Miami Ocean Drive Nightlife – Sights and Sounds
Join me on a stroll to see Miami’s Ocean Drive Nightlife – Enjoy the Sights and Sounds in this vibrant city’s top entertainment hot spot ;0)
Miami Ocean Drive Nightlife – Sights and Sounds
Join me on a stroll to see Miami’s Ocean Drive Nightlife – Enjoy the Sights and Sounds in this vibrant city’s top entertainment hot spot ;0)
Top10 Recommended Hotels in Miami Beach Florida USA
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Top10 Recommended Hotels in Miami Beach, Florida, USA: 1. 1 Hotel South Beach ***** http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/1-south-beach.html?aid=911025
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4. Royal Palm South Beach Miami, a Tribute Portfolio Resort ***** http://goo.gl/rh17an
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1. 2341 Collins Avenue, South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
2. 1601 Collins Avenue, South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33141, USA
3. 9449 Collins Avenue, Surfside, Miami Beach, FL 33154, USA
4. 1545 Collins Avenue, South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
5. 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140, USA
6. 4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140, USA
7. 1244 Ocean Drive, South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
8. 4835 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140, USA
9. One Lincoln Road, South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
10. 6551 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33141, USA
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South Beach Miami Spring Break
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In this expanse of famed real estate are top notch eateries, nightlife as well as a wide range of aquatic based activities. Each region of Florida’s Southeast Coast has beachfront hotels adapting diverse tastes and budgets. The Breakers Palm Beach The Breakers is definitely a renowned resort located on the Atlantic Ocean just east of West Palm Beach. In accordance with the Forbes Travel Guide, the resort history goes back to 1895, and it nevertheless provides guests a classic world atmosphere full with hand painted ceilings, Venetian chandeliers along with decor including precious antiques. The 540 rooms in the Breakers include one ocean or resort views, flat screen televisions with DVD players, mini bars, plush slippers along with bathrobes along with high-end linens.
There are 10 restaurants on website providing sets from a poolside snack to great dining at formal gourmet restaurants. L’Escalier is the resort signature restaurant, and it serves modern French cuisine in a candle lit setting. You will find two championship golf courses on the house along with an expert shop and educational center. The Breakers Spa continues to be recognized as among the best within the nation, and it provides various massages, facials and body treatments. A complete shopping concourse is inside the resort, and various rooms provide live entertainment. This hotel is perfect for families visiting South Florida for a long stay, and its costs are acceptable when compared with other region oceanfront properties.
Rooms at the Residence Inn contain fully equipped kitchens, flat screen televisions, work desk and a balconies with ocean views. There’s no restaurant on the property, but there’s a market which sells groceries. Guests are supplied with a free hot breakfast buffet, and many area restaurants may deliver for lunch and dinner. The hotel has a physical fitness center and many outdoor pools overlooking the sea. Ocean Point Resort & Spa The Ocean Point Resort is located in Sunny Isles Beach, and it is equidistant between Ft. Lauderdale and South Beach that are within a 30 minute drive. The Ocean Point is definitely an all suite residence offering guests one and two bedroom accommodations, each with a large living room and full kitchen.
Included within the suites are washer\/dryers, televisions with VCRs, high speed Internet access and in room safes. View Restaurant is on site helping sea food in an upscale setting. A poolside bar serves lunch along with snacks along with famous beach oriented drinks. The resort has two outdoor pools, many whirlpool hot tubs, a fully equipped exercise room along with a sauna. The resort European style Aquagene Spa provides a selection of services including massages and facials.
There are various excellent Florida beach holiday rentals to select from in every area around Florida which range from the Panhandle in the North down to the end of the Florida Keys at Key West. The Atlantic Coast or Gold Coast tends to be popular for surfing along with other beach sports. In the North situated in some stunning areas frequently with extra excellent historic interest historic St. Augustine, Amelia Island, Jacksonville Beach, Palm Coast. Central Atlantic Coast beach holiday rentals have an abundance of number and several are fairly close to some wonderful beaches. The mega wealthy descend on Palm Beach that is based in the Southern part of the Atlantic coast Other popular shores in this region include Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach as well as Sunny Isles Beach reaching down to Miami as well as the renown Miami Beach.
The Florida Keys expanse 160 miles south of Miami as well as are frequently explained as Florida’s Jewels due to the triggering effect created by the proximity of the sea on both sides. There are about 800 islands in the Keys, 42 of that are linked by bridges. Inside the Upper Keys and Lower Keys there’s a lot of water sports and activities. Gulf Coast Florida beach holiday rentals therefore are popular with the Snowbirds from the chilly Northern parts of America as well as Canada as well as are often booked for longer periods in the first half of the year.
It is since the Gulf shore is frequently warmer and advantages from the warmer waters from the Gulf. A fantastic Selection of location to escape the worst of the chilly snow filled months in the North. No other area of Florida has a lot of award winning beaches. Caladesi Island was ranked Americas. 1 beach in May 2008, situated just north of Clearwater. Kayaks can be found for rental throughout the Cafe Caladesi. Caladesi Island is obtainable only by private boat or via the Caladesi Connection ferry service. Ferry passengers are assigned a four hour stay on the island. The ferry to Caladesi leaves from Honeymoon Island State Park hourly starting at 10 AM. Two other Florida shores made the list, 3rd ranked Siesta Beach near Sarasota as well as ninth ranked Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, near Miami.
So you’re finally coming to Miami. Great!
Let me give you the Insider’s Tour – you know, the “must do’s” that will let you say you really saw Miami, along with some “we do’s” so you can say you know Miami like a native.
Insider Tip #2: You need a car. You can park when you want to walk or to ride the Gables Trolley or to hop on the Metromover to get a bird’s eye view of Brickell Avenue or Downtown. Otherwise, trust me, you won’t see much of Miami. Our definition (see Tip #1) sprawls over an area the size of Rhode Island, and includes everything from models and manatees to mangoes, mangroves and murals.
Classy, chic, trendy and historic all in one. The Gables (see, you’re already talking like a native) is one of the oldest neighborhoods – actually, a city all unto itself – where you can come for the architecture, enjoy the fine dining, and stay for a stroll through some of the finest art galleries in the area.
The Biltmore Hotel~ VISIT FLORIDA
Start early if you think you might want to do more than just ogle the outside of the Biltmore Hotel or the Venetian Pool. The Biltmore’s 93-foot copper-clad tower may be the Gables’ most recognizable point. It’s modeled after a 12th-century Moorish tower in Seville, Spain. Everyone from Judy Garland to Al Capone has stayed there, including “Tarzan,” Johnny Weissmuller. It’s got a spa, a 22,000-square-foot marble swimming pool and one of the most elegant and challenging – but not daunting – golf courses around.
Venetian Pool started as a quarry providing the rock to build the first Coral Gables homes. City founder George Merrick fancied it up as a “Venetian” lagoon with loggias and towers, added waterfalls, a cave and “cliffs” for the kids to jump off (you, too, if you want), and opened it as the “Venetian Casino” in 1924. The 820,000-gallon pool, fed by artesian wells, is drained and refilled nightly.
When you’re done, drive down just about any street to see some of the exquisitely maintained original Mediterranean Revival 1920’s homes with their Old World arches and columns. Merrick’s coral stone home (tours available) is on Coral Way. A statue of him stands next to City Hall, a limestone palace topped by a 90-foot clock tower and bronze belfry.
It sits at the head of Miracle Mile, the center of the shopping and fine eating district. It’s hard to go wrong here. There’s cuisine from around the world. Gallery night (first Friday) brings showings of fine contemporary and Latin art, including talented new artists and Cuban art you won’t find anywhere else. Take the trolley.
Insider stop: Books & Books. It’s kind of the unofficial epicenter of the South Florida literary scene, with frequent author readings and signings, as well as a weekend gathering place for good jazz and Latin fusion.
This used to be the starving artists’ district, and the site of some of the nicest old Miami houses overlooking the bay. Now, folks like billionaire developer Jorge Perez (the guy whose name is on the art museum downtown) call it home.
Some of the houses are newer, too, but still just as nice. You’ll see great examples heading along South Bayshore Drive. Or, you can cut in a block to Tigertail Avenue for more. Keep an eye out for the Grove peacocks. They wander into the road along narrow neighborhood roads, seemingly indifferent to the cars that have to stop while the birds meander. (Why did the peacock cross the road in the Grove? He didn’t. He just stood there with his peacock buds while the cars backed up.)
Then it’s time to park and wander. There are plenty of boutique-y shops, and lots of restaurants boasting Brazilian fusion, middle eastern inspired American, Key Westy seafood, and more.
Peacock Park looks out over a marina and allows an easy bayfront stroll to the Dinner Key Marina and Miami’s historic city hall. The Art Deco building once served as the “Air Gateway Between the Americas,” back when it was the biggest and most modern seaplane base in the world and the international flight terminal building for Pan American Airways, with its giant and luxurious “Clipper” flying boats lined up on the water outside. (An insider note to impress your friends: FDR flew there in 1943, the first time a U.S. president traveled by air while in office.) Inside, there’s a marvelous zodiac mural on the ceiling of the commission chambers and photos from the building’s heyday, including one of Charles Lindbergh in his leather aviator’s helmet, stepping into a seaplane cockpit.
The Grove is a great jumping off point. If you head south, you can take a magnificently scenic tree-lined drive along Old Cutler Road to Matheson Hammock and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The garden has a world-recognized collection of palms, orchids and tropical fruit trees. Locals come out in droves for the art exhibits and annual Chocolate, Orchid, Edible Garden and Mango Festivals. That last one has sparked more than one lifelong love-affair with the many flavors and feels of this international fruit.
Matheson is a unique man-made atoll, with a tranquil lagoon ringed by palm trees. It fronts Biscayne Bay at a favorite place for kite-boarders to zip along the water’s edge.
The Vizcaya House~ Peter Cross for VISIT FLORIDA
If you head north from Dinner Key Marina, you’ll drift past joggers, walkers and roller-bladers at Kennedy Park, and soon reach Vizcaya, the bayfront winter home of International Harvester heir James Deering. Designed to look like a fully restored 400-year-old Italian estate, it’s now a museum with 34 rooms filled with sumptuous antique European art and furnishings, amid a lavishly landscaped labyrinth of gardens.
It’s next to the Ermita de la Caridad (there’s an English name, but no local would ever use it) the Catholic church that now holds the original statue of Cuba’s patron saint, smuggled here in 1961. Just past that is Alice Wainwright Park, a family-friendly gathering place with tremendous views of Key Biscayne, nestled on the quiet and exclusive street where both Madonna and Sylvester Stallone once had homes.
That puts you next to the Rickenbacker Causeway and the entrance to Key Biscayne. The drive goes over the water, with one of the best views of Miami’s skyline, past the public beaches, the Miami Seaquarium, the Crandon/Key Biscayne golf course (one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the area), the site of the Sony Open tennis tournament and along the main street of the Village of Key Biscayne.
Turn down just about any of the side streets to spot some of the most stunning multimillion dollar homes around, or continue straight to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. That’s at the end of the island, with its bike trails, beach and the oldest structure in the county, the Cape Florida lighthouse. Look south to glimpse what’s left of Stiltsville. It was a community of 27 shacks mounted on pilings out on the shallows of Biscayne Bay, established in the 1930s. There are only seven left. It’s also a good spot for manatee-sighting.
Insider stop: If you’re feeling adventurous and have access to a boat, the Neptune Memorial Society Reef, just over three miles due east into the bay, is truly unique. It’s an underwater mausoleum for cremated remains, 40 feet below the surface, designed as an “artistic representation” of the Lost City of Atlantis. It’s also a living man-made reef eventually expected to spread over 16 acres.
Financial District and Downtown
The way back from the Key dumps you on Brickell Avenue for a drive through Miami’s financial district, to the Christopher Columbus statue on the bridge at the mouth of the Miami River.
There’s another insider stop there: Rooftop soccer, with games played nearly a dozen stories up atop an office building where Brickell meets the river. It’s mostly lawyers and bankers shedding their wingtips on weeknights, but just about anyone is welcome to watch and yell, “Gooooooool!”
The Perez Art Museum~ Patrick Farrell
From there you can continue along the waterfront edge of Miami’s downtown. That takes you past the Perez Art Museum Miami; Bayside Marketplace – a decidedly touristy outdoor mall, but with enough unique shops and such a great view that locals like it, too; the magnificently restored (and breathtakingly lit at night) Freedom Tower; and the American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat.
A great side trip to one of the best restaurant zones in the area and to a storied bar that’s a favorite for locals is just a one-block jog west to Miami Avenue, starting at Coral Way. Miami Avenue is effectively 0 Street, the dividing point between East and West roads, and it takes you through Mary Brickell Village (Eat anywhere; you can’t go wrong.) That also puts you right by the east end of one of Miami’s best-known streets, Calle Ocho –Eighth Street, in English – in the center of Little Havana.
Access to Miami Beach is next to the arena. The MacArthur Causeway takes you past the striking Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami Children’s Museum and Jungle Island, then drops down to water level for an incomparable view of cruise ship row on one side and the exclusive island houses of the stars that the likes of Al Capone, Shaquille O’Neal, and Gloria Estefan have all called home.
The road ends at South Beach, where movie stars, millionaires, models and regular folks like you and I can get a ground-level view of Ocean Drive, and the beach and the Art Deco hotels that have served as the iconic backdrop for ”Miami CSI,” “Miami Vice,” and just about every televised sporting event in a 25-mile radius.
The Art-Deco Colony Hotel~ Greater Miami CVB
Every north-south street has a distinctive flavor, and is packed with restaurants and shops. East-West spots not to miss are tiny Española Way with its Mediterranean flair, and Lincoln Road, a chic, pedestrian-only mall lined with shops and eateries, most of which offer shaded outdoor eating under clusters of umbrellas. The stunning Holocaust Memorial stands a few blocks north, behind the convention center.
Continuing north by car, Ocean Drive turns into Collins Drive and, just a few minutes later, to where it seems like you’re going to smack into the back of the Fontainebleau hotel. You won’t. Just follow the road for a drive between the hotels and the Intracoastal Waterway into the condo canyons of mid-beach.
Or follow the signs toward Arthur Godfrey Road. That’ll take you back to the mainland to two of the hippest neighborhoods in the area, the Design District and Wynwood.
Wynwood Walls~ Patrick Farrell
Wynwood is best known for casual eats, including clusters of food trucks, and as the heart of the new art scene. There are galleries galore, but no trip to South Florida is complete without a visit to the Wynwood Walls, a world-class display of graffiti by some of the top artists in the urban art field, such as Os Gemeos and Shepard Fairey (you know, the guy who did the famous Obama “Hope” poster). That’s just a few blocks from one of Miami’s most impressive structures, the Bacardi Buildings at 21st and Biscayne. They very deliberately merge art and innovative engineering, with massive murals of traditional Spanish blue and white tiles on one and walls made of one-inch thick hammered glass tapestries on the other.
Restaurants in the Design District are equally trendy, but more upscale, with fusion menus and fancier décor. There’s art here, too. A whole crowd of jury-selected resident artists work and show at the Bakehouse Art Complex, and Swampspace Gallery regularly presents innovative Miami art.
You can go back to the beach or take I-95 north to Bal Harbour Village and THE luxury shopping mall in the county, the Bal Harbour Shops; past an elevated look at the Sun Life Stadium where the Miami Dolphins play; amid the soaring condo-scrapers of Aventura and the Aventura Mall; and to the Oleta River State Park. It proudly pronounces itself Florida’s largest urban park, but we like it for its miles and miles of bike trails (novice to blistering expert paths) and its peaceful canoe and kayak river routes between the mangroves. You can rent what you need for a ride on land or water, and you can even spend the night in one of the rustic (but blissfully air-conditioned) cabins.
One more area, at the opposite end of the county, has the exact opposite feel. Homestead and the neighboring Redland (which everybody calls The Redlands even if it’s wrong), is still largely rural, with a mix of Mexican and Old Florida. It’s got rodeo and narrow roads sided by plant and tree nurseries, mango groves and horse farms. El Taco Toro is probably the best authentic Mexican restaurant in the area, and Knaus Berry Farm (open only from November to mid-April) is a tradition. Folks gladly stand in line for a couple of hours or more for their oven-fresh pecan and cinnamon rolls.
Robert is Here has some of the fattest and freshest veggies and fruits you’ll ever find, including carambola, mamey, lychee, atemoya, papaya, and plump and juicy mangoes. There’s a petting zoo out back, and do not leave without trying one of his smoothies. (You’ll thank me for that one.)
Schnebly Redland’s Winery, just a little farther west, boasts of being the southernmost winery in the country and “crafters of the most exotic wines and beers in the world.” With flavors like lychee, mango, guava and avocado wine, it’s hard to argue with them.
Everglades National Park Trolley~ Greater Miami CVB
Head west, and a little south, if you want to visit the “river of grass.” The Florida Everglades National Park offers walking and biking trails, as well as canoe and kayak routes. Or stop at the Everglades Alligator Farm, where you can get up close and personal with some 2,000 of the reptiles, or take an airboat tour into the swamp.
The Coral Castle~ VISIT FLORIDA
Two more stops, east of there. The Coral Castle is a quirky roadside attraction everybody ought to see at least once. That should leave you with enough questions to last a lifetime. Like, how did a skinny little guy barely five feet tall move slabs of coral rock weighing 58 tons each into place – using only hand tools? And how did a guy with a fourth grade education balance them so neatly that you can move a nine-ton coral gate with the push of a finger?
Homestead Bayfront Park~ Greater Miami CVB
The other place to see is Black Point Marina and Key Biscayne National Park. Black Point is a popular weekend spot on the water for music and beer. It’s next to the national park, a mostly underwater expanse big enough to hold Detroit and Atlanta with room to spare and containing a pristine coral reef and some of the best shallow diving grounds in the state.
Too much to see in a single trip? Well, yeah! We know that. That’s why we live here. And why so many others know to find a fave or two, and explore others as they come back again and again.
Face it, we haven’t talked about the Keys yet.
Pool Party Key West
Dante’s Pool is a great place to hang out while in Key west. Whether you want to eat some food at their restaurant or enjoy a drink while sunbathing on the pool deck this a a great destination if you are vacationing the the Key west area. If you take a fishing charter out of the
While you’re on vacation in one of Florida’s major airport and attraction hubs why not try a day trip off the beaten path? Who knows – you might discover your next holiday destination! Airport destinations are listed from north to south.
Escape the city and head to one of Florida’s largest state forests. With its neighboring areas Blackwater River State Forest has the largest population of longleaf pine trees in the world. Explore the natural landscape by foot on a hike by canoe or on horseback. Float down one of the waterways and stop for a picnic on the shimmering white sands of a sandbar.
Known as the birthplace of New Urbanism (and the setting for the 1998 film “The Truman Show”) Seaside is an idyllic Northwest Florida community set against the area’s stunning beaches. Check out the quaint art galleries and shops or try stand-up paddleboarding in the crystal-blue waters.
Wakulla Springs is more a park than a city but one well worth making a special trip to see. Located fewer than 20 miles from Tallahassee’s city center Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park features one of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs. That may be why “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” was filmed here! Take a boat tour to see local critters such as alligators turtles and birds. Of course you won’t be able to resist dipping into the refreshingly cool springs too.
Amelia Island is a golf and spa haven while Fernandina Beach to the north is a quaint historic town known for its artwork antiques and boutiques. Some must-see attractions on Amelia Island are Fort Clinch State Park which served as a military post during the Civil War the Spanish-American War and World War II; Amelia Island Lighthouse which began operating in 1839 and still operates today; and American Beach which was founded in 1935 by A.L. Lewis Florida’s first African-American millionaire.
Tour the nation’s oldest city via a guided tour bus or tram and stop at all the major points of interest including an authentic Spanish fort and the Fountain of Youth. You can also take in the sights on a scenic boat ride or helicopter tour. Just off Interstate 95 in St. Augustine is the St. Augustine Premium Outlets. Nearby golfers can get their fill at World Golf Village and the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Located just north of Daytona Beach Ormond Beach offers a few quirky local attractions for a day trip. Tour The Casements the former winter home of John D. Rockefeller that now serves as the city’s cultural center. Spend some quality time outdoors at North Peninsula State Park with more than 2 miles of sandy beaches. Visit Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens for nature trails fish ponds and fountains set amid lush tropical gardens. The best part? All of the attractions are free.
Though known for its famous beaches Daytona Beach offers plenty of other attractions. Catch breakfast at the Dancing Avocado Kitchen in historic downtown Daytona Beach. Get behind the wheel of a racecar at the Richard Petty Experience at Daytona International Speedway or take a tour of the famous racetrack with the Daytona 500 Experience. Indulge your sweet tooth with a free tour of Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory. Take in the exhibits at the Smithsonian-affiliated Museum of Arts and Sciences.
A day trip to Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands can include a morning swamp buggy tour through the 90 000-acre Crescent B Ranch a working cattle ranch with Babcock Wilderness Adventures. Enjoy a waterfront seafood lunch at Laishley Crab House. Spend the rest of the day strolling the shops at Fishermen’s Village.
Start with breakfast at Ginny and Jane E’s a local favorite featuring delicious pastries and island-themed gifts. Go on a paddle tour with Captain Scott to Robinson Preserve where you’ll take in native landscapes and miles of trails (and perhaps catch a glimpse of a bald eagle). Finish the day with a spectacular sunset followed by casual dining at Island Time Bar & Grill or semi-fine dining at Bridge Street Bistro. Use the free Island Trolley to make your way around the island. Stay at the BridgeWalk Resort across from the beach if you decide to linger another day.
Take the Key West Express out of Fort Myers and in just about three and a half hours you’re in legendary Key West. Check out the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum take an island tour on a trolley enjoy plenty of entertainment or just relax on the spectacular beaches. There are loads of hotels bed and breakfasts and resorts if you decide to stay the night.
Big Cypress Reservation
Explore Florida’s biggest attraction the Everglades at Billie Swamp Safari. Learn the history of the Seminole Tribe and try a swamp buggy tour an airboat ride alligator show and more. Sample frog legs or alligator tail at the Swamp Water Café. If you’re so inclined you can even stay the night in an authentic native-style chickee hut.
Get back to nature at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge America’s first national wildlife refuge or St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park home to wildlife such as manatees scrub jays Southern bald eagles and bobcats. During June and July you can learn about Florida’s giant sea turtles and possibly see a nesting loggerhead or leatherback sea turtle on a free ranger-led tour.
Visit the famed Florida Keys without the long drive. Stop in Key Largo for its world-class diving at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Visit the Holiday Inn marina to see and take a tour on the original African Queen from the classic Humphrey Bogart flick of the same name. Cigar aficionados can even stop at one of the oldest cigar shops in the Keys the Island Smoke Shop.
Driving through the Sunshine State? Odds are, if you’re heading up or down or even across the central spine of the state, you’ll find yourself on Florida’s Turnpike.
Here’s what you need to know about Florida’s Turnpike:
What is Florida’s Turnpike?
It is 461 miles of toll roads that make traveling more efficient because of fewer exits and less traffic. It is operated by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, part of the Florida Department of Transportation. See a map here.
Why do I have to pay a toll?
The Turnpike is largely paid for by the drivers who use it. Toll revenue goes to operate, maintain and expand the Turnpike system.
When was the Turnpike built?
The first section of Florida’s Turnpike opened in 1957.
Why is it called the Ronald Reagan Turnpike?
The main line, from Miami to Wildwood, north of Orlando, was designated the Ronald Reagan Turnpike in 1998 by the Florida Legislature to honor the 40th president of the United States.
How much are tolls?
They depend on the section of the Turnpike you’re on and how far you’re going, but are priced by mile and by the number of vehicle axles. See a toll calculator here.
How do I pay tolls? Do I need to have cash?
You can pay by cash or by SunPass, the state’s prepaid toll program, which discounts tolls about 25 percent and saves time at toll booths. Where all-electronic tolling is in effect, you can also pay by Toll-By-Plate, where a camera takes a picture of your license plate, and you are mailed a bill for tolls plus a $ 2.50 service charge.
How do toll booths work?
Turnpike signs will let you know what kind of toll booth is coming up, and the toll amount. At cash booths, you pay the toll and can get change. At unmanned cash booths, you will need exact change in coin. If you have a SunPass, it is scanned by an electronic reader and tolls are deducted from your prepaid account.
The Miami section of the Turnpike no longer accepts cash. Drivers use SunPass or Toll-By-Plate, which takes a picture of your license plate and mails you a bill for tolls and a $ 2.50 administrative fee per monthly invoice.
What is SunPass?
SunPass is the state’s prepaid toll program. To use it, you buy a SunPass device called a “transponder” that attaches to the inside of your windshield. When you drive through a SunPass toll plaza, the toll is deducted from your prepaid account.
What is a SunPass transponder and how much is it?
There are two kinds of SunPass transponders. The SunPass Portable is $ 19.99 plus tax and attaches to your windshield with suction cups. It is removable and can be used on any vehicle with a windshield, including motorcycles. The SunPass Mini Sticker is $ 4.99 plus tax, and permanently attaches to windshields. It cannot be used on motorcycles. Both require a $ 10 minimum balance to activate.
How does SunPass work?
When you drive through a SunPass toll lane, the SunPass transponder transmits a radio signal to sensors in the toll plaza and the toll amount is deducted from your prepaid account. Find more info here.
Where can I buy a SunPass?
Online, by mail or fax, or at nearly 2,000 retail outlets in Florida, including Publix Super Markets, CVS Pharmacies, Walgreen’s, Amscot Financial branches and AAA South offices. Transponders are also sold at Turnpike service plazas, Turnpike gas stations and SunPass Service Centers. The SunPass Mini Sticker is sold at 24-hour vending machines at three Welcome Centers and one rest area. See locations here.
How do I activate a SunPass?
To activate your SunPass, you need to put a minimum of $ 10 in your prepaid account. You can activate online, at 1-888-TOLL-FLA (1-888-865-5352), at a SunPass Payment Center or a SunPass Service Center. You can use your activated SunPass immediately in "SunPass Only," "E-Pass Only" and "Leeway Only" lanes. You can use your SunPass after 6 a.m. the morning after activation in other lanes.
Should visitors get a SunPass?
You are not obligated to buy a SunPass, but it will save you money and time. You will save about 25 percent on tolls, and you won’t have to stop at cash lanes.
Can I use other state transponders in Florida?
Georgia’s Peach Pass and North Carolina’s NC Quick Pass are accepted. Motorists must use the "SunPass Only" or "EPass Only" or "Leeway Only" toll lanes for these transponders to work.
Where does the SunPass work?
SunPass can be used on all Florida toll roads and nearly all bridges. If you sign up for Easy Pay and link a credit or debit card to your SunPass, you can use it to pay parking fees at the Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Orlando and Palm Beach airports.
What if I go through a SunPass lane by mistake?
A picture of your license plate will be taken, and you will receive a notice about the unpaid toll. Read more here.
What is Toll-By-Plate? How does it work?
Toll-By-Plate is a tolling system that works by taking a picture of a vehicle’s license plate as it passes under a tolling station. The vehicle’s owner is invoiced for tolls every 30 days, plus a $ 2.50 administrative charge. It is available on the Turnpike system roads where all-electronic tolling is in effect — Florida’s Turnpike in Miami, The Sawgrass Expressway west of Fort Lauderdale and the Veterans Expressway in Tampa.
To open a prepaid Toll-By-Plate account, visit www.tollbyplate.com or call 1-888-TAG-TOLL (888-824-8655). Or just drive and you will receive an invoice in the mail.
Are other Turnpike toll booths converting to all-electronic/no cash?
Yes. Hollywood Boulevard (Exit 49) and Griffin Road (Exit 53) in Broward County are scheduled to convert in late 2015.
For updates, check the current projects web page.
How do I pay tolls if I rent a car?
Most major rental car companies can include tolls in your rental agreement. Some rental cars have a SunPass. If your car does not, Turnpike cameras take a photo of the rental car’s license plate as it goes through a toll lane and bills the rental company. Your credit card is charged or you are billed for tolls, plus any service fees. Ask your rental car company for fees and terms.
What if I have a SunPass and rent a car?
You can use your own SunPass transponder in a rental car. Just let SunPass know the rental car’s license number, and remember to remove the transponder when you return the vehicle.
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