Lake Eola in Orlando, Florida

Lake Eola in Orlando, Florida

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Orlando to Miami

The mouth of the Miami River in Downtown Miami, Florida - Photo by Marc Averette, Wikimedia CreativeThe mouth of the Miami River in Downtown Miami, Florida - Photo by Marc Averette, Wikimedia Creative

Long, straight and easy is a good way to describe a motorhome rental or campervan hire trip from Orlando to Miami, and that’s the way some people like it. However, if you prefer to take your time, have a view of the ocean and don’t mind stopping and starting, then there is an alternative.


Day 1


There are lots of ‘mini’ amusement parks on the outskirts of Orlando, but as you’ve been in a place with one of the biggest, Disneyworld, you’ll probably want to give them a miss. Today your trip starts heading east towards Cocoa, Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Centre.


Even if you’re not particularly interested in space and rockets, the Kennedy Space Centre is a fantastic place to visit. NASA's launch headquarters is the only place on earth where you can meet a veteran astronaut, see giant rockets, and have a go in a spaceflight simulator. One ‘must do’ is to take a tour of the launch area. Here you get to see with your own eyes the enormous extent of what is involved. You pass the VAB – the vehicle assembly building where the rockets are put together, you get to visit a launch pad, and if you’re really lucky, you may even get to view a launch.


Once you’ve seen everything you want to see at the space centre, travel along the coast road for a short distance before heading back for the Interstate for a two and a half hour drive to your destination for the day, West Palm Beach.


Day 2


This is where the scenic part of your journey begins. Yesterday you drove a short distance on the coastal road, the A1A, but today you’ll be able to enjoy the scenery all the way down to Miami Beach, a journey which will take you least two and a half hours, but usually a lot more.


To the left you’ll have the Atlantic Ocean all the way until you reach Fort Lauderdale, when you’ll travel inland a little, before returning back to the coast. Take care on this road, it passes through busy neighbourhoods and there are quite a few pedestrians and traffic lights. All that combined with drivers who are looking at the ocean and not the road means you need to concentrate, but having said that, it’s worth it.


At Miami Beach you’ll rejoin the interstate across the Julia Tuttle Causeway and then you’ll arrive in the heart of Miami, the Art Deco capital of the US.

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