Do you ever visit Miami only to find yourself growing sick and tired of the beautiful beaches, incredible weather, and crazy nightlife? Okay, that was a trick question; of course you don’t. However, even in a great city like Miami it can be good to take a break from all the sun and sand and take an adventure out of town. Fortunately, Miami is close in proximity to a number of wonderful destinations that are great places to spend a day, just in case you want to take a break from lounging on the beach all day.
Everglades National Park
Less than 50 miles from Miami is one of the best national parks in the country. The Everglades is a beautiful, if swampy, setting that’s filled with picturesque views and opportunities to see wildlife in its natural habitat. There are plenty of sites to see in the Everglades, and you can see them by car, foot, bike, kayak, or canoe. There are also endless waterways for boating, whether you own your own boat, want to rent one, or are happy just taking a tour in one. Whatever your favorite outdoor activity may be, there’s a good chance you can do it during your day trip to the Everglades, whether it’s hiking, biking, fishing, bird watching, or even geo-caching. If you need help finding your way around, there are plenty of rangers around and tours available to help you. The bottom line is that if you’re in Miami, there’s no excuse for taking a day trip to the Everglades; there’s bound to be something there you’ll enjoy.
If there’s one thing that may be able to trump a vacation in Miami, it’s the Florida Keys. This doesn’t mean you have to make the long trek to Key West; there’s a part of the Keys just a couple hours from Miami called Islamorada that’s a great place to spend the day. There are opportunities for fishing and SCUBA diving that may even be better than what you’ll find in Miami. Down in Islamorada, the sand is so white and the water so clear that you have to see it with your own eyes to believe it, and that should be reason enough to get away from the crowds and craziness in Miami and visit an even more relaxing place.
It may seem odd to leave a tropical paradise like Miami and go to another tropical paradise, but the Bahamas is tantalizingly close to South Beach, and there are cruise and boat companies that offer day trips to the island of Bimini, which is a little over 50 miles away. The white sand beaches and the ocean views look and feel a little different on a Caribbean island than they do back on the mainland, which is reason enough to go. Plus, just because you’re only going to be there a few hours doesn’t mean you can’t pack a lot of fun Bahamian adventures into a short period of time, not to mention taste the local seafood and delicacies at a genuine Bahamian restaurant. If you have your passport handy, taking a day to get out of Miami and check out the Bahamas is a great idea.