Miami vacation rentals info: day trips around Miami
Miami is a prime tourist destination the reason being that if offers a wide variety of activities for all the family, from going to the beach, to all kinds of sports activities to an incredible nightlife. Some vacationers choose our Miami Vacation rentals for the duration of their stay in Miami and will then visit the Bahamas or even Orlando. Other guests prefer to keep Miami as their basis and plan some day trips during their stay. Our Miami Vacation rentals are well located and will give you access to most highways within minutes. Day trips may include tours in Miami in exciting neighborhoods such as Coral Gables or little Havana. Day trips can also be done in other cities such as Fort Lauderdale, Key Largo, Key west or even Naples. Guests may either rent a car or even reserve a tour from a tour company. Miami has so much to offer that guests could stay a month here and do something different every day. During those day trips activities could vary from pure touristic city visits, to visiting museums, "shopping raids", sports activities or even swim with dolphins.
Everglades National Park
The Everglades is close enough to Miami to make it a popular day trip for many tourists. The contrast between the city of Miami and the pure natural landscape of the Everglades makes it worth the trip. You’ll see alligators in the water, great blue heron soaring in the skies, and an endless view of swamps and jungle. Airboat tours and alligator farms are abundant, yet some people prefer to hike and kayak the area for a more personal experience.
Biscayne National Park
If the Everglades are too wild for your tastes, perhaps you should take a day trip to the Biscayne National Park, which consists of 300 square miles of water, islands, and reef. Tours of the park often involve kayaking, canoeing, or glass-bottom boat. Snorkeling here is unmatched. Be sure to visit Boca Chita and its 65’ ornamental lighthouse, which remains a symbol for the park. From the top of the lighthouse, you’ll have picturesque views of the Miami Beach skyline.
Miami visitors should definitely take a day trip to the nearby Florida Keys. The chain consists of 1700 islands jutting off the tip of Florida, but the largest ones are connected by one long road, a fabulous coral reef, and about nothing else. Each of these islands has its own unique traits.
- Big Pine Key is one of the larger keys and made of limestone instead of reef. While here, tour Blue Hole and look for Key Deer, a rare species of deer that are about the size of medium Golden Retriever or Labrador.
- Islamorada is home to amazing marine life, making it the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. Underwater tours are as popular as those on land due to the scuba diving, snorkeling, and swimming with the dolphins.
- Key Largo is the closest to Miami and home to the first U.S. underwater state park. The key offers an amazing variety of activities for the large numbers of tourists who visit.
- Key West, on the hand, is the farthest from Miami and really known for just one thing – its parties. While the island offers other activities, most come here to relax on the beach with a drink in hand, waiting for the sun to set and the party to begin.
- Marathon is an eco-tourists ideal destination, with many activities ranging from snorkeling, diving, kayaking, or fishing. Be sure to explore the Hump, an underwater mountain that’s home to extraordinary marine life and deep sea fishing opportunities.
Orlando Theme Parks
Orlando is home to numerous theme parks and choosing just the right one may seem daunting. Walt Disney World, of course, is a popular choice, but there is also Universal, SeaWorld, and numerous water parks here.
- Walt Disney World consists of Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom theme parks. Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are the two water parks. You’ll also find 23 hotels, two shopping and nightlife districts, a sports complex, six golf courses, three miniature golf courses, and lagoons for water sports.
- Universal Orlando offers two theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, along with three resorts, a fun restaurant, and a nightlife district known as CityWalk. While Disney is expansive, Universal is intimate.
- SeaWorld has animal shows, performances, and audience interaction with the park animals. Aquatica is SeaWorld’s sister park – a waterpark.
- Discovery Cove offers a private beach, lazy river, bird aviary, and dolphin encounter for only a limited number of daily guests.
- Old Florida’s Cypress Gardens and Gatorland are other popular day trips for those staying in Miami Beach.