We are planing to travel form New Orleans to Miami by car and after - somewhere else like Bahamas, Carribean, Cuba or Mexico. If you could share your experience and provide some tips on how / where would be best to choose - i would be extremely happy. Too many great places to visit and all opportunities to chose from makes me really hard to decide.
Would appreciate local advise very much as well as travellers experience!
Architecture - as you said New Orleans but St Martin has some interesting architecture on the French side, and Miami and Miami Beach have some art deco. There are "historic" buildings (not historic in the European sense but they are historic in the USA) in some of the cities along the Gulf Coast like Mobile, and Fort Walton Beach
Parks - definitely Everglades National Park (which has 2 unconnected entrances)
So drive from New Orleans to Miami, and the fly to St. Maartin (which also has an interesting zoo which almost no one knows about.
Start out in NOLA and drive to Orange Beach - stay a couple of days and make a day trip to Fort Morgan/Dauphin Island, Pensacola (you can visit the big Aviation museum and/or Fort Pickens), or Gulf Islands seashore. Next stop Sanibel Island, via Panama City Beach and Tampa. Fort Myers (Edison's home), Estero State Park, and Tarpon Springs or interesting along the way. Then drive across Alligator Alley through the Big Cypress Swamp NP and visit the Shark River section of the Everglades on your way to Miami Beach. You can also go into the Homestead side of the Everglades from here.
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What kinds of things do you want to do? Do you just want to go to the beach or do you want to dive or snorkel? Interested in night life or museums or bird watching or fishing? Do you want to go to Orlando or avoid going there? Also what time of year will this be?
We've driving that route several times and stayed along the coast. We either go down the west coast by Tampaand across (I-10 and I-75) or we go all the way over to Jacksonville and down to avoid Orlando. I can give you places to visit along either route if you say what you are interested in doing.
Some of the roads north of Miami on the east coast are toll roads without toll booths so you need to have a transponder on your car.
I have not been to Cuba, but where you go after you get to Miami really depends on what you want to do, how much time you have and what kind of place you like to stay. I liked St Maarten, but I also like the Virgin Islands, Cozumel and some places in the The Bahamas.
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Siesta Key one of the best if not thee best old Florida beach towns left, its about half way down the gulf coast. Get an old school hotel on the beach grab one of their bikes and enjoy some seafood and beer.
St Maarten wonderful place in the Caribbean - half French / half Dutch. great food, great beaches and the coolest airport in the world. spend a few days on each side of the island, its like 2 different countries.