Best for: Colourful Key West characters
The journey: 166 miles
Miami to Key West
Miami’s clubs are expensive, glamorous, and attract the likes of Beyoncé. LIV at the Fontainebleau reaches the epitome of clubbing, but if its strict dress code leaves 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 five-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.