Our Ultimate Florida Jeep Road Trip - Spring 2018

Friday, April 10, 2020
Road trip is probably our favorite way to explore new places. This Jeep Adventure Quest trip was our second longest trip in the Jeep at 2,200 miles. We follow the Gulf Coast of Florida with stops at Crystal River, The Everglades National Park, Miami beach, explore the Keys then we go up the Atlantic coast to Daytona and ending at Jeep Beach 2018.

Having the freedom to go where you want is amazing. Below is our random pics of our epic road trip to Florida Keys during our stop over  - we encourage you to go out there explore too and give yourself plenty of time to enjoy it! 

1. Miami Beach
South Beach is a "must visit" when you come to Miami. The area is filled with hotels of all price range and a variety of shops and restaurants. The beach itself stretches on for miles and the sand is quite nice, though not as soft as some of the other beaches we have been to . Also it was quite disappointing to see that the beach was filled with seaweeds. It really spoiled the look of the beach and the enjoyment. But overall,  we still had a great time spending our afternoon by the beach.


2. Sanibel Beach
The Sanibel Island coastlines run east and west, different than most islands which run north and south, this direction allows Sanibel Island to catch abundant sea shells.  The Gulf of Mexico scooping up all the seashells imported from the Caribbean and brings it to the shores.  Sanibel Island is world renowned for its shells. People from all over the world come to collect and admire the colorful "Treasures from the Sea".


3. Everglades National Park
One of America's most fascinating national parks,  is the Everglades. This park was created to protect native species of plants, animals and a rare Eco-system that doesn't exist anywhere else on the planet. There are few different endangered animals that call the Everglades home along with many plants. Every National Park has something to offer, but this one was so different. Wetlands, as far as your eyes could see and instead of black bears in  Tennessee we had our eyes peeled for alligators.


4. Sombrero Beach - Florida Keys
The Sombrero Beach in Marathon, FL is a stretch of public beach just off the Overseas Highway and has been developed to allow a range of activities to take place. Play beach games; go swimming, kayaking or snorkeling; and lounge in the sun at one of Marathon’s most visited beaches. The atmosphere here is very calm and  pleasant. We enjoy relaxing in shady groves provided by the coconut palms that line the beach. It has a mixture of people here but the people that we encountered were very friendly both local and tourist  they were always willing to help and suggest other areas to go to.


5.  Wynwood Art Walls
This is a very unique part of Miami you should visit. Wynwood Walls is located a few minutes away from downtown. Wynwood Walls has been described as an walkable, outdoor museum. It is a fun filled environment with some of the best collections of hand painted art/murals. The entire neighborhood hosts a truly amazing set of public art work. The murals are vivid, striking, and passionate and create great opportunity for taking photos. Sometimes you will even see one under development when the artist is currently working on a wall.


 6. Bass Museum of Art - Downtown Miami
Have you heard  the Seven Magic Mountains art installation in Las Vegas?  It's same , except you will only see one tower. The genius man behind this beautiful art is the Swiss artist  Ugo Rondinone. Ugo Rondinone is an internationally-renowned artist. His works range from neon signs to paintings to eerily realistic life-sized clown figures, sitting slumped over on the floor of a gallery. All of his works mesh everyday experiences and objects with colorful, fantastical, and often-strange elements. Seven Magic Mountains in ( Las Vegas, Nevada) is one of his first forays outside of a gallery and into land art.


7.  Holocaust Memorial - Downtown Miami
This museum is breathtaking, pain and suffering a very powerful memorial site to remind everyone of the terrible history.  The Holocaust Museum explores how and why these atrocities happened, and then continues to describe the effects of the Holocaust throughout history, from the war itself to the modern day.


 8.  Homosassa Springs State Park
This park is a true crown jewel in the collection of Florida state parks. Homosassa and Weeki Wachee and Silver Springs are the three parks that are much more than a nature center and playground.  It is created to rehabilitate and heal animals. Most of them are unable to survive on their own in the wild. So they are given a comfortable and safe environment at Homosassa Springs.  Homosassa is a tourist destination and basically a mini theme park for rehabilitative native Florida species.


 9. Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach, once known as the World's Most Famous Beach  that has a very rich history.  It is also the home of NASCAR and miles of sand beaches.  It is a pretty standard beach for Florida. The beach is ok and the waves are more active compared to beaches on the Panhandle of Florida. We are here for the Jeep Event held every year. 



What do you feel about road trips?  Share us your thoughts on the comment below. Stay safe everyone!


18 comments:

  1. This sounds and looks like it was a great time! I hope to go on a road trip again at some point.

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  2. This looks absolutely amazing!!! i want to go on a road trip once this quarantine thing is over!!!

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  3. I miss travelling. Your photos are all beautiful. :) They make me wanna go there, too!

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  4. I so want a beach vacation. The Daytona beach is my favorite beach

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  5. This looks like it would be so much fun. I would love to get out and do this sometime soon. My sister lives in Florida. We could use this as an excuse to spend some time.

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  6. I've been looking for some new places to check out. Thanks for sharing this!

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  7. I am looking forward to returning soon to these wonderful trips. This then that you did is my dream in the drawer.

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  8. This place looks gorgeous! I long for the time when i can go on vacation to sunny places again!

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  9. This is lovely. I pretty much want to go ANYWHERE right about now! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

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  10. Your pictures are so beautiful. What a fun trip. I'd love to do something like this with my husband. We keep saying that once we (early) retire, we'll buy a van and just slow travel across the united states. I so much want to do that.

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  11. That looks like a beautiful place to visit. I can't wait to travel again. I miss seeing new sights and people!

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  12. My husband and I LOVE road trips. We usually pack up our camping gear and the pups, hitting the road for our trips. Along the way, we stop to check out pet-friendly beaches, trails and parks that we pass. I can't wait until we can head out and do it again sometime soon.

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  13. I love road trips - Great way to see the country. I especially love camping along the way so you really get to put your feet in the dirt in new places, instead of staying in a different hotel every night.

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  14. I love road trips and this one looks great. I will take a road trip once this is over.

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  15. Sounds like a wonderful trip. I hope to travel when this is all over.

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  16. Sanibel is one of my favorite places in Florida! I love how it is such a small quaint little place; it's totally dark at 9pm and everything just shuts down. Great spot!

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  17. I live in Florida and Wynwood is a must see! The art there is just beautiful

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  18. I love your photos. This post made me crave a beach trip!

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