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You’ve picked up your car rental from Fort Lauderdale airport, you’ve got a full tank of gas, and your essential tunes are ready to go. So let’s hit the open road where the sun shines, the beaches are powder soft, and the adventures come thick and fast. Florida road trips from Fort Lauderdale whizz you to the Everglades, where you can swap your car for a boat to see incredible wildlife up close. Drive and stop at a pristine beach every day, add in the odd theme park and water park, and stay in cute coastal towns and vibrant cities where the food and nightlife sizzle. Whether you’re traveling in a top-down convertible with a partner, driving an SUV with family, or going solo in a luxury car, there’s a rental vehicle to suit. So travel in style and comfort across the Sunshine State.
Switch to island time and take it easy as you drive along one of the most gorgeous stretches of road on the Keys. A straight drive from Fort Lauderdale airport to Key West takes around 4 hours and covers 188 miles. There are incredible vistas, cute beach shacks, and amazing water sports to discover. Head to Key Largo and dive, scuba, or view from a glass-bottom boat the stunning John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park. Stop for lunch and a spot of fishing in Islamorada. Time your drive across Seven Mile Bridge at sunset for superb views before arriving in Key West, the southernmost point in the U.S., where you should definitely get yourself a slice of Key lime pie.
After touching down in Fort Lauderdale, pick up your car rental and spend a few days exploring the local beaches, bars, and boulevards before driving down to Miami. The drive from Fort Lauderdale airport to Miami takes around 45 minutes one way, depending on traffic, covering 30 miles. But take it easy and stop along the coast. Drive north from Fort Lauderdale and visit Pompano Beach and its amazing dive sites. Visit Hollywood at the half-way point for some more beach action and dine in one of the many seafood restaurants on the boardwalk. Go shopping for designer accessories in Aventura. Drive to South Beach, Miami for Art Deco delights and check out Downtown Miami to taste the flavors in Little Havana for an easy and fun beach road trip.