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Key West, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Florida Tourist Attractions & Vacation Spots

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Southern Florida Vacation Spots

Close both geographically and culturally to Latin America and the Caribbean, this region attracts diverse groups of visitors. Miami Beach = glamour. Key West = alternative lifestyles. The Everglades = wildlife and primeval swamps. The region as a whole = vacation, sun, sea, sand and all related activities.

Southern Florida is a compact region. An early start from Miami can have you in the Everglades in time for the morning flights of the birds—an amazing sight that's not to be missed. It might be hard for you to wake up early, however; Miami Beach is booming till the wee hours of the morning.
It's not uncommon that people won't even start hitting the clubs until after midnight!

Speaking of nightlife, the “it” place to jive it up at night is in Miami's trendy vacation spot: South Beach. If Lamborghini or Maserati spotting is more exciting for you than alligator watching, then South Beach is the place for you.

Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Beach Tourist Attractions

The beaches are a focus for visitors to the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Beach area. Many of the tourist attractions in the area are based around the beach and the water. For example, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, jet skiing, fishing, and parasailing are all popular pastimes for visitors and locals in the area. And it makes sense—why come all the way down to South Florida if you're not going to take advantage of the gorgeous, long stretches of clean sand and clear water?

And don't forget the vanity of South Beach. This is prime people watching territory. Watch and be watched.

Miami and Key West Getaways

In Miami and Key West, you'll likely spend most of your time playing in the water or lazing around on the beaches. In order to hit the beaches in style, many visitors take advantage of the fantastic shopping options in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Miami Beach—you don't want to be caught on the beach in last year's bikini, do you? You'll find the latest trends at the best prices at Miami's alligator shaped outlet mall, Sawgrass Mills, one of the biggest outlet malls in the world! Other malls in the area include Dolphin Outlet Mall, The Falls Mall, Palm Beach Mall, and Miromar Outlets.

Another way to make sure you look (and feel!) your best is to book some pampering treatments at one of Miami's exclusive spas. Treat yourself to a salt & oil scrub at Miami's Mandarin Oriental Hotel & Spa or an indulgent chocolate body mask at Key West's Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa.

Miami Vacation Spots

There are, however, some vacation spots in Miami that are not beach-related. Families with young children, for example, will enjoy the Museum of Discovery and Science, the Miami Children's Museum, Butterfly World, Wannado City, or Uncle Bernie's Theme Park. Art lovers won't want to miss the Museum of Art, the Frost Art Museum, or the Miami Art Museum. History buffs will feel right at home in the Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum, the Heritage House Museum and Robert Frost Cottage, and the Jewish Museum of Florida.

Get the picture? Miami is not just a beach town intended for European models on their US tour, or kids on spring break—though it is that too—but a cultural mecca in its own right. And the culture is heavily influenced by the nearby Caribbean island countries.

Del Boca Vista Getaway Planner

One of the most desirable Florida retirement communities – in the fictional land of Jerry Seinfeld, at least. Del Boca Vista is the home of Morty and Helen Seinfeld, who were not very excited by the prospect of Frank and Estelle Costanza meeting them on the shuffleboard court.

Retirees flock to the communities around Ft. Lauderdale, Delray Beach (regards to Irving) and Boca Raton. A serious note for tourists planning a Florida getaway – many gated communities in Florida, as well as condominiums and private houses in and near Miami Beach, rent out vacation homes. Enjoy your own private pool in a fully furnished five- (or more-) bedroom, close to the action.

Miami Beach, Florida Road Trip Getaway Planner

Plan a week or longer for your Miami Beach, Florida getaway. Plan a vacation of contrasts—party one night in South Beach and paddle the next day in the wilderness of the Everglades. Spend some time lazing around on the beach and make sure you leave time to hit all the important museums and historic landmarks. Most of all, leave some room for dining out—you could plan a whole road trip based simply on visiting some of the best fine dining establishments and local dives in the state of Florida, if not in the entire country!

Planning a Miami to Key West and the Everglades road trip is pretty simple – drive south. At Florida City you decide – right turn to the Everglades, straight to the Keys. Pick up a good map of map of Southern Florida or just follow the signs for the alligator tours. Headed to Key West, Florida? There is no easier place to find in the whole country – US Highway 1 to the end. If you end up in Caribou, Maine you have made a wrong turn somewhere.

Tourist Attractions and Highlights in Key West, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Southern Florida

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