Os cinco melhores fly-drives em Miami

Por Eloise Barker

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Ligue o ar condicionado e ponha uma lista de músicas a tocar. Já cuidou do bronze e dançou em South Beach, em Miami. Agora é hora de conhecer o Everglades, jacarés e as areias movediças nos dois lados da costa da Florida. Descubra as nossas viagens de avião e carro fora de Miami.

Miami to the Florida Keys

Ideal para... noites animadas em Key West

Twinning Miami with Key West gives you a taste of two very different cities. An amazing key-hopping drive takes you down from Miami to the very tip of Florida.

Percurso: 355 Km

Miami to Islamorada and Key West

Experience Miami’s nightlife before you head down to the Florida Keys. Miami’s clubs are expensive, glamorous, and attract the likes of Beyoncé. However, if their strict dress codes leave you cold, seek out a dive bar instead and order a Miami Vice (half strawberry daiquiri, half pina colada). Once you’ve recovered, head down to the Keys for a different kind of nightlife. The Florida Keys are a quirky string of islands joined by the Overseas Highway, culminating in Key West. On your journey down, swap driving time for diving time – the scuba here is renowned. Then, at night, be prepared to party.

In Key West there’s a permanent holiday atmosphere. Hemingway loved it here, and his house is now the residence of a colony of six-toed cats. The house tour is more of a who’s who of the feline world, but afterwards you can celebrate the great writer with Daiquiris. The street parties, including Fantasy Fest, are raucous affairs, and involve the whole town from tanned grannies to spring breakers.

Onde ficar

Stay at Circa 39 in Miami: its colourful rooms and boutique charms will set the tone for your totally tropical journey south. Stop half way down the Keys at Islamorada to break up your journey and treat yourself to a smart suite in classy Casa Morada. In Key West, colourful Ocean Key Resort has big, breezy rooms filled with charming Floridian décor.

Read our Florida Keys Island Guide

  • Garça-branca-grande com as penas levantadas em ritual de acasalamento. Delray Beach, na Florida. Crédito fotográfico: Jack Nevitt Photography.

    Vale a pena publicar nas redes sociais

    Parte da cabeça da Garça-branca-grande adquire um tom verde fluorescente durante a época de acasalamento. A belíssima ave habita a região da Flórida, a espécie foi quase exterminada no século passado numa época em que a moda das penas nos chapéus das mulheres ganhou força. Felizmente, agora voa livremente sem que as penas sejam cobiçadas.

    Reserve o aluguer de carro em Miami
  • Boia que sinaliza o ponto mais a sul da área continental dos EUA na Key West. Crédito fotográfico: f11photo

    Noventa milhas

    Key West is proud to be the closest point to Cuba, selling its own cigars and rum in tribute to its island neighbour.

    Reservar voos
  • Nascer do sol no Everglades National Park, em Miami. Crédito fotográfico: THEPALMER.

    A cor púrpura

    O Everglades National Park é um lugar mágico de explorar.

    Reserve umas férias

Miami to the Palm Beaches

Ideal para: praias de perder de vista

The beautiful beaches on Florida’s Atlantic side are miles and miles long. This ‘Gold Coast’ extends from Fort Lauderdale through Boca Raton and on to the Palm Beaches, including Delray Beach and upmarket West Palm Beach.

A viagem: 133 km

Miami to Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches

Drive north from Miami to discover the best of the rest of the coast. At Fort Lauderdale’s elaborate inland canal system, you’ll see gardens on the waterfront full of strange sculpture and well-dressed residents sipping drinks on their verandas. For waterfront dining, stop for food at Coconuts seafood restaurant. This popular local hang out is laid back and great for seafood treats.

At Delray, enjoy a growing town with over twenty art galleries and a lovely beach. The retro ice cream parlours on Atlantic Avenue add to the fun-loving atmosphere here – and the area is known for its parades and festivities. Head north to the sunny, chic environs of West Palm Beach and you’ll still feel like everyone’s constantly in holiday mode – especially on Thursday nights when the popular Clematis Street hosts weekly live music.

Onde ficar

Make this trip as stylish as possible: first off, book into The Biltmore in Miami. It’s close to the airport and has complimentary parking – a road trip essential – but you’re actually here for the food: the on-site Palme d’Or restaurant has a fancy tasting menu. When you arrive in Fort Lauderdale, stay right on the beach in your own little bubble of calm at Pelican Grand Resort, then once you hit Palm Beach, book in at Eau Palm Beach: it’s well equipped for water sports and, again, right on the beachfront.

  • Os pantanais da Florida nol Parque Nacional dos Everglades. Fotografia: romrodinka. Crédito da fotografia: romrodinka.

Miami to Naples, Fort Myers and Tampa

Ideal para: programas culturais, comida e vida selvagem

The Gulf Coast cities provide a series of stops with vastly different characters. Classy Naples, sporty Fort Myers and the beaches around Sarasota make for a drive with plenty of variety.

A viagem: 281 milhas

De Miami a Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota e Tampa

After a few days admiring Miami, drive the two hours it takes to cross Florida, arriving in Naples. This classy city is set on a series of quays and marinas and has plenty of good places to stay – and places to eat. Navigate straight to 1500 South Restaurant and Bar for dinner. Art Smith, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, opened this restaurant in 2016 to reinvent Southern cuisine – think specialities like chicken and waffles with pickled peaches.

Continue a viagem em direção a Fort Myers, um destino perfeito para fazer programas ao ar livre. Uma visita às casas Edison and Ford Winter Estates, de dois dos maiores inventores americanos, é uma excelente ideia. Não tão boa quanto trazer a invenção do carro a motor para os americanos. Veja carros antigos, laboratórios e contemple os belíssimos jardins.

On to Sarasota, where the Ca d'Zan mansion is a must see – a Venetian-style palace owned by John Ringling, who was known as the ‘circus king’ of Sarasota. The area still has a rich creative scene and is home to many artists – and many lovely beach hotels. From here it’s easy to reach the Tampa Bay area. Lovely Tampa’s charming culture, up-and-coming food scene and recent redevelopment make it worth stopping for a few lazy days at the end of your trip before flying home. Take a sedate stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk, followed by a trip to historic Ybor City and dinner at the shiny new Sparkman Wharf, where a rotation of pop-up restaurants keeps things fresh. You can fly out of Tampa at the end of your trip.

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Onde ficar

Place yourself in Naples’ shopping district at The Inn on Fifth, then discover a veritable waterworld playground at Fort Myers from Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, which is set in protected waters and comes with its own island. Heading up the coast, the Waterline Marina and Beach Club is a great introduction to the pretty beachfront at Anna Marie Island, and then once you get to Tampa you can park up at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, near the Tampa Riverwalk.

Miami to Tampa, Orlando and Daytona

Ideal para: Famílias que procuram aventura

If you’re travelling to Florida with kids, or you’re just keen on coasters and large doses of theme park fun, then you’ll need to visit Orlando. Base yourselves in nearby Daytona so you can enjoy the beach, and make day trips to the surrounding theme parks.

Percurso: 355 Km

On your drive from Miami to Tampa, make a stop and take a guided land tour of the Everglades. Watch out for gators and learn about the US’s largest tropical wilderness. Everyone knows that Orlando is dominated by amazing resorts, including Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando® Resort, but did you know you can also stop at LEGOLAND, on your way across from Tampa? Stay in Daytona over Orlando for the famous speedway, and from here you can pop in on the theme parks of your choice.

End your trip by staring into space: from Daytona it’s an hour’s drive to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Here you can see moon dust preserved on astronauts' space suits and real space craft. Kids will love the shuttle launch simulators and the rocket garden – an outdoor space where real-life rockets as tall as trees have been ‘planted’ for all to see.

Onde ficar

The lovely food at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa is more than reason enough to stay, but the hotel also has a great wine cellar and a welcoming atmosphere. Once you reach Daytona, make the most of the coast by staying right on the beach at the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach.

  • The Ca’ d’Zan, propriedade do fundador de Ringling Bros. Circus. Crédito da fotografia: Michael Ventura / Alamy Stock Photo.


    Uma casa sumtuosa, de estilo veneziano construída pelo "Rei do circo", o Ca’ d’Zan é de uma elegância extrema, tal como o seu antigo proprietário. Até inclui um órgão eólico com 2.289 tubos, fabricado em 1924.

  • Barman no Coconuts Waterfront Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale Florida. Crédito da fotografia: Coconuts.

    Sorver até ao fim

    O Coconuts é um dos muitos restaurantes à beira-mar de Fort Lauderdale que serve pratos de peixe e marisco excelentes, bem ao estilo americano. Encontrará aqui camarão suculento panado com coco e deliciosas pinças de caranguejo, servidos em porções épicas nas humildes tascas de venda de pratos de caranguejo e em simpáticos restaurantes ao longo da costa.

  • Hemingway House com o Key West Lighthouse Museum no fundo, Key West, Florida Keys. Crédito da fotografia: Blaine Harrington III / Alamy Stock Photo.

    Hemingway perde a calma

    A impressionante casa de Hemingway inclui uma piscina exterior escavada no firme solo de coral. O próprio Hemingway queixou-se à mulher dos custos da casa e, num acesso de raiva lendário, atirou-lhe o que afirmou ser o seu último centavo. O centavo está agora cravado na pedra junto à piscina.

    Descubra Key West

Miami to the Everglades and Fort Myers

Ideal para: caçadores de tempestades e de pores do sol

Florida’s Everglades are just forty minutes outside of Miami. Drive across them to reach Florida’s west coast, where the natural beauty of Sanibel and Captiva’s island beaches will take your breath away.

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Percurso: 355 Km

De Miami ao Everglades, Fort Myers e ilhas de Tampa Bay

Head out of Miami and dive into the natural beauty of Florida’s state parks. The Everglades National Park nurtures a truly special natural phenomenon – don’t let anyone tell you they’re just swamps. Watch as the sun sets over the sawgrass, or flee as tropical downpours sweep across the land at an exhilarating rate.

Fort Myers é um destino que merece uma paragem logo após o Everglades. A vibe é descontraída e a localização é ideal para explorar as belíssimas ilhas selvagens de Sanibel e Captiva. Conheça a Baía de Tampa, a Honeymoon Island e a Caladesi Island State Park onde pode fazer longas caminhadas para as praias. Aqui abundam conchas de tons claros lavadas pelas marés. Observe as garças noturnas sobrevoando a costa e, no inverno, as borboletas de asas cor de laranja e pretas na sua viagem migratória ao longo da região.

Onde ficar: O resort South Seas Captiva Island tem uma localização privilegiada, na ponta de uma ilha, para conhecer a beleza natural das restantes ilhas.

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