From sandy beaches and amusement parks to wild and natural beauty, see what keeps visitors coming back to the Sunshine State with Moon South Florida & the Keys Road Trip. Inside you'll find:
- Maps and Driving Tools: More than 50 easy-to-use maps keep you oriented on and off the highway, along with site-to-site mileage, driving times, detailed directions for the entire route, and full-color photos throughout
- Eat, Sleep, Stop and Explore: With lists of the best beaches, views, and more, you can explore the lush wetlands of the Everglades, relax on the beautiful beaches of the Keys, let your imagination run wild at Disney World, or take in the electric vibe of Miami
- Itineraries for Every Traveler: Drive the entire two-week road trip or follow strategic routes designed for outdoor adventurers, history buffs, and more, as well as suggestions for spending time in Miami, the Everglades, the Keys, the Atlantic Coast, Orlando, Daytona, the Space Coast, Walt Disney World, Sarasota, and Naples
- Local Expertise: Florida native Jason Ferguson takes you on a tour of his beloved home state
- Planning Your Trip: Know when and where to get gas, how to avoid traffic, tips for driving in different road and weather conditions, and find suggestions for LGBTQ travelers, seniors, and road trippers with kids
Looking to explore more of America on wheels? Try Moon Nashville to New Orleans Road Trip! Doing more than driving through? Check out Moon Sarasota & Naples or Moon Florida Gulf Coast.
About the Author
Jason has written for publications ranging from Time Out, Travel + Leisure, and Caribbean Travel & Life to Florida newspapers such as the Orlando Weekly and Miami New Times. He enjoys sniffing out the beauty of Florida's natural history as well as the oddness of its quirky present. He, his wife, and their kids utilize their home in Central Florida as a launching pad for weekend adventures that take them to points of interest throughout the state. Although their favorite spots change from week to week, there's a general consensus that the white-sand beaches of southwest Florida aren't just the best in the state, but are possibly some of the best in the world.
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From Moon Florida Road Trip
Florida’s Atlantic coast is deeply aware of its history, and more possessed of remnants of Old Florida” than you are likely to find elsewhere. It’s incredibly easy to step back in time in this part of the state. Here are some of the best places across the state to have a true Floridian experience:
- Fort Lauderdale Beachfront: These gorgeous and expansive beaches make up some of the largest and most beautiful municipal oceanfront in the state, with broad swaths of white sand merging into crystalline blue-green waters.
- Las Olas Boulevard: This strip of boutiques, galleries, and restaurants is classy and charming, evoking Fort Lauderdale’s history.
- Worth Avenue: The Rodeo Drive of Florida” is home to stores like Cartier, Hermès, Ferragamo, and Louis Vuitton, along with pricey art galleries, custom boutiques, and ritzy restaurants.
- Morikami Museum&Japanese Gardens: For more than 30 years, the Morikami has been one of the most peaceful and beautiful destinations in South Florida, with a meditative museum and equally relaxing and well-curated gardens.
- Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: This facility’s location within sight of NASA’s launch pads and assembly buildings makes it a surprisingly evocative destination.
- Canaveral National Seashore: Bought by NASA to provide a security buffer for Kennedy Space Center, Canaveral has some of the state’s most secluded and naturally beautiful coastline.
- St. Augustine’s Old Town: Enjoy the beauty of St. Augustine’s 400-year-old buildings and narrow walkways.
When you reach Miami, don’t miss these highlights around the city:
- Ocean Drive: This is the heart of South Beach, where art deco buildings house the
hippest nightclubs. This part of town is as beautiful during the day as it is decadent at night.
- Design District: One of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods is also one of Miami’s premier spots for contemporary art and furnishings. This is a historic and artistic alternative to South Beach.
- Little Havana: Little Havana is the heart of the United States’ Cuban American community.
- Vizcaya Museum&Gardens: The 34-room Gilded Age mansion and its 10 acres of botanical gardens have long been an icon of Miami’s historical opulence.
- Coral Castle: This halfacre castle was crafted by hand from local materials as an homage to the builder’s one true romance.