Family Travel Question:
Q | Any suggestions on places to stay during a month-long trip to Florida?
We have one month in Florida in November/December. We will be north of Orlando for Thanksgiving and then want to do Disney, Universal, Miami, Key West, and the Everglades. We were in Florida 7 years ago so have done some of the attractions before but Key West and Everglades are new. Any suggestions on places to stay and things to do? -Karina, Australia
A | Five Family-Friendly Stops Between Miami and Key West, Florida
I was lucky enough to grow up in South Florida and make the trip back as often as I can. When time permits, I spend a few days in the Florida Keys and here are my favorite stops on the drive from Miami:
Matheson Hammock Park and Beach, south of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, has a enclosed lagoon swimming area that is perfect for young swimmers with views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline.
Shorty’s BBQ on S. Dixie Highway in South Miami is the best BBQ in the US of A, in my opinion. Personally, I stick with the pulled pork sandwiches but always get the “would you like some corn with your butter” on the cob, baked sweet potato and key lime pie.
Stop for a fresh fruit milkshake at Robert is Here, a touristy but tasty tropical fruit stand in Homestead, FL which is on the way to the Everglades. I always order a mango milkshake when mangos are in season.
Take a snorkeling tour in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. There are lots of wrecks and sealife in the warm, shallow waters off Key Largo. I can watch tropical fish swim in and out of wrecks all day long.
Sunset at the end of Duval Street in Key West is hands down the most beautiful in the United States, if not the world. Make reservations for a sunset-view table and combine it with a great meal at Hot Tin Roof.