Traveling Through Five Cities in Florida Part II
The best thing about going on a road trip is that you get to visit all the cities along the way. We chose to see a few interesting cities and learned a lot during the trip.
Fort Lauderdale is best know for its boating canals and beaches. We were amazed how such beautiful town with luxury boats docked along these Amsterdam-like canals can still stay low key and tourists free (at least from what we have seen). It’s not a town many come to Florida to see, but is definitely a less crowded yet beautiful destination.
Key West and Naples
We stayed at the Hyatt Place Hotel on Marathon Key, about another hour of drive from Key West. In Key West, we saw the monument of the southernmost point of the U.S., which is only 90 miles to Cuba. More and more people have been aware of the significance of the monument because of the recent relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Will the 90 miles, once an unimaginable distance between the two countries, be shorten one day?
The Key West sunset was something we looked the most forward to. We had dinner near Mallory Square to catch the sunset. It was beautiful if it wasn’t for the clouds 🙁 The square became a little crowded by sunset, with many street performers performing even after dark.
We stopped briefly at Naples on our way North. As a town with the same name as Naples, Italy, it is one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S. Naples Pier is know for dolphin-spotting, bird-watching, and fishing.
Even though St. Augustine was HOT, I was still able to wear the raincoat by Rains, because, who wants to get soaky?
St. Augustine is a historical city know for being the Spanish capital for over 200 years. The Spanish admiral and Florida’s first governor, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés named the settlement “San Agustín”, as his ships bearing settlers, troops, and supplies from Spain had first sighted land in Florida on 1565.
Everglades National Park is on the Southern tip of Florida. The national park protects 20 percent of the everglades. Being the third biggest national park in the States, Everglades National Park is well preserving its fragile ecosystem to inhabit countless number of species. We were hoping to see a few alligators in the wetland, but unfortunately there weren’t any.
That’s all the cities and things we saw along the way! Next stop, New Orleans! I am hoping to update a vlog about Florida by Monday too! Stay tuned!