Even with the recent record low temperatures, the beauty of the generally tropical climate speaks for itself.
What's not to love about a state whose native plants include the coconut palm, Cocos nucifera? Palms are the icon for vacations with sunshine and beaches, a promise Miami delivers. This photo of a cruise ship at harbor was taken from downtown Miami, where the waterfront park was designed to drink in the ocean view.
The coast along Virginia and Biscayne Key offers a spectacular view that continues on to the panoramic view of the city. These keys are accessible by boat or a causeway (just like Cedar Point, kids!) from downtown Miami, and offer several Florida State Parks known for wildlife and birding. We ventured out to discover the Bill Bags Florida State Park and its "No Name Cove."