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Soleil et plaisirs à Miami et dans les Keys de Floride

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Chaque année, près de 100 millions de voyageurs glissent leur crème solaire dans leurs bagages avant de mettre le cap sur la Floride.

La ville de Miami est au cœur de cette frénésie. Elle permet aux visiteurs de goûter facilement à sa nature trépidante ou à la sérénité des les Keys de Floride, situées non loin de là.

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Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the United States of America’s most southeastern coast, Miami’s appeal runs the gamut. As actor/singer Will Smith says, “I only came for two days of playing, but every time I come I always wind up staying.”

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The Coral Gables neighborhood is known for its artisanal shops where you can buy local foods, handcrafted souvenirs and leather goods.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Miami’s coveted sunny weather, including warming up your credit cards in Coral Gables. This neighborhood southwest of downtown Miami is home to a variety of boutique and artisanal shops selling everything from handmade leather goods to the latest fashion. Meanwhile, across Biscayne Bay, Lincoln Road is the place to stock up on anything from name-brand clothes and accessories to artwork. This wide pedestrian promenade is lined with outdoor cafés and palm trees.

If you’re hungry, seek out a table in Little Havana. This eclectic neighborhood just west of downtown is home to many of the city’s Cuban residents. At any time of day, Little Havana pulses with the beats of traditional music, while the scent of croquetas and Cuban sandwiches hang in the air.


Pick up a Cuban sandwich in Little Havana. The combination of roast pork, glazed ham, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard and dill pickles is tough to beat.

A little farther north, Little Haiti is another great spot to sample the multicultural flavors of Miami. Come here for dessert and order a traditional Haitian treat, like fried bananas or sweet potato bread, before making your way into one of the neighborhood’s many independent music shops.

Come sundown, both Little Havana and Little Haiti woo night owls with sultry dancing and local cocktails. But those who want to see and be seen head back across the bay to Miami Beach, where the area really comes to life when night falls and the neon lights illuminate the art deco buildings lining Ocean Drive. The party lasts until the wee morning hours (around 5 a.m.).


The Edison Hotel on Ocean Drive is one of Miami Beach’s many late-night hangouts.

Ocean Drive mainstays like the Clevelander Hotel invite you to mingle poolside with a fancy drink in hand. If you’d prefer to dance the night away, plan a night on Washington Avenue, where numerous dance clubs sit just a few blocks from the shore. 

If all the excitement of Miami has you craving some peace and quiet, you can rent a car from Miami International Airport or in the city and take a road trip to the Florida Keys. This string of islands starts just south of Miami and curves around the southern tip of Florida into the Caribbean Sea.

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You don’t have to go too far to experience the Keys. Biscayne National Park — framed by Sands Key and Elliott Key in the southern portion of Biscayne Bay — is about 50 kilometers southwest of the city. The allure of this National Park lies below the bright blue waters of the bay: Strap on some scuba or snorkeling gear and dive in to find sunken shipwrecks and colorful coral reefs. You can sign up for a guided underwater tour through companies like Tropic SCUBA.

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Beneath the waters of Biscayne Bay lie vibrant coral reefs and intriguing shipwrecks. Strap on a scuba mask and see for yourself.

Should you prefer to stay above water, follow Florida’s scenic Route 1 about 180 kilometers south of Miami to Curry Hammock State Park. Occupying a large portion of Little Crawl Key at the center of the archipelago, this collection of verdant mangrove swamps and seagrass beds is ideal for kayaking and paddle boarding. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the park’s beautiful birds, including ibis and pelicans. You may even spot a bald eagle, the U.S. national bird.   

To get a sense of the quirky Keys that author Ernest Hemingway loved, follow Route 1 to Key West, the southernmost point in the continental U.S. This fun and funky island (about 256 kilometers from Miami) bustles with beachside bars and boutique shops. To engage in the action, spend some time on Duval Street. But if you’re here for the sand and the surf, don your swimsuit and lay your towel down on the soft sands of Smathers Beach. Located near the Key West International Airport, this nearly 1 kilometer-long stretch of shoreline keeps beachgoers occupied with volleyball courts, jet ski rentals and plenty of people watching.

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Smathers Beach on the southern coast of Key West is a great place to try your hand at sailing or just kick back and people watch.

To make the most of both destinations, give yourself at least three days in Miami and three days in the Keys.

The Edison Hotel on Ocean Drive is one of Miami Beach’s many late-night hangouts.

The Edison Hotel on Ocean Drive is one of Miami Beach’s many late-night hangouts.
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Détendez-vous dans les Keys de Floride

Si vous avez besoin d'un peu de solitude et de quiétude après toute l'excitation de la ville, vous pouvez louer une voiture à l'aéroport international de Miami ou ailleurs en ville pour aller faire un tour dans les Keys de Floride. Cet archipel commence tout juste au sud de Miami et bifurque au large de la pointe sud de la Floride pour pénétrer dans la mer des Caraïbes.


Parc National de Biscayne

Vous n'avez pas besoin d'aller très loin pour faire l'expérience des îles Keys. Le parc national de Biscayne, situé entre Sands Key et Elliott Key dans le sud de la baie de Biscayne, est à environ 50 kilomètres au sud-ouest de la ville. Le charme de ce parc national réside dans les eaux bleu vif de la baie. Enfilez un équipement de plongée ou un masque et un tuba et allez explorer les épaves de bateaux échoués ou les récifs coralliens aux couleurs vives. Des compagnies comme Tropic SCUBA vous offrent des visites sous-marines guidées.

Parc National de Curry Hammock

Si vous préférez rester sur la terre ferme, vous pouvez suivre la Route 1 panoramique sur environ 180 kilomètres au sud de Miami jusqu'au parc national de Curry Hammock, qui occupe une grande partie de Little Crawl Key, au centre de l'archipel. Le paysage de mangroves verdoyantes et d'herbiers marins se prête parfaitement à des randonnées de kayak ou paddleboard. Soyez à l'affût des beaux oiseaux qui vivent dans le parc, notamment les ibis et les pélicans. Vous pourriez même apercevoir un aigle à tête blanche, l'oiseau national des États-Unis.  

Key West

Pour bien saisir l'atmosphère des îles Keys qui ont charmé l'auteur Ernest Hemingway, continuez sur la Route 1 jusqu'à Key West, le point le plus au sud de la partie continentale des États-Unis. Cette île amusante et à la mode (à environ 256 kilomètres de Miami) compte une abondance de bars en bord de mer et de boutiques. Pour aller au cœur de l'action, rendez-vous sur la rue Duval. Si vous venez plutôt ici pour la plage et les vagues, enfilez votre maillot de bain et posez votre serviette sur le sable doux de Smathers Beach. Sur cette plage de près d'un kilomètre de long située à proximité de l'aéroport international de Key West, les vacanciers peuvent profiter des terrains de volleyball, louer des jet ski ou simplement observer la foule.

Pour tirer le maximum de ces deux destinations, prévoyez au moins trois jours à Miami et trois jours dans les îles Keys.

Smathers Beach on the southern coast of Key West is a great place to try your hand at sailing or just kick back and people watch.

Smathers Beach on the southern coast of Key West is a great place to try your hand at sailing or just kick back and people watch.
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