Miami is the jewel of South Florida and is famous for the Art Deco architecture of Miami Beach, the Cuban vibe of Little Havana, its nightclubs and restaurants, and its full-on high-rise glam. If you're on vacation in Miami, you might be thinking it would be a good opportunity to take a road trip to other spots in Florida. Or if you live in Miami, you might be looking for a short getaway or weekend day trip.
Many other Florida cities offer an abundance of appeal for short or long road trips, depending on how far they are from Miami.
Take a Road Trip
Below are the estimated distances and driving times for other major cities in Florida. Your choice of route and traffic conditions could cause slight variations from these estimates, which are calculated from downtown Miami.
- Fort Lauderdale
Distance: 28 miles
Driving time: 35 minutes
Miami's neighbor to the north, Fort Lauderdale is home to a great restaurant and nightlife scene.
- West Palm Beach
Distance: 70 miles
Driving time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Continuing north on Florida's east coast takes you to West Palm Beach, with sandy beaches, great shopping, and fine dining.
- Key West
Distance: 160 miles
Driving time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
The slow drive on the Overseas Highway (U.S. Highway 1) will cause this 160-mile trip to take you up to four hours, but the scenic drive is part of the pleasure of the Keys. Day trips to the Florida Keys are a great possibility if you're in Miami, with the Upper Keys of Islamorada and Key Largo easy to reach.
Distance: 110 miles
Driving time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
The west coast of Florida brings you into the lap of luxury. Naples' opulent relaxation is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of life in Miami, especially during the off-season when crowds are light.
Distance: 225 miles
Driving time: 3 hours, 45 minutes
Continuing up the west coast, Sarasota is just south of the Tampa area and offers wonderful beaches, arts, and culture in a laid-back atmosphere.
Distance: 270 miles
Driving time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
Tampa is the third largest city in Florida. It's a young, vibrant city with an active outdoor life.
Distance: 245 miles
Driving time: 4 hours
The Mouse rules Orlando. If you have kids and live in Miami, you'll want to take advantage of the many Florida resident specials at Disney, Sea World, and other Orlando-area attractions.
- Daytona Beach
Distance: 265 miles
Driving time: 4 hours, 15 minutes
NASCAR fans already understand one of the great reasons to head up to Daytona. This popular spring break destination also boasts of some of Florida's most beautiful beaches.
Distance: 350 miles
Driving time: 5 hours, 30 minutes
Jacksonville has the largest population of Florida cities, mostly because it is the largest city by geographic size in the United States. Jacksonville is a favorite destination for golfers.
Distance: 470 miles
Driving time: 7 hours, 30 minutes
A full day's drive away from Miami, the capital of Florida might as well be in a different state. It feels like it, too; it exudes the Old South, with its oak-lined streets and Southern hospitality on display.