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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Miami & the Keys is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Check out Miami's definitive art-deco style, spot alligators in the Everglades, or drive Hwy 1 to see blue waters of the Florida Keys -all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Miami & the Keys and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet Miami & the Keys: Full-color maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - architecture, history, cuisine, local lifestyles, environment, wildlife. Free, convenient pull-out Miami map (included in print version), plus over 26 color maps Covers Miami, the Everglades, Florida Keys, Key West and more The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Miami & the Keys , our most comprehensive guide to Miami & the Keys, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled. Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet Florida guide for a comprehensive look at all the state has to offer. About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home.TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category 'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times 'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves, it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia) eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations' websites Zoom-in maps and images Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.

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Publié par
Date de parution 01 janvier 2018
Nombre de lectures 14
EAN13 9781787012097
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 46 Mo

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Miami and the Keys

Contents

Plan Your Trip

Welcome to Miami & the Keys
Hurricane Irma
Miami & the Keys' Top 15
Need to Know
If You Like
Month by Month
Itineraries
Activities
Eat & Drink Like a Local
Travel with Children
Regions at a Glance

On The Road

Miami
Neighborhoods at a Glance
Sights
Art Deco Historic District
Wynwood Walls
Activities
Courses & Tours
Festivals & Events
Sleeping
Eating
Drinking & Nightlife
Entertainment
Shopping
The Everglades
Into the Wilderness: the Everglades
Everglades National Park
Tamiami Trail
Southern Everglades
Biscayne National Park
Florida Keys & Key West
Overseas Highway to Key West
Upper Keys
Key Largo & Tavernier
Islamorada
Middle Keys
Grassy Key
Marathon
Lower Keys
Big Pine Key, Bahia Honda Key & Looe Key
Sugarloaf Key & Boca Chica Key
Key West
Dry Tortugas National Park

Understand

Understand Miami & the Keys
Miami & the Keys Today
History
Multiculturalism & the Arts
Environment
Art-Deco Architecture

Survive

Directory AZ
Accommodations
Customs Regulations
Electricity
Embassies & Consulates
Food & Drink
Health
Insurance
Internet Access
Legal Matters
LGBTQI
Money
Opening Hours
Post
Public Holidays
Safe Travel
Telephone
Time
Toilets
Tourist Information
Travellers with Disabilities
Visas
Volunteering
Women Travellers
Work
Transportation
Getting There & Away
Getting Around
Behind the Scenes
Our Writers

Special Features

Lazy Days Miami
Lazy Days Key West
Art-Deco Miami
Welcome to Miami & the Keys

It’s hard not to fall for South Florida, with its sun-kissed beaches, alluring islands and wildlife-rich wetlands.


The Magic City
South Florida is a land of dreams and Miami is known as the Magic City. Imagination and innovation are big here, manifesting in art, architecture and music. You'll see it in the extravagance of Lincoln Rd, the ephemeral neon beauty of Ocean Dr, the cloud-kissing skyline of Downtown Miami and in the mid-century modern design on N Biscayne Blvd. From the pink castle walls of a Coral Gables mansion to sun-dappled marinas in Coconut Grove; from the Fabergé-egg interior of the Vizcaya Museum to cutting-edge art in Wynwood: stay in Miami long enough and you might believe magic is real.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry
In South Florida and the Keys, nothing succeeds like excess. People take indulgence to Roman Empire levels, from the music-video-like pools of Miami Beach's extravagant super hotels, to buckets of beer and fried shrimp in the Florida Keys, to expertly shaken cocktails mixed under a Little Havana moon. Even the skyscrapers are a testament to the region's push for size and extravagance. Fortunately the best purveyors of food and fun are realizing the good times can't roll at overdrive forever, and are incorporating sustainable business practices.

Everglades Encounters
South Florida is full of natural beauty, especially the spectacular wetland ecosystem of the Everglades. A colorful cast of characters inhabits the fringes (and occasionally, the heart) of these swamps, marshes and rolling prairies. Alligator wrestlers and Bigfoot hunters share a beer at crab shacks, while panthers prowl the backyard, and environmentalists document the magic of this unique wilderness. The Everglades is nature at its most alluring; the ripple of bubbles as a gator submerges into the blackwater bayou, and the sword-billed fish dive of waterfowl hunting the sparkling sloughs.

The Keys to Quirk
America’s eccentricities (and quite a few eccentrics) coalesce in the southeast corner that is South Florida. And the truly unconventional are found in the sun-dappled islands of the Florida Keys. This lovely island chain is connected by the Overseas Hwy – one of the nation's great road-trip byways. Here you’ll find drag queens working day jobs as boat captains, ‘No Name’ islands inhabited by miniature deer, and colorful Key West: a tolerant pot of gold at the end of a rainbow flag. And all ensconced within the natural beauty of shimmering bays, serene tidal flats and emerald islands.

Overseas Hwy to Key West | PISAPHOTOGRAPHY / SHUTTERSTOCK ©


Why I Love South Florida & the Keys
By Regis St Louis, Writer
South Florida has three world-class attractions – Miami, the Everglades and the Keys. I never tire of wandering the streets of Miami Beach, taking in deco masterpieces followed by late-afternoon strolls along the sands, when the golden light is mesmerizing. The Everglades provides that heady dose of nature, of quiet paddles over mirror-like lakes and nighttime walks (on elevated boardwalks, of course) peering at gators gliding gracefully through the water. The Keys has a little of everything – peaceful mangroves for leisurely paddles, kaleidoscopic coral reefs and one zany conch capital (aka Key West) where anything goes.
Hurricane Irma
On September 10, 2017, one of the largest hurricanes ever recorded barrelled over the state of Florida, leaving flooding and destruction in its wake. Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a category 4 storm the width of Texas, with wind speeds in excess of 130 mph. Nearly 7 million people across the state evacuated, there were widespread power outages and storm surges were seen as far north as Jacksonville. But the Florida Keys and the Everglades bore the brunt of the storm. Homes and businesses in the tiny town of Everglades City were left battered and mud-soaked after an 8-foot storm surge receded. Meanwhile, in the Keys, a FEMA survey reported that 25% of buildings had been destroyed, with another 65% damaged.
The research for this book was conducted before the storm hit and the content was sent to print soon afterward, when Irma's long-term effects were still unknown. In a state so heavily reliant on tourism, most cities were already announcing intentions to be ready for visitors soon. Still, those planning travel to Florida, especially the Florida Keys ( www.fla-keys.com ) or the Everglades region ( www.nps.gov/ever ), should check official websites for the latest information.
Miami & the Keys' Top 15

Exploring Art-Deco Beauties
Like all great cities, Miami and Miami Beach have a distinctive architectural style . Actually, art deco isn’t just distinctive in Miami – in places like South Beach, it’s definitive. The style is an early 20th-century expression of aesthetic that embodies seemingly contradictory impulses – modernity with nostalgia for the beaux arts; streamlining coupled with fantastic embellishment; subdued colors and riots of pastel. Whatever your take on deco may be, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better concentration of it outside of Miami and Miami Beach.

LITTLENY / SHUTTERSTOCK ©


Top Experiences
Alligator-Spotting in the Everglades
South Florida loves to embrace all the latest trends in fashion, cuisine and the arts. But look beneath the region’s surface and you'll find a landscape populated by primeval inhabitants. Alligators, around since the time of the dinosaurs, are incredible survivors, having evolved into flawlessly engineered predators. You can see them all across the Everglades on boat trips, viewing platforms and boardwalk trails. One of the best places for prime gator viewing is along the Anhinga Trail at the Royal Palm Visitor Center.

JUSTIN FOULKES / LONELY PLANET ©


Top Experiences
Partying in Key West
Key West is many things: counterculture icon, southernmost tip of the continental USA, and sun-drenched haven for the gay community. But for all these things, it is also, like it or not, a floating bar. Thousands of folks come here annually to cut loose. Join ’em! Start with a sunset over Mallory Square , watch a dog on a tightrope and fire-eaters, then embark on the infamous ‘Duval Crawl’ and get ready for the night of your life. Just don’t plan much for the morning after.

MATT MUNRO / LONELY PLANET ©


Top Experiences
Gallery Hopping in Wynwood
Miami’s hippest residents pop into South Beach clubs occasionally, but for years the loci of cool-kid activity has been Wynwood and the neighboring Design District. Many buildings in these former working-class ’hoods have been transformed into galleries, studio spaces, art warehouses and sometimes all of the above. Every month these art outposts throw open their doors on a night of art openings – a showcase for some of the rising stars in the art world. Wine flows as an art-loving crowd hops from gallery to gallery.

ROBERTO MACHADO NOA / LIGHTROCKET VIA GETTY IMAGES ©


Top Experiences
Driving & Cycling the Overseas Highway
The Florida Keys are linked by Hwy 1, also known as the Overseas Hwy. Heading over the road’s many bridges and pulling over intermittently to admire the Gulf of Mexico or Florida Bay is simply one of the great pleasures of Florida travel. If you don’t feel like driving, you can cycle much of the 113-mile route; most of the way is flat, shoulder lanes are established throughout, and more than 75 miles of the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail are there for cyclists to enjoy.

PISAPHOTOGRAPHY / SHUTTERSTOCK ©


Top Experiences
Feasting on Seafood
All across the region, you’ll have the opportunity to dine on some of the best ingredients plucked straight from the ocean. For seafood lovers, the range of offerings is truly astounding. You can slurp fresh-shucked oysters at a Miami bar, chow down on conch fritters in Key West and gorge on fish sandwiches from one end of the Keys to the other. There are also delectable stone crabs available in season (mid-October to mid-May). Get them fresh from the source at old-fashioned waterfront eateries in Everglades City.

JUANMONINO / GETTY IMAGES ©


Top Experiences
Indulging in Miami Nightlife
If you think Miami is all velvet ropes and phony people, you have this city all wrong. Nightlife here is as diverse as Miami’s population. You’ll find brassy

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