Well, now let's think about food! Of course, there is no need to leave the park to look for lunch and dinner, because Magic Kingdom offers many solutions to its visitors, some even very cheap.

If we want to eat something other than the usual Hot Dogs, fried chicken, tacos and fish and chips, the Columbia Harbour House, in Liberty Square, is the right restaurant for us.

If, on the other hand, Hot Dogs and Fried Chicken are just what we crave, then the address to keep in mind is that of Casey’s Corner, located on Main Street.

Day 6 - Orlando - Universal Studios Florida and Island of Adventure

Universal Studios, Orlando

Well, for this sixth day of travel we don't have to go very far, especially as our hotel is probably not far from Orlando's second most important theme park: the UniversalStudios.

Why stop here?

Universal Studios Orlando is absolutely worth a visit because, although there are no movies here, as happens in Los Angeles, they allow us to immerse ourselves in some of the most emblematic scenes of our favorite films.

Since we have so much time on our hands, we give ourselves a Park - to - Park ticket, which allows us to visit both Universal Studios Florida che Island of Adventure and to move from one park to another with a decidedly unique means of transport.

We cross, a little excited, the gates of the Park and we find ourselves on Universal City Walk, the main street of Universal Studios, where there are shops and restaurants.

It is at the bottom of it that the difficult choice is made: Universal Studios Florida or Island of Adventure?

We choose to start our visit from the first park. Although we will certainly return later in the day, the first attraction we visit is Diagon Alley (yes, just that of Harry Potter); after exploring it, we jump on the goblin train to discover the secrets of the Gringott, the bank of wizards.

So we go to Production Center, where we find the reconstruction of the Despicable Me and Transformers sets.

If we can, we also make a trip to New York, to enter the crazy world of Blues Brothers.

After lunch we return to Diagon Alley, and precisely to King's Cross Station, where from platform 9 and three quarters we will jump on the Hoghwarts Express, heading towards the station of Hogsmeade, located in Island of Adventure.

This is where we will begin our adventure. From the faithfully reproduced famous village and its most popular attraction, the Flight of the Hyppogrif, which allows us to fly over Hogwarts.

During this afternoon of absolute fun, we don't even miss the Hulk Roller Coaster and the 3 - D adventure that stars Spider - Man.

Where to eat

There are so many places to eat at Universal Studios Orlando that you don't really know what to choose. Practically an obligatory stop is the Three Broomsticks (The three broomsticks), at Island of Adventure, where, among other specialties, you can enjoy an excellent Butterbeer.

The Cowfish, located on Universal Citywalk, is a sushi - burger bar that offers its customers fusion cuisine and a casual setting.

Day 7 - Orlando - Seaworld and Orlando

Seaworld, Orlando

Here we are on our third, and last, day in Orlando. As fascinating and wonderful as they are, theme parks are a part of the attractions the city has to offer.

In the morning we allow ourselves one last visit to a park, even if it is more an aquarium than a theme park then, in the afternoon, we explore the city a bit.

Why stop here?

Let's start with Seaworld: it is a magical and fascinating place, which is home to a lot of sea creatures.

There are dolphins of Dolphin Cove, penguins, killer whales, sharks, turtles of by TurtleTrek, and then there are the typical attractions of a theme park, with roller coasters and other fun games. The ideal place to spend a beautiful morning!

In the afternoon, however, we dedicate ourselves to exploring the city. There would be so many things to see, and the downtown area is undoubtedly fascinating, but we remain in the area of International Drive, famous shopping and entertainment street.

This is where one of the many US branches of the most famous wax museum in the world is located, the Madame Tussaud's.

After admiring the faithful wax reproductions of famous people, we move on to another reproduction, that of a ship which, at the time of its construction, was considered unsinkable.

Yes, it is the Titanic! TO Titanic: the Artifacts Exhibition, you can see original objects and parts of the ship found during the explorations of the wreck, and life-size reproductions of the central staircase, cabins and various other environments.

Our time in Orlando is about to run out. To close with a flourish, we allow ourselves to admire the windows overlooking International Drive as we reach the spectacular Coca - Cola Orlando Eye, the ferris wheel of the city.

Where to eat

Given the first stop of this day, for lunch we choose one of the SeaWorld premises. The Seafire Inn combines excellent food with a beautiful view of the lagoon.

For dinner, however, we can opt for one of the many clubs on International Drive. To the The Capital Grillefor example, you will find both good food and a quaint atmosphere.

Day 8 - St. Petersburg / Sarasota

Dali Museum, St. Petersburg

The eighth day of travel sees us pass from one coast to another in Florida, to reach the city of St. Petersburg and then, in the afternoon, that of Sarasota.

These two centers are among the most important cities on the west coast of Florida. St. Petersburg, which overlooks Tampa Bay, is also known as "the city of the sun”And houses a famous museum dedicated to Salvador Dalì.

Sarasota, another popular destination, is instead known for the museum dedicated to the famous circus dynasty of the Ringlings.

Why stop here?

In the cities of St. Petersburg and Sarasota there is a lively and eclectic atmosphere, which is really worth diving into, even if only for one day.

It is precisely from art that our visit to the city of St. Petersburg will start, and precisely from Dalì Musem, which houses the largest collection of works by the famous artist outside of Spain.

We continue with a tour of the Tropicana Field, one of the most important baseball stadiums in this corner of Florida, which is also home to the Ted Williams Museum and, curiously, a stingray pool.

Before leaving the city, we allow ourselves a visit to the botanical garden Sunken Gardens, then we set off again to reach nearby Sarasota.

The most interesting part of our afternoon is the visit to the The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which houses the impressive collection of the co-founder of the renowned Ringling circus.

Once we have finished admiring the works kept in this museum, we move to the neighbor Circus Museum, to learn about the history of one of the most famous circuses in the United States.

Accomodation

Sarasota is a good place to stop and sleep. There are many hotels and many of them have affordable prices for everyone. Even to those who, like us, have decided to spend two weeks on the road!

Among the most interesting options are:

  • Golden Host Resort – Sarasota;
  • Knights Inn Sarasota;
  • Regency Inn &Suites Sarasota.

Where to eat

In both St. Petersburg and Sarasota there are so many great places: choosing one is really difficult.

The downtown St. Petersburg area is where most of the restaurants are located. This is where it is The Moon Under Water, a quaint pub serving English food.

Let's move on to Sarasota. Again, the best area to find good restaurants is downtown. One of the most popular, where you eat well and spend little, is l’Indigenous Restaurant.

Day 9 - Naples

Venetian Bay, Naples

We get up early, on our ninth day of travel, because we will have to travel a little way.

Our destination is the city of Naples, in south west Florida: overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this location really has a lot to offer, especially for lovers of shopping and luxury.

Why stop here?

Naples is the right place to admire the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico and indulge in a crazy shopping session.

And shopping will be what we will dedicate ourselves to as soon as we arrive. The Village, in Venetian Bay, is a veritable citadel of luxury shopping.

For a more eclectic experience, however, there is Tin City, whose heart is represented by the Waterfront Marketplace, which in the 20s was a facility for processing oysters.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Naples Depot Museum, located inside the restored Seabord Air Line Railway station and dedicated to the history of railways.

Don't miss the Collier County Museum, dedicated to the history of the region and of those who first came to live there.

We keep the highlight for last. In fact, there is nothing more beautiful than the view enjoyed by the historian Naples Pier to the stretch.

Accomodation

In a big city like Naples you can find hotels for all tastes and budgets. A short distance from the city center, and its major attractions, there are numerous facilities where you can stop and sleep without spending more than $ 150 a night. Among the most interesting I point out:

  • Hampton Inn;
  • Glades Motel – Naples;
  • Red Roof Plus & Suites Naples.

Where to eat

Among the many options that the city offers us for lunch and dinner, one of the most interesting is certainly river walk, in Tin City: here you can enjoy excellent fish dishes at very affordable prices.

If we want to enjoy excellent traditional American cuisine, Brooks Gourmet Burger & Dogs is the right address for us.

Day 10 - Florida City and the Everglades

Everglades Alligator Farm

Our road trip continues briskly, and brings us closer and closer in the far south of Florida, from where we will ascend to return to Miami. To get to Florida City we will cross the so-called Alligator Alley.

This city is a very popular destination among those who decide to take a vacation in Florida: in addition to being very close to the entrance to one of the largest and most famous natural parks in the world, l’Everglades National Park, Florida City offers its visitors many interesting attractions.

Why stop here?

On any self-respecting Florida tour, Florida City is practically a must. The city will be the starting point from which we will begin the exploration of the famous Everglades park.

The first stop of our day is there Anhiga Trail, one of the most popular trails in the Park, where we will be able to see alligators, turtles and many species of birds up close.

After our walk, we return to the entrance, near which is one of the largest alligator farms in Florida, the Everglades Alligator Farm, which is home to more than 2.000 specimens of these imposing and frightening reptiles.

In the afternoon, we head towards Homestead, to visit the famous Coral Castle, the beautiful limestone artwork made by the famous artist Edward Leedskalnin.

Back in the city, we will end our day with a quick tour of the Florida Keys Outlet Marketplace.

Accomodation

Florida City is a great place to stop and sleep. Here you will find several hotels that offer good service at very affordable prices. Here are some of the most interesting:

  • Fairway Inn Florida City Homstead Everglades;
  • Best Western Gateway to the Keys;
  • Quality Inn Florida City – Homestead.

Where to eat

The city also has a lot to offer when it comes to finding a place to have a good meal.

Al Sonny's BBQ you can taste excellent grilled meat dishes. The Farmer’s Market Restauranton the other hand, it offers zero-kilometer food and is reasonably priced.

Day 11 - Key West

Key West

Here we are on the eleventh day of our journey, which takes us to the far south of Florida, where the famous is located archipelago of the Keys.

Key West is the most popular of the islands that make it up. You cannot say that you have really seen Florida if you do not spend at least one day in this beautiful location famous for its natural beauty, for its crystal clear sea and for the testimonies left by the famous writer. Ernest Hemingway, who spent the years from 1931 to 1939 here.

Why stop here?

Key West is a lush natural paradise that embodies the true essence of Florida, and offers its visitors breathtaking views, dream beaches and a lively and eclectic atmosphere.

The best way to be sure to see all its most interesting attractions is to buy a ticket for a hop - on, hop - off tour, which, thanks to the trolley bus, allows you to get around the whole island.

Museums, historic homes and beautiful landscapes will be the protagonists of our visit to the Island of Key West.

Let's start our exploration with the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, then we continue with what President Truman had elected as his winter home, the Truman Little White House.

The Flagler Station Railway Museum collects all the evidence that tells the story of Henry Flagler and his commitment to connect Key West to the mainland by rail.

After a break for lunch, we resume our exploration from Ernest Hemingway House, one of the most famous attractions on the island.

Our day then continues with a visit to the beautiful Key West Botanical Garden and ends the Southernmost Point, where we can enjoy a breathtaking sunset.

During the day, we cannot fail to stop for a drink at the Sloppy Joe's, Hemingway's favorite bar.

Accomodation

Contrary to what one might think, even in Key West you can find rather cheap hotels, where you can stop and sleep without spending more than $ 150 a night.

Among the most popular structures, located in the center of the island or in its immediate vicinity, are:

  • Blue Marlin Motel;
  • The Courtyard Motel;
  • The Palms Hotel.

Where to eat

If we want to enjoy excellent dishes based on freshly caught fish, l’Eaton Seafood Market is the right address.

Another very popular place, where you can eat well without spending a lot of money, is l’Ocean Grill & Bar.

Day 12- Miami - Coconut Grove

Vizcaya Villa

Reluctantly we leave that natural paradise that is Key West and take the I - 95 back to Miami.

It will take you around four hours to get to your destination, or maybe even a little longer because, on the way back, we will stop and visit some really interesting places.

Our final destination is Coconut Grove, the oldest neighborhood in Miami, and one of the most fascinating, where you can breathe an eclectic and bohemian atmosphere.

Why stop here?

Some of the most interesting attractions in the city of Miami are found in Coconut Grove; for us who come from the south, therefore, this is a practically obligatory stop.

Before getting there we stop at Homestead, to visit the famous motor racing circuit and, again, a Coral Gables, to admire its Mediterranean Revival buildings.

Finally arrived in Miami, we return the car to the car rental. To move from one point of the city to another in these last days of travel we will use public transport.

The rest of the day will be dedicated to exploring Coconut Grove.

After our long journey, we choose one of the many parks in the area to stretch our legs and admire the view. Peacock Park, with its mangroves, is the place where our choice falls.

After a nice walk, we do not miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful one Vizcaya Villa with its beautiful gardens.

We conclude our day by exploring one of the most glamorous and famous streets in all of Miami, the Coco Walk.

Accomodation

It is important, for these last days of travel, to choose a hotel located in a rather central area of ​​the city, also taking into consideration the quality of the service and the cost of the room. Here are some options to choose from:

  • Regency Hotel Miami, located a few miles from downtown;
  • Hampton Inn Miami;
  • The Jefferson Miami.

Where to eat

For a quick snack in Coral Gables, one of the most popular addresses is the Green Street Cafe.

Glass and Vine, in the immediate vicinity of Peacock Park, is a restaurant of contemporary American cuisine, which offers its customers dishes made only with the best local products and top quality wines in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

Day 13 - Miami - Downtown - Key Biscayne and Virginia Key

The Lighthouse in Cape Florida State Park

We arrived on the thirteenth day of our exciting trip through Florida. After having shot it far and wide, now we focus on the city of Miami and its many facets.

The downtown area is the beating heart of Miami, where some of its most iconic streets are located and the so-called Museum Park, which houses most of its most important museums.

From here, you can also reach the two islands Virginia Key e Key Biscayne, which directly overlook Biscayne Bay.

Why stop here?

Downtown is the area of ​​museums, parks and the iconic Flagler Street. It is practically unthinkable to visit Miami without exploring one of its most significant neighborhoods and its islands, which offer visitors unique landscapes and lots of fun.

It is from the islands that we will begin our penultimate day of travel. We jump on a water taxi headed for the smaller of the two, Key Biscayne, to take a tour of the famous Miami Seaquarium, then we move to Virginia Key, where we will dedicate ourselves to exploring the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and we will be able to admire its characteristic lighthouse up close.

Back in downtown, we will spend the afternoon at Museum Park, visiting l’American Airlines Arena, Perez Art Museum e il Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.
We close the day with a visit to the Freedom Tower, a true symbol of the city.

Where to eat

At Bayside Marketplace, a famous shopping center overlooking Biscayne Bay, there are numerous clubs and restaurants, one of the most famous is certainly the Hard Rock Cafe.

For the last evening spent in Miami, we can indulge in the luxury of dining from Zuma, on Biscayne Boulevard, one of the most famous places in the city, where you can enjoy excellent Japanese cuisine.

Day 14 - Miami - Little Havana and Wynwood

Little Havana

Here we are at the end of our journey, which took us to truly fascinating places and gave us many emotions.

For the last day of our itinerary we have chosen to visit two of the most eclectic and characteristic neighborhoods of Miami: Little Havana e Wynwood.

Little Havana, located adjacent to downtown and Brickell, is the Cuban neighborhood of the city: a small Cuba outside the original one.

Wynwood, also not far from downtown, is instead one of the city's art districts, and is famous for its murals.

Why stop here?

Our day starts with the visit all’History Miami Museum, near Flagler Street and continue to Little Havana.

Visiting Little Havana is a bit like being transported to another world. Here they can be found all the colors and scents of Cuba and learn about the people and the history of those who had to leave her.

The beating heart of the neighborhood is Eighth Street, with its colorful eclectic shops and handmade cigar shops. Here we will also be able to see the Walk of Fame dedicated to Cuban celebrities. Then we will move to Wynwood, for a tour of the famous Wynwood Walls, the beautiful murals of the artistic heart of Miami, before getting on a taxi that will take us to the airport, where we will take the plane for the return flight.

Where to eat

For enjoying great Cuban food, one of the most famous addresses in Little Havana is without a doubt the restaurant Versailles.

If, on the other hand, you want tacos, Coyo Tacos, in Wynwood, is the right place to enjoy excellent ones.


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