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orlando to miami

hi we are going to travel to orlando in feb/march we are going on a cruise from miami so we are going to drive from orlando to miami, we have a small child so we were thinking about doing this over 2/3 days and seeing some of the coast.Could anyone advise on best route to take and maybe one or two overnight stops on the way

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1. Re: orlando to miami

Seeing that the entire trip is no more than a 4 hour drive, you probably do not need more than one overnight when travelling along the coast road. That road is A1A but it is not one continuous road so you will have to cross back to the mainland then find the next access road to A1A. Look at a map of Florida online to see how A1A runs.

As for where to stop ... it is really up to you and your interests. West Palm Beach has the well known Worth Ave with its upscale shopping. It also has the Breakers Hotel which was a feature in the TV show Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous. You can walk into the lobby to check it out.

There is also the Blowing Rocks on the way ... google it for details.

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Definitely not a long drive. You can easily drive over towards Cocoa Beach and head down that way, still won't take more than as said before maybe 4 hours or slightly more depending on how much time you take. You could stop north of Ft Lauderdale for a night, but I would just get up early, make the drive and stay in Miami/Ft Lauderdale area for a day or two. However, if you're set on stopping a couple times, there's not a "bad" place to stop IMO.

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It will be high season, so lodgings will be at seasonal high prices and reservations will be advisable. The coast is largely lined with houses and/or apartment buildings, so you might seek out natural areas. Some of those:

Sebastian Inlet State Park, including a small museum at the site of the survivors' camp of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet disaster.

Jungle Trail south of Sebastian Inlet to Wabasso or farther south. An old sand road, preserved but at the cost of having views of the back sides of mansions and condos.

Vero Beach. My town's beachside is relatively small, pedestrian-friendly, and largely built in a live oak forest.

SEALS/UDT Museum. The museum itself is modest, but it's at a quite nice beach that was used to practice amphibious landings during World War II.

Elliott Museum. New facility. http://www.elliottmuseumfl.org/

Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. Nice beach. Jupiter Island is worth the drive to (not) see the mansions hiding in tropical thickets. The private Blowing Rocks Preserve is worth a visit as well as the old lighthouse at the south end of the island.

MacArthur Beach State Park and Ocean Reef Park (with a real reef) in northern Palm Beach County.

The Town of Palm Beach is happier to see mere tourists in summer, but it's worth a peek.

From there south is continuous urban area. Red Reef Park at the south end of Palm Beach County has Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

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Thanks everyone for being so helpful, does anybody have any details on possible day trips from Miami to some of the keys

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The Miami forum has several excellent local experts.

One possibility for a day trip would be the much-ignored Biscayne National Park, whose coral reef is as nice as any.

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