Florida is a place of many faces. There’s the party scene and theme parks, sure. But scratch the surface and you’ll find there’s more to the sunny, friendly southern state than we realise: glorious beaches, historic towns, nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, museums and galleries and a dynamic restaurant scene are all waiting for you to discover.
The best way to see it all is by car. With lazy breezes skimming your face, the twilight sun melting into the horizon and the whisper of sea salt in the air, it’s utter magic.
Add four wheels to your flight booking with British Airways car hire in partnership with Avis and explore Florida at your own pace, ticking off all the destinations on your bucket list and seeking out new adventure, your way. Choose from a sleek convertible, easy compact car or even a minivan to suit your needs and enjoy great savings when you book your car along with your flight and hotel at ba.com (there’s also a 24 hour holiday helpline.) Put down a deposit for your trip from as little as £150 per booking, with flexible payments to suit you and feel totally secure in the knowledge that your booking is ATOL protected. With four airports, easy car collection and drop off and the chance to take a serious Americana adventure, you’re looking at some pretty dreamy travels.
Ready for your ultimate Florida road trip? Here’s how it’s done.
Begin your trip in Greater Fort Lauderdale. No longer a spring breaker’s party heaven, this region has had a grown-up makeover. Take a stroll down Las Olas Boulevard for some local art and entertainment, dip your toes into the sand at Fort Lauderdale Beach and check out the flora and fauna at the state parks (Hugo Taylor Birch State Park has a lagoon and trails for keen explorers).
You can either hop in the car and drive across I-75 – which will get you from Greater Fort Lauderdale to Naples, Marco Island and Everglades in roughly an hour-and-a-half – or you can opt for the longer, more scenic route, heading south first and then taking the Tamiami Trail, aka US -41, to the region. Here, you’re likely to spot alligators and the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Everglades on your drive. Fun fact: you’ll also pass the tiny Ochopee Post Office, the smallest post office in the United States. Blink and you will definitely miss it.
Taking the Tamiami Trail gives you a great opportunity to see the Everglades: the 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve running through southern Florida that hosts some of America’s most stunning wilderness, not to mention an abundant collection of (endangered) wildlife.
Pop into the Gulf Coast Visitor Centre (five miles south of the Tamiami Trail on State Road 29, in Everglades City) to rent a canoe, embark on a walking tour or even spend a night or two camping in the Everglades, so you can experience some of the majesty they offer.
After all that trekking, spend a couple of days enjoying white sand …
Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle