USA solo trip October 2018

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1. Posted by limarajade87 (Budding Member 6 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hey 😊

I had originally planned this trip with a friend but the plans have now fallen through so I will be travelling solo in October for 2 weeks.

If anyone else is travelling solo or looking to buddy up for a road trip let me know.. my Miami plans are flexible 😊

NYC - 6th to 8th
Philadelphia - 8th to 10th
Miami - 10th to 12/13th
Key West - 13th to 15th (I have hired a car for the weekend)
Miami - open dates to 20th Oct when I fly back to the UK

Also any tips or advice welcome, I have been to NYC before so I have two days to just enjoy the city.

2. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 804 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Taking the train from NYC to Philadelphia is a good option. By the time you get to the airport and wait for the flight, the faster travel time become moot.

You might want a car in Miami and to drive to Key West. The Miami area is very spread out and there isn't really very much public transportation. The drive down the Keys is one of the more interesting drives that you can make, but in the city of Key West, a car is more of a hazard than a help. Parking is a problem in Key West. The city is very easy to bike everywhere (you can rent a bike) and there are city buses.

You could stop off on the way back to Miami at the Everglades (the Homestead section) if you are interested in that kind of thing.

3. Posted by limarajade87 (Budding Member 6 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for replying.

Yes I have the train booked from NYC to Philadelphia then a flight into Miami.

I should have mentioned I plan on staying in South Beach during my time so thought it would be best without the car until I drive to Key West, was hoping to try & utilise the car & do a few stops, hopefully the Everglades will be one of them.. 😊

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 804 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

South Beach is pretty walkable I think although I have never stayed there. Our daughter lives in Perine which is south of South Beach and we have had our boat on a mooring off Rickenbacker Key or in a marina in Miami. But we've always had a car. From the marina, Bob would ride a bike to the car rental place and then put the bike in the car and drive back to the boat. The only time we didn't was when Bob was in the hospital and we stayed with our daughter and used their cars.

So you are renting a car to get to Key West?

We lived in Key West for 3 years and we've been back to visit a bunch of times - three times by boat and the rest of the times we drove.

5. Posted by limarajade87 (Budding Member 6 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

That sounds amazing!

I have heard it’s walkable & I have booked a central hotel close to Lincoln Road so I am planning on a lot of walking & maybe hiring a bike to cycle around to see the sights.

Yeah I have booked a car for the weekend to drive down to Key West, you must have liked it to have lived there.. which makes me happy I am going! Do you have any tips.. bearing in mind I’ll be travelling alone?

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 804 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Well we lived there in the late 60s because my husband was stationed there by the US Navy. But I do like it down there.

If you stop off at the Everglades on the way down, go in the Homestead entrance and the first trail (the Anhinga Trail) is the best one in the winter for wildlife. Lots of birds and alligators. The later in the year you get the more wildlife you will see.

Driving down the keys there are a lot a restaurants in Marathon area. We spent one winter there so I can offer suggestions. There is a flea market on weekends at Big Pine Key

Key west - depends on what you like to do. If I am assuming partying - there's always Sloppy Joes along with many other bars on Duval. There is a nude bar (which I have not been to) called the Garden of Eden on Duval Street. There's a sunset celebration every night at Mallory Square. The aquarium there is nice. Mel Fisher's museum is not worth the money and I thought the same about the Truman Whitehouse. The Oldest House is interesting.

Beach - Key West is not really a beach place because the reefs keep there from being a lot of sand. The best beach is at Fort Taylor which is a State Park. The beaches on the ocean side are OK and there is parasailing etc there. The only hotel with a real beach is the Casa Marina.

I do recommend the Conch Train tour.

7. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 584 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

South Beach is very easy to walk around and you wouldn't need a car for that particular area but if you want to see places outside of South Beach like Little Cuba, Wynwood Walls or fancy a cruise around Biscayne Bay you do need some sort of vehicular access. I don't know what public transport is like, if you can find something that will take you where you want to go that would be worth considering otherwise you could try driving though parking could be an issue or if you are time poor a tour might be worth looking into.

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 804 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

There is a shuttle that runs around South Beach which costs 25 cents to ride. Miami itself has a rail system which goes from the airport to the river and then north and south and there may be something like a bus line that goes out to Miami Beach.

9. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 694 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I liked the Hemingway House in Key West - even if you haven't read much of his work, it's a lovely house to visit and so many cats!

10. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 804 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

If you are lacking in exercise opportunities, you can climb the lighthouse and check out Hemingway's complaint that the lighthouse keeper could look into his bedroom.