Florida, United States
South Florida Reviews
Oct 27, 2007
As a very popular destination Florida, especially South Florida, is a bit expensive. Especially if you want to see all the main spots. I live in South Florida, Miami, and I can tell you anything you may need to know about it. If partying is what you want you have to hit South Beach and Downtown (primarily locals) for the clubs. If you want to beach feel you need to head to Nikki Beach, its a club right on the beach. If you like rock Pawn Shop has a great feel. Just keep in mind that they are always full, especially at this time of year, so if you are claustrophobic....not a good dea.
There is also great sight seeing....I suggest renting a car one day, grabbing a map and checking everything out. Ft. Lauderdale isnt really known for its clubs and partying, but lately I've been up there and its really great, the crowd isnt as roudy and its more civilized. The beaches of Ft. Lauderdale arent as "fake" as the ones in South Beach...if you are aiming to see all the gorgeous people of South Beach and mingle amongst models and movie stars....South Beach is your spot.
If you are in South Beach at night, avoid all the side streets...keep on Lincoln Rd., Ocean Drive, Collins, and Washington....at night the little side streets have unexpected surprises. If you are staying in South Beach, you can rent a car for one day...but the rest of the time go by public transport or taxi as everything is quite nearby. Be sure to stop by Key Biscayne if you are into nature, dont bother with the Seaquarium, its lame....but the beaches are nice...try to go during the week though because they are packed on the weekend.
Naples is great, if you like artwork theres plenty of beautiful galleries, and you can drive around looking at the beautiful houses, enjoy the private beaches, and its quaint little shops. If you are looking to party though, its really not the place.
Keys....plenty to say about them...but it sums it up with "CANT MISS!" I am absolutely in love with the Keys. I suggest renting a car, and taking it from early morning around 5 am down to the keys. This puts you in a great spot for sunrise in the middle of the ocean on the road. Make sure to stop anytime your heart desires, you will be surprised at what you find. If you like camping this is a good time of the year to do it...and there are great spots. I personaly adore John Pennicamp Coral Reef Park. Even if you aren looking to camp, stop by and take up a hotel for the night nearby. Its really beautiful, great snorkeling, boat rides, and amazing trecks and nature. Keep going futher down you'll find Bahia Honda, which unfortunately I havent had the chance to go to yet, but I hear its absolutely amazing.
Key West itself is a beautiful town full of history. I suggest parking the car in a secure place and forgetting about it. You dont have to walk far...its about 15 blocks long, and about 8 blocks wide. Check out the butterfly sanctuary, closes at 4:30 pm, and be sure to stop in any of the bars....choose anyone...just listen, you find music you like...thats your spot. Spend the night in a tiny bed and breakfast, its not worth it going to one of those "name" hotels. You get the same service, and it really adds to the experience....
If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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