For a low-key and more economical stay in Key Biscayne, opt for the beachfront Silver Sands Resort, which features standard rooms, oceanfront rooms and cottages. The hotel has a heated swimming pool and children's playground. Rooms start at $169. Visit Silversandsbeachresort.net for reservations.
Like Cuban cuisine? No visit to Miami is complete without a stop at Versailles in Little Havana. Treat yourself to the best Cuban coffee, Cuban sandwiches and empanadas outside of Havana. Visit Versailles at 3555 SW Eighth St. in Miami; (305) 444-0240.
For Cuban food on Key Biscayne, stop at La Carreta for traditional Cuban dishes like ropa vieja. They deliver, too. Visit: www.lacarreta.com
Visit Crandon Park on the north end of the island. Two miles of white sand and perfect waves are why the picturesque Crandon Park is consistently ranked among the best beaches in the nation. It's also a frequent setting for fashion shoots and movie sets.
Take a tour of the historic Cape Florida lighthouse—built in 1825, it's one of the oldest lighthouses in the country and the only lighthouse to have experienced an Indian attack. The lighthouse is located in the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area. The state recreation area features one mile of sublime Atlantic beachfront, biking, hiking, kayaking and shoreline fishing.
Visit the Miami Seaquarium. The 38-acre world-class marine-life entertainment center features shows with dolphins and killer whales. Children can play with sea lions and see endangered sea turtles and manatees. General admission is $37.95 for adults and $27.95 for children up to 9 years.
Just south of Miami Beach and east of Miami, the Rickenbacker Causeway connects Key Biscayne to Miami. If you're flying, Miami International Airport is the closest airport, just 10 miles from Key Biscayne.