Last updated on July 21st, 2018 at 10:40 am
One of the best parts about living in Miami is the city’s proximity via boat and plane to other countries.
One of the tougher parts about living in Miami is that the city is trapped at the southern tip of a looong state, so we are not privy to the interstate road trips familiar to people who live in other states.
That said, Florida has some incredible destinations that are within a few hours from us via car. Today we’re taking you on our favorite three road trips from Miami. Don’t forget to bring your GPS, your favorite playlist, and your sense of adventure!
Northward Bound: Indialantic, Florida
Only three hours north of Miami, the Town of Indialantic is the perfect place for a weekend seaside escape. The beaches are less crowded and more family-friendly than the beaches in Miami. Plus, everything (read, food, drinks, and hotels) is much more affordable.
We love to stop by The Blueberry Muffin, a local diner with amazing blueberry muffins, for breakfast. At sunset, there is no better place to enjoy a cocktail and beach views than the second floor of biker bar Lou’s Blues.
And, if you’re looking for more late night music and fun, Bunky’s Monkey Bar is open until 2 a.m. and has daily specials.
Pro tip: If you are flexible on dates and/or accomodations, check different websites for great deals on oceanfront hotels. During past visits we have had enjoyable stays at both the Crowne Plaza Melbourne and the Radisson Suite Hotel for under $100 a night.
Southward Bound: Key Largo, Florida
To the untrained eye, Key Largo looks like the type of place you pass by on the way to Key West and the Lower Keys. To Miami-ans, it is the perfect road trip because it is close by but sufficiently removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.
If you enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving, there are plenty of local outlets from which to rent gear or book a trip. Crowd favorite snorkeling and diving spots include the Christ of the Abyss and shallow water reefs of John Pennekamp State Park. After you work up an appetite, stop by Mrs. Macs Kitchen for a superfishwich and homemade key lime pie.
Pro tip: Instead of taking US-1 from the Turnpike, bring $1 in cash so you can take the less urbanized and less crowded Card Sound Road. Make the time to stop just before the tollbooth at Alabama Jacks or just before the road reconnects with US-1 at Shipwreck’s Bar and Grill for fresh seafood, a cold beer, and some quality Florida Keys people watching.
Westward Bound: Everglades City, Florida
Everglades City is located on the southwest end of Florida around Chokoloskee Bay in an area with a rich Native American history. Because of its remote location and its mature mangrove coverage, it also has a history of drug smuggling and crime involving its small resident population.
Nowadays, Everglades City is a quiet place ideal for outdoor explorers because of its proximity to Everglades National Park and the 10,000 Islands. To capture the city’s unique history and charm, visit the Historic Smallwood Store – there is a $5 entry fee – or at Camellia Street Grill, a delicious waterfront eatery.
Pro tip: For a more personalized wilderness experience, book a kayaking trip with top Trip Advisor ranked Shurr Adventures, which offers naturalist-guided kayaking trips for groups of one to six people.