Mile Marker #106
This large island is home to the historic Key Largo Rock Castle or the centuryold African Queen, used on the 1951 movie. Spot wildlife at John Pennekamp State Park, the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center or the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. And swim with everyone’s favorite marine mammals at Oceanside Dolphins.
LAS OLAS BLVD
Pleasantly panoramic, the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s downtown district is filled with artsy shops, fashionable boutiques and trendy indoor/outdoor cafes and bars. It’s slightly more relaxed than Miami’s main thoroughfares, but no less fabulous for people watching. Las Olas also hosts annual festivals and art shows.
Mile Marker #87
Islamorada is famous for the Tiki Bar at Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina at Holiday Isle; Green Turtle Inn; and Islamorada Fish Company. If you don’t feel like drinking or eating, browse the Rain Barrel Artisan’s Village – and greet the humongous lobster named Betsy out front. Great photo opp. And if you want to spend the night in Islomorada, we have a great tip: themooringsvillage.com
HM69 NIKE MISSILE BASE AT: EVERGLADES NP
+1 305 242 7700
This Cold War military base explains the enmity between the U.S. and Cuba. Great for fans of history and nature both, as the site is close to the Everglades’ Royal Palm Anhinga and Gumbo Limbo trails, Pineland Trail and Pahayokee Overlook. Do some or all in a day. Stop first at Ernest Coe Visitor Center.
ROB’S REDLAND RIOT SELF-GUIDED TOUR
Get in your car and follow the directives to a dozen spots in the Redland/Homestead farming region. These include Knaus Berry Farm for incredible cinnamon rolls; Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery, where fermentation begins with tropical fruits; and Cauley Square, a historic village of antique shops with a quaint tearoom.