Best for: Boutique breaks and laid-back days
The journey: 166 miles
The lowdown: Arrive in the hot mix of Miami for a couple of nights and spend at least one evening in the uber-cool vibes of Miami Beach. Pack your flip-flops for beach days and bring your glad rags for hot nights out in Miami’s sizzling ambience. Catch a glimpse of the Versace mansion and wander around the colourful Wynwood District. Cecconi’s is one of the most upmarket Italian restaurants in the city, set in the exclusive Soho Beach House.
Hang out on South Beach, stroll along the boardwalk and work out like a local. When dusk arrives, people flock to the Broken Shaker for unreal cocktails before partying the night away at the always on-point LIV nightclub.
Where to stay: Stay in the heart of the action at the boutique Hotel Victor for serious style on Ocean Drive in the Art Deco District.
Or for a quieter stay in the heart of Miami Beach, book into The Plymouth, a quaint and sleek retreat. Pick up your car at the downtown Miami Beach Avis depot to enjoy the valet parking at both hotels.
Skim over the glistening waters on a boat ride to Keewaydin Island and watch as dolphins playfully chase the surf.
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The lowdown: Journey south and cross bridges over sweeping stretches of glistening ocean to reach the Florida Keys. Drive to Key Largo, the dive capital of the world for a chance to swim with dolphins. Or simply swing beachside in a hammock at sunset.
Where to stay: Hilton Key Largo – Check in here for days beneath palm tree shade, surrounded by glistening waters in a tropical landscape.
The lowdown: Make tracks to Islamorada for a dash of natural beauty. Famed for its legendary sport fishing, the waters offer a scuba diving and snorkelling haven. If you’d rather stay on land, ride a bicycle through the thriving island. Dine in quirky tiki-bars, tuck into mouth-watering seafood and stop at The Beach Café in Morada Bay for a blushing sunset with zesty dishes.
Where to stay: Casa Morada. Relax in a blissful adults-only boutique with peaceful suites and a chic style. Take part in morning oceanside yoga, paddleboard over endless waves and toast with sundowner bevvies at the end of the day.
The lowdown: Venture around Duck Key by charter boat or canoe. Stop off for a picnic in the sun or pitch up for a BBQ on a sandbar. Dive underwater to discover reefs with mottled marine life, then catch a bird’s eye view of the islands as you hover in the sky beneath a massive parasail.
Where to stay: Families can head to Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key for the best of both worlds, a balance of activities and relaxation.
The lowdown: Drive down to your final destination, unique Key West – a tropical island and party town. Take a tour of Ernest Hemmingway’s house, join a snorkel boat trip, dine on fresh seafood and catch a glowing sunset. Discover the fabulous Duvall Street, where nights can get wild and bars stay open until the early morning hours.
Where to stay: The Reach A Waldorf Astoria Resort is a beautiful sanctuary with a private beach, just a 5-minute walk away from the iconic Southernmost Point buoy marker.