Florida Keys & Everglades

‘The ‘sunshine state’ has some of the best coastal driving routes and boasts the Overseas Highway’

Motor racing, Miami, space travel, Disney, sun, sea and palm trees – truly a playground of activity, excitement and thrills.

At its highest point, Florida is only 345m above sea level, but don’t let the flattest state in the USA deceive you into thinking that it is featureless.

Just 30 minutes from Orlando International airport is Cape Canaveral. Time it right and you may see a launch, but if not, it still feels like you’re one step closer to space just by being there. The Kennedy Space Centre allows you relive the story of the space race, get up close to the space shuttle and even enjoy lunch with an astronaut.

An hour further north is Daytona – the home of Nascar and it’s world famous beach. The Daytona International Speedway is a must visit for all race fans and Travel Destinations can assist with tickets for the Daytona 500,  Rolex 24 or Daytona Classic if you are in town at the right time.

If you are visiting in March then a detour to Sebring in the heart of the citrus groves will reward you with another spectacular motor racing event. Ask as to include a visit to the Super Sebring race weekend in your itinerary and you will be rewarded with an action-packed visit with top-class racing.

The reality is you could spend weeks following Route 1 and the A1A all the way from the border with Georgia to the Florida Keys, but Miami has to feature in any road trip in this state. You’ll feel like you’ve seen it all before – and you probably have on any number of TV shows or films – but there’s nothing like the real thing. As with any major city, there is no shortage of hustle and bustle, but head to Miami Beach for the Art Deco fronted Ocean Drive and South Beach.

The ‘sunshine state’ has some of the best coastal driving routes and boasts the Overseas Highway – an engineering feat of 47 bridges, running from the top of the Florida Keys to the southernmost tip of mainland USA, Key West. Take in the ocean air and include a fishing trip or a boat ride to the Dry Tortugas National Park to see another side to Florida’s coastline.

Head west from Miami to the Gulf Coast and Naples cutting though the famous Everglades which cover 1.5 million acres of the southern tip of Florida. Easy sightings of alligators on a swamp safari or air boat ride will remind you just how prehistoric these animals are. For those that prefer the more tranquil animal, the manatees and dolphins play in and around both the Gulf and Atlantic rivers and seas.

These are just a few things that you can do in this great holiday destination and we haven’t even mentioned outlet shopping, Disney World, Universal Studios or the Epcot Centre! Call is today to begin planning your Florida road trip.

Route notes:

• Recommended as a 7–14-night holiday
• Although possible to travel all year to Florida, for the best driving conditions explore between March and June

Route Highlights:

  • 13,500km of coastline
  • Motor racing at Daytona or Sebring
  • Stunning sunrises and romantic sunsets
  • Every type of water sport and activity
  • Swamp safaris
  • Championship Golf courses
  • Kennedy Space Centre
  • Disney World

These are the some of the key highlights, but we can share our knowledge about some equally fabulous activities and locations that are less well known, so please enquire about those too.

Choose to include:

  • Flights in and out of Orlando or Miami
  • Car hire
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Race tickets or a visit to a theme park