Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Miami
With beaches re-opened, the tourist crowd has descended, so what’s a Miami local to do? Follow our picks for the five best small-town getaways from the city, of course. You’ll be away from the crowds and ready to enjoy the sun and solitude in no time.
1. Key West, Florida
Say goodbye to the city and hello to island life with a trip down to tropical Key West. Explore the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, or pay a visit to the many six-toed cats at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum. When you’re ready for nourishment, go on a DIY tour of the many local spots serving up Key Lime Pie.
Where To Stay: The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
2. Nassau, Bahamas
Yes, you really can skip the country without ever getting on a plane: hop on the daily 2.5 hour “Fast Ferry” ride from Miami to Grand Bahama Island, and then a second (much quicker) inter-island ferry from Grand Bahama to the island of your choice. You’ll be enjoying frozen cocktails by the turquoise waters in no time!
Where To Stay: British Colonial Hilton Nassau
3. Augustine, Florida
Soak in the colonial Spanish architecture in St. Augustine with a visit to the Castillo de San Marcos and the Colonial Quarter. Then, hop aboard the Old Town Trolley Tours to learn about what makes St. Augustine America’s “oldest” city.
Where To Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Augustine Historic District
4. Cocoa Beach, Florida
Explore the historic Cocoa Beach Pier for that authentic boardwalk vibe before taking in the surf and sand of Florida’s “Space Coast”. When you’ve tired of the ocean, make a trip to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to see how the region got its nickname and learn the history of the many space launches that have originated in nearby Cape Canaveral.
Where To Stay: Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
5. Marco Island, Florida
Head east on US Route 41 through the Everglades to Marco Island if you’re looking for a foodie adventure. This beachy locale routinely serves up some of the best seafood statewide, with local favorites including The Oyster Society, Dolphin Tiki Bar & Grill, and Fin Bistro.
Where To Stay: Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa