after our great roadtrip on the west coast one year ago and with lot of great ideas and tips from you, we are heading for Florida this year.
So far, I only have a vague idea of our route because we do not want to make such big distances compared to our Westcoast roundtrip, so we were mainly looking for some Must-sees and optional spots in southern Flordia which can reached quite easily within 1-2 day at max as it seems. We are open for any idea and suggestions! :-)
Day 1 Miami Airport (Hotel tip for first night?)
2 Naples Area (Miromar Mall in Estero?)
3 Naples/Sanibel (caribean beaches?)
4 Fort Lauderdale (day 4 or 5 we would like to meet a friend from Orlando, she would be driving as far as Miami or we might travel up the west coast a little bit - east coast seems less good as it does not have the turnpike there)
5 Homestead (day 5 or 6: Airboat, e.g. withEverglades Safari Park, Alligator Farm)
6 Homestead (hotels?)
7 Key West (stop at Grassy Key Dolphin Center)
8 Key West
9 Fort Lauderdale (Sawgrass Mills Outlet? nice beach hotel which is also close to Miami Airprt?
Day 10 Miami, flight leaving in the evening
Just a preliminary plan because I still don't have confirmation where and when to meet with our friend from Orlando.
From travel magazines these spots along our route sound great:
John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park bei Key Largo: snorcheling!?
Manateecenter.com near Fort Pierce/Palm Beach: Manatees!
Dolphin Research Center Grassy Key: Flipper!
John D. McArthur State Park oder Jupiter Inlet oder Hobe Sound: turtles???
Key West: For sure!
Everglades: Airboat and lots of Alligator photos!
Sanibel: caribean beaches or oil armageddon ... I really don't care much about our vacation, we are flexible anyway, but this is a real catastrophe both for man and nature...