Car Hire in Miami
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Miami, Florida is huge. This can make getting around difficult, if not for the public transportation system and, an even more flexible alternative: car rental.
Where to hire a car in Miami
Car rental agencies operating in Miami include major international chains. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has an office at 400 Se 2Nd Avenue, Budget's office is at 665 SW 8th Street, Sixt Rent A Car is on 330 SE 1st Street, Avis Car Rental is on 99 SE 2nd Street, and Hertz is located at 3900 NW 25th Street. These companies also have branches in other locations throughout Miami. Providers also include Miami Car Rental, Firefly Car Rental, Royal Rent A Car, Luxury Car Rentals Miami, American Luxury Auto Rental, and South Beach Exotic Rentals.
What to expect when hiring a car from Miami
The road system of Miami is based along the numerical Miami Grid: Flagler Street is the east-west baseline, while Miami Avenue serves as the north-south meridian. The point of origin is in the middle of downtown, where Flagler Street and Miami Avenue meet. As a result, the street addresses are numerical and are labelled with NW, SW, SE, and NE according to which quadrant they fall under. Major roads are named, in addition to the number. There are some exceptions to the Miami Grid: Coral Gables, Hialeah, Coconut Grove, and Miami Beach.
Four Interstate Highways serve the Miami-Dade County, namely I-75, I-95, I-195, and I-395. US Highways serving the county include US Route 1, US Route 27, US Route 41, and US Route 441. Major Florida State Roads serving Miami include SR 826/Palmetto Expressway, SR 112/Airport Expressway, SR 836/Dolphin Expressway, and SR 878/Snapper Creek Expressway.
Getting to your destination
Everglades National Park
A good place to drive to is Everglades National Park, a US National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing over 1.5 million acres. There are four visitor centres: Enrest Coe Visitor Center, Flamingo Visitor Center, Shark Valley Visitor Center, and Gulf Coast Visitor Center. Each centre offers different programs, facilities, and activities, but in general this includes educational displays, orientation films, a bookstore, walking, hiking, and canoeing trails, tours, bicycle rental, vending machines, restaurants, campgrounds, and lodging.
Everglades National Park is accessible via Florida 821 Toll S and State Highway 9336.
Delray Beach is a coastal city not only known for the two-mile public beach itself but also its nightlife. Downtown Delray Beach, called The Avenue, provides shopping, dining, and partying options. Other attractions on Delray Beach include Arthur C. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Preserve, Lake Ida Dog Park, and Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, a centre for Japanese arts and culture with the Roji-en Japanese Gardens, a library, gift shop, and a Japanese restaurant called the Cornell Cafe.
Delray Beach can be reached by road via Florida's Turnpike and I-95 N.
West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach is the county seat of Palm Beach County, located approximately 109 kilometres north of Downtown Miami. Points of interest you might want to check out are Flagler Museum, The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary, Uptown Art, and Palm Beach Zoo. Undergo retail therapy at the CityPlace, Clematis Street, South Dixie Highway, Worth Avenue, and many other places to shop in West Palm Beach.
I-95 N and FL-704 E/Okeechobee Boulevard will take you to West Palm Beach.