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Miami-Lake Placid-Ft Pierce

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Miami-Lake Placid-Ft Pierce

We have a spare 2 days/ 1 night before we need to be in Ft Pierce, leaving Miami in the morning. We have driven the coast road before and will be returning to Miami via it so wondered if driving inland will give a nice variety of scenery. We are avid bird and nature lovers. Are there places to stop and walk/view etc around Lake Okeechobee and then stop overnight around the Placid Lakes area. Would this be a good option?

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Lake Placid is a cute town, small and it has murals painted on the walls of many of the buildings in the town. It will take maybe 2 hours to drive around and look at all the murals. It is not a big tourist destination. They raise caladium bulbs/plants here. I am not sure if this is somewhere you really want to visit.


Here is a link to the Florida state parks site:


A bit out of your expressed area is Fakahatchee Strand:


You might want to visit the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge


Have you thought of visiting the Everglades and then maybe overnighting in Naples?



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3. Re: Miami-Lake Placid-Ft Pierce

If you take Route 27 north you'll get to see the agricultural side of Florida, including vast fields of turf & sugar cane. When you get to South Bay on Lake Okeechobee you have to decide whether to take the right fork to US 441 & the rough edged agricultural town of Belle Glade & some other small older settlements & fish camps around the north side of the Lake or the left fork to Clewiston & its massive sugar refinery, & further on the town of Moore Haven with its 1920's ghost "downtown." Lake Placid itself is kind of dull. If you're intending to spend the night in the area, I'd suggest a short ride over to Sebring for more life & Avon Park for another century old downtown.

Edited: 21 February 2011, 17:41
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