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Getting to Miami

Getting to Miami

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For things to do in Miami, see our port of call description, starting on page 239.

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Disney Cruise Line offered its first itineraries from Miami, Florida in December 2012, and at this writing has cruises scheduled through December 2017. A vacation destination since Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railroad arrived in 1896, Miami has been a legendary vacation escape for generations of North and South Americans fleeing winter's chill. Disney's Miami cruise schedule (September-May) means many cruisers may be tempted to extend their warm weather getaway with a few extra days in and around Miami, or elsewhere in Florida. Air, highway, and rail connections are all convenient to this, the Southeast's greatest metropolis.

Air travel is the top choice for visitors from outside the region, with two major airports within a 25-mile drive of the port. Use the tips on page 69 for booking the best airfare to the Miami area. Miami International Airport (MIA) is a bustling, modern facility, which has replaced both of its main terminals within the past five years. Just eight miles west of downtown Miami and the port, it serves over 105,000 passengers daily, year-round. For airport information: http://www.miami-airport.com or call 800-825-5642. Airport address: 2100 NW 42nd Ave., Miami, Fl 33142. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is a fine alternative, especially when the airfare is right. 64,000 travelers pass through there daily. The airport is next to I-95, just a 25-mile drive to the port, and ground transportation to Miami is competitively-priced. Visit http://www.broward.org/ airport or call 866-435-9355. Airport address: 100 Terminal Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

If you plan to drive to Miami, I-75, the Florida Turnpike, and I-95 are your likely routes. Orlando is 3.5 hours to the north, Key West is about the same distance south, Tampa about 4.5 hours to the northwest, and Atlanta, Georgia 10 hours to the north. Of course, all but Key West are closer to Port Canaveral, if driving time is the only factor.

Without rail travel, Miami may have never made it onto the map. Amtrak's Silver Meteor and Silver Star each trace the historic route once daily between New York City and Miami, and if you don't stop to see the many sights and cities along the way, the entire trip takes 28-31 hours. Amtrak's daily Auto Train will transport you and your car between Lorton, Virgina and Sanford, Florida (near Orlando). Visit http://www.amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL. Florida East Coast Railroad, the modern successor to Henry Flagler's railway, is re-entering the passenger rail business (today it carries only freight). Its All Aboard Florida service between Orlando and Miami will take three hours, starting as soon as 2017.

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