Miami is a cosmopolitan and exciting city that is world famous for its vibrant nightlife, stunning beaches and beautiful people. It is also within easy driving distance to surreal swamps, abundant wildlife and many lovely tropical islands and keys. The following are a few excellent day trips from Miami that visitors might enjoy.
Grand Bahama is the northernmost of the islands of the Bahamas, lying 56 miles off Florida. Travelers who want to check out Grand Bahama can hop aboard a three-hour cruise from Miami to this beautiful Caribbean island. Once there, visitors can spend the day exploring Freeport, which is the second largest city on the island. Or if they prefer a little sun and relaxation, they can head to one of island’s many stunning sugar-white sand beaches. Some tours to the Grand Bahama may also include a visit to the Grand Lucayan Hotel, which boasts a beautiful private beach, several restaurants and a large casino.
Theme Parks in Orlando
Orlando is practically synonymous with Disney World, but the city is also home to a Sea World and Universal Studios parks, making it an ideal destination for some family fun. It is about a 4 hours drive, so this is going to be a long day trip from Miami. Travelers can take the stress out of getting to one of these theme parks from Miami with a convenient one-day admission ticket that includes transportation from their Miami hotel.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
This Florida state park, which is located in Key Largo, was the first undersea park in the United States and is famous for its beautiful coral reefs. While John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is not surprisingly popular with scuba divers and snorkelers, its reefs can also be enjoyed by non-swimmers, who can enjoy viewing them on glass-bottom boat tours. The park is probably best known as being home to a copy of the underwater statue called “Christ of the Abyss.” This bronze statue sits under 25 feet (8 meters) of water and depicts Christ raising his arms up toward the surface of the water.
Biscayne National Park
Unlike a typical national park that protects acres of land, Biscayne National Park is 95 percent water. This unusual park includes Florida’s Biscayne Bay as well as more than 40 Keys. In addition, it also contains part of the Florida Reef, which is teeming with sea life and is the third largest coral reef in the world. Biscayne National Park also boasts the longest stretch of mangrove forest on the East Coast of Florida. Located just 35 miles (56 km) from Miami, Biscayne National Park is very popular with boaters and fishermen as well as with scuba divers and snorkeling enthusiasts.
Fort Lauderdale, which is located about 35 minutes north of Miami, offers visitors a more laid-back atmosphere than its big-city cousin. But that does not mean Fort Lauderdale is a boring town. Far from it. Like Miami, Fort Lauderdale is graced with beautiful beaches, as well as a large number of bars and restaurants. This city is also a major yachting center and it boasts one of the nicest promenades in Florida. Fort Lauderdale has also been referred to as the Venice of America because of its canals, on which visitors can enjoy scenic boat rides.