9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 4 Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 760 times:
I will be making my first trip to Florida in September and I´d like to know what you would recommend me to visit over there.
My trip will be a two-week roundtrip from Miami and I will visit Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Key West and Fort Myers.
Is there anything I should not miss?
Flpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2119 posts, RR: 33 Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 725 times:
Besies airplane spotting...
South Beach in Miami is a great place for "people" spotting. Attractive and trendy people, great restaurants (keep in mind $$$) and a great overall scene if you're into being in trendy crowds (some people are not).
There is also Coconut Grove in Miami...
Ft. Lauderdale beach is up and coming, another rival to South Beath. Max's Place is good.
One thing I did last time that I had not done before is go on an Everglades air/speed boat tour...was pretty nice. Be sure to find out how long the tour is and how much you're going to pay. You'll want the most time you can get for the least amount of money.
Wave riding has got to be one of the best things to do too...
FlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 700 times:
Visit the duh of Floriduh. Palm Beach County has a lot to do. Good nightlife in downtown West Palm on Clematis Street and the best outdoor mall in the world at Cityplace. South Florida also has plenty of Cheesecake Factories. That's a restaurant btw.
Head over to Palm Beach and see where the rich live it up. The beach there aint to bad either.
Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 690 times:
I can't speak much for Ft. Myers, and Orlando is obviously all about theme parks..but here's some ideas:
-You may have the time of your life without even leaving the airport. With the possible exception of JFK and LAX, MIA is the best place in America to spot exotic and awesome airliners from around the world.
-Obviously you get a peek at the 'glamourous' people (or at least the ones who think they are) on South Beach. The Clubs and Bars are cool, but take a moment to take in the retro buildings, all built in the 1930s art deco style (I'm told a design that was inspired by the French Liner Normandie).
-In Lauderdale, check out the beach, Atlantic Blvd.....and spy some of the most incredible superyachts in the world. Also, FLL is becoming quite the spotter's gem too.
-The Keys....my favorite...
-Stop by the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Keyhttp://www.dolphins.org/ ...you can even inquire about their 'swim with dolphins' program.
-Not sure what your budget is, but in Marathon, about 2/3rds down the Keys to Key West, you can go for a genuine fighter jet ride aboard a Czech built L-39 Albatross trainer. Im told though that the fun starts at about $US800 an hour!
-Once you get to Key West....do the "Duval Crawl" down the main street and see some of the coolest pubs in the world. Visit the Green Parrothttp://www.greenparrot.com at Southard and Whitehead streets...it's been a bar nonstop since 1890! Or visit http://www.sloppyjoes.com where fabled author Ernest Hemmingway was a regular (his house is right down the street and open for tours).
And OF COURSE you're gonna need to wander down the street to Kelly's http://www.kellyskeywest.com/home.htm...not only is this bar and restaurant owned by Hollywood star Kelly (Top Gun) McGillis, but it is located inside the building where a startup mail and passenger air transport company had its' offices in the early 20th Century...specializing in trips from Key West to Havana, that company called itself Pan American Airways! And you can see where it all began!
I also recommend an excursion out to the reef to snorkle...plus take in the sunset (an incredible sight here at the end of the world!) , either at Mallory Square (a tradition with street performers, magicians and more) or aboard one of the authentic schooners that sail out for the event.
My best advice on visiting Florida is to bring some spending cash...we are one of the world's great tourist traps and ripoffs do abound...and also do take care to stay out of 'less than desirable' areas....the easiest way to do that is to head for and stay on the big expressways and know exactly which exits you're looking for. Other than that, you'll have a GREAT TIME in America's Playground.
Deltaownsall From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 658 times:
Bleh don't stay in ft myers...stay in naples As for stuff to do around ft myers area...sanibel and captiva are nice...the edison home is ok to visit and fifth avenue in naples has some nice restaurants. In Orlando I know its cliche and Im sure you know this but Disneyworld isnt bad (make sure to do space mountain)...Islands of Adventure is cool too.