The delights of Miami Beach, Florida, are threefold: the Art Deco architecture and vibrant party atmosphere of the city; the warm waves and magical underwater world of Biscayne Bay; and the long strip of soft, golden sand that divides the two. Travelocity has Miami Beach vacation packages that bring you all the best of this remarkable destination.
Biscayne National Park
If you love being on or in the water, seeing and learning about wildlife and amazing ecosystems, and getting away from the city for a while, look for hotels close to Biscayne National Park. This protected natural treasure south of Miami Beach is 95 percent water and best explored by boat or kayak, or with a snorkeling or diving excursion. Marvel at its coral reefs, mangrove forests, and limestone keys, including Elliott Key--the largest island in the national park and first of the Florida Keys. Be sure to bring your camera as you might be lucky enough to spot resident manatees, endangered sea turtles, or American crocodiles. Perhaps the most notable among the park's many amazing dive and snorkel sites are the six shipwrecks, dating from 1878 to 1966, that make up the Maritime Heritage Trail.
Travel from hotels near Biscayne National Park to Homestead, Florida. Thirty miles south of Miami, it's the closest town to the park's visitor center and a handy place to pick up snacks and supplies for your day of fun. While historic Homestead has a small-town, old-Florida charm, its main appeal is as a gateway not only to Biscayne, but also to Everglades National Park, approximately 10 miles to the west. Also a short drive away is Key Largo, the "Diving Capital of the World" and the starting point for a once-in-a-lifetime road trip down the Overseas Highway.
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