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four days in Florida

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four days in Florida

WE are from Australi aand will be arriving into Fort Lauderdale in early December 2012. Our first visit.

Any suggestions as to where we should stay (Miami itself or elsewhere?), and what we should see and do for the four days we have?

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1. Re: four days in Florida

Visit the Miami forum and check out the things to do and places to stay. That will help you decide if Miami is the place for you.

Do you want to lay out on the beach swim all day and read a book and have a cold beer or head to museums and sightsee? Or do a combo of both? Miami has it.

Sorry I couldn't help you much, just saw your question is on the Florida forum and they don't always get noticed.

IF you want to stretch your days out then rent a car and drive to the Florida Keys for a couple of days. Visit Ismoralda too. It is a beautiful drive but worth it.

So go check the forum for Key West for further info.

Florida is such an amazing State. I have driven down the West coast (beautiful beaches) and up the East coast and done Disney world in the center and loved every inch of it.

Edited: 29 July 2012, 16:12
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2. Re: four days in Florida

Miami is a huge city, lots of things to see & do, good beaches, restaurants, nite life and shopping, also more traffic & more people. Check out the Miami and South Beach forums for more info. Ft. Lauderdale is very nice also, similar to Miami but not as many clubs, etc like South Beach. FLL has Sawgrass Mills which is a huge outlet mall. The keys are beautiful, you could do an overnight in Islamorada or Marathon to explore the upper keys. You really need more time if you want to do Key West & the upper keys, etc.

Look at map quest or google maps to see the layout of Florida, approx drive times etc. Look at the Florida Keys forums, Everglades, Miami, South Beach & Ft. Lauderdale forums for info on the areas. If you have more time I would also suggest the gulf coast but 4 days is not very much and you don't want to spend all of it driving to get from place to place.

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3. Re: four days in Florida

Four days is limiting. The southeastern Florida urban area is very spread-out with some 5.6 million people, with the highest density in Miami and Miami Beach (they're separated by a bay).

December is a busy month for tourism in the area, so you need to find hotel rooms or equivalent fairly soon. In particular, the Art Basel Miami Beach art fair is December 6-9, and along with it, a swarm of "fringe" art fairs and exhibitions. http://miamibeach.artbasel.com/go/id/ss/

I don't know whether there's any point in suggesting that Australians visit urban beaches, unless it's for enjoying nice hotels, restaurants, bars, art shows, whatever. Miami Beach is far and away the biggest visitor destination, with smaller concentrations of beach life to the north. You can find everything from hip to sedate.

Miami, in particular, has substantial immigrant populations from Cuba, the Bahamas, Haiti, Venezuela, Colombia, and Argentina. Affluent Brazilian visitors are increasingly abundant. The Town of Palm Beach is justifiably well-known as a haven for the wealthy.

It would be a good time to visit the Everglades and some other natural areas. The Everglades really are rather unique, a vast peat/muck bog with sheet-flow water moving gradually from north to south. It's not just a marsh. There's also pinelands on limestone rock and bald-cypress trees in sizes from miniature to gigantic.

Wading birds are not nearly as abundant as they were a century ago, but still impressive.

South Florida does have manatees (very similar to dugongs) and shy crocodiles that you're never likely to see, plus alligators that can be highly visible.

The weather should be sunny and dry. The climate is more or less opposite that of Perth with wet summers, dry winters.

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