Explore The Sights of Florida
You can direct and star in your own road movie when you rent a car in the United States. With its unequalled network of epic roads, this vast continent is a car hire paradise, where driving is not only the best way to see everything on your holiday, it’s also part of the thrill. You’ll soon fall under the spell of America’s enduring love affair with the automobile. Take to the freeway in your rental car, the wind in your hair, and watch as yet another classic scene plays out before you.
It’s not easy to talk about Florida, without mentioning theme parks. As the capital of the Disney empire, Orlando is one of the world’s favourite family destinations, so be prepared for costumed characters everywhere, but if cartoon mice just don’t do it for you, there is a hip side to this state. Set off in your rental car and explore the many other attractions of this tropical paradise.
Visitors from the mainland descend on Florida’s Keys to enjoy the enticing jade-green waters, relaxed island way of life, excellent fishing, and heavenly snorkeling and diving.
The most touristy section is from Key Largo to Islamorada, but if you drive further south, into the Middle Keys, the land really begins to open up, so that you can really appreciate driving from island to island.
Everglades National Park
The nation’s third-biggest national park, the Everglades is the only such institution maintained both for its incredible beauty and for its ecological significance. The park is a paddler’s paradise, with kayak and canoe routes winding their way through mangrove swamps and freshwater marshes stuffed with wildlife. Turtles, crocodiles, alligators, and egrets are just some of the creatures you will encounter in this subtropical park.
Miami is a very different place from the rest of the United States (and even the state of Florida). Once a citrus farming region, Miami is now a multicultural patchwork of Latin, Caribbean, and Jewish influences, with a thriving gay party scene and a higher concentration of celebrities than most premiere red carpets. Miami also has more than its fair share of quirky personalities, but, although it’s decidedly eccentric, it’s also undeniably beautiful.
There’s a lot more to this sunny location than theme parks, but they are the main reason why families come to Orlando. You won’t see all of Disney World in a day or two, so don’t try! Remember, the object of the exercise is to have fun, so slow down and know when to head back to the hotel pool and relax. Universal Orlando is a totally different experience to Walt Disney World. Pedestrian-friendly and not nearly so enormous, the complex contains two superb theme parks (Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure), three excellent resorts, and a festive restaurant and nightlife district.
Palm Beach and West Palm Beach lie about 30 miles north of Boca Raton, with the beach town of Palm Beach decidedly more exclusive than the younger and more vibrant West Palm Beach. It’s worth a drive across the causeway to Palm Beach to see how the other half lives, particularly during the winter “social season.” Ogle at the the seafront mansions and boutiques flanking the appropriately titled Worth Avenue, and visit the magnificent Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, housed in the railroad tycoon’s winter estate.
The Space Coast
The Titusville–Cocoa Beach–Melbourne area is known as the Space Coast because it’s NASA headquarters, and, with acres of deserted beaches and preserved parkland, space is certainly in plentiful supply. Visit the Kennedy Space Center, the only U.S. location from which humans have been transported into space. The Space Coast is also popular among surfers, consistently delivering Florida’s best waves.