Travel to Southern Florida – Miami, The Everglades, The Florida Keys, Key West – Episode 617

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Travel to Southern Florida - Miami, The Everglades, The Florida Keys, Key West (Podcast)

Hear about travel to South Florida (Miami, Everglades National Park, and the Florida Keys) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Erik Smith from about this diverse region.

On Miami, Erik says, “Miami is one of those places that has a larger than life reputation. You hear about South Beach and all the celebrities that live there and the beautiful people. Miami Beach is famous for that as well. The most famous neighborhood in Miami is Little Havana which is every bit as good as you think.”

We talk about food tours, art deco architecture, and neighborhoods in transition like Wynwood with the art project, the Wynwood Walls. Miami can be all about nightlife, water sports, beach, architecture, history, food, or your favorite combination.

We don’t have to get very far away from Miami to get into the wild in the Everglades. Eric talks about different places you can take kayak tours, hikes, or a slough slog where you are definitely going to get wet. He also heads a bit off the trail to visit an old Nike missile site preserved in the National Park.

We then hit the road and drive to the end of Highway 1 down the Florida Keys to Key West. Along the way, we suggest stops to visit a bird sanctuary, ride on the original African Queen, visit a fossilized coral quarry, and a diving museum. The Florida Keys are one of the iconic road trips in the United States.

When you get to the end of the road, get ready to party because Key West is a fun, if not always a family-friendly destination. There is history there, like Truman’s little white house, Hemingway’s house, and Fort Zachery Taylor. There is also a great assortment of good food, bars, and nightlife. Take the very touristy Conch Train to learn more about the Conch Republic and see some of the back streets of the city.

We then go past the end of the road out to Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson, which is one of the largest brick forts in the United States on an island in the Gulf of Mexico.

South Florida has a lot to offer whether you are looking to camp under dark skies, sip a tropical drink while the sun sets, or party until the dawn.

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Show Notes
Little Havana
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Miami Beach Trolley
Little Havana Adventure with Cuban Cigar Rolling
Miami Food, Wine & Nightlife Tours
the Bay of Pigs Museum
Little Haiti Graffiti Lesson
Miami Beach Food and Art Deco Walking Tour
Miami Art Deco District Self-Guided Tour
5 Great Places to Eat (and a Great Food Tour) – Miami Beach, Florida
Miami – History, Cuban Culture and Art Deco Architecture
Wynwood Walls
Miami Water Sports
Biscayne National Park
Miami Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours
Everglades National Park
Big Cypress National Preserve
HM69 Nike Missile Base – Everglades National Park
Flamingo Visitor Center
West Indian manatee
Shark Valley Observation Tower
Everglades National Park Tours
Backcountry Camping Everglades
Slough Slog
Road Trip down the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas National Park
Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
African Queen
Windley Key State Fossil Reef
History of Diving Museum
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge
Harry S. Truman Little White House
Conch Tour Train
Conch Republic
Ernest Hemmingway Home and Museum
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
The Northwest Angle in Minnesota
Schera’s Algerian American Restaurant
Dry Tortugas National Park
Amsterdam’s Curry Mansion Inn
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Chris Christensen

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

One Response to “Travel to Southern Florida – Miami, The Everglades, The Florida Keys, Key West – Episode 617”

Abu Ishaque Mazumdar


Informative post. Hope to visit Miami especially.

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