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Marriott - Tour of South Florida

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Looking at a possible "Tour of South Florida" for a week next June and looking for insights. I have read reviews on Villas at Doral (typical Marriott, setting is just average) along with Pulse @ South Beach (no pool but fun location and near beach) and possibly Key Largo Bay Beach Resort (hotel).

I would greatly appreciate any insights as we have typically set-up home base at one resort rather than jumping around, but seems if going to south Florida this might be an option to see some of the area while maximizing our DC points and possibly Bonvoy points too. The Everglades would also be included as well - any thoughts?
 

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Consider making a few moves - It's a long drive from most of south Florida to Key West. Several nice options all over the place. I'd consider a place in Miami, then one in Key West, then one on the Gulf coast. Marco Island has a JW Marriott. You can't see much in one week. Too much to see. It isn't a 1 week trip.
 
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Poster isn't going to Key West. Going to Key Largo which is way closer to Miami.

I guess my take would be to decide how many days you want to stay in Key Largo and pivot off of that. Pulse is a waste of points. It's a good location, but you can stay at the Winterhaven (Autograph Collection) right up the street for less if paying cash. June is pretty hot so not high season at all. If you want lots of activity and a beach environment you can stay at Beach Place Towers in Lauderdale. Everglades is an enormous expanse so pick one of the state parks or wildlife refuges and plan on a day trip. Lauderdale or Miami are close enough to those locations. Doral is sort of near the airport and is really just a golf resort with condos on the grounds. The positive about staying there is you get a 2BR and a kitchen and your points outlay will be small. You could stay 5 nights (Sunday-Thursday) at Doral for 625 points or Beach Place for 1750 (less for a 1BR). Doral is 30 minutes to South Beach and an hour to Key Largo. You are also way closer than you think to places like Marco Island (2 hours).
 

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If you want to see gators I would recommended driving through Big Cypress National Preserve in addition to visiting the Everglades. We did the Gator Park boat tour and saw a couple of gators, but we drove from Ft. Myers over to the East coast and went through Big Cypress instead of taking I-75 and we saw tons and tons and tons of alligators at various stops just along the side of the road. It was very cool!

In Key Largo go to John Pennekamp State Park. You can swim out to a Spanish shipwreck right from the beach. Pretty cool.
 

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Great, great suggestions provided for you in this thread. But, I must suggest, since you will maybe have the option, and, because the ongoing pandemic will make last minute options available to you, is at least a 2 night stay in Miami Beach. Usually this is impossible, last minute, but these are unusual times! Do a Google Search and try to book on the "strip", which, for me, is anything within walking distance of Ocean Drive and the wonderful night life and street music.
Stay safe! Wash your hands! Keep your face mask on! And cheer and appreciate the street performers who continue to entertain us all along the strip.
 

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The Doral vicinity is a good central location for excursions.
Key Largo could be done as a day trip via the Turnpike.

The Everglades in June... Just bring some bug spray.
But anywhere there's coastal breezes will be fine.

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