Electric nightlife. Sandy beaches. World-class art. These are just a few of the things awaiting you in Miami, well known for being one the most exciting cities in the US. While you can easily party the night (and days) away on South Beach, Miami also has more than its fair share of culture. Check out incredible architecture in its Art Deco District or Little Havana, which is the colorful hotspot of Hispanic culture in the city.
You can easily spend more than a few days soaking up the art and history of the city, chowing down on delicious Latino and international eats and relaxing on the beach.
No trip to Miami is complete without hopping in your car and driving down to the Florida Keys for an island break. This scenic archipelago is just 66 miles from Miami, making it the perfect road trip with stops for snorkelling and fishing along the way. You can drive all the way to Key West (150 miles from Miami), which is the southernmost point in Florida.
Renting a car in Miami is an excellent way to see Florida Keys and of course, Miami city itself. Traffic can be daunting at first, but take note of these helpful tips and you’ll be a pro in no time:
Ocean Drive is an iconic road in Miami for good reason: the coastal views from this stretch are unforgettable. Follow the route from Fifth to 16th Sts along the shore. You’ll want to roll the windows down for this one to fully immerse yourself in the South Beach vibes.
Ask anyone about the best road trips to take from Miami and they’ll tell you to drive straight to Key West. Along the way, you’ll drive along Overseas Highway, which spans for 113 mies of the 150 mile route. It passes through islands and keys, with 42 bridge crossings, including the world-famous Seven Mile Bridge at Marathon.
The Rickenbacker Causeway is a scenic causeway that connects Miami, Florida, United States to the barrier islands of Virginia Key and Key Biscayne across Biscayne Bay. If you’re in the mood for unobstructed oceanfront views (and who isn’t?) then point your wheel towards this causeway.
You’ll pass all sorts of excellent attractions along this route, but for a truly beautiful drive we recommend driving on the scenic highway A1A from Miami Beach to Palm Beach, then cutting over to West Palm Beach. It’s a longer trip and you’ll have to go inland, but the scenery is worth it.
You’ll be in awe for the entire almost 15 miles of this road, which resembles a magical leafy tunnel. The shady tree tunnels of Old Cutler Road attract visitors from all over South Florida. Once you’ve driven the road, park the car and explore the Fairchild Tropical Gardens or take a picnic in Matheson Hammock Park.
Slow down as much as you can on this causeway to gape at the rows after rows of luxurious mansions. Venetian Islands are a chain of 6 man-made islands north of Palm Island, Hibiscus Island and Star Island with amazing views of the Miami skyline.
Main Highway in Coconut Grove is far from any expectations of a ‘highway’, with plenty of pretty trees and colourful flowers to admire while you drive the thoroughfare. Don’t be surprised if you have to stop the car to allow the neighborhood’s most famous residents to cross the road… Peacocks! They’ve lived here for decades.